Sounds Like Iron Patriot Will Pop Up in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'

December 12, 2013
Source: USA Today

Don Cheadle

In what might have been an accidental reveal after being woken up with a nomination for a Golden Globe for the Showtime series "House of Lies," actor Don Cheadle has revealed that he will be popping up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. USA Today (via ScreenCrush) spoke with the actor this morning who said that he was heading to a production meeting for the Marvel sequel after he got off the phone with the newspaper. We don't know if Colonel James Rhodes will suit up as War Machine or Iron Patriot to help out Iron Man and The Avengers, but this is good news since his presence in the first assembly was missed. More below!

Cheadle has seen plenty of action alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, but this will be the first time he comes into contact with any of the other members of The Avengers. War Machine/Iron Patriot would make a nice addition to the line-up which also sees Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson joining the team as brother/sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. With no more solo Iron Man adventures lined up (Gwyneth Paltrow has said that a fourth film in the series is unlikely), this might be the only way we see Rhodes pop up in the Marvel universe. That could mean he's prime to be a pivotal character death to add some weight, but we'll have to see what happens when The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives May 1st, 2015.

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Aaaaaaand no one cares.

Nielsen700 on Dec 12, 2013


I dunno. Marvel published an Iron Man 3 prequel comic that explained why War Machine wasn't in New York to fight the invasion. So *someone* cares.

Tom Brazelton on Dec 12, 2013


Is he really that much of an important character that they really need for an Avengers movie?

Charlie Hard on Dec 12, 2013


Well hell, with that logic, plenty of characters are not "needed" for an Avengers movie. I mean, now that the team has been assembled, does SHIELD really need another big presence? The team came together and likely have a rapport that would allow them to come together again without any sort of "push" from SHIELD and Nick Fury.....yet I'm positive characters like Nick Fury and Maria Hill will show up.

Chris Groves on Dec 12, 2013


Maybe for diversity, which isn't a bad thing if done right.

mooreworthy on Dec 12, 2013


Well maybe depending what Stark's role is.

OfficialJab on Dec 12, 2013


I can't wait any longer for this movie. Bring me the Flux Capacitor!

Guy who comments on things on Dec 12, 2013


I'm up for this. The team has been established, and a HUGE portion of the first film was devoted to 'bringing the team together' and the wish-fulfillment of seeing things like Iron Man vs Thor, Thor's hammer vs Cap's shield, and Thor vs Hulk...this movie won't need to spend time on things like that. Also, characters like Coulson, Selvig, and even Pepper Potts ate up a decent amount of screen time, and in my opinion a character like Black Widow had a bit TOO big of a role, and Loki was certainly involved in a TON of lengthy dialogue scenes. Of course, The Avengers was an utterly fantastic film(probably my favorite of the last 5 years by far) but there are certainly ways that this film can be structured and put together in a way that allows for: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to have a role Iron Patriot to have a role Hawkeye to have a larger role Banner/Hulk to have a larger role Especially if they allow Whedon to go with a run time more in the 2.5 hours to 2 hour and 40 minute range.

Chris Groves on Dec 12, 2013


I couldn't agree more with what you stated. the only thing I'll add, continue, is a larger role for Hulk. I remember before and after the film, everyone was going crazy for Hulk and pleading for another standalone film for him. Since it looks like we may not get one til after Phase 2, I really hope Marvel reviews the fan base and adds more Hulk! Hell, as great as WWH would be...I'd love to see Hulk vs Red Hulk!

JBrotsis on Dec 12, 2013


I agree, I think they know they struck gold with the Whedon-version of Banner/Hulk and that all parties involved will be pushing for more this time around. I wouldn't be shocked if they made a point to try and actively set-up the next Hulk movie with this film. Specifically, leaving Banner on a note at the end of this film that lets you know what he'll probably be up to in his next film. For example, there was a rumor(after the debunked Planet Hulk rumors) that they were considering the 'Indestructible Hulk' plot-line where Banner/Hulk is essentially an agent of SHIELD, unleashed whenever they need him. I like that idea because it would allow them to continue to play up the 'highlight character amongst an ensemble' nature that helped Ruffalo-Banner shine so well, by having him mixed in with the various SHIELD oriented characters/environments. So at the end of Age of Ultron, perhaps Banner decides to align himself with SHIELD. It would be extremely interesting if a character like Captain America left SHIELD while Banner decided to join them. Beyond that, I think any combination of the Leader(obviously re-introduced) or Red Hulk being the villains in the next Hulk film would be a very smart move. I heard that there was a point where Whedon considered having Red Hulk in The Avengers, or that perhaps Zak Penn's original draft included him. So maybe that is still on Marvel's mind? So yes, a post Age of Ultron Hulk film in Phase 3 would be great...and I would naturally LOVE to see the one-two of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk further down the line, when more of the MCU goes cosmic. WWH could even be the plot-line for Avengers 4(Assuming Thanos would be Avengers 3)

Chris Groves on Dec 12, 2013


Not. Surprised.

DAVIDPD on Dec 12, 2013


Please show up as War Machine!

JBrotsis on Dec 12, 2013



mooreworthy on Dec 12, 2013


As much as I hate it, I feel that Rhodie's death is absolutely necessary in this sequel...

LosZombies on Dec 12, 2013


As Tony Stark says " Ironman doesnt have any sidekicks". I'm sorry but hes right. He might of been "cooler" or had a more important role in the comics, but in the end hes just another ironman with lowergrade technology. Boring i think.

Such heroic nonsense on Dec 13, 2013


I think I might have been more excited for this is Terrance Howard was still Rhodey. I really don't like Don Cheadle.

Chris Amaya on Dec 13, 2013

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