A first batch of photographs have leaked from the set of Iron Man 2, and we get our first look at Don Cheadle as Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes. After all the controversy surrounding the casting of that part, it's nice to see that Cheadle looks the part and will likely rock our socks off in the sequel. Take a look after the jump.
Which isn't to say that Terrence Howard's grudge over getting kicked out of part two have abated. He seems as bitter as ever:
"[Marvel] made a choice. They made a very, very bad choice. They didn’t keep their word. They didn’t honor our contract. They sent everyone out into a field and told them to work and produce a great bounty. You produce a great bounty, and then when it’s all in the storehouse, you are not allowed into the storehouse,” Howard told AceShowbiz. “They did the same thing with Gwyneth [Paltrow], from what I’ve been told. They did it with almost everyone, I think, except Downey throughout the thing. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is take a tip from Friends [whose cast members all held out for higher pay]. You always choose to stick together. One for all and all for one. Our Gang, you know? Let Spanky be our rule."
Not sure about that last bit, but the man definitely still has an axe to grind with Marvel. Whether or not this casting imbroglio is Marvel's fault or Howard's, I think most fans are pretty delighted that he was replaced by Cheadle. With Mickey Rourke thrown in for good measure, Iron Man 2 seems like it has to be awesome.
Is it premature to suggest a greenlight for part 3 before we've even seen trailers for part 2? No, not really. In all probability, part 3 has been greenlit already. I'm sure seeing the stills from the set will be enough for Marvel to give the go-ahead.
Thanks to Spoiler TV for the pictures.
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