'Iron Man 3' Adds Another Villain with Ashley Hamilton as Firepower
It sounds like Tony Stark is going to have his hands full in Iron Man 3. Not only has Ben Kingsley been cast as a villain in the Marvel sequel starring Robert Downey Jr., but James Badge Dale's role as Eric Savin, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra who later becomes Coldblood after stepping on a mine and having cybernetic surgery performed on him, is said to be a bad guy, too. Now it sounds like there's one more adversary for Iron Man to blast away as Variety reports Ashley Hamilton, son of George Hamilton, and personal friend of Downey, will play Firepower, another cyborg villain.
In the comics, the villain's origin lies in Jack Taggert, who is also part of an experiment and sent on a mission, aptly named Project: Firepower, where he's the pilot of an experimental armored suit. But in a turn of events, he uses the suit to fight Iron Man. On the other side of the fence, it's not clear if Dale will really become Coldblood or if he's just assuming the character before the transformation in the comics. But taking into account that both Coldblood and Firepower are kind of brought about in the same way, I'm wondering if they team-up to fight Iron Man, or they're each adversaries that Iron Man takes on individually.
It remains to be seen, but I just hope there's not too many villains cooking up evil plots in the kitchen. The bigger worry is that Hamilton was on "Dancing with the Stars" and a correspondent on "Extra" before landing this gig. Hopefully he just needed the right time and part for a bigger break, and Downey has made the right choice in helping him get this role.
In other casting updates for Iron Man 3, THR has word that Jon Favreau is returning as Stark's trusted bodyguard Happy Hogan. Even though there's been tension between Favreau and Marvel before, the reason he didn't return to direct the threequel, Favreau still produced The Avengers for Marvel Studios. Favreau already tweeted a picture of his chair from the set, so it sounds like he's already busy filming his scenes for the film. With Shane Black making a big jump to such a high profile film after directing Downey in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, there's a lot at risk, and I'm hoping this sequel isn't as convoluted and messy as the second one. The number of villains is worrisome, but I'll wait until we see a trailer to judge. Thoughts?