Don Cheadle May Be in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON [Updated]

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Joss Whedon is currently very busy prepping the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, and he certainly has his hands full with the follow-up.  Expectations are high considering the first film scored the highest opening weekend of all time and grossed a worldwide total of $1.5 billion, plus Whedon has to introduce new characters Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and villain Ultron (James Spader) in addition to juggling the already packed ensemble of the titular Avengers.  Now there’s the possibility of one more Marvel character being thrown into the bunch, as a new report claims that Don Cheadle is poised to make an appearance as Colonel James Rhodes.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: We've updated the story with a reported confirmation of Cheadle's involvement, including information on his role in the sequel.]

[Update: HitFix has confirmed that Cheadle will indeed be appearing in Age of Ultron, adding that Rhodes will have "a key role in the conflict with Ultron that is the main focus of the sequel."  With Robert Downey Jr. not signed on for any further standalone Iron Man films, it's possible that Marvel is making moves to set up the future of the Iron Man franchise.  Whatever the case, HitFix's report adds that "major changes" are coming for the group that calls themselves The Avengers, so it'll be interesting to see how Whedon closes out Marvel's Phase Two.  Our original story follows below.]

The folks over at Bleeding Cool report that Don Cheadle will be popping up in Age of Ultron, though they’re unsure as to the size of Rhodes’ role in the film.  Considering how many characters Whedon has to juggle, one imagines Rhodes won’t have a massive screen presence. USA Today also notes that Cheadle has a part to film in the Avengers sequel, so it’s possible that he has a small but integral role to play in the story for the Marvel team-up.

Plot details for The Avengers: Age of Ultron is non-existent at this point, but production is set to get underway next March in London.  Though the film’s May 1, 2015 release date is still a ways off, Marvel will be tiding fans over with next April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next August’s Guardians of the Galaxy.


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  • Joss Whedon’s brain

    You can shoehorn in as many characters as you like, if you don’t worry about making the characters “interesting.” Just make sure they all have clever quips to deliver, on a frequent basis. Clever quips can substitute for both character building and plot development. Trust me on this!

    • JBug

      Marvel, so hott right now, Marvel

    • cloud720

      clever quips and action is exactly what I go to the movies for . character building and plot devolvement can be enjoyed from the comfort of my home.

    • Tim

      And in conjunction with that, you can continue ignoring dialogue subtext and apparently anything that doesn’t have to hit you over the head with its points!

      • the other manning

        There isn’t any subtext to the dialog in these movies. Don’t kid yourself

    • Kevin

      The Avengers had character building and plot development, but go ahead and ignore it if you want.

  • jack

    Because why not


    this makes me happy. i thought cheadle was a lot better as rhodey in iron man 3 than he was in the second film and i also thought that it was just bizzare he wasn’t even mentioned in the avengers when even jane foster got a little nod. i just hope he ACTUALLY matter to the story unlike pepper potts in the first avengers. theres so much potential for war machine to kick ass, and i trust whedon to do him more justice than favreau or shane black did

    • Random Bystander

      That wouldve been like the howling commandos getting a reference, but they didn’t need to. That’s why the scene that referenced them was cut, like all the other elements in the scene, it wasn’t necessary.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I won’t say Spoiler alert because I have no facts, but I will give a warning about what my guess is just in case no one wants anything potentially ruined.

      I am willing to bet that Rhodey is killed by Ultron. This is a Whedon Film after all and he has never been one to pull punches. I don’t see War Machine in the final battle, but I do see him taking on the beast alone at the beginning of the film. This was kind of my idea back when I thought that the villain would be Thanos. Have him appear and War Machine think he can handle it on his own and then BAM! the superheros aren’t immortal. It would really up the stakes for a franchise where the heroes never lose in the end.

      Also, avenging the death of his best friend would be a good reason for Stark to suit up again after giving up on being a hero. I agree that Pepper was pretty pointless to have in the Avengers and I’m no Paltrow fan but I am a huge Cheadle fan and would like to see more of him. Killing a superhero would be a pretty good justification for him being there.

      There most likely won’t be be an Iron Man film with the same cast as before so this will most likely be his last hurrah, why not send him out with a bang? It ups the stakes, brings a strong level of emotion to the movie, and gives us one more superhero. Imagine seeing Stark, Banner, and Rodgers at a funeral.

  • jcrichards

    Considering what happens at the end of Iron Man 3, I feel like he is going to die, and that is what will cause Stark to get back into the suit to fight.

    • Person

      Not a bad idea.

    • LEM

      The Avengers can’t convince Tony to step up so Rhodes steps in as War Machine and is killed during battle, it makes sense and would work well.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Nice. Though it does beg the question, what kind of heroes are the Avengers, that someone always has to die before they are motivated to do anything?

      • LEM

        Yeah I was thinking that too, It’s kind of a rehash but I’m assuming Ultron is somehow going to be Tonys’ fault/creation somehow so there could also be that added guilt.

      • Lex Walker

        Yeah, that’s so out of character/against definition for a team called “THE AVENGERS”.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        True enough, but there is also quite a bit more to avenge than just the death of one of their own.

      • Lex Walker

        That’s why Avengers 3′s subtitle is “The Fall of Sea World”

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Naturally. The one big omission from the Infinity Gauntlet was Thanos killing Shamu.

    • Faptain America

      Great, kill the black guy, again.
      But yes, good point. I was thinking more like Tony wants out, so Rhodey steps in and inadvertently creates Ultron out of JARVIS. Ultron kills Rhodey. And away go the Avengers.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Uhm no disrespect to Rhodey (or Cheadle) but I doubt he is smart enough to inadvertently create Ultron out of JARVIS.

  • Scratch89

    *fingers crossed for Anthony Mackie’s Falcon*

  • Dmula

    He should be in it after he got played in IM3,if not definetly against Thanos in A3

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Actually the more interesting news from Bleedingcool was Simon McBurney being attached to play an actual butler called Jarvis. I’m guessing this is Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark’s human butler who was close to Tony and raised him until his death. Tony then sentimentally names the A.I. after him. Some of this is covered in the Iron Man: Public Identity comics.

    While I doubt that Paul Bettany will be replaced as J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just a Rather Very Intelligent System), this casting development, if true, is intriguing. The theories surrounding the evolution of J.A.R.V.I.S. into Ultron are plausible – which leads to the A.I. being destroyed.

    The hole in this theory is how exactly does Paul Bettany become James Spader?!

  • Dan

    I still don’t like Tony Stark being the creator of Ultron.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Maybe he wasn’t. He merely created the precursor to Ultron i.e. J.A.R.V.I.S. – which somehow gets corrupted into whatever unholy Spader creation.

    • Matador Fury

      You gotta think, they are making this for kids too. Stark making Ultron would confuse the heck out of kids. They would never understand why an Avenger would create the villain. Someone has to corrupt JARVIS somehow. Maybe we will find out in The Winter Soldier or Guardians who makes Ultron ultimately.

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer would probably be a good place to start. Then again, fuck it – kids are smarter than we give them credit for. Tony accidentally creating Ultron is just a morality tale of how the best intentions can go awry.

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  • Chris

    I hope Pepper will be in Ultron.

    • Faptain America

      lol Yes I really hope Pepper kills all the villains in the end but mysteriously nothing happens to her underwear.

  • Chris

    I hope Pepper will be in Ultron.

  • TToughnuts

    I hope that Whedon kills off Tony Stark…Talk about killing three birds with one stone (Downey’s exorbitant contract/increasing age, the need to create some sort of drama in Avengers 2, and the fact that the Iron Man franchise has already died with Iron Man 3 being…so…freaking….bad!

  • Masshuu il Malacandra

    I’m betting Hawkeye won’t be back. After Jeremy Renner’s whining about how his character played out in the Avengers movie, I think he pretty much ended his Marvel career.


      yeah except whedon said publicly a long time ago that writing hawkeye in this film has been one of his favorite parts because he got the short end of the stick in the first. watch him even get some kind of purple costume

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