Marvel Studios gave it a shake Armor Wars project, and what was to be a series for Disney + will be redeveloped as a feature film.
Sources say the studio made a commitment to tell the story the right way and realized that one feature was better suited to the project. Like all Marvel movies, Armor Wars it is intended for a theatrical release.
Don Cheadle, who is reprising his longtime role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes, aka War Machine, stays on board to star. Yassir Lester, who acted as the lead screenwriter of the series, will remain as screenwriter.
Marvel had predicted a start of production on the series in 2023, but the few people who were preparing for it were informed Thursday of the change of direction. No administrator had been officially assigned and it is unclear where a Armor Wars function would fit into the timeline of Marvel’s Disney + movies and series.
Little is known Armor Wars, though earlier this month at Disney’s D23 Expo Cheadle joined Marvel Studios producer and president Kevin Feige onstage, revealing a logo for what was later touted as a six-episode series of events. Feige first announced plans for Armor Wars at the end of 2020.
The title Armor Wars comes from a famous plot that was published in Iron man comic books in 1987 and 1988. Written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton with artwork by Mark Bright, it addressed the idea of Iron Man’s highly advanced technology falling into the wrong hands. The live-action series was seen as a way to show off more types of armor.
Cheadle’s next appearance at Marvel remains the MCU series Secret invasionalso starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn and is expected to debut in 2023. He has played the character of War Machine since 2010 Iron Man 2.
This isn’t the first time Marvel has pivoted development of a title in this way. Hawk eye was originally conceived as a film before the executive team decided to turn the idea into a Disney + series. To date, Marvel has released all of its films in theaters.