Day 2 "War Machine"
We continue our countdown to the Iron Man 2 release on Friday with a look at the most bad ass of bad asses War Machine. Armed to the teeth in Stark technology Marvel Entertainment and Jon Favreau have decided to add him to the big screen along side his gold and crimson friend.
For those of you that don't know, the War Machine armor is piloted by long time best friend and personal pilot of Tony Stark, James "Rhodey" Rhodes. Rhodey was first introduced in Iron Man #118 in 1970 by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, and John Byrne. James, from south Philly, was a combat pilot during the Vietnam war. He was shot down behind enemy lines where he first met Iron Man who helped each other escape back to America. He was played by Terrance Howard in the first Iron Man movie, but due to "differences" with the studio, Marvel changed to actor Don Cheadle.
Originally James Rhodes took on the mantle of Iron Man when Tony Stark fell victim to alcoholism in 1983, then again in 1992 when Stark was thought to be dead. The two went back and forth between who was using the armor for awhile and much of that resulted in bad blood between the constantly battling it out for control of the suit.
The actual Warm Machine armor came about when Tony was battle the Masters of Silence, three Japanese warriors who re-tweaked there technology so they could not be effected by Iron Man repulsor blasts. This caused Stark to design the "Variable Threat Response Battle Suit Mark I" or better known as War Machine. This suit was heavily armored and designed for all-out war. A tweaked version of the suit was left for James Rhodes when he became CEO of Stark Industries, after Tony's supposed death. The War Machine armor was designed by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood.
We got a little teaser in the first Iron Man movie of Rhodey looking over at a silver unpainted Mark II suit and uttering the words "next time." Two years later we finally get to see him suit up. And man is that suit bad ass!!!! Three cheers for the costume designer and a concept artists on that one. Dead on to the comic and looking very intimidating. The suit favors more of the traditional armory then the futuristic repulsor blast of its mother suit. Packed with missile and shoulder mounted mini gun, this is one guy you don't want to be in the way of. This is me being excited!
Check back tomorrow when we continue Iron Man week with a look at the "Villians"