War Machine MIGHT NOT be in Avengers

Actor Don Cheadle has dropped two surprising announcements while at the Sundance Film Festival. One, he is not going to be in The Avengers movie. However, there might be a good reason for that. Last year, Cheadle thought there would not be a solo War Machine film. That was last year… MTV scoops:

Last we heard from Cheadle, he dismissed the idea. However, when speaking to MTV News during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, he indicated that a “War Machine” solo movie was not only in the works, but the studio may already have a writer. As for whether we’ll see War Machine make a cameo in “The Avengers,” the actor didn’t expect to Rhodey to join the fight with the rest of Marvel’s superhero team.

“I don’t think he shows up in [‘Avengers’],” said Cheadle. “I think he’s kind of a lone wolf.”

Don’t fans start screaming and ranting just yet. This news isn’t all bad on the surface. Just because he hasn’t been asked yet does not mean he won’t. But if a solo film is on the table, that could easily explain the character’s absence. Or it could deal with Tony Stark’s drinking and Rhodes fills in as the hero of that picture with Stark sober in time for “Iron Man 3”. Or both. That’s what I mean by ‘on the surface it sounds good’.

Now here’s where I have a grey area. This action, should it pass, does two things:

* Aside from guns and a few gadgets, there’s nothing much else that contrasts War Machine and Iron Man. You are basically having Iron Man 2.5 (or 2.6 if you count Avengers)

*I didn’t love Iron Man 2. One of the things I did love was seeing War Machine. War Machine was a huge selling point of the film. Doing a War Machine solo film (and probably having cameos from other new or established film characters) suggests that Iron Man 2 was less about Iron Man and more about supporting characters who will get films of thier own (Nick Fury, Black Widow). Doing a solo WM film would nearly render Iron Man 2 pointless as all it was (as some folks already view it) as nothing more than a extended trailer for The Avengers.

I want to repeat though- having a War Machine film would cover a lot of ground in concept. I wouldn’t mind one if it was needed. The only question is if it is.

Enough of my blabber. What’s your thoughts?

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