Iron Man's coolest armored sidekick, War Machine will have a major role in Iron Man 2, says actor Terrance Howard. Filming for the Iron Man sequel starts next March, in the hopes of meeting the film's release date, set for April 2010, Howard told But how does Howard's character, Jim Rhodes, become War Machine in the next movie? In the comics, he has to start wearing battle armor because Tony Stark goes on the mother of all boozy benders. But the movies may take a different tack, says director Jon Favreau.

Favreau had been making noises about basing Iron Man 2 on the famous "Demon in a Bottle" storyline, in which Tony Stark's alcoholism sidelines him and Rhodes has to take over. (And then the armor starts to do weird things to Rhodes and he goes a bit psycho, forcing Tony to reclaim the Iron Man identity. Eventually Rhodes gets non-crazy-making armor, and becomes War Machine.)


But now Favreau is saying the upcoming boozy-superhero movie Hancock, starring Will Smith, may sideline those plans. Favreau told Collider that, "Comic book fans might see "Demon in a Bottle" as a fresh story line, but I haven't seen Hancock yet. From what I've seen it seems there is a lot of imagery that seems to be shared. Him flying through billboards and things. The idea of the hero whose biggest enemy is himself, and him fighting through his demons [may be played out, so] you want to come at the audience with something fresh." Will Smith is great at scifi fun, but I think we'd all rather the expert, Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr. show us true self destruction. [Military and Collider]