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Armor Wars

Begins shooting April 5, 2021 Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Armor Wars, about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands. Stark discovers that someone has been stealing his Iron Man tech and selling it to supervillains. He decides he must do whatever it takes to reacquire — or destroy — the stolen tech

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  • 1st cover and cameo appearance of the Punisher War Machine armor
  • [Aug 2019 - Boston Comic Con industry chatter: Jon Bernthal's Punisher could return to the MCU in the Punisher War Machine armor]
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  • Part one of the Armor Wars story arc that runs through #231
  • Tony Stark examines the battlesuit technology of a criminal named The Force to discover that it is top secret, Stark circuitry that powers the armor
  • Rhodes and Stark investigate who stole the tech and discover a villain named Spymaster was the culprit who sold it to Justin Hammer
  • Stark wears the Silver Centurion armor while battling Stilt Man and the Controller
  • [December 2020 - Don Cheadle will return as War Machine for an Armor Wars series coming to Disney+]
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  • Armor Wars part two
  • Stark's quest to retrieve his weaponized technology leads him to confrontations with The Raiders and Stingray
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  • Armor Wars part 3
  • Cameo appearances by multiple celebrities from the 1980s: Don Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, Lionel Ritchie, Michael J Fox, Tina Turner and George Wendt
  • Stark battles S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Mandroids, exo-armor designed by Stark worn by national defense soldiers
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  • Armor Wars part four
  • Tony Stark versus the Guardsmen
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  • Armor Wars part five
  • Tony Stark suited up in Stealth Armor battles Titanium Man and Crimson Dynamo
  • Death of Titanium Man
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  • Armor wars part six
  • 1st appearance of Firepower, a heavy artillery armored antagonist
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  • Armor Wars part seven
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  • Conclusion of the Armor Wars story arc
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  • 1st appearance of James "Rhodey" Rhodes, later becomes War Machine
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  • 1st appearance of James Rhodes as Iron Man
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  • Debut of Tony Stark’s ‘War Machine’ armor, a heavy artillery suit
  • Tony dons the armor but continues to refer to himself as Iron Man
  • 1st team appearance of the Masters of Silence
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  • 1st cover appearance of the War Machine armor, worn by Tony Stark
  • The War Machine armor debuts in Iron Man #281 with Tony Stark is the original pilot
  • In Iron Man #284, James Rhodes suits up in the armor but refers to himself as Iron Man
  • The armor and Rhodes use of the codename War Machine is not official until West Coast Avengers #94
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  • 1st appearance of Rhodey Rhodes in the War Machine armor but he still refers to himself as Iron Man
  • It isn't until West Coast Avengers #94 until the codename ‘War Machine’ is used
  • [December 2020 - Don Cheadle will reprise his role as War Machine in an Armor Wars series on Disney+]
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  • Rhodey assumes the codename War Machine
  • Prior to this this issue, War Machine was the name of the armor
  • Rhodes first wears the armor in Iron Man #284 but refers to himself as Iron Man. Prior to #284, Stark wore the War Machine armor
  • [February 2021 - Don Cheadle confirms War Machine will not only appear in Armor Wars but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well]