Watching the casting news and rumors for upcoming Marvel films is not for the faint of heart.
Or those who get motion sick easily.
According to New York Magazine’s Vulture column, Mickey Rourke isn’t looking like a lock for Iron Man 2. “Right now, we’re not doing Iron Man 2,” he told the column. Rourke was slated to appear as the film version of the comic book villain Whiplash – or the Crimson Dynamo.
For those keeping track at home, Rourke’s (as of now) departure from the film is the latest for the film, as Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle, and Samuel L. Jackson has hinted strongly that he will not be appearing in any future Marvel films as Nick Fury due to Marvel not bringing enough money to the table. The last time Rourke was in the news with Iron Man 2 was last month, when the odds-on favorite for the Best Actor Oscar reportedly turned down Marvel’s “lowball” offer of $250,000, according to Variety.
Most recently, Scarlett Johannson has been rumored to be joining the cast as the Black Widow, replacing Emily Blunt, who was at one time reported to be filling the role. Blunt withdrew from consideration, it should be noted, due to other work.