Although it’s been with us for over a decade now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe only seems to be gaining more momentum as time goes on. The franchise continues to dominate the box office but, this year, it’s also making its way to the small screen through a slew of television projects.. A few Marvel TV shows have aired, and many are in various stages of production, including Armor Wars. The Iron Man-adjacent series will see MCU veteran Don Cheadle return to take the lead as James Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine, and the series could have lasting ramifications on the cinematic universe as a whole. With this, there are a few things you should know about Marvel’s Armor Wars TV show on Disney+.
Armor Wars was initially announced in December of 2019, alongside a cavalcade of other MCU projects. As you would expect from Marvel Studios, the TV project is mostly being kept under wraps. Luckily for us, there are a few things we do know about the show whether they come from official announcements or unexpected comments made by a certain lead actor. And from what we can infer so far, this could be an exciting and complex series. So without further ado, let’s discuss what you need to know about the upcoming Disney+ show:
Armor Wars Is Set After The Events Of The Avengers: Endgame
As mentioned, the MCU is moving into a new era with new stories, following the intricate story that was The Infinity Saga. MCU Phase Four, so far, has provided viewers with stories that take place in the aftermath of the gigantic Avengers: Endgame, as evidenced by WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Well, Armor Wars will follow suit and take place after the events of Endgame as well. This makes sense, considering that (aside from Black Widow) Marvel Studios is only looking to go forward in the timeline. So when viewers catch up with Rhodey, it’ll be in a post-Blip world and will likely also take place after his appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Armor Wars Is Inspired By The Classic Marvel Comics Storyline
Marvel Studios hasn’t really taken on too many classic storylines head on, as the studio typically takes elements from different comics to create a fresh story. Though with Phase Four, the MCU seems to be taking on notable story arcs like Secret Invasion in a more direct way. Armor Wars was originally a seven-issue story arc written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton and published from late 1987 to early 1988. In the story, Tony Stark discovers that his Iron Man technology has fallen into the hands of heroes and villains alike, which leads to disastrous results. It’s been confirmed that the TV adaptation will have a somewhat similar premise, only Tony Stark obviously won’t be the lead. But that doesn’t mean the deceased hero still won’t play a role, though.
The Legacy Of Tony Stark Will Factor Into Armor Wars
Details on Armor Wars are scarce at this point, but lead Don Cheadle did provide a few interesting tidbits in an interview. One of these is that the legacy and absence of Tony Stark will play into the story. With Stark having sacrificed himself at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, he won’t be around to stop his tech from falling into the wrong hands. That will, of course, fall on best friend and fellow Avenger James Rhodes. It’s safe to assume that Tony’s death is still weighing on Rhodey and, much like Sam Wilson in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Rhodes will likely do what he can to honor and continue what his late friend started. While Tony Stark’s extensive (and heavily flawed) legacy will likely loom large, we should consider what we’ll learn about Tony but also what we may learn about Rhodey.
Marvel Fans Will Learn More About Don Cheadle’s War Machine In Armor Wars
It’s been a long wait but, James Rhodes is finally getting his time in the spotlight. Rhodey has come through in the clutch on multiple occasions, but it cannot be denied that he’s mostly been a supporting character. Thankfully, Don Cheadle has confirmed that Armor Wars provides the opportunity to explore “a lot” about Rhodey. The stoic Air Force colonel is a bit of a mystery, so the show should be able to shine a light on his past. The actor also teases that the show can explore his War Machine tech, which has evolved with each of his appearances. Needless to say, the chances of Rhodes getting a new and improved suit of armor are high. It’s going to be interesting to see how the actor handles being in the MCU spotlight but, if you’ve seen any Don Cheadle movies or shows, you know the Oscar-nominated actor can certainly hold his own.
Disney+ Has Not Set A Premiere Date For Armor Wars
While Marvel Studios has plenty of content lined up over the next few years, not all of the announced projects have dates and, unfortunately, Armor Wars is one of those productions. Armor Wars is currently in the early days of development, as Don Cheadle confirmed during his interview that the writers room was set to commence back in March. With this, there’s a chance the show won’t start filming until the latter part of this year, at the earliest. Theoretically, this could place Armor Wars' premiere somewhere in 2022. While this will likely be hard for those waiting to see Marvel Studios’ take on the classic story, there’s still comfort in knowing that the series is in active development. And hopefully, we’ll get that release date sooner rather than later.
There are plenty of other questions surrounding Armor Wars as well. For instance, we still don’t know who the antagonist(s) will be or if the show will feature other veteran MCU characters. But as is the case with anything Marvel-related, we’ll surely find out in time. And in the meantime, definitely be sure to check out James Rhodes’ past appearances and check out the upcoming Marvel movies that are debuting ahead of Armor Wars.