From the very first footage of Avengers: Age of Ultron shared to the public at lats summer's San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios let fans know that Don Cheadle's James “Rhodey” Rhodes would at least have a guest appearance in the sequel alongside the core Avengers.
None of the official marketing art or stills from Avengers 2 have included Rhodey but his War Machine armor did show up in the official Age of Ultron toy lines which doesn't usually say much, but much like Cheadle wished for last year while promoting Iron Man 3, fans were hoping to see him suit up in Age of Ultron. And he does.
We're unsure how much of a role War Machine plays in Avengers: Age of Ultron but the latest official TV spot for the film shows Cheadle in his own armored suit battling an Ultron drone up in the sky, alongside a few shots of him inside the helmet with a heads-up display notably different than Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.).
The TV spot is the latest in an extensive rollout of new videos promoting the film and we've entered the territory of overbearing marketing. Full clips featuring notable dialogue and action sequences have released throughout the week (Avengers party, Hulk vs. Iron Man battle, Ultron & Twins vs. Thor/Cap/Iron Man, etc.) and now this teaser reveals a key supporting character. Add to that the full official reveals of Paul Bettany's Vision last week leading up to the Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket and we hope Marvel isn't showing too much like they did with the first Avengers. They're already tracking for the biggest opening weekend ever.
Still, seeing War Machine is pleasant and welcome surprise since he's a fan-favorite character who deserves more time on screen in the suit. And unlike the first Avengers, there's now no need to explain where he is while Ultron is wrecking cities.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.