Armor Wars Story Details Revealed By War Machine Actor


War Machine actor, Don Cheadle, recently revealed details for the story of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe television series, Armor Wars. The Golden Globe winning actor joined the MCU as lieutenant colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2, replacing Terrence Howard who left the role in Iron Man after a contract dispute with Marvel Studios. Cheadle received much praise for his portrayal of the hero and returned as Rhodes throughout the massive superhero franchise.

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Now, Cheadle is set to return to the part in the upcoming MCU television series, Armor Wars, based on a seven-issue Iron Man comic book story from 1987 to 1988. In the original source material, Tony Stark finds his technology stolen by the super villain Spymaster and sold to his corporate rival, Justin Hammer. With little details released, it is unclear how close Armor Wars‘ narrative would ahere to the original comic book’s storyline. Sam Rockwell, who starred as Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2, has yet to be announced as returning to his role in the new show. However, it has been announced that Walton Goggins, who portrayed black market tech vendor Sonny Burch in Ant-Man and the Wasp, will appear in Armor Wars.

In a recent interview with Phase Zero, Cheadle revealed story details for his upcoming Marvel television series, Armor Wars. When asked where Rhodes is at following the loss of Stark and the fallout after Avengers: Endgame, Cheadle explains that there are many details that he cannot yet share, but reveals that Rhodes is in “a very different place” and will be “very surprising” to fans. The actor also teased details about the story of the new show explaining that Armor Wars revolves around “Tony’s Stark Tech getting out” and Rhodes taking it upon himself to get it from the wrong hands. Read what Cheadle said below.

“[Rhodey is] at a very different place in a way that is something that I can’t talk about, but it’s going to very surprising to a lot of people. And the great thing is there’s just going to be so much opportunity to learn a lot about him and for him to learn about himself and for us, hopefully, to really be able to get behind what makes him tick.”

“If you know anything about the lore, and you’ve read the comic books, you understand that it’s a series that was built around Tony’s Stark Tech getting out and Rhodey taking it on to go get this tech back from the bad hands, the bad actors whose hands it is in. And as Marvel does, it’s also an opportunity to take the mythology and tip it on its head a little bit and come up with different ways to tell the story, so it’s doing that and has done that in spades.”

Although Cheadle did not offer much in regard to specific details for the upcoming MCU show, the actor implied that Armor Wars will be centered on the same premise of the original Marvel comic books. Stark’s advanced technology will be stolen and likely sold through the black market to the highest bidder, perhaps with Goggins’ Burch as one of the criminals that could be instrumental in the sale. With Burch being relatively low-level, there is still a chance for Rockwell to return as Hammer as the ultimate purchaser of the Stark tech.

Cheadle also implies that the upcoming series will finally be an MCU project that focuses on Rhodes’ growth as a character. Rhodes has been a character that has frequently appeared since the inception of Marvel’s shared universe in the original Iron Man. He has supported his friend against Hammer in Iron Man 2, suffered a physical tragedy in Captain America: Civil War, and remained a constant important governmental presence during and following the Blip years. However, there has yet to be any MCU project that centered on Rhodes and paid the character the attention that such an instrumental hero arguably deserves. With little to go on, audiences can only wait and speculate as to how close the Armor Wars MCU show will be to the original Marvel Comics story.

Source: Phase Zero

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