With the wild success of The Avengers earlier this month, the Marvel machine is moving ahead stronger than ever as the studio preps for more sequels. Today we’ve received word on the villainous side of things for Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Let’s start off with Iron Man 3, which brings an odd choice to the table. Variety reports that former Dancing with the Stars contestant Ashley Hamilton (son of George) is in talks to play a character named Firepower who, in the comics, was a pilot of an experimental armoured suit, eventually doing battle with Iron Man. Now, before anyone jumps to conclusions, apparently the part will be relatively small, so we’ll see how it fits into the overall narrative. Hopefully we won’t be seeing another villain who turns into the equivalent of the hero again. It’s also worth noting that Jon Favreau has been confirmed to return as Happy Hogan.
As for Thor 2, Mads Mikkelsen is currently in talks to play the villain in the Thor sequel. While there’s no information as to who that villain will be, Mikkelsen is no stranger to portraying antagonists as one of his most memorable parts remains the baddie from Casino Royale. He would join returning cast members Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston among others. While the Iron Man 3 casting comes across like a weird choice, I can easily see Mikkelsen slipping into the Thor universe. Both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 will hit theaters next year in May and November, respectively. What are your thoughts on the potential additions to these casts?