Don Cheadle said earlier this year that James Rhodes/War Machine would not be appearing in The Avengers, however the actor is set to reprise his role in Iron Man 3 and Cheadle recently revealed filming may begin in February 2012.
Q: Are there any future Marvel movies that you might be appearing in?
DC: Well the Iron Man 3 is coming back. We’ll probably do that again in February and there’s talk of a War Machine spinoff, which I guess, unless I get recast, I would probably do.
Q: Will you be in The Avengers?
DC: Not this one that they’re shooting right now. Thank god!
Q: Was that ever in the works?
DC: Me being in The Avengers? I have a contract to be in The Avengers but I’m glad they haven’t exercised that option yet. I need some down time.
Shane Black, who directed Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and was behind the scripts for Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout is directing the third film, and earlier this year he said Iron Man 3 will be more like a Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villains, and will not feature any other heroes from the Marvel Universe.
Marvel and Disney have set a May 3, 2013 release date so shooting in February will give them a whole 16 months to make the film. Jon Favreau only had a year between the first day of filming and Iron Man 2‘s release, so Black has plenty of time to make a better film.