Of all the avengers in MCU films, some favorites from scriptwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely got a short summary, usually because there was so much else to talk about. One favorite who took a back seat was War Machine or James Rhodes.
Played by Don Cheadle, one can at least say that Marvel has managed to land another respected actor for a probably juicy payday.
While Cheadle had a few good ones Recent reports say he would play a much bigger role in some early drafts for Endgame.
Not that he could not play a major role in the Disney streaming universe later. What that means exactly is a bit in the air, but in the other reality of Endgame he would have been the center of attention.
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We are used to seeing Don Cheadle in first-class films, or at least once. Like Robert Downey Jr., he was an Oscar candidate who was brought to Marvel with a larger salary. Not that we necessarily agree with Martin Scorsese and say that Marvel is necessarily a step backwards.
When Endgame arrived, we saw how Marvel can be the world's best cinematic experience. For Don Cheadle, however, one has to argue that he was not used nearly enough of what we would normally expect from his acting talents. The scriptwriters of Endgame did not really want that.
Markus and McFeely have recently revealed a lot about the things they had originally planned for Marvel but rejected. Some of these ideas were rejected for a reason, mainly because they had some rough sequences that Disney would never put into a PG-13 movie.
Then you have the idea to make Cheadle's War Machine Vice President in Endgame something that would have given the actor much more engagement and shift of characterizations into a fascinating light.
Fans think it's a harbinger of a future War Machine series about Disney.
If the intention was to do so War Machine Vice President, we wonder what rules he would rule. Because he was known for being like Captain America and finding it hard to work within the structures of the US government, he might have obeyed his own rules.
Some Marvel fans on Reddit believe it anyway. Many of these fans believe that a VP Rhodes would have been ideal and gave him essentially as much power as his close friend Tony Stark.
This does not mean we may not be able to see War Machine anymore on Disney + line. We feel that the plan for shows dealing with neglected avengers is long.
What would a War Machine series look like, and would it touch on the idea that he is Vice President? Having a superhero within the bounds of the American government would be more than a little interesting territory to explore.
Cheadle should have a new drama I've known him for years, he does not have starring roles anymore.
Playing in the Avengers movies meant retiring to the main stars who spent most of their time on the screen. While he has done great dramatic and comedy work for HBO and Showtime (currently satirical Black Monday ), for the past four years he has stayed with Marvel for on-screen projects.
With streaming as the likely future of everything, Cheadle, who made a machine series, might be a hit. Last but not least, fans want Rhodes as vice president in the upcoming animated Disney + series What If …? which deals with old-reality scenarios in the Marvel Universe.
The biggest question of all would be: Would Rhodes abuse his power if he became VP? This is a question that will always be relevant and closely linked to our present reality.