Marvel gave Don Cheadle 2 hours to accept the 6 movie deal

  • Marvel Studios gave Don Cheadle just two hours to decide whether he wanted to sign a six-picture deal.
  • Cheadle was at “the kid’s laser tag birthday party” when the offer came through.
  • The star replaced Terrence Howard as Lt. James Rhodes/War Machine in “Iron Man 2”.

“Iron Man” kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe way back in 2008, and it starred Terrence Howard as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) best friend and confidante, Lt. James Rhodes. However, when Marvel Studios only offered the actor $1 million to return for the sequel, Howard chose not to return, later claiming that Downey Jr. took his paycheck.

Fortunately, Marvel found a solid replacement for the star: Don Cheadle. The “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Hotel Rwanda” actor has played Rhodey (aka War Machine) in seven films, in addition to appearances in two Disney+ series: “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “What If…?”

But speaking to GQ about his career, Cheadle explained that the studio only gave him two hours to agree to a six-picture deal ahead of “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 birthday party. They called me and said, ‘This is what’s happening and we’re making you the offer. If you don’t say yes, we’ll go to the next person. This is going to happen very quickly. Why not take an hour and decide if you want to do it.’

The actor explained that he wasn’t told much about what projects he would be in apart from a few “Avengers” movies.

He said: “‘It’s going to be these Avengers and this is what it is, so you have to say yes or no.’

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

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

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

Although Rhodey is a full-fledged Avenger, he has always been Iron Man’s sidekick, but he will soon lead his own movie, “Armor Wars.”

The star also teased what she can expect from the 2024 film, saying: “In each successive film, he comes out more and more from Tony’s shadow and becomes his own person. But we still haven’t explored who he is and really dug into that yet . That’s what the movie is for.”

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