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The Evolution of War Machine

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.

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