EDITOR'S NOTE: With "Iron Man 2" just a few months away from hitting theaters, MTV News contacted War Machine co-creator Bob Layton to discuss the character's upcoming debut on the big screen. The conversation covered a wide range of subjects that we're rolling out this week in a four-part series — concluding with Layton's thoughts on some "Iron Man 2" casting rumors and what might be in store for "Iron Man 3."
As one of the definitive “Iron Man” creative teams, it’s not surprising that several concepts from Bob Layton and David Michelinie’s “Iron Man” run will be prominently featured in the upcoming “Iron Man 2” While Justin Hammer's presence (as played by Sam Rockwell) has long been confirmed, Layton was recently able to address the rumor that Kate Mara was cast as Bethany Cabe in the movie.
“I think there was a rumor on IMDB that Kate Mara was playing Bethany Cabe,” Layton told MTV News. “But that’s not the case. I think she plays an FBI agent briefly in the movie. There are no plans for Bethany Cabe in this movie, as far as I know.”
“I’m really excited about the second film,” continued Layton. “I pretty much know the story backwards and forwards. I got a chance to talk to [‘Iron Man 2’ screenwriter] Justin Theroux and Jon Favreau in great detail about it. You’re going to see some stuff that’s going to blow you away. I have no doubt that when we get to the finale of the film that everyone is going to be impressed with what they’ve come up with.”
Layton also elaborated on why it's the right time for Jim Rhodes to become War Machine in "Iron Man 2," rather than in a later sequel.
“I think there are a variety of reasons to have the War Machine character in there,” offered Layton. “If they’re doing the ‘Avengers’ film, they always have the option of using War Machine instead of Iron Man depending upon what happens contractually. I’m just speculating, I have no idea… But there’s always the possibility that if it does well, it can spinoff. Because obviously there’s a different character and a different motivation with War Machine than there is with Tony Stark.”
Additionally, Layton believes that “Iron Man 3” may incorporate elements from his classic “Demon in a Bottle” storyline. Originally published in 1979, “Demon in a Bottle” follows Tony Stark as he succumbs to his addiction to alcohol while trying to save his company and reputation from Justin Hammer.
“I think they’ve come up with a terrific segue to the third film, which I think is going to be fairly powerful,” said Layton. “My understanding is that the third film could very well be the ‘Demon in a Bottle’ story mixed in there with everything and I’m kind of looking forward to that, if that’s where they wind up going.”
Layton is currently working on a new project for Marvel as well as a graphic novel collection of his creator owned web comic “Colony."
What do you think about “Iron Man 3” possibly adapting “Demon in a Bottle”? What other supporting characters would you like to see in the next “Iron Man” film? Power up your armor and let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section below or on Twitter!