Robert Downey, Jr. signs on for Avengers movie

Amazing! Incredible! Fantastic! Marvel fans may recognize these adjectives from various comic properties. But all three can be applied to the recent announcement from Marvel regarding Robert Downey, Jr. He's officially signed on for the Avengers movie! I think we all knew it was a given, considering the way Iron Man ended and his cameo as Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk, but this just makes it that much better. But there's more. The same announcement indicated some things about the Avengers movie. "In a movie event, "The Avengers" will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they've ever faced." So we can expect to see at least Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk, in addition to whatever other villains they want to add in. And I guess this means that we won't be seeing them fight Hulk, which is kind of disappointing. But what can we make of the line about the facing the biggest villain they've ever faced? Is that physically big, or figuratively? Could it be Onslaught? Apocalypse? Guess we'll find out! Iron Man 2 will be released in theaters on May 7, 2010 and The Avengers will be released July 15, 2011. Both films will be distributed by Paramount Pictures. Downey in for Avengers