Don Cheadle Talks ‘War Machine’ Movie That Never Happened and the Evolution of Rhodey in the MCU

/Film | 4/16/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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Colonel James Rhodes has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the beginning. While it was Terrence Howard who played Tony Stark’s military buddy in the original Iron Man, the sequel brought in Don Cheadle as the character and they’ve never looked back. Though he’s now an integral part of The Avengers with his own suit of armor and weapons, there was a time when a War Machine movie would have let him take off on a solo adventure.

While making the publicity rounds for Avengers: Endgame, actor Don Cheadle recently talked about the abandoned plans for a War Machine movie, as well as the evolution of Rhodey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it sounds like the character arc we may have seen in a solo adventure ended up being explored through a supporting role in the the rest of the Marvel movies.

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Entertainment Weekly spoke to Don Cheadle about the once-developing War Machine movie, and while it never got far enough to have a full story fleshed out, there was a basic idea of how the movie would handle Rhodes as a character:

“There was definitely going to be a lot of tension between his job as a military man and his allegiances to the code that he swore an oath to uphold, versus the changing world. I think they probably would have run afoul of each other a little bit, but I don’t know if he would have been a straight fugitive, or if he would have become decommissioned. But there was definitely going to be some tension between those two worlds”

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Rhodey was integral in the evolution of Iron Man as a hero, especially when it came to how the military treated both Tony Stark and the creation of his armor. Iron Man 2 saw him betraying Tony Stark...
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