Cheadle may have actually revealed something about the future of his character in his carefully-worded answers.
With Disney+ poised to launch later this year, the possibility of spinoffs for some of the players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded exponentially, with several already announced. Will Don Cheadle's War Machine join their ranks?
The character has been flying around the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years and Cheadle certainly seems to enjoy playing him. Even better for Marvel, he's proven quite adept at saying absolutely nothing about anything while out promoting the franchise's various films.
In fact, he proved his mastery of language once again when Jimmy Kimmel tried to pin him down about a possible spinoff for his character either as a limited television series or forthcoming feature film.
Already there are series in the works for the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and even Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), while Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is getting the feature treatment.
Well, it's possible that discussions have been had about expanding War Machine's story beyond the confines of the various "Iron Man" and "Avengers" films, but Kimmel found Cheadle to be a hilariously elusive guest when it came to getting answers. If only he could have just asked Tom Holland or Mark Ruffalo.
"I'm not allowed to talk about that," Cheadle said when Kimmel asked if there had been any discussions about a possible spinoff.
When he sought clarification, Cheadle said, "I'm not allowed to discuss the discussions that I may or may not have had."
Still probing, Kimmel tried asking, "How would you know you weren't allowed to discuss those discussions if no discussions had ever occurred?"
Not to worry, though, as Cheadle wasn't even slightly tripped up here. "If you discuss discussing discussions that have been had," he said, "They dissuade you from that and they discuss it with your agent."
He went on to clarify, "Look, the discussions, there's a lot of discussions and you pick your discussions and you get in and out, but I've opted out of those discussions because I want to stay in the movies."
That last line Kimmel seemed to miss as he switched topics, but it could well be that Cheadle was admitting discussions had been had about a possible Disney+ series for him that he opted to not discuss.
Was he also possibly revealing that War Machine survives the upcoming "Avengers: Endgame," setting Cheadle and his character up for continued adventures as the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters Phase 4 and a whole new era in its continued theatrical dominance?
"Avengers: Endgame" hits theaters on Friday, April 26, 2019.
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