From the moment he stepped into frame as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and told Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark (and essentially moviegoers, as well) “It’s me and I’m here, so get over it and move on,” fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been 100% behind Don Cheadle as War Machine. He was great in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, and the worst part of his performance in Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it was all too brief. Now, fans are looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and, according to Cheadle, Rhodey plays a “pivotal” role in the film. You can find out what he had to say recently at the Sundance Film Festival, but first a word of caution: While this article doesn’t contain any confirmed spoilers from Civil War, those wishing to remain completely oblivious to the film until they see it should stop reading now.
Anyone who saw the trailer for Captain America: Civil War is probably aware that Rhodey is going to suffer some kind of injury in this movie, and of course there has been speculation about his death. Don Cheadle was recently interviewed at the Sundance Film Festival and had this to say:
“I never know what it’s going to be and they keep their cards very close to their breast with Marvel. 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.”
That could really be interpreted to go either way, but for the many fans who have been waiting to see War Machine take more of a central role in the films, hopefully Rhodey survives his injuries. It has been reported that directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo filmed death scenes for Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as well as for Rhodey, but that they won’t all be used in the actual film.
If the movie follows the Civil War plot from the comic books, moviegoers could even see Captain America killed at the end of the movie. After all, Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), who both played a role in killing Captain America in the comics, are in the movie. If Cap is killed, Sebastian Stan‘s Bucky Barnes or even Falcon could take up the mantle of Captain America, just as they both have in the comics. This probably isn’t very likely though, since Captain America himself, Chris Evans, still has one movie on his Marvel contract and is expected to appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Another interesting possibility would be if Marvel reversed the roles of Iron Man and Captain America in a surprising twist and killed Tony Stark at the end of Civil War. There’s been no mention of this and it’s hard to imagine the MCU without Robert Downey Jr., but how much would that shock Marvel fans!?
What do you think? Does Rhodey die in Civil War? If not, who does?