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Robert Downey Jr. Continues to Marvel

Oct 29, 2008 | 11:01am EDT

Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark not only in Marvel’s Iron Man 2, but also in The Avengers and a third Iron Man film, says Variety. Jon Favreau, who is directing the second Iron Man, will also exec produce The Avengers.

The Avengers is set for a July 15, 2011 release and will reunite the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk.

In a statement on Tuesday, Marvel also confirmed that Don Cheadle has joined Iron Man to replace Terrence Howard as Col. James Rhodes.

Iron Man 2 is set for a May 7, 2010 release

Meanwhile, in a recent interview with, Favreau spoke about his work on Iron Man 2 and the other films.

Comparing Tony Stark to James Bond, Favreau says, “There’s definitely a sense of humor…that the Roger Moore James Bonds or the Sean Connery James Bonds had when I was growing up. There was a tonal swagger to it and there was a sense of really having a window into the way the other half lives, in an over-the-top way. And I think as James Bond, as that series has reinvigorated itself by moving closer to the… almost to the Bourne Identity approach, it’s leaving behind this really fun world that seems anachronistic for Bond now. But for Tony Stark I say we have to go for it…”

Favreau also says he’s going to “get a little more involved now with what goes on with the other movies. I’m very excited about Kenneth Branagh, I can’t wait to see his take on Thor and we’re really looking at the (Captain America) stuff, very closely.”

Finally, regarding Iron Man 2 and the fans, Favreau says he thinks he’ll set up a Facebook page where he “will disseminate information and include them in the process as much as I can. The difficulty becomes… you don’t want to undermine the release of the film." 

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