Marvel is turning Armor Wars into a movie instead of Disney+ Show
Despite teasing work on the Armor Wars TV Series Just a few weeks ago at D23 Expo, Marvel Studios decided to upgrade the series from a show to a feature film. The Hollywood Reporter shares the development, revealing the change came after studio sources revealed they wanted to tell the story “the right way.” Don Cheadle is still attached to star in the series, reprising his role as James Rhodes aka War Machine for the film. The trade notes that Yassir Lester, previously attached as the show’s head writer, is still on board writing the script.
“If you know anything about the lore and you’ve read the comics, you understand that this is a series that was built around the release of Tony’s Stark Tech and Rhodey taking it to pick up that tech wrong hands, the wrong actors he’s in the hands of,” Cheadle previously told ComicBook.com at D23 Expo. “And like Marvel does, it’s also an opportunity to take the mythology and flip it a bit and come up with different ways to tell the story, so it does and has done it in spades.”
THR notes that moving from a series to a movie will push it further up Marvel Studios’ development slate. At this point, it’s unclear where the film will land on Marvel’s schedule, but the studio has already set release dates well beyond their phase six block of films with untitled movies slated for 2026 and beyond. -of the.
“The death of Tony Stark, I’m pretty sure, will play a part in the show,” Cheadle said during an interview with BroBible Last year. “Where we’ve kind of progressed Rhodey – even in the last movie where he’s now standing and he’s walking again and he’s now mobile again – as technology continues to develop and we continue to make innovations in the suit and what’s going on, I imagine there’s going to be another elevation and another way to keep digging in this part of Rhodey,” he said. “But really, finding a way to tie together what’s happening in the comics with what’s happening onscreen in the MCU and how we’re going to make those worlds work, it’s really exciting.”
Cheadle’s next appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come much sooner than Armor Wars but with the character set to appear in the thriller series Secret Invasion. Given the previous circumstances and the plot of the show starring Samuel L. Jackson, it’s possible that Cheadle is playing a Skrull version of himself in this series, setting up Armor Wars be an even bigger stepping stone for the character.
The passing of Armor Wars from a series to a movie marks the first time that one of Marvel Studios’ Disney+ Originals has changed in this way. Previously, the reverse happened with Hawk Eye starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld originally in the works as a movie before transitioning to a Disney+ series.