It was a big weekend for rumors; sadly a lot of the most fun genre and superhero film stories are little more than unconfirmed rumor at this point. Pajiba, for example, tweeted that Marvel has a pitch out to writers for a War Machine spin-off film. This is more like a vague confirmation of what we’ve expected to happen, and since Marvel will need some core content to follow The Avengers, we’re bound to hear about another group of films to follow. Seeing an Iron Man spin-off starring Don Cheadle could be a lot of fun, and we’ll update if someone is hired to write the film.

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Entertainment Tonight has been posting a series of little set visit video clips from Iron Man 2. There was the first one showing Robert Downey, Jr. and some on-set action, a second following the enthusiasm around Mickey Rourke (embedded below) and now Don Cheadle gets the spotlight as ET focuses on the War Machine, his armored alter-ego that we first saw in footage displayed at Comic Con this year. Read More »

A few weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly reported on the details of the Terence Howard/Don Cheadle Iron Man 2 debacle, saying that, due to the problems with Howard for the first film:

…when Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux went to map out the sequel they found themselves minimizing Howard’s story line. Once Marvel learned that Favreau was thinking of curtailing the role, the studio went to the actor’s agents with a new and drastically reduced offer[.]

Now, according to MTV Splashpage, we learn that screenwriter Theroux has unequivocally stated that the Rhodes’ character was not scaled back for the sequel:

All that stuff that was in the “EW” article…I don’t know. I can only tell you what I know which is that from a writing standpoint we didn’t do anything differently [with the character]. It’s not like we were sitting there going, we need less of this or that. We just approached the characters and the story on their own terms.

Theroux also confirmed that Rhodes will in fact be integral to the plot:

I can’t really speak to the plot stuff and all the rest of it but Rhodes is completely present in a very strong and big way…He’s COMPLETELY present.

There you have it, folks: We’ll be seeing a lot more of Mr. Rhodes, the army man who becomes War Machine, albeit with an infusion of Cheadle this time around.

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