Robert Downey, Jr. signed a deal with Marvel Studios to return as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, and The Avengers.
Don Cheadle, who is replacing Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes/War Machine in Iron Man 2, has signed on for The Avengers too. Jon Favreau, who is the director of Iron Man 2, will be an executive producer on The Avengers.
- Iron Man 2 is set for release on May 7th, 2010.
- The Avengers is due on July 15th, 2011.
- Iron Man 3 is due after The Avengers on a date to be determined.