Armor Wars Might Bring Back This Forgotten MCU Villain

Bob Layton and David Michelieu created the character James Rhodes first appeared in Marvel Comics’ War Machine # 1, # 2, and # 3. Rhodes helped Iron Man find the Avengers on the West Coast and was part of the group’s battle against him and Graviton. War Machine’s armor first appears in Avengers # 4, issue # 6, in a recollection of the events from the first Avengers movie.

Even with his patched bones, Rhodes is unable to slip back into Iron Man Armor and Tony Stark aka Iron Man regains his identity following with Rhodes resigning from the group. He joins Stark and returns to help the team as Quicksilver frames their Avengers for betrayal, but he won’t be there once Stark has regained his identity.

Several years passed by and Tony Stark was fatally injured and put into a deep sleep and pronounced dead by the public, including Rhodey. Although he only wears his old model of suit occasionally, he is burned and dies after entering the Earth’s atmosphere from a space station during a battle. The war machine character was released as part of the Marvel Legends Legends of Marvel toy line, along with a number of other toys. Later, he was repainted and released in his original Iron Man suit and the Iron Patriot suit from the first two episodes of “Iron Man.” Ironically, War Machine has seen Quicksilver play a bigger role in the actual film than in any of the comic book adaptations.

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MCU hasn’t forgotten Justin Hammer yet Armor Wars A Marvel’s War series which might include Justin Hammer, War Machine was first introduced in Iron Man’s #118 by David Michelinie and John Byrne. Later it became one of the greatest allies to Iron Man and signature armored battle suit for James Rhodes. Kevin Kaminsky and Kevin Hopgood created the suit. James Rhodes just vibes with the battle suit and made it an awesome view to enjoy next to Iron Man.

War Machine played by Don Cheadle is prepped up for all the upcoming action when Iron Man technology developed by the late Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr. is equipped by the rival in Armor Wars, one of Marvel Studios’ series in Disney+ works. The Original Classic Marvel Comics did not reckon to mention, Tony Stark is fighting an entire battle against armed militants – including Firepower, Stingray, Crimson Dynamo, and Titanium Man – stolen Stark technology oversubscribed by businessperson Justin Hammer, Stark’s rival king.

Armor Wars Bring Back Forgotten MCU Villain

In Iron Man 2 released in 2010 the story’s playing time, on-screen presented Hammer Industries chief executive Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) is trying to recreate Stark’s Arc Reactor technology after the clever actor came to light after his temporary hiding as Iron Man, which he, later on, went to claim full ownership of during a press conference. When the US Air Force hires a military contractor to develop and use Mark II’s seized weapons, Hammers creates the tank-like Variable Threat Responsible Battle Suit – or known as the War Machine armor piloted by Rhodes.

Weapons Created by Tony Stark/Iron Man of The MCU

Stark and Rhodes team up to fight the rogue army of Hammer drones programmed by Russian physicist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke). Vanko veterans his super-rich benefactor after Hammer recruits him, and following the attack on Stark Expo, Hammer is arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. super-spy Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson. Later on, we witness Hammer’s return in the One-Shot All Hail the King, taking place after the events of 2013’s Iron Man 3, where we can see him amongst the other inmates of the high-security Seagate Penitentiary housing the fake – Mandarin Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley).    

Armor Wars Bring Back Forgotten MCU Villain

Now after the selfless act in Avengers: Endgame, Stark sacrifices himself, and the story takes a 5-year time jump, completing more than 13 years of Hammer’s sentence making it a much believable possibility that any the Armor Wars he is a free man, and shall also come back for vengeance. When a fan asked Marvel chief Kevin Feige about bringing back “forgotten characters” like Hammer during a Reddit Q&A in 2019, Feige replied: “I’m not sure I’d call them forgotten characters but I love bringing back characters people think they’ve seen the last of. For example, General Ross and Harley [Keener, from Iron Man 3]. Even Rockwell has answered on the speculations surrounding whether he’ll make his comeback as Hammer or not, during his own Reddit Q&A last year, he answered, “would be happy to do it” and quipped that he’s “just waiting on the Avengers to give me a call.”

Avengers: Endgame Tony Stark

So if this happens, we have all the more reason to gaga over Amor Wars. No release date has been announced yet, but we sure can expect it soon.

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