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 appearance 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, voiced by Bumper Robinson.[4] He first appears in the episode "Iron Man is Born!", 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 appearances in Avengers Assemble. In "The Avengers Protocol: Part 1", it's initially selected to be worn by Sam Wilson before choosing to use the Falcon armor instead. The War Machine armor reappears again in the episodes "Exodus" and "Avengers Disassembled". The actual character will appear in Avengers: Ultron Revolution.
  • 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]

  • James Rhodes is portrayed by Terrence Howard in Iron Man, the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[8] He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force and acts as the military's chief liaison to Stark Industries' weapons division, and is initially obvious to Obadiah Stane's actions. Artist Phil Saunders had created concept art for an unused "hall of armor" scene which included the War Machine armor.[9][10] Following a contract dispute between Howard and Marvel Studios, Rhodes is portrayed by Don Cheadle for the rest of his MCU appearances.[11][12]
    • In Iron Man 2, 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 an Iron Man armor to intervene during the confrontation to which Tony says "You wanna be the War Machine, take your shot.".[13] Rhodes's borrowed armor is subsequently retrofitted by Justin Hammer with various weapon enhancements at an Air Force base, but the 'ex-wife' missile proves to be woefully below standards, and the War Machine 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. Director Jon Favreau also used the name "War Machine" when referring to the character in various interviews.[14][15]
    • In Iron Man 3, Rhodes is promoted to full Colonel and his armor is painted red, white, and blue.[16] According to director Shane Black, the patriotic color scheme and name was chosen by the U.S. government in response to the events of The Avengers.[17] Rhodes states that the U.S. government deemed "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 film's conclusion and save the President.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Rhodes once again operates the black and silver War Machine armor and is directly referred to as "War Machine" for the first time. He aids the Avengers in the final battle against Ultron and joins the team along with Vision, Falcon and Scarlet Witch.[18]
    • In Captain America: Civil War,[19] Rhodes sides with Stark.[20]

Video games[edit]


  • Iron Man animated series line by Toy Biz[30]
    • 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.[31]
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom line (1999) by Toy Biz - A War Machine action figure packaged with Mega Man.[32]
  • 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[33]
    • 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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