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