It’s all speculation at this point, but Ryan over at Coke and Comics has noticed an interesting casting call for Iron Man 2:
Producers: Marvel, Kevin Feige
Executive Producer: Louis D’Esposito
Executive Producers: David Maisel, Denis Stewart, Stan Lee
Co-Producers: Jeremy Latcham, Victoria Alonso
Associate Producer: Karen Johnson
Director: Jon Favreau
Start Date: April 2009
30s, Eastern European, brilliant, gritty…
20s, beautiful, speaks several languages fluently and is equally proficient in martial arts…
Russian, 20s or 30s, at least 6’2″, able to perform own stunts, has the build of a MMA fighter…
As Ryan suggests, unless there’s a new character in the mix, this seems as though this could be setting up the Black Widow and the Crimson Dynamo.
The Black Widow, a Russian operative with physical enhancements and a shady past, attempted to seduce Iron Man’s industrialist alter ego Tony Stark before defecting and joining the Avengers. The Crimson Dynamo, meanwhile, was called upon by the Soviet Union to battle Iron Man, but eventually defected when he was disavowed by his superiors. The film is due to be released May 7, 2010.