The San Diego Comic-Con Hall H presentation has set up several movies and shows, solidifying Marvel’s future agenda. An important project, however, was left out of the discussion. Yes, we are talking about Armor Wars. The project was first unveiled in December 2020. It tells the story of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, aka War Machine, who is played on-screen by Don Cheadle. It was described as Tony Stark’s worst nightmare come true. But since then, there have not been many updates or conversations about the same. This worried several fans as they began to assume it was cancelled.
Don Cheadle’s Past Interviews
Don Cheadle spoke in an earlier interview about Armor Wars and the character of James Rhodes. He talked about wanting to explore Rhodey as a person and find out who he is.
“I think the most exciting part is yet to come. I don’t think we actually have a super strong idea of who he is. Outside that bubble of The Avengers. Beyond his friendship with Tony,” he also went on, “Now he will be detached from all that. So it’s an opportunity to discover who he is that we haven’t had before with concentrated time and focus on Rhodey and Rhodey’s journey. Hopefully something about his past. Tell a few things about his potential future. Who knows how long this Marvel thing will last? It seems a bit infinite.”
Here’s what he had to say about the project, which is still in its infancy. “Where could this character go? What could be in store for him? It’s very early in the process for Armor Wars. We have just hired my boy Yassir who I am very excited about. He wrote on Black Monday. Became friends with him, very close to him. Great guy, lots of good ideas. Honestly, we’re still trying to crack the spine of what it’s going to be and chop it up into pieces. I couldn’t give you the answers if you wanted them because we’re in ‘clay mode’ right now.”
He also provided some answers to AP Entertainment. “It gets interesting. We’re just talking about what that show is going to be. We will probably start filming sometime next year and are just now working on the story. Deciding what that journey is going to look like, what the recurrence of this will be. Obviously, if people know Armor Wars comics, they know what the series is about. But it’s also figuring out how to determine and dig deep into who Rhodey is, because we haven’t really seen much of that in the movies.”
Don Cheadle clears up some doubts
However, all of this was before the current upheaval on Twitter, with people constantly tagging him and asking for updates on Armor Wars. Don Cheadle humorously teased the future of the series without actually revealing any details. To a fan who asked for updates, he replied: “Funny you should ask…”
Not only Don Cheadle but Yassir Lester, writer of Armor Wars, took to Instagram and wrote in his story, “I promise it’s still coming out”. This has reassured fans a lot as these are both extremely reliable sources. Plus, Marvel hasn’t exactly revealed everything in SDCC. Only 3 projects from Phase 5 were teased, namely Fantastic Four, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. So don’t worry guys!
A Brief Idea About Armor Wars
Armor Wars’ comedic numbers focus on Iron Man’s greatest fear. His technology has fallen into the hands of the wrong people. Someone, Justin Hammer, has sold his technology to super villains. Tony becomes a villain, decides to take matters into his own hands and either get the technology back or just destroy it. He comes up with something called “Negator Packs” that could destroy his technology on contact. In fact, this crusade of his led to him leaving the Avengers and losing the support and friendship of Steve Rogers. The government treated him like a criminal and sent ‘Firepower’, another man in huge armor, after him.
The series will follow a similar storyline. An important difference will of course be Iron Man because of his death in Endgame. If anything, the story will continue with Endgame. We will likely see Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes emotionally process the death of his dear friend and try to carry on his legacy. We have no concrete updates regarding the casting or filming. But everything will be revealed in due course.