Originally Posted by DoomsdayApex
Let's not get carried away here. Howard was 10x more popular than RDJ (and remains more popular than Patrow, Bridges and Favreau) with the general audience at the time. That's why Marvel paid him what he demanded. Now that RDJ is an A-List celebrity again however, Marvel kicked his ass to the curb (something that Marvel Studios isn't afraid to do with big name actors -- which has earned them a reputation). Justice was done. Howard was asking for too much and he's apparently complicated to work with (similar to Jamie Foxx).
Cheadle is a great actor but his chemistry with RDJ was off. Marvel did the right thing but Don wasn't as well-received as Howard. At this point, casual fans have accepted that Terrance has been replaced but Cheadle won't be as charismatic as Howard in alot of people's eyes.
Yeah, *let's* not get carried away here...
"Howard remains more popular than Paltrow, Bridges, and Favreau?" Is that why Howard's latest movie, Dead Man Down,
debuted this week at #4 with a paltry $5 million take and a 37% RT rating? And how much did Tron and True Grit make again, I forget...? Oh right, $400 mil and $250 mil respectively....obviously Bridges isn't as popular as Howard.
YMMV at Cheadle's performance in IM2, but there's no public consensus anywhere showing that the vast majority of audiences were disappointed with Cheadle. And there's a damn good chance that Shane Black, king of the buddy-cop screenplays, is giving Cheadle a *lot* more to do with Rhodey's character this time around. I don't think anybody in the audience except for Terrence Howard will have any complaints about Stark and Rhodey's chemistry in IM3.