Don Cheadle Says Marvel Has Hired A Writer For War Machine


Ever since “Iron Man 2”, which in reality hasn’t been all that long, there have been subtle rumblings about the possibility of a “War Machine” movie. And why not, with “Thor”, “The Avengers”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Hulk”, and “Captain America” all rolling along, and recent news about a “Black Panther” adaptation (not to mention “Iron Man 3”), Marvel seems intent on making movies out of pretty much every title on their roster. I still have dreams about good “Punisher” and “Daredevil” films. “War Machine” would see Don Cheadle reprise his role, but there hasn’t been much forward motion on the project, until now.

In an interview with MTV at the Sundance Film Festival (while hyping his new film “The Guard”), Cheadle said that the studio has hired a writer for “War Machine”, though he neglected to mention whether or not he knows who it is. He also said that neither War Machine, nor his human counterpart James Rhodes, will appear in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, calling his character a “lone wolf”.

The interview clip in embedded below.

Author: Brent McKnight

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  • Ulik

    COOL! I’d love to see “Armor Wars” played out through a War Machine movie. I’d love to see “Blizzard”,”Living Laser”,”Whirlwind,or “Utimo”.

    • Juggernaut

      All of that would be awsome. I’m kind of bummed that he won’t be showing up in Avengers though. He had limited screen time in IM2. I can’t wait to see a War Machine movie!

    • Dedpool

      If they don’t do the Mandarin in IM3 Armor Wars would be the only other logical step. Have it start and end in IM3, with a cameo/crossover with War Machine. He’d show up for the middle action set piece in IM3 (where IM attacs Rhodey in his anger that his tech has gotten out, but ends by reconcillng with him and creating a new suit), and then in WM (with the new suit) he’d be on a mission for Tony to take out other armors while Tony takes on the main antagonist which could even BE the Mandarin.

      • Juggernaut

        I like the idea of the Armor Wars but that is a lot of story and characters to incorporate into one hour and a half to two hour movie. Even streamlined you have a lot going on. If they did that storyline they would either have to omitt Mandarin or have him in place of Edwin Cord. Having cameos by lesser known enemies such as Stingray, Mauler, Controller, The Raiders and The Beetle. I’d hate to see them use Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man as throw away characters though. Both of them would come off as redundant after IM2 though. However, the Armor Wars story is a good way to bring back Hammer and War Machine. It almost writes itself.

        • Dedpool

          Exactly. I was definitely replacing Cord with mandarin. We could even do the whole Mandarin having his own tech company and bailing out Hammer. Then between the two film,s you’d have all this tech build up to the IM vs mandarin fight with him using the alien tech rings. I’d have the stolen Stark tech be mixed with some reversed engineered alien tech, which is why these new armored villains are giving him such problems.

          • Juggernaut

            That is a good scenario following what they’re talking about for Avengers with the kree/Skrull invasion. Having Mandarin somehow innner woven to that whole plot would be interesting!

  • Shazam!

    “Lone wolf” – Uh… isn’t he a peon of the armed forces doing whatever they tell him to do? Isn’t that sort of the complete anti-thesis of a “lone wolf”???

    Whateves… I will eat one of my own shoes (and I wear a size 15) if this movie actually gets made. You read it here!

    • Dedpool

      As of now, but once he gets used to haing the armor and sees how the military would use it he realizes Stark was right, and does his own thing.

  • WTF

    What?! I thought he was gonna be in The Avengers?! T_T