Don Cheadle to Lead Disney+ Marvel Series Armor Wars!
After having elements of the beloved comic book storyline adapted for Iron Man 2, Kevin Feige has revealed that Armor Wars is officially being developed as a Disney+ series with Don Cheadle set to reprise his role as James Rhodes, aka War Machine!
Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Armor Wars, an Original Series coming to #DisneyPlus. A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands? pic.twitter.com/K6M0q9mcNM
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Originally written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton and running for seven issues from December 1987 to June 1988, the comic story centered on inventive genius Tony Stark as he discovers that the same top-secret tech he used to create the Iron Man armor is now in the hands of several deadly super villains and is wracked with guilt over the evil they’ve done utilizing the suit. In the face of objections from his government, friends, colleagues and fellow superheroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end and take back what’s his.
With Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the two-time Oscar nominee pretty much retired from the role, it’s currently unclear as to how the series will approach the material or update it with Cheadle’s Rhodes at the center of the story. The series is also currently without any producers, showrunner or writers attached.