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On Wednesday, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau participated in a live chat at the Los Angeles Times. While you can read the entire transcript there still, we've pulled out Favreau's answers to the questions that cover the sequel:

We're playing with who the villain should be and what we should incorporate from the comic book. And how it will lead into the Avengers.

I'm working with Justin a writer. He's writing the first draft of the script. I'm working with a story board artist. As well as designing the costumes for good guys and bad guys.

I think its important for all filmmakers working for Marvel to collaborate so there is a consistency in the films, so yes they should keep in touch. I had not been in touch really with Louis during"Hulk" and I think that would have been helpful. I hope to be in contact with directors in the future.

No Dresden, but Marty and Elayne would make good supervillians.

Mandarin is still an important figure in the Iron Man universe. We have an interesting take on him that allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains. The whole 10 Rings thing in IM 1 was a good tease for it.

The sequel is shaping up to incorporate Tony's vision for the future. What happens after he says "I am Iron Man?"

I focus mostly on story and character. I put a great value on emotion, humor and natural dialogue. The effects are fun to explore in original ways, but without a strong story, they mean nothing.

An earlier answer that scrambled: Now that marvel is making its own movies, every movie has to fit into the Marvel universe. the Avengers incorporates not just Iron Man, but Thor, possibly the Hulk and traditionally Captain America as well. As it is, it's scheduled Thor will come out the same summer as "Iron Man2" and Captain America will come out a few months before Avengers. All the films have to come together to create a consistent universe.That's very important to everyone involved.

Robert brought him to life "for real." I found a guy that embodied enough of the qualities of Tony Stark to imbue him with an emotional reality. Fergus and Ostby and Markum and Holloway added much to the equation as writers as well.

Happy Hogan can no longer be a wall flower. I must marry Pepper someday. And let's not rule out the Freak! I have tremendous leverage to make such demands! Stay tuned.

Shield is imortant to the franchise, and what is Shield without Fury?

The only other comic character I would do is Groo.

The "connection" you ask about relates directly to the Mythic "rise of the hero" or hero's journey. The character must grow or change over the course of the film. If not, the movie goes emotionally flat and relies on tittilation.

We need War Machine. Agreed. Shoulder cannons and all.

Stark has issues with booze. That's part of who he is. I don't think we'll ever do the Leaving Las Vegas version, but it will be dealt with.

The date is daunting. We are making much faster progress than the first time around and have much less to design and fewer casting issues. I am confident that 2010 is achievable if we continue working together as we have for tha past few months. It has to be great, though. It has to be great.

My seven year old son said Iron Man was the second best movie of the year. #1 was Panda.

The new Fraction books are pretty great. We flew him out to LA to discuss story. He's a great comic writer. Also, love Adi's art. He will work on the movie's designs.

There's always room for improv on my sets. I set up multiple cameras and let them rip.

I think we need some version of "classic villains" in these movies. Many don't hold up well to time and to the big screen, but their essence should inspire the characters.

Female villain... Now there's an interesting notion.

Tough to actually shoot in IMAX when you have a CG hero much of the time. The effects becaome very expensive and may not look as good in the higher resolution. Worked very well for DK, though.

Iron Man is indeed a celebrity. He announced who he was and we have now officially departed from the standard secret ID superhero. Tony was already famous before the announcement. What would really happen if this went down? Fun to explore.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/ironmannews.php?id=7700

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There be some controversy on War Machine:

Don Cheadle is stepping in to replace Terrence Howard in "Iron Man 2," Marvel Studios' sequel to its summer blockbuster.

In the movie, Howard played Jim Rhodes, Tony Stark/Iron Man's best friend and future armor-clad hero War Machine. One scene featured Howard looking at a silver suit of armor and saying "Next time," a line that caused great delight for fans.

But there will be no next time for Howard.

Marvel had no comment, but sources close to the deal said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons. Marvel, which had wanted to work with Cheadle, then decided to take the role in another direction and approached the actor, who is shooting Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest" with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke.

Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in the sequel, which is rumored to go beyond high-tech villains. Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay.

Jon Favreau is returning as director, and Robert Downey Jr. is expected back as billionaire industrialist Stark/Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow also is expected to be back as Stark's assistant, Pepper Potts.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/conten...f5b0b84b924a87b

I don't like this. While Cheadle is a great actor, this isn't the right role for him. This is an action movie, not an Oscar contender.

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No "next time, baby" for Howard after all. Eh, Cheadle probably could do a good job here and in that CBM roles are still re-cast in this day & age, it shouldn't be too disruptive.

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I love Cheadle. This is a very good thing.

the hell you say Howard was great as Rhody Cheadle is not right for the role at all Howard should have been the only consideration. This might actually ruin Iron Man 2 and I loved the first film!!!!.

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No, this will not ruin Iron Man 2. Don Cheadle is an excellent actor, and he'll fill Terrence Howard's shoes very nicely.

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Don Cheadle is the absolute best replacement they could have found. They can recast pretty much everyone as long as Downey remains the lead.

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No, this will not ruin Iron Man 2. Don Cheadle is an excellent actor, and he'll fill Terrence Howard's shoes very nicely.

OK the 2 main films I have seen Cheadle in is:

Out Of Sight

The Family Man

so I'm basing my opinion off of those performances.

I know he was in the Oceans movies but never watched them all the way through.

I still say Howard should have been the only one as Rhody/War Machine

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Yeah, you have no idea the capabilities of Cheadle if you're only judging those two movies. Do yourself a favor and go rent "Hotel Rwanda" and watch him put on one of the finest performances in the history of film.

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Yeah, you have no idea the capabilities of Cheadle if you're only judging those two movies. Do yourself a favor and go rent "Hotel Rwanda" and watch him put on one of the finest performances in the history of film.

Like I said, a man of his caliber probably shouldn't be doing popcorn action movies. When I'm watching this movie and he comes on that's all I'll be thinking. Well, that and that he looks like Tim Meadows.

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Honestly, Cheadle could be doing this for his kids or for the paycheck or the exposure, hell, he might even be an Iron Man fan. Whatever his reasoning, I have the utmost faith that he'll be fine. I really did enjoy Howard, but am in no way disappointed by this move, either.

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Yeah, you have no idea the capabilities of Cheadle if you're only judging those two movies. Do yourself a favor and go rent "Hotel Rwanda" and watch him put on one of the finest performances in the history of film.

Like I said, a man of his caliber probably shouldn't be doing popcorn action movies. When I'm watching this movie and he comes on that's all I'll be thinking.

Actors of Cheadle's caliber only serve to raise the level of the movie they're in. If Ian McKellen can put a bucket on his head and Edward Norton can turn into a monster, Don Cheadle can trade lines with Robert Downey and not feel too bad about himself.

Well, that and that he looks like Tim Meadows.

Yeah, that I'll give you.

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Yeah, you have no idea the capabilities of Cheadle if you're only judging those two movies. Do yourself a favor and go rent "Hotel Rwanda" and watch him put on one of the finest performances in the history of film.

Like I said, a man of his caliber probably shouldn't be doing popcorn action movies. When I'm watching this movie and he comes on that's all I'll be thinking.

Actors of Cheadle's caliber only serve to raise the level of the movie they're in. If Ian McKellen can put a bucket on his head and Edward Norton can turn into a monster, Don Cheadle can trade lines with Robert Downey and not feel too bad about himself.

The defence rests, your honour.

And that's SIR Ian McKellen to you, Toland....... <_<

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Yeah, you have no idea the capabilities of Cheadle if you're only judging those two movies. Do yourself a favor and go rent "Hotel Rwanda" and watch him put on one of the finest performances in the history of film.

Also Cheadle was excellent in "Talk To Me."

I've always thought Cheadle was the better actor of the two men, so I like this move.

Howard was fine, but pretty much the whole supporting cast faded into the background when compared to Downey Jr.'s spotlight in this movie.

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Terrence Howard was more shocked than anyone else about this news.

"It was the surprise of a lifetime," he said. "There was no explanation. [The contract] just...up and vanished. I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes. Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."

Oh, and Sir Ian McKellen also wore a dress on more than one occasion, so the fact that he wore a bucket on his head means nothing.

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Terrence Howard was more shocked than anyone else about this news.

"It was the surprise of a lifetime," he said. "There was no explanation. [The contract] just...up and vanished. I read something in the trades implicating that it was about money or something, but apparently the contracts that we write and sign aren't worth the paper that they're printed on, sometimes. Promises aren't kept, and good faith negotiations aren't always held up."

Oh, and Sir Ian McKellen also wore a dress on more than one occasion, so the fact that he wore a bucket on his head means nothing.

NEW Comic Character BucketHead Magneto lmao what an action figure that would make :laugh:

I still maintain the opinion that Howard is Rhodie no one else and Cheadle although an excellent actor will shit all over the role.

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