Marvel Gave Don Cheadle 2 Hours to Agree to 6-Movie Deal

  • Marvel Studios gave Don Cheadle just two hours to decide if he wanted to sign a six-picture deal.
  • Cheadle was at his “baby laser tag birthday party” when the proposal came.
  • The star replaces Terrence Howard as Lt. James Rhodes/War Machine in “Iron Man 2.”

“Iron Man” debuted in 2008 from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and starred Terrence Howard as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) best friend and confidante, Lt. James Rhodes. But when Marvel Studios offered the actor $1 million just to return for the sequel, Howard chose not to return, later claiming that Downey Jr. took his salary.

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Thankfully, Marvel found a solid replacement for the star: Don Cheadle. The “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Hotel Rwanda” actor has played Rudy (aka War Machine) in seven movies, as well as appearing in two Disney+ shows: “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “What If…? “

But speaking to GQ about his career, Cheadle revealed that the studio only gave him two hours to agree to a six-picture deal before “Iron Man 2.”

The actor recalled that he was at a birthday party for one of his children when the call came.

Cheadle said: “I was at my kid’s laser tag birthday party. They called me and said, ‘What’s going on and we’re going to make you an offer. If you don’t say yes, we’re going to someone else.’ It will happen very quickly. Why don’t you take an hour and decide what you want to do.”

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The actor revealed that he hasn’t been told much about what projects he’ll be in other than a few “Avengers” movies.

“It’s going to be these revengers and that’s what it is, so you have to say yes or no,” he said.

The studio also didn’t tell him what to expect from the War Machine arc in the MCU, saying: “We don’t know anything about it but it’s something you have an hour.”

Cheadle said he talked his wife through the proposal while they played laser tag, as well as his agent, before accepting the offer.

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“So we played laser tag for two hours and I was talking to my wife and we thought about it and talked to our agent and tried to get as much information as possible.”

Although Rudy is a perfect Avenger, he’s always been Iron Man’s sidekick, but he’s soon leading his own movie, “Armor Wars.”

The star also revealed what to expect from the 2024 film, saying, “In each successive film, he grows out of Tony’s shadow and becomes his own person. But we still haven’t found out who he is.” And they’re literally carved into it. That’s what this movie is for now.”


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