War Machine in other media

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Adaptations of War Machine in other media
Created by David Michelinie
John Byrne
Bob Layton
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance Iron Man #118 (January 1979)
Films and television
Film(s) Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Iron Man (1994)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
Video game(s) Iron Man 2 (2010)

James Rhodes is a Marvel Comics character that has appeared in comics featuring or related to Iron Man since 1979. The character has appeared in other media adaptations of Iron Man both as a non-costumed character and as War Machine.

Most of the character's appearances have been in animation, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character is played successively by Terrence Howard and Don Cheadle.



Iron Man and War Machine in the Iron Man episode "The Hands of the Mandarin, Part 1".
  • War Machine appears in the 1994 animated series Iron Man voiced by James Avery for most of the first season and Dorian Harewood for the remainder of the series.[citation needed] During the first season, James Rhodes is a member of Iron Man's "Force Works". When the team disbands at the end of the second season's opener "The Beast Within", Rhodes is one of two characters to remain with Iron Man. While the character appeared in armor for the bulk of the series, he avoids it for the four episodes between "Fire and Rain" and "Distant Boundaries" appearing only as Rhodes. This character arc had Rhodes dealing with claustrophobia arising from almost drowning in the War Machine armor.
  • War Machine makes a cameo during "Time Fugitives Saga" in the second season and "Phoenix Saga" in the third season of the animated series X-Men.
  • War Machine appears in the third season Spider-Man episodes "Venom Returns" and "Carnage" voiced by James Avery.[1]
  • War Machine is featured in The Incredible Hulk episode "Helping Hand, Iron Fist" voiced by Dorian Harewood.[2]


  • A teenage incarnation of James "Rhodey" Rhodes is featured as one of the main characters in the animated series Iron Man: Armored Adventures voiced by actor Daniel Bacon.[citation needed] During the first season, Rhodes and his family act as a foster home for Tony Stark's after Howard Stark's supposed death. He is also Tony's classmate and best friend at the Tomorrow Academy, a science-intensive high school, and after Iron Man's first appearance he acts as Tony's tactical aide-de-campe and voice of reason. In the season one finale "Tales of Suspense", Rhodey gets his War Machine armor.[3]
  • War Machine appears in the The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Tales of Suspense" voiced by actor LeVar Burton.[citation needed]


  • James Rhodes appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Iron Man is Born!" voiced by Bumper Robinson.[4] He dons the War Machine armor in the second season episodes "Alone Against AIM",[5] "New Avengers" and "Avengers Assemble".
  • The War Machine armor makes a cameo appearance in the Avengers Assemble episode "The Avengers Protocol: Part 1". Tony initially selects the suit to be worn by Sam Wilson, but Sam chooses to use the Falcon armor instead, The War Machine armor reappears again in the episode "Exodus".
  • War Machine appears in the anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers,[6] voiced by Hidenori Takahashi.



Character poster for Iron Man 2 featuring War Machine.

Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]

Main articles: Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • Terrence Howard portrays James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the 2008 film Iron Man.[8] In the film, Rhodey holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force and acts as the military's chief liaison to the weapons division of Stark Industries. Artist Phil Saunders had created concept art for an unused "hall of armor" scene which included the War Machine armor.[9][10]
  • Don Cheadle portrays Rhodes in Iron Man 2,[11] after Marvel Studios had a contract dispute with Terrence Howard.[12] In the film, Rhodes is under pressure from the United States government to convince Tony Stark to relinquish ownership of the Iron Man armor. When Tony drunkenly endangers civilian lives, Rhodey is forced to don a suit of Iron Man armor to intervene during the confrontation to which Tony says "You wanna be the War Machine, take your shot.".[13] This armor is subsequently provided with various weapon enhancements by Justin Hammer when Rhodes takes it to an air force base, but the 'ex-wife' missile proves to be woefully below the standards Hammer set for it, and the armor itself is briefly taken over by remote control and used to attack Iron Man before Pepper Potts and Black Widow break the connection controlling him. Once freed, Rhodey fights alongside Iron Man to defeat Ivan Vanko and his drones. Director Jon Favreau also used the name "War Machine" when referring to the character in various interviews.[14][15]
  • Don Cheadle stated in 2011 that a spin-off film featuring War Machine was in the works and that a writer had been hired.[16]
  • Cheadle reprises his role as Rhodes in the 2013 film Iron Man 3 and his character has been promoted to full colonel. In the film, his armor is painted red, white, and blue, similar to Norman Osborn's Iron Patriot suit.[17] According to director Shane Black, the new Iron Patriot color scheme and name was chosen by the U.S. government in response to the events of The Avengers.[18] Rhodes states in the film that the U.S. government deemed the name "War Machine" to be too militaristic and that "Iron Patriot" tested well with focus groups. The armor is briefly stolen and used by Eric Savin to abduct President Ellis, but Rhodes is able to recover the armor at the conclusion of the film and save the President.
  • Cheadle reprises his role as Rhodes for the 2015 crossover film Avengers: Age of Ultron, once again operating the black and silver War Machine armor, with the character being directly referred to as "War Machine" for the first time during the film. He aids the Avengers in the final battle and joins the team afterwards.[19]
  • Cheadle will reprise his role in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.[20]

Video games[edit]

  • War Machine will be a playable fighter in Marvel Contest of Champions.[28]
  • Iron Patriot is also a Playable fighter in Marvel Contest of Champions
  • Iron Patriot is a playable character in Marvel Future Fight.


  • Iron Man animated series line by Toy Biz[29]
    • Series 1 - A War Machine action figure with removable armor.
    • Series 4 - A silver "War Machine 2" action figure with removable armor.
  • Marvel - Hall Of Fame line (1997) by Toy Biz - An "unmasked" War Machine action figure with removable helmet.[30]
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom line (1999) by Toy Biz - A War Machine action figure packaged with Mega Man.[31]
  • Marvel Legends lines by Toy Biz
    • Series 9 (2005) - A War Machine action figure was based on his appearance in the comic U.S. War Machine.
    • Face-Off Series 2 (2006) - Released as a chase variant of the Modular Armor Iron Man action figure from the same series.
  • Marvel Legends lines by Hasbro
    • Ares Series (2008) - An Ultimate War Machine action figure based on his appearance in Ultimate Iron Man.
  • Iron Man movie tie-in line by Hasbro - A War Machine action figure was produced as a Wal-Mart exclusive for the line. Though the figure is referred to as the "Stealth Operations Suit" armor, the figure has War Machine's black & silver paint job, War Machine's weapons, and the toy description lists Jim Rhodes as the pilot of the armor.
  • Marvel Universe line by Hasbro - A 3¾ inch War Machine action figure was produced for a Secret Wars 25th Anniversary two pack. It was released packaged with the Julia Carpenter version of Spider-Woman.
  • Marvel Minimates line by Diamond Select Toys
    • Series 21 - Rhodes as he appeared in the Iron Man film packaged with the Iron Man Mark II armor.
    • Series 23 - Rhodes' Mark II War Machine armor was a chase variant figure packaged with Spymaster.
    • Series 35 - Rhodes' War Machine armor as depicted in the Iron Man 2 film packaged with Iron Man Mark V and Rhodes in his U.S. Air Force uniform packaged with an Air Assault Drone.
  • Iron Man 2 movie tie-in line by Hasbro[32]
    • Wave 1 (2010)
      • "Movie Series" - Based on the character design from the film, two variants were released with either red or blue eyes, chest arc reactor, and palm repulsors.
      • "Comic Series" - Based on the character design from the comic books.
    • Wave 5 (2010)
      • "Munitions Armor" - A War Machine action figure released under the "Concept Series".
    • "Advanced Tactical Armor" K-Mart Exclusive Box Set (2010) - Omega Factor War Machine action figure packaged with Vibranium Iron Man and Bio-Metal Iron Man. Released under the "Concept Series".
    • Armor Tech Deluxe Wave 3 - A War Machine action figure released under the "Concept Series".
    • Hall of Armor Collection Wave 1 (2010) - A Target exclusive variant of the Wave 1 "Movie Series" action figure.
    • A 6 inch War Machine action figure was also produced as a Wal-Mart exclusive. Later rereleased in the Iron Man Armored Avenger line for 2011.
  • Marvel Select line by Diamond Select Toys - A 7-inch War Machine action figure.
  • Transformers: Crossovers line (2010) by Hasbro - A War Machine figure which is supposed to be an upgraded version of his armor from the second Iron Man film, which is larger and turns into a stealth jet.
  • Lego has a War Machine minifig in its 2013 Iron Man 3 playset collection, as well as the Iron Patriot in a preorder exclusive.
  • Bandai Tamashii Nations in Japan has released War Machine in their SH Figuarts line


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