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UPDATE: HitFix is saying that they have confirmed Cheadle's role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but don't mention exactly verified the information. The original story in its entirety is below.
There's been a good amount of time spent wondering if Don Cheadle's Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes would ever emerge from being a side character in the Iron Man movies to become a member of The Avengers cast, and today a new rumors has surfaced suggesting that the character's time may be coming in 2015. Bleeding Cool has apparently learned from their sources close to the production that Cheadle will be on the cast list for Joss Whedon's upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
From a logic point of view, this does make a considerable amount of sense. The end of Shane Black's Iron Man 3 featured Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark destroying his entire cache of Iron Man suits and removing the arc reactor in his chest, suggesting that he is done playing the superhero game. This could potentially mean that when The Avengers come calling and need a guy in an armored suit they will be turning to Rhodey's Iron Patriot/War Machine instead of the suit's inventor. Given the lack of details and sources in Bleeding Cool's story we have to treat this as rumor for now, but one can see how Cheadle could fit into the Avengers mix.
The same could also be said for the second Age of Ultron story that the site is floating. Sources have evidently told them that British actor Simon McBurney, who has most recently been playing Johannes Burchart on the television series The Borgias, is now either in talks or signed on to the major Marvel Studios project. Nothing has been confirmed regarding what character he would possibly be playing, but apparently one thought that is going around is that he will be playing a human version of Tony Stark's butler, Jarvis (he may not be named Jarvis, but that's what Tony will apparently call him). Unlike most runs of the comics, in the three Iron Man movies and the first Avengers the character was turned into a digital computer interface voiced by Paul Bettany, so having a real-life Jarvis would be a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether or not there is any truth to this rumor is still a question mark.
If these rumors do turn out to be true, what do you make of them? Would you be excited to see Rhodey flying around with the likes of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye? Do you like the idea of Tony getting a real butler instead of just talking to some really advanced technology he built? Let us know what you're thinking in the comments section below.