Don Cheadle's superhero name in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone through multiple changes over the years. When he first strapped on a suit in Iron Man 2, we got to know him as War Machine. But then Iron Man 3 gave him a red-white-and-blue paint job, renaming him Iron Patriot. But then, of course, in The Avengers: Age of Ultron he was back to being called War Machine. It seems that changing names has become James 'Rhodey' Rhodes' thing, as it's been revealed that in Captain America: Civil War we will get to know him as War Hammer.
This information comes courtesy of Total Film, which has a full spread about Captain America: Civil War in the new issue. In an annotated piece of concept art featuring members of Team Iron Man doing battle with Team Captain America, it's noted that Rhodey has a new name as part of the Avengers lineup. The blurb doesn't really reveal anything new about the character's role in the film, but you can read it below:
There is no War Hammer featured in Marvel Comics (unless you count Mjolinr), and it's a bit strange that they would go with that name given the existence of the geeky tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000. That being said, the name is a bit more PR friendly, so it's understandable why he would change it after joining the Avengers.
It's entirely possible - if not likely - that the new name is mostly meaningless, but the choice does generate some speculation in my mind. Specifically, the War Machine armor was initially upgraded by Tony Stark's rival, Justin Hammer of Hammer Industries. We haven't seen that character, as played by Sam Rockwell, since the Iron Man 3-themed One Shot All Hail The King, but perhaps he could somehow reemerge in Captain America: Civil War?
We don't really know what to expect from Don Cheadle's part in Captain America: Civil War, though he could actually play a significant role given his relationship with the aforementioned Tony Stark (the movie's prime antagonist). It may be a while before we getting any new info, given that the first trailer just dropped a few weeks ago, but we're excited to find out more.
Captain America: Civil War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and is based on a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (the same four men who brought us Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Look for the film in theaters on May 6, 2016, and stay tuned for more updates.
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