Tony Stark's best friend Rhodey finally got his big moment in Iron Man 2, strapping on the War Machine armor and joining Iron Man in battle. But that's nothing compared to Rhodey's big step up in Iron Man 3 to become the Iron Patriot. For our first good look at Don Cheadle in the Iron Patriot suit, check out this brand-new character poster:



The poster was unveiled on Iron Man 3's Facebook page, where you can also see a slightly larger version. You may remember they teased this poster in a pretty sneaky stunt yesterday, probably knowing how anxious fans were to get a look at Rhodey's new suit. It had been spotted on the set and in previously released photos, but this is the first time we've seen Cheadle's head popping out of the costume. Given how poorly Rhodey was treated in Iron Man 2, introduced as War Machine while trying to calm down a drunk Iron Man at a fight in his house, we're hoping this means for a pretty huge moment for both the character and the actor in Iron Man 3.

The hotly anticipated Marvel sequel, the first to come out since last year's massive The Avengers is due in theaters on May 3 this year, with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and yes, Don Cheadle, all reprising their roles. Ben Kingsley is on board to play the villainous Mandarin, and other additions include Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and James Badge Dale. For more on the movie, including all the other images and posters we've seen so far, click here.
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