Oh, hello, James. But in all seriousness, Rhodey’s had an interesting trajectory in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First, he transformed himself from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle, became War Machine, sat on the sidelines for The Avengers, and then started becoming more involved with Age of Ultron and onward. Admittedly, that led to a disastrous incident for him in Captain America: Civil War, but as Avengers: Infinity War showed, you can’t keep a good War Machine down.
Literally, you can’t keep him down, as he was already getting back on his feet by the end of Civil War and by Infinity War, there was virtually no problem at all. And while War Machine did show up to help in battle during Infinity War, it turns out that there was initially more to his character arc as far as armor is concerned. While Rhodey has had his fair share of armor upgrades, as well as the Iron Patriot design in Iron Man 3– Norman Osborn might want to get on that- he was meant to receive another substantial boost in Infinity War.
The “Art Of” book for Avengers: Infinity War has revealed a fair bit of information and tidbits about the recent Marvel Studios team-up film, and within the pages of this book included some information about ultimately scrapped plans for War Machine:
“Originally, Rhodey was going to have two different armors in this movie. And then this ultimately got narrowed down to one armor, so the best elements in both armors were combined into one. We really wanted to give him a much more advanced look than what he had had in the previous movie to keep up a little bit with the leap from the Mark 47 to Mark 50 for Iron Man.”
So rather than two new looks, War Machine ended up with the best of both worlds, but it didn’t just stop at the cosmetic level, as he also ended up with a better arsenal of weaponry as well:
“So I went with a much more sophisticated stealth geometry and breakup of the form language. I also gave him a far more extensive package of weaponry than he had ever previously had.”
Given that Rhodey was one of the survivors of Thanos’ finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps in order to better combat the Mad Titan next time, he’ll receive another substantial boost in weaponry and armor. What do you think? Would you have wanted to see Rhodey get two kinds of armor in Infinity War? And do you hope to see him receive another upgrade in Avengers: Untitled? Let us know in the comments below.
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