Terrence Howard Says RDJ 'Pushed' Him From IRON MAN Sequels, Feige Shoots Down Diesel’s Marvel 'Merging' Talks

Diesel visiting Marvel Studios
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige Refutes Diesel’s Claims of a “Merging of Brands”

A few months back actor Vin Diesel began leaking information surrounding a meeting he had with Marvel Studios about him playing a role in one of their upcoming films. In addition to the smoke and mirrors surrounding who he’d play, Diesel also mentioned something else that whetted fan’s appetites: a “merging of the brands,” as he puts it. Fans and journalists by-and-large took that to mean a possible crossover between the Marvel movies owned by Marvel itself with the ones whose movie rights are owned by other studios such as Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four. But in an interview with /Film, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige squashes that, in a manner of speaking.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” Feige told /Film’s Germain Lussier.

In addition to that, Feige said a third Thor film isn’t a sure thing yet, and says that Thor: The Dark World wrapped up what he called “the Loki Trilogy” between it, Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers.

Terrence Howard Says IRON MAN Star 'Pushed' Him Out of Franchise

People were a bit taken aback in 2008 when Terrence Howard, who played James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man, was replaced in favor of Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2 and further films. At the time there was some unconfirmed reports it was a money issue, but this week Howard himself spoke out about the issue and pointed the finger at Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., for being a key part of his exit.

“This is going to get me in a lot of trouble. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard said in an interview with Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

According to Howard, he signed a three-picture deal with Marvel that started with Iron Man and was planned to continue through the then-potential sequels. The original contract, again according to Howard, had escalating pay rates for each ensuring film. But as development of Iron Man 2 began, Marvel used a clause in the contract to re-negotiate the actor’s payment for “one-eighth” of the original contract. Howard says the unnamed Marvel representative said “we think [Iron Man 2] will be successful with or without” Howard.

“And I called my friend that I helped get the first job,” Howard said, referring to Downey,” and he didn’t call me back for three months.”

At the time, Entertainment Weekly ran a story that cited unnamed “Hollywood insiders” who stated Howard had shown “difficult behavior” during the filming of the original Iron Man movie, as well as stating Howard – who was the first actor hired for the Iron Man film – was paid at a salary inordinately higher than the rest of the cast, including Downey Jr. Earlier this year, Howard claimed that being recast in the Iron Man franchise was responsible for “killing my career.”

Thor’s Jaimie Alexander talks about possible Wonder Woman role on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Sif Poster for Thor: The Dark World
Sif Poster for Thor: The Dark World
Credit: Marvel Studios

In her role as Sif in the Thor franchise, Jaimie Alexander is at the forefront in female superhero roles in the movie world. And in the build-up to this year’s Thor: The Dark World, she raised some eyebrows when she spoke about being “in discussions” with DC, leading people to connect the dots and speculate it might be to play Wonder Woman. This was brought up in Alexander’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, and Alexander did nothing to knock down the speculation.

It would definitely be a cool job. I was a huge fan growing up, not just [of] the show, but the comic books too,” Alexander told Leno. “I’m a huge fan of Wonder Woman. I really think if this is the closest that we’re ever going to get to Wonder Woman, then I’m proud to play Sif. I hope that other comic book entities can learn a lesson from Marvel in how to execute a female character the way it should be done. I really would like to one day see a Wonder Woman film or Wonder Woman character, but until it’s done with class, I’d rather it not be done.”

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