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Don Cheadle Assures Fans About Armor Wars

By Chandraboli Majumdar
August 18,2022

The San Diego Comic-Con Hall H presentation has set up several movies and shows, solidifying Marvel’s future agenda. However, a significant project was left out of the conversation. Yes, we are talking about Armor Wars. The project was first revealed in December of 2020. It will tell the story of James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine, who is played by Don Cheadle on screen. It was described as Tony Stark’s worst nightmare come true. But ever since, there haven’t been many updates or talks regarding the same. This had several fans worried as they started to assume it was getting cancelled.

Armor Wars

Armor Wars

Don Cheadle’s previous interviews

Don Cheadle in a previous interview talked 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 think we don’t have a super-strong idea of who he is, really. Outside of that bubble of The Avengers. Outside of his friendship with Tony,” He also went on to say “Now, he’s going to be untethered from all of that. So, it’s an opportunity to discover who he is, that we have not had before with concentrated time and focus on Rhodey, and Rhodey’s journey. Hopefully, some stuff about his past. Teeing up some things about his potential future. Who knows how long this Marvel thing goes? It seems kinda unending.”

This is what he had to say about the project still being in its early stages. “Where this character might go? What might be in the offing for him? It’s very early in the process for Armor Wars. We just hired my boy Yassir, which I am very excited about. He wrote on Black Monday. Became friends with him, really close with him. Great guy, a lot of great ideas. Honestly, we’re still trying to crack the spine of what it’s going to be and chop it up. I couldn’t give you the answers if you wanted them, because we’re in the ‘clay mode’ right now.”

He also gave AP Entertainment some answers. “It’s going to be interesting. We are just talking about what that show is going to be. We probably will start filming sometime next year and are just cracking the story right now. Deciding what that journey going to look like, what the iteration of this is going to be. Obviously, if people know Armor Wars comics they know what the series is about. But it’s also figuring out how to establish and dig really deep into who Rhodey is because we haven’t really seen a lot of that in the movies.”

Don Cheadle clears some doubts

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle

However, all of this was before the current upheaval on Twitter with people constantly tagging him and asking for updates about Armor Wars. Don Cheadle in his humorous way, teased the future of the series without actually revealing any details. To a fan asking for updates, he replied, “Funny you should ask…”

Not only Don Cheadle but Yassir Lester, Armor Wars writer, took to Instagram and wrote in his story “I promise it is still coming out,”. This has reassured fans a lot as these are both extremely reliable sources. Moreover, Marvel did not exactly reveal everything in SDCC. Only 3 projects of 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

The comic issues of Armor Wars focusses on Iron Man’s worst fear. His tech has gotten into the hands of the wrong people. Someone, Justin Hammer, has been selling his tech to supervillains. Tony goes rogue, decides to take matter into his own hands and either get back the tech or simply destroy it. He invents 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 as a criminal and sent ‘Firepower’, another man in a huge armor, after him.

Armor Wars Comic

Armor Wars Comic

The series will follow a similar storyline. One key difference will obviously be Iron Man due to his death in Endgame. If anything, the story will pick up from Endgame. We will most likely see Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes emotionally deal with his dear friend’s death and try to carry on his legacy. We don’t have any concrete updates regarding the casting or filming. But all will be revealed in due time.

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