The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently on a precipice, with just a few months left before Phase Three concludes with Avengers: Endgame. Moviegoers have waited a year to find out what happened after Infinity War, where Josh Brolin's Thanos succeeded in accruing the Infinity Stones and wiping out half the galaxy with the snap of his big purple finger. Fans and the surviving heroes were left mouth agape as the MCU was changed forever, and countless character turned to dust before our eyes.
The original Avengers were somehow spared from The Snap, alongside characters like Nebula, Rocket, and War Machine. The latter will once again be played by Don Cheadle, and is briefly seen during the first trailers for Endgame. Now it looks like War Machine may be getting his own Hulkbuster armor, as shown in leaked images of Endgame's Lego sets. Check it out below.
Is anybody else geeking out right now? With Tony Stark currently stranded in space, it looks like Rhodes is going to get a major upgrade to his tech, and take on a massive Hulkbuster suit previously worn by both Tony and Bruce Banner.
The good guys lost a great number of heroes during Thanos' finger snap of death (aka The Decimation), so the surviving Avengers are going to need all the help they can get in order to fight the Mad Titan and hopefully reverse its affects. While Captain Marvel and Ant-Man will no doubt play a major role in Avengers: Endgame, it looks like War Machine has his own way to stepping up to the plate. And if the leaked Lego designs (via Reddit) are to be believed, Rhodes is getting some serious firepower in The Russo Brothers' upcoming blockbuster.
It should be fascinating to see how each of the surviving heroes factor into the narrative of Avengers: Endgame. While Thanos believed in the snap because its victims were randomly selected, The Russo Brothers no doubt have a very specific plan for each of the characters who didn't turn to dust before our eyes. With Tony currently stranded in space with Nebula, perhaps War Machine will step up to the plate as the primary mechanized Avenger. Although rumors also indicate that Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts will be suiting up in armor of her own.
If Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony spends most of Endgame separate from the rest of the surviving Avengers, one has to wonder how War Machine's possible Hulkbuster armor will be constructed. It's possible that Tony already had it made, as the genius playboy billionaire philanthropist has been planning ahead since the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Or perhaps Rhodes and Pepper will unite to craft this new armor, and give Don Cheadle's signature Marvel character some extra firepower in the battle to come.
Alas, only time will tell how it all shake out. Marvel Studios is keeping its cards close to the chest for Endgame, with the first trailers only offering brief glimpses of the post-snap world. This includes a shot of Rhodes and Paul Rudd's Scott Lang gearing up for an impending battle.
All will be revealed when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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