Don Cheadle is getting his own show where he will be reprising his role as War Machine in a new Marvel Studios Disney+ series Armor Wars. His character of Colonel James Rhodes has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the beginning of time.
Although Don wasn’t playing James until Iron Man 2 as he had replaced Terrence Howard. The actor has been able to suit up as War Machine in various films. All of his appearances have been connected to his friendship with Iron Man aka Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.
After the death of Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, War Machine’s future was unclear in the MCU. However, when Marvel Studios revealed the Phase 4 slate of movies lined up as well as Disney+ shows, there were no projects that confirmed he will be a part of anything.
There was a probability of War Machine returning but it was only expected to be in the supporting capacity as well. Marvel had made attempts of creating a War Machine solo film, but it never came into being. But fortunately, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios confirmed that one of the new MCU Disney+ shows in the words will be a series that includes Don’s War Machine.
The series is based on the seven-issue comic run and is named Armor Wars. It will be written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton from 1987 to 1988. The story of War Machine follows Iron Man in the comics after the Stark tech is stolen. Although, this show will have War Machine at the center of it all.
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Armor Wars is an opportunity for Marvel Studios to highlight one of its biggest supporting characters. The character has been a part of all seven movies of the MCU but has never been in the limelight by himself. This will be a chance to show fans and audiences about some of the adventures he has been heard bragging about in some of the movies.
This is an opportunity for Marvel for also keeping some of Iron Man’s characters around as they give War Machine the center stage. With Iron Man gone, it will be interesting to watch James try to keep his best friend’s technology out of the wrong hands. It might also have a window that shows him mourning the loss of Tony.
War Machine will act as one of the many chances for Marvel to incorporate elements from the MCU’s past present and future. In the comics, Tony was working with Scott Lang to find out who stole his tech, and Avengers: Endgame helped establish a connection between Ant-Man and War Machine.
James Rhodey is not as tech-savvy as Tony and he will likely need all the help he can get. This means Scott Lang might be helping him track down the missing pieces. He might also reach out to Riri Williams who is also getting a solo Ironheart Disney+ series.
The storyline will include Justine Hammer to acquire Tony’s stolen designs. This might also be an open window for MCU to bring back Same Rockwell as the villain from Iron Man 2. However, since the news has just been announced, it is still unclear as to what can be the probabilities of any of the information being confirmed.