In the time leading up to the premiere of “Iron Man 2,” it was hard to decide which debut was bigger news: Don Cheadle becoming War Machine or Robert Downey Jr. unveiling the Briefcase Armor. While there’s a good chance we’ll see more of Tony Stark’s portable armor in future installments of the franchise, the second film had barely hit theaters before talk of a solo “War Machine” movie began circulating around the ’net.
Last we heard from Cheadle, he dismissed the idea of a solo movie featuring Iron Man’s gunmetal-gray counterpart. However, when speaking to MTV News during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, he indicated that a “War Machine” solo movie was not only in the works, but the studio may already have a writer.
“They’re developing it now, they’re working on that,” Cheadle told MTV News when asked about a “War Machine” movie. “I think they’ve hired a writer, so we’ll see how it goes. It would be a lot of fun.”
In town to promote his thriller “The Guard,” Cheadle said he’d definitely be up for a solo movie featuring James “Rhodey” Rhodes, the character he took over in “Iron Man 2.” (Rhodey was played by Terrence Howard in the first “Iron Man” movie.)
As for whether we’ll see War Machine make a cameo in “The Avengers,” the actor didn’t expect to Rhodey to join the fight with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the rest of Marvel’s superhero team.
“I don’t think he shows up in [’Avengers’],” said Cheadle. “I think he’s kind of a lone wolf.”
The actor also commented on the exit of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2″ director Jon Favreau, who announced his departure from the franchise back in December.
“People move on for various reasons, and Jon’s very busy,” he said. “He’s going to do ’Cowboys And Aliens,’ and he has a ton of other projects on his slate, so he’s fine. I don’t actually know what happened, I’m kind of out of that loop.”
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