James Rhodes hasn't had much of a chance to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe outside of Iron Man movies. The character didn't appear in Marvel's The Avengers and played only a small role in Age of Ultron.
That is going to change, though. Iron Man's right hand man looks to be pretty involved with the upcoming Captain America: Civil War by the footage we've seen so far but, additionally, Don Cheadle makes War Machine's role seem pretty significant.
“I never know what it’s going to be and they keep their cards very close to their breast with Marvel,” Cheadle told SuperHeroHype. “I never know where the character’s going to go, but he’s become more and more and in the next one, you’ll see that what happens to Rhodey is a little bit more intense and pivotal to what happens in the rest of the stories.”
Let's hope it's not pivotal in that he dies and becomes a major motivating plot point for Tony Stark to seek justice. The first trailer sure does make it look like that's a possibility, though.
“I ultimately like it when we’re there and I’m working with other actors and it’s fun, but it can be very tedious,” Cheadle says about the experience playing in the Marvel Universe. “A lot of time you’re looking at a green screen and a tennis ball on a C-stand, and it couldn’t be more antithetical to doing what Miles Ahead was, but you just give over to the elements and go, ‘Oh these are the toys and I’m playing with the biggest and best toys’ and we’re flying around and doing stuff that if I was ten years old, I would be having the greatest time in my life.”
Captain America: Civil War hit theaters May 6, 2016.