Don Cheadle Returning For ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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War Machine Missile Launcher Archer Marvel Comics Don Cheadle Returning For The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Don Cheadle, taking over the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes from Terrence Howard for the Iron Man sequel, had the chance to suit up in armor of his own, dubbed War Machine. The character was nowhere to be found when New York came under attack by alien forces in The Avengers and his absence was explained in the Iron Man 3 prequel comic.

Since Iron Man 3 gave much more screen time and action sequences to Rhodey, will Marvel Studios and writer-director Joss Whedon find another way to not include him in The Avengers: Age of Ultron or will Cheadle get his wish and become another armored Avenger? We spoke with the actor at last year’s Comic-Con and again before Iron Man 3 hit theaters in May and at time, he hadn’t spoken when Whedon about the possibility. That was then.

USA Today spoke with Cheadle today about his Best Actor Golden Globe nomination for his role in in the TV comedy House of Lies and made mention that he “has a part” in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, seemingly confirming – without quoting Cheadle directly – that Rhodey will at least make an appearance in the next team-up event.

Considering how Iron Man 3 ended with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tossing all of his Iron Man suits away and Rhodey now a proven warrior with his own War Machine and Iron Patriot suits, it would be strange to again make no mention of these facts when Stark returns for the battle against Ultron – a character whose new origins for the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have something to do with Stark, his armor designs (as revealed in The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser) and his assistant artificial intelligence, J.A.R.V.I.S..

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Cheadle has gone on record previously stating that there have been “discussions” around the future of Rhodey in the franchise, from appearances in future Avengers movie or other spinoffs. There’s also a chance that the character – who works for the U.S. military- can appear in the S.H.I.E.L.D.-focused Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a cameo. It’s that film after all, that serves as the prequel to Age of Ultron. Think of it as The Avengers 1.5.

Should Rhodey take Stark’s place on the team? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


More: Super High-Res Don Cheadle Iron Patriot Poster


Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. They’ll just end up giving him a bit part like in IM3. If they don’t intend to significantly use him just leave him out entirely

    • I agree..its silly just to keep having cameos..and when I read Entertainment Weekly with a picture of him and the other Avengers, they mentioned everyone EXCEPT there just this hate relationship against War Machine?

      • Maybe you guys need to read the comics more to understand His role.

  2. In an interview over the summer when it was announced that RDJ had signed on for AVENGERS 2 & 3 it was stated that another solo IRON MAN film wouldnt happen til after AVENGERS 3, if it were to happen at all. Following this logic, it puts IM4 in theatres in 2019. Thats six years, which means u could do a “bridge” in 2016…….and that film could be WAR MACHINE. Extrapolate a little further. Shane Black made the comment that RDJ would be around for IRON MAN 4, 5, etc. If thats the case and I believe it is RDJ gonna be in that suit for awhile. They have already stated that they have planned the MCU into the next decade and by AVENGERS 3 most of the characters they will want to introduce will be used. In my mind that puts IM5 in 2022 and THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN in 2025. Still no resolution on Justin Hammer…no appearance yet of Firepower…Detroit Steel…and last but certainly not least, Crimson Dynamo….not to mention the Mandroids. Now, I freely admit Im not as up on my Marvel mythology as some of u but a number of things jump out at me…….IM3 made $1.2 billion, no studio or actor is going to walk away from that…….especially with it doing twice the U. S. business of THOR 2…….the success of IM3, and AVENGERS, enables Marvel to take risky gambles like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, a gamble I highly doubt DC would take…….I could actually see Disney tell Marvel if they make IM4 they can do INHUMANS. So I think we can expect to have RDJ around for quite awhile beyond AVENGERS 3…….as for Don Cheadle, how do u make an IRON MAN film ($$$$$) without IRON MAN, u make WAR MACHINE!!! Remember, Marvel is a business and successful AVENGERS movies alone wont finance the plans they are laying out. Didnt mean to be long winded but Ive gotten to the point that every time Kevin Feige does an interview u have to parse everything he says or read between the lines. I for one am glad to see Marvels success and I hope it continues for a long tome to come. Hey DC, this is karma for those bastardizations u allowed Joel Schumacher to do to BATMAN in 1995 & 1997…….

    • Omg, I loved that little speech. Very informative and I couldn’t agree more!

  3. i miss terrence howard :(