Will War Machine Appear in ‘The Avengers 2′ & ‘Captain America 2′?

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Iron Man and War Machine in Iron Man 2 Will War Machine Appear in The Avengers 2 & Captain America 2?

If you’re curious about just where James “Rhodey” Rhodes AKA War Machine was when New York was being invaded by an alien army in The Avengers, then don’t worry – moviegoers who haven’t checked out the official Iron Man 3 prelude comics will get their answer when the film opens next week in the UK and the week after in North America.

With development already in progress on The Avengers 2, the less-immediate question has arisen of whether, having completed whatever secret mission kept him away last time, Rhodey will return to face the new threat for Joss Whedon’s second Marvel hero team-up.

That was one of the questions asked by Collider in a recent interview with Don Cheadle, who took over for Terrence Howard to play Rhodey in Iron Man 2 and the tie-in video game - and who will reprise the role in Iron Man 3. At last year’s Comic Con, Cheadle seemed eager to get involved with The Avengers, joking that fans should keep building up the rumors until they become a reality – but nine months later he still isn’t able to give a clear answer of whether or not Rhodey will make an appearance in The Avengers 2:

“I know that [there are] conversations that have been happening, so we’ll see what happens.  If that’s able to happen and it makes sense for the story, I’m sure it’ll happen, and if not it’s fine. It has to work within the world and sort of the mythology of the whole Marvel universe.”

The general sentiment coming across is that Cheadle would still like to make an appearance in the film, but that fans of War Machine should temper their expectations. Whereas The Avengers already had the unwieldy task of bringing together characters from four different Marvel movies, all with their own mythologies and story arcs, The Avengers 2 has to do the same thing again, keeping the plot consistent with the developing stories of its component parts in Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as also potentially begin to build connections with planned Marvel newcomers Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man. Producer Kevin Feige has been jokingly referred to as “the dungeon-master” of all the different movies.

Don Cheadle as Rhodey in Iron Man 2 Will War Machine Appear in The Avengers 2 & Captain America 2?

In addition to keeping continuity with all the various branches of the Marvel universe, The Avengers 2 will also have its own central story, complete with what we’re told will be awful consequences. As great as it would be to have War Machine working alongside the rest of the Marvel heroes (the character features in the Avengers comic books as part of the team), the question is whether or not there’s room for Rhodey amidst all the characters, story arcs and relationships that already need development.

Of the Marvel movies currently slated for future release, the only one filming right now is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When asked if Rhodey will make an appearance, Cheadle replied:

“I think I’m gonna go to the set, so maybe if I bring the suit in my trunk I’ll just walk on.”

That sounds like a “no,” unless Cheadle’s sneaky plan to insert himself into the film works out. Questions will probably be asked about why he’s visiting the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier if he’s not officially involved, but Don Cheadle’s place within the Marvel universe means that it could easily just be a social visit.

In summary, it’s still too early to give up hope of seeing War Machine alongside Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America and Thor, and it’s possible that the “conversations” Cheadle mentioned will decide that he deserves a cameo appearance at the very least.


Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

Source: Collider

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  1. Shouldn’t that headliner read Captain America 2? Just curious…

  2. I say go cameo! Why not? what could it hurt? At the very least just show Rhodey

  3. I thought it was Iron Patriot now?

  4. It would make sense if he appears in Cap 2, since he works for the military, and Cap works for SHIELD. Kinda go together.

    • u are right

  5. I would like to see him in Avengers 2. at least in a cameo, like Pepper Potts, maybe slightly more extended than hers. More rhodes is always good so wouldnt mind seeing him in CA2 either, but that movie already seems to be getting bloated with the characters.

  6. I hope he gets a cameo in CA:TWS. It would make a lot of sense.

  7. Why introduce him in IM@ if he wasnt going to br in the Avengers. Someone dropped the ball

  8. Ain’t nothing wrong with a little War Machine getting involved in each film during phase 2 like Coulson did in phase 1.

    • Hah i like that, war machine being the new Coulston of sorts, tying things together by making cameos. Nice.

  9. Won’t be surprised to see an Iron Patriot in a (Secret) Avengers 2 movie.

  10. He’ll definitely be suited up in some kind of armor in future Marvel films.

  11. If RDJ wants to step down… new Iron Man.

    • @ Iron Patriot

      No, Rhodey can’t be the new Iron Man. Tony Stark is the more interesting part of Iron Man than Iron Man himself is. Just putting another guy in the suit solves about a third of the problem. RDJ/ Tony Stark missing would be a huge hole to fill that can’t be filled by Rhodey.

      • youve obviously never read Iron Man comics during the 90s….

        • I believe Stark was talking from a more business standpoint as opposed to staying honest to the comic lore.

        • No one really read Iron Man comics during the 90s. Apart from the X-Men´s Age Of Apocalypse storyline, the 90s were a bad decade for comic books. Limited foil covers, 3D covers, multiple covers for one issue and over the top crossovers where you had to buy 10+ titles to keep track of what the f*** is going on… Oh, and Heroes Reborn (thanks Jeph Loeb).

          • Come on, the Spidey clone storyline?? And Heroes Reborn… Who doesn’t like a Prof X and Magneto combination monster causing trouble and Lil Franky Richards sending all the heroes to an alternate universe?? Then they came back with slightly different histories until writers just decided to pick and chose the histories.

            In summary,I couldn’t agree more. The 90′s were horrible for comics. I didn’t hate Onslaught, but Heroes Reborn was a tragedy.

      • ya know that in the comics, Rhodey sometimes took the mantle of Iron Man, when Stark was unavailable?

  12. I don’t see why he couldn’t be in Avengers 2. The characters are already fairly developed and they are still building them in Phase 2. It’s not like he’s a new character they have to introduce. It’s not like he would be shoe horned in either. He’s a super hero now. He should be part of the super hero team.

    • Yeah, he’s probably in the Avenger’s WhatsApp group. :D

      • But only because Stark invented WhatsApp (while having breakfast). Btw, that´s the first time I´ve seen a non-european talking about WhatsApp.

  13. The idea sounds good, but what sounds much better is: they don’t just put Rhodey in Avengers 2 (even for a several-minute/flashback cameo), but also Thor’s team along with Jane, Winter Soldier along with Sharon Carter, as well as the Guardians of The Galaxies too…
    Oh, and Ant-Man, Wasp, and Doctor Strange XD
    Now THAT would be AWESOME, eventhough the idea would be a bit too dreamlike haha

    • Hawkguy? Really?

  14. IT would make sense if he was in The Avengers 2, now that he’s all buddy buddy and not so much sore-frend to Tony now.

    It’d be interesting.

  15. Yeah we need more war machine/iron patriot. Especially if RDJ is out after avengers 2. I love cheadle and think he could carry a trilogy.

    • Agreed!

    • I´ve said it before and I´ll say it again. There will be at least one more Iron Man solo movie featuring Downey. And he´ll be in Avengers 2 and 3. I mean, he got $50 million for the first Avengers film. And people will demand his return for the rest of the Avengers trilogy.

  16. I don’t thin Rhodey will be in Avengers 2 although it would be pretty badass if he was. New characters added would probably Ant Man and Falcon. Also Am I the only one who thinks that Marvel is using Scott Alan as Ant Man instead of Hank Pym so they don’t have to have The Wasp attached?

    • Nah. They´ll have Pym before they introduce Scott Lang. That´d be like having Bucky as Cap before introducing Steve Rogers.

  17. I think it wouldn’t hurt any to have war machine involved in other marvel films. War machine would definitely be a welcome addition to cameo in captain america tws and avengers 2.

  18. Iron Man 3 looks great from the trailers and can’t wait to see it but, (Ben Kingsley) does not look that scary in this, I think they got the wrong actor for the part of Mandarin, now Man of Steel’s General Zod (Michael Shannon) looks very scary and right chose for the part.

  19. My biggest question that has never been answered is why wasn’t War Machine in the first Avengers movie?

    You would think that with a threat like they faced,it would be all hands on deck,yet War Machine was missing for some inexplicable reason.

    • In the iron man 3 prequel comic it answers where Rhodes was during te events of the avengers. If I remember right and someone correct me if I’m wrong he was scouting mandarin attacks in the Middle East for tony.

  20. Iron Man 3 looks great from the trailers and can’t wait to see it but, (Ben Kingsley) does not look that scary in this, I think they got the wrong actor for the part of Mandarin, now Man of Steel’s General Zod (Michael Shannon) looks very scary and right chose for the part.

  21. Ever since seeing the Iron Patriot armor during the filming of Iron Man 3 i felt like Marvel is leaving the possibility open for Spiderman universe to join in, since Norman Osborne does take the Iron Patriot armor for himself. Iono just a thought. Obviously i know that it’s Sony property but you never know what could happen…

    • That could be very cool. Use Thanos and the Infinty gauntlet in Avengers 2. Then do a Thunderbolts/Masters of Evil/New Avengers type thing for phase 3.

  22. I’d love it if War Machine was in Avengers 2! If they had him turn into a robot cyborg creature with tanks for feet and laser cannons for eyes!

  23. I love cross over cameos, I think every Marvel movie should have them to some degree.

  24. A cameo would be cool (WM was missed in The Avengers – even though the comic tie gave a neat little “explanation” as to why he wasn’t there).

    As for the talk of him becoming Iron Man’s replacement… I don’t think so. Cheadle is a good actor, but he’s no match for RDJ’s immense presence on the screen.

    • your 100% wrong…havent you seen Hotel Rwanda or Traitor. Don Cheadle has an immense screen presence…maybe not the charisma or sense of humor of RDJ but he rivals RDJ in acting chops.

      • He was also great in Reign Over Me. But I think what The Avenger meant, was that Rhodes ain´t no Stark. If you have Stark on the Avengers, you have a brilliant smarta$$, but Rhodey is just a soldier in a high tech armor.

  25. He could appear on Tyler Perry’s The Black Panther also.

  26. What if Rhodey took over Iron Man’s duties after Stark, if the latest rumors are true, goes to join the Guardians of the Galaxy? Which also keeps in line with the comics. It could potentially lead to a War Machine or Iron Patriot solo/standalone film in either Phase 3 or 4.