Marvel Studios has begun building the puzzle that when complete will become the first Avengers live-action motion picture, as well as sure up some loose ends regarding Iron Man 2.
The studio today formally announced via a press release that Robert Downey Jr. is locked in to reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Avengers film as well as Iron Man 2. This will complete three of the four films Downey Jr is under contract for with the studio with the fourth likely being a third entry in the Iron Man series.
Not to be outdone is Don Cheadle, the new face of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2. Cheadle is also now signed and confirmed to be in The Avengers alongside Downey Jr.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau is locked in to direct Iron Man 2 and also executive produce The Avengers, though we will not get behind the lens.
The biggest news is the first official teaser synopsis for The Avengers that debunks Hulk as the main villain rumors floating around the Net:
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.
This raises two questions: who will play the Hulk if the studio is unable to sign Edward Norton, and if The Hulk isn’t the enemy, then is this “biggest foe” literally “big,” or figuratively?
Iron Man 2 will land in theaters first on May 7, 2010 with The Avengers debuting a little over a year later on July 15, 2011.