Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NEWS: Avengers Update...

Hey guys! Today has been a jam packed day with a ton of news, and it's still going strong...

This summer saw the release of two huge hits from the people at Marvel Studios, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk respectivley. With the release of these two films, came the possibility of an Avengers film. Marvel had the film in it's slate, but today sees the first actors to sign on. Both Robert Downey Jr. AND Don Cheadle, after taking over for Terrance Howard, have signed on for not only The Avengers, but Iron Man 2. Now, here is the complete press release released today by Marvel Studios, and it not only states the casting, but gives us a very short Avengers plot tease...


As part of his four picture deal with Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr. is appearing as Tony Stark in THE AVENGERS motion picture, as well as reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character in IRON MAN 2. Jon Favreau will return to direct the sequel to the blockbuster IRON MAN, which to date has grossed over $578 million worldwide, as well as executive produce THE AVENGERS.

Academy Award® nominee Downey was most recently seen in the summer comedy blockbuster TROPIC THUNDER starring opposite Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Before Iron Man, he was best known for his film roles in KISS KISS BANG BANG, WONDER BOYS and CHAPLIN, the film for which he was nominated for an Oscar®.

In addition to directing the first IRON MAN, Favreau has previously directed ELF, ZATHURA: A SPACE ADVENTURE and MADE. He is also well known for writing and starring in SWINGERS. He will next be seen acting in FOUR CHRISTMASES, I LOVE YOU MAN and COUPLES RETREAT.


Marvel Studios is pleased today to confirm that an agreement has been finalized with award-winning actor Don Cheadle to take on the role of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Marvel’s IRON MAN 2 due in theaters on May 7, 2010. In casting Cheadle, Marvel replaces Terrence Howard who appeared in the role of Rhodey in IRON MAN.

Cheadle is also signed on to perform the same role in THE AVENGERS and subsequent installments of the IRON MAN franchise.

“We are very excited about working with the extraordinarily talented Don Cheadle as we expand the role of Rhodey in Iron Man 2. It has already become apparent as we prep the movie for production, that the dynamic between Robert and Don will take Iron Man 2 to new heights,” said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios.

Cheadle is best known for his Oscar® nominated lead performance in HOTEL RWANDA as well as his role as Basher Tarr in the OCEAN’S franchise, CRASH and SWORDFISH.

Based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero, IRON MAN 2 continues the story of this summer’s box office blockbuster IRON MAN, the first feature film produced independently by Marvel Studios. IRON MAN 2 will be produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Denis Stewart.

In a movie event, THE AVENGERS will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they’ve ever faced.

The highly anticipated sequel to IRON MAN will be released in theatres on May 7, 2010 and THE AVENGERS will be released July 15, 2011. Both films will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Cheadle is represented by UTA. Downey and Favreau are represented by CAA.

What are your thoughts? The most interesting thing I got out of this was the fact that, in the plot tease, they mention that the Hulk will be TEAMING with the Avengers, probably, or at least possibly, taking him out of the much talked about villain role. Who would you like to see them battle? What do you take from this news, if anything?

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. I think they mean "team" in the loosest sense...like, as in they'll all be in the same movie. Even if they're all on a team at the beginning of the movie, though, there's nothing stopping the Hulk from going his own way.

    That's exactly what happened in the first few comics of the original Avengers series. The Hulk didn't like being on the team and he left, then the rest of the Avengers went after him so they could stop him before he hurt himself or someone else.


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