With all the speculation and rumors about casting for Iron Man 2 flying around, it'd be great if someone could get a confirmation about the casting from Marvel, or even better, director Jon Favreau. Well, Ain't It Cool News got the chance to talk to Favreau, and he confirmed - sort of - that the news about Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johnasson's casting in the film was true.

When asked what was true and what was not, Favreau answered by saying " I can't confirm any casting stuff because there have been no announcements made, but let me say that the people that have deals that should all be finalized in our cast this week, I should hope...it's a different process being that Marvel is not a big studio and they don't really have the infrastructure to get things out there; it's not as streamlined as a studio, so I apologize to the fans for not being able to say things as quickly as possible. But they really want to have legal protections and not officially say things until everything is done." Favreau continued, "But, I'm very excited about the people that we have. There are no big surprises in casting coming that I can foresee [laughs]. It's going to be a really, really good group of people and a story that takes advantage of our cast but is in inundated and doesn't get too complex because of the number of new people that we're adding, which is always a tar pit for these superhero movies, you always have to make sure that you add the characters in a smart way."

The important part of that statement, of course is the "There are no big surprises in casting coming that I can forsee." That seems to be as close to a confirmation statement as Favreau is going to be able to make, but it seems pretty definitive.

Favreau was also asked if Samuel L. Jackson's recent nine-picture deal with Marvel was a relief for him, going in to Iron Man 2. The director laughed and said "I wasn't worried that Sam signing a nine-picture deal was going to hold up my movie, no. That would have been really bizarre if that had happened." Sadly, this seems to suggest that Nick Fury's role in Iron Man 2 will be similarly small to the cameo that Jackson did for the first Iron Man.

Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau, will continue the tale of Tony Stark and his armored alter-ego as he continues his transformation from billionaire industrialist to super-hero. Robert Downey, Jr. will star as Tony Stark, with Paltrow returning in the role of his assistant Pepper Potts. Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson also star. Iron Man 2 blasts into theatres May 7, 2010.