In December 2020, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced the upcoming Phase 4 slate at the Disney Investors Day. As part of that slate, two projects with links to the late Tony Stark received series orders. Those projects, Iron Heart and Armor Wars, were announced as Disney+ series. However, in September 2022, Marvel shifted the latter from show to theatrical movie.
Marvel is famous for secrecy, and the upcoming Phase 5 and Phase 6 titles are no exception to the rule. The movie will focus on Tony Stark’s best friend, James Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine. Don Cheadle is onboard to continue as Rhodey. Watch this space for updates and details for the movie as we learn them.
The movie’s title is Marvel Studios’ Armor Wars.
Armor Wars Plot
The Armor Wars comics contain seven issues. And the story arc focuses on Tony Stark discovering his Iron Man technology is now in the hands of not just heroes but also villains. Which, of course, leads to chaos. So, of course, his bestie, Rhodey, sets off to recover the items. Disney + confirms the movie will be similar and asks, “what happens if Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands?”
In an interview with BroBible’s Post-Credit Podcast, Cheadle states that Tony Stark’s death “I’m pretty sure, will play a role in the series.” Additionally, like Marvel themselves, he notes that the premise is definitely similar to the comics. However, he adds, “true to the MCU, and true to Marvel’s, sort of, mission, the comic books are a jumping-off point. And then these things have to have their own mythology and their own modus operandi in the way that works. So, to wit, I am not sure exactly what’s going to happen, but I think it’s going to be this intense, kick-ass, Rhodey going around the world thing.”
Additionally, D23 Expo revealed that story would follow on directly from Disney+’s Secret Invasion show.
Behind the Scenes
The Hollywood Reporter reports that comedian and writer Yassir Lester will be the show’s head writer. Cheadle also revealed in the podcast that the writers’ room would open in March/April 2021.
In September 2022, THR also announced that the project would shift from a six-episode series to a feature film. Lester will still serve as the film’s screenwriter. According to the announcement, Marvel sources say the studio was committed in getting the story told the right way and in that process realized that a feature was better suited for the project.
Armor Wars Cast
So far, only Cheadle, who reprises his role as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine, is announced for the movie.
Armor Wars Release Date
The is currently no release date movie.
Originally published September 10, 2022.