Marvel’s ‘Armor Wars’ Series Starring Don Cheadle to Be Redeveloped as a Movie

Marvel’s “Armor Wars,” originally planned as a TV series for Disney+, is being redeveloped as a feature film, Variety has learned.

“Armor Wars” will star Don Cheadle, reprising his MCU role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine. The project is based on Marvel Comics’ seven-issue arc of the same name within the story of Iron Man, and follows Rhodes as he must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands.

Yassir Lester, who was originally set as the series’ head writer, remains attached to write the project.

This is Marvel’s second big shake-up of the week. “Blade” director Bassam Tariq stepped away from the project on Tuesday, just two months before the film was set to begin production, signaling a potential delay from the originally set Nov. 2023 premiere date. However, “Armor Wars” won’t slide into that date — it’s unclear when the new movie will arrive. And while nothing official has been announced about the release strategy for “Armor Wars,” it is presumable that it will debut in theaters — if not, it would become Marvel’s first TV movie.

At the D23 Expo in Anaheim earlier this month, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that “Armor Wars” would follow the events of “Secret Invasion,” an MCU TV series set to debut in early 2023. Cheadle also appeared at D23, and spoke to Variety about “Secret Invasion.”

Speculatively, based on the comic books, villains that could potentially appear in “Armor Wars” include Stilt-Man, the Crimson Dynamo and Justin Hammer, who was played by Sam Rockwell in “Iron Man 2.” The “Armor Wars” comics were written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton in 1987 and 1988 with art by Mark D. Bright and Barry Windsor-Smith.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the switch from series to movie.