Iron Man Officially Joins Marvel's Avengers Line-Up!
by Alex Billington
October 28, 2008
It's now official. Tony Stark aka Iron Man has officially joined The Avengers. Marvel has announced today (the full press release can be found on SuperHeroHype) that Robert Downey Jr. will appear in both Iron Man 2 and The Avengers as Tony Stark, with Jon Favreau set to direct Iron Man 2 and executive produce The Avengers. Additionally, Marvel confirms the announcement made a few weeks ago surrounding Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes. Cheadle is officially signed on to appear in Iron Man 2 and other Iron Man sequels (and presumably spin-offs) as well as The Avengers. Additionally, Marvel confirms that the full line-up will include: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more. Sounds like every comic book geek's wildest dreams are finally coming true!
It's happening. It has begun. After years of waiting, we're finally going to get the ultimate crossover movie that we've all been dreaming of! Unfortunately it doesn't look like Jon Favreau will be directing this, as initially rumored. Nor will Hulk be one of the villains, as also initially rumored. Those confirmations aside, I don't think I'm the only one who is already incredibly excited to see this come together. This is only the first of many exciting announcements to come. And to give us a taste of things to come, Marvel leaves us with this. "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." Who could that be?