‘Iron Man 3′ Poster Spotlights Don Cheadle’s Badass New Armor

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Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) isn’t the only Marvel superhero donning the patriotic colors going forward. Taking liberties from the Marvel Comics version of the Iron Patriot armor, Iron Man 3 lets Don Cheadle slip out of the silver War Machine from Iron Man 2 and into the U.S. Government-approved upgraded duds.

While Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will see his life transformed as he redefines himself via the Extremis armor in the first post-Avengers Marvel Studios production, so to will James “Rhodey” Rhodes with a new, increased role to play.

Marvel teased the new Iron Man 3 poster on the official Facebook page and today released the full version of the one-sheet, featuring Don Cheadle front and center. After getting a tad bit of screentime in the extended (extensive?) Iron Man 3 Super Bowl trailer, Rhodey takes the entire spotlight in the latest bit of marketing.

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How jealous is Terrence Howard right now?

After unofficial set photos introduced fans to the idea of an Iron Patriot-themed armor suit showing up in the threequel, official IM3 photos, toy designs, and concept art for the tie-in merchandise teased the next buddy cop style steam-up between Stark and Rhodey and their new armors.

“We’ve got a private sector and a public sector, or rather a military version of Iron Man. And I think there is a desire from the powers that be to make sure that those things are distinguished and distinguishable so that we know where everybody stands.”

“I think that’s kind of the tension that is created for Tony and for Rhodey, because like who’s really got the stick, and who really gets to decide what happens in certain situations? And that’s what will be a lot of fun to explore in this film too.”

Despite the character’s acquisition of an armored suit of his own by the end of Iron Man 2, Rhodey was noticeably absent during the battle of New York in the final act of The Avengers. The Iron Man 3 prequel comic explains why and the next time, he may just find his way into the party for The Avengers 2.

If you’re a fan of the Iron Man armored suit designs, read our list of 6 Iron Man armors we’d love to see in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.

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, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


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  1. Private and pubic sector is an interesting way to look at it. I always thought Tony Stark was an AWESOME private sector portrayal, and very distinctly American too. Will be cool to see this play out.

    • Pubic? Did we read the same thing?

    • HAHAHA!!! I don’t want to know whats in the “pubic” sector.

      • Merkins. LOTS of merkins.

    • Everything should be privatized that way things would actually work. Goverment doesn’t fix or help it destroys…

      • yes. feudalism is a very forward-looking policy.

  2. I’ll admit I was skeptical about the new paint job but I gotta say, Don Cheadle can rock some Iron Man armor. Looks awesome. If RDJ is unable to play Iron Man after this, they need to put War Machine in the Avengers as a representative of Iron Man. But I’m betting RDJ will sign another soul sealing contract for Disney to play Tony Stark for another decade.

    • @ Deadpool87

      I hope you’re right about RDJ resigning for years to come, but I hear it’s only going to be a picture by picture deal.

      Any update on RDJ contract with Marvel Rob?

      I don’t think Rhodey could replace stark on the avengers. Sure you’d have a guy in a suit of armor, but you wouldn’t have Stark. It’s his personality, not the armor that makes Stark so cool in the Avengers.

      • well in the comics, tony does retire for a while and rhodey becomes iron man 2, then tony returns with the silver centurion armor

        • @ Mando-Ant-Man

          You’re right, that’s true. I just don’t know if that would work well in the movie though.

        • yeah Tony Stark wasn’t even in the Secret Wars storyline…

      • “I don’t think Rhodey could replace Stark on the Avengers.”

        Rhodey yes, Cheadle no. He was the weakest actor I´ve seen in a Marvel Studios movie so far.

        • @ Scapegoat

          That is an excellent point. Perhaps a diffrent actor could make Rhodey an effective replacment. I never thought of that or look at it that way.

          • Denzel Washington would be great IMO.

            • No. Too much charisma. You’ve already got RDJ chewing enough scenery as is.

        • THANK YOU…

          Finally, I wish more people would realize this. Cheadle may not be an awful actor – but he was the worst thing in Iron Man 2 – which is saying a lot considering how poor that movie was.

          They should just replace him with Iron Mutt. I know there are canine actors out there with better chops than Cheadle.

  3. Wasn’t Terrence Howard pushed out of that role?

    Kinda mean there, Rob.

    • Well if it’s true that he demanded more money to continue in the role then hey, good luck in those poor movies that add to the resume but don’t do a thing to help your career there Terence.

      • Yeah…like August Rush, Hustle and Flow, Awake, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Ray, and Crash..
        You know, those crappy movies that don’t help your career… except that the box office was 10x the budget on both Hustle & Flow and Crash, 4x budget on Awake, 3x budget on Ray, and a paltry 2.5x the budget on August Rush (domestic numbers, btw).

        The guy is a serious and talented actor whether he decides to play James Rhodes or not.

    • Terrence Howard was the highest paid actor in Iron Man 1. Yes, he made more money than Robert Downey Jr. A lot more money.

      He (or his agent) insisted on top dollar AGAIN for Iron Man 2…… over RDJ. More than Gwyneth Paltrow. More than Sam Jackson. More than Mickey Rourke.

      Marvel let him go, and I don’t blame them.

      Don Cheadle is great in the role. I don’t miss Howard at all.

      • This is 100% false. Howard was never approached to reprise the roll. There were never any demands for anything, and if you look up candid interviews with Howard he voices how he was very distressed over the whole thing but has moved on. The decision came from the top, and had nothing to do with how much Howard was getting paid. Disney swapping a strong black presence for a weaker one was the plan, or at least that’s what it looks like to me. Don Cheadle has a look that says “you can walk up to me and slap me in the face and get away with it.” That’s the last thing you think when you look at Terrance Howard.

      • I don’t believe you. Where’s your proof?

        • Dave Chappelle

          • white people

    • Howard got paid MILLIONS for his minor role in IM1 and he was replaced by a better actor more appropriate for the role. I don’t feel bad.

      • I highly contest this statement. I think Howard was the proper Rhodie. It’s obvious that Disney prefers their black men… “mousier”.


        • Mousier!…Devil in a Blue Dress reference. :)

  4. Will Pepper and Mandarin get there own poster as well? That’d be nice :)

  5. Arg! If WarMachine had a helmet on in that poster it would have looked to epic! Now it just looks like bad photoshop :(

    Ah well. I’ve read the IM3 prequel comic which was pretty cool.
    It gave an explanation as to why Rodey wasn’t in NY during the invasion, it introduces the Mandarin and hints at what his goals are, and it did give a small glimpse of what we can expect from IM3 in terms of what Stark has been up to since the invasion.

    Definitely worth a read for those who want a little extra snack in their MCU diet (sorry for the terrible metaphor… I’m sleepy).

    • Edit: “would have looked SO epic!”
      (Wasn’t kidding about being sleepy ;))

    • Why wasn’t Rhodey in NY??

      • That’s explained in the Iron Man 3 prequel comic – he was on a mission for Stark.

        • Hey Rob

          Any update on RDJ’s contract with Marvel?


      • @Stark: If you want, I can explain the whole story for you, but I’d recommend reading the comic book mini-series (it’s only 2-issues long anyways). Plus, if you read CBs digitally, it’ll cost you virtually nothing to read the story for yourself.

        • @ The Avenger

          I’ll check out the comic books, but thanks!

  6. Hoping Rhodey would be recast with Cuba gooding junior (kidding)

    • whew* glad you were just kidding!

    • Radio

  7. They should have just left him as War Machine

  8. Looks badass!

  9. In iron man 2 I felt cheaply was miscast but just this poster changes my mind it looks awesome I can’t wait for this !!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I dont like the ironman series…(well action scenes)because they are short and forgetable….if i can take time and say before we all leave this world can we get a 3 part fklick based off the civil war arc….please