Robert Downey Jr. became the first superstar of an A-list franchise after launching Iron Man. Marvel has incorporated everyone associated with the movie into the MCU, from Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau to Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany. But unfortunately, marvel Studios screwed over one actor in the superhero flick.
Terrence Howard played Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Tony Stark’s sidekick in War Machine. In the beginning, Howard seemed like the perfect choice to play Rhodey, Tony’s perpetually dissatisfied shoulder angel. Howard could have starred in Avengers: Infinity War if things had worked out differently. Still, instead of joining Downey for future Marvel movies, Howard was fired before Iron Man 2 started.
How exactly did it happen? What caused Marvel Studios to get rid of such an integral actor from one of their most popular films? The truth about Terrence Howard’s firing from Iron Man 2 is revealed by everything from on-set conflicts to nasty financial squabbles.
Iron Man’s Rhodey revealed why Terence Howard left him behind.
Howard is not subtle about the reason for leaving the MCU on this segment. While money played a significant role in the actor’s decision to walk away – as it often does in blockbuster movies – he also hinted at other tensions. Regarding his decision not to return as Rhodey in Iron Man 2, Terrence Howard said:
Robert Downey Jr., who starred as Tony Stark in no less than 10 MCU films, would be the unnamed “he.” Downey Jr. received extraordinary money for his Tony Stark roles. Andy Cohen had said, “The word was you wanted the same money as Downey.” Howard responded:
Years had passed since that encounter (or lack thereof) at the time of the interview. At the time of the episode, Cohen asked Howard about Downey. In response, Howard was unamused, hinting that tensions still existed between them:
While Terence Howard may not have followed through with his War Machine character, his career didn’t cease to flourish.
He has worked on successful films such as The Princess and the Frog, Red Tails and St. Vincent, Law & Order: LA, and Empire.
We all enjoyed a good pretend, though. He announced his retirement in September 2019 because he had spent 37 years pretending to be people so that people could pretend to watch and enjoy him.