There's no shortage of hype surrounding the debut of War Machine in "Iron Man 2," and according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, the character will more than live up to his action-packed tease in the new "Iron Man 2" trailer.
"I've actually seen a rough cut of the movie, and it's going to be good," Quesada told MTV News during the opening night of "Marvelous Color," a new art exhibit in Manhattan. The exhibit highlights Marvel's history of prominent African-American characters, with special attention paid to six of the publisher's most well-known heroes: Storm, Black Panther, Luke Cage, Blade, Falcon and of course, War Machine.
"[Don] Cheadle is one of the greatest living American actors, what do you expect?" said Quesada of the actor playing War Machine's alter ego, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, in the blockbuster sequel. "I think fans are going to love it — especially fans of War Machine — and he does kick some major ass."
According to Quesada, African-American characters like War Machine have always had a special place in his heart — though his favorite of the bunch has yet to make his big-screen debut.
"I've always had a special connection to the Black Panther," he said. "One of the things that made Marvel stand out for me was that they had a character called the Black Panther. As a Latin kid growing up in Queens, while I'm not African-American, the Black Panther signaled to me that Marvel was open to characters of all race while other companies weren't at that time. It really made Marvel feel like it was my company."
However, Quesada kept mum when it came to which War Machine story would fuel "Iron Man 2" — or any future "Iron Man" movies, for that matter.
"There are a lot of classic Iron Man stories, but being sort of an insider, saying anything would be tipping my hand a bit," he said. "I'd rather just avoid it altogether and tell people that Iron Man is in great hands."
And while he kept similarly quiet regarding "Thor" plot points, he did offer up some thoughts on how the upcoming, Kenneth Branagh-directed film will be a very different experience than the typical comic book movie.
"I've sat through the story meetings and sat with Branagh," said Quesada. "The character is in tremendous hands. Branagh understand the mythology and what he doesn't understand, he's asking questions about — in particular, the comic book mythology. He's really immersed himself in it."
"It's going to be pretty epic, and regardless of what you think it's going to be, it's going to surprise people," he added. "It's an interesting piece for a superhero movie. It's going to change the conventions of the superhero movie."
The "Marvelous Color" exhibit runs through February 26 at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in Manhattan.