There is Iron Man who, of course, is awesome, but then there is also his best buddy, Lieutenant Rhodes a.k.a War Machine who is just as cool. Rhodes has been by Tony’s side through the good and the bad but throughout it all he’s had his own personal journey along the way and today on this segment of The Evolution of I’m excited to share with you his, well, evolution since 2008. Enjoy!
Iron Man (2008)
First of all, Lieutenant Rhodes wasn’t even played by Don Cheadle in his first film. He was played by a different actor in Terence Howard (Empire) who of course possessed a much different swagger to the character that I actually didn’t like very much. I think the actor switch was warranted and I’m very glad for the change up. 🙂
Iron Man 2 (2010)
In Iron Man 2 the friendship between Rhodes and Tony was strained due to Stark’s…difficult personality but that led to the birth of War Machine. In the first film it really focused on Tony and the story of him becoming Iron Man but the fact that in the sequel they introduced another Iron Man-centric character in War Machine is so cool. And he was great too. Don Cheadle plays Rhodes perfectly and I frankly can’t imagine anyone else being the character. Seeing him fight alongside Iron Man in the final act of the film is a real treat and a great development for his character.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
To be honest, I don’t remember Rhodes’ involvement in Iron Man 3 very much simply because I haven’t watched the movie in years but I do like the patriotic finish to his suit. It’s definitely pretty cool but I’m glad he changed the look back to its original dull grey style.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
To have War Machine play a small role in Avengers: Age of Ultron was a fun incorporation of his character and the fact that he officially became an Avenger at the end of the film was very awesome.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Civil War was a hard movie for all of the Avengers but for Lieutenant Rhodes it was an easy decision in his mind in picking what was wrong from right. For him he has always been a soldier under leadership and understands what it means to take orders. To have innocents killed because of a group of heroes, led by Captain America, who think their way is the right way and the government can’t be trusted is just ridiculous to him and he can’t understand that. As he joined Tony’s side to stop the rogue heroes he got grievously injured, almost paralyzed in fact, which was a shocking turn for his character. For so long he had survived countless missions and the one that would prove the most costly was during the fight against his friends. That’s pretty messed up. Thankfully he wasn’t permanently paralyzed because that would’ve been a sad ending to his character.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Now he’s returning in Infinity War and it seems like his grudge with Captain America and co. has been flushed down the drain. His most important mission is to save Earth and he will be ready to do that in this next battle. I can’t wait to see him in full Avenger mode in this upcoming movie. It’s going to be so exciting.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.