Before Ant-Man: 4 Messy And Memorable Marvel Studios Conflicts

By Eric Eisenberg 2014-05-25 18:22:41discussion comments
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Terrence Howard And Iron Man 2
As a means of maintaining a cohesive big screen universe that all feels like part of a larger puzzle, Marvel Studios has placed a good deal of importance on keeping actors in specific roles under contract from project to project. This has been accomplished by signing big, multi-picture deals that ensure both stars and supporting players will be ready to work whenever the studio calls on them. Now that Marvel has fully established itself in Hollywood, this system has ended up working out pretty well for them - but in the early-goings things didnít work quite as smoothly. Take, for example, what happened between the studio and actor Terrence Howard prior to the making of Iron Man 2.

While Howard earned positive marks from critics and fans for his performance as James "Rhody" Rhodes in the first Iron Man, he found himself replaced in the role by Don Cheadle when it came time for Marvel to make the sequel. So what happened? According to Howard, the studio originally paid him $4.5 million to be in the first film, and he signed a contract that said he would get $8 million in the event of a sequel. What he didnít realize was that the contract wasnít mutually binding, and when negotiations came around for the sequel Marvel only offered him $1 million. In a more recent interview, the actor said that Robert Downey Jr. didnít exactly do his part to keep him around either, saying,
"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."

Since Iron Man 2, Marvel has been forced to recast other parts Ė the most notable perhaps being Edward Norton being replaced by Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers - but few have been as vocal about their personal situation with the company as Howard has. Needless to say, donít expect to see him show up in a Marvel movie again.
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