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That Probably Wasn’t Iron Patriot in Iron Man 3 Set Photos After All

All the hand-wringing and muttered cursing caused by recent photos leaked from the set of Iron Man 3 may have been premature, if not exactly unwarranted.

Latino Review now reports that despite the familiar red, white and blue armor, that isn’t Iron Patriot in those grainy snapshots, but rather a redecorated battlesuit for Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes. Whether he will still be War Machine, or redubbed “Iron Patriot” remains to be seen, but the website suggests “the U.S. government has had their hands on this Stark suit for awhile, and apparently they’ve decided to make it more patriotic.”

While the battlesuit was first donned in Marvel’s Dark Avengers #1 by Norman Osborn, Latino Review had previously contended in the film it would be worn by Eric Savin (played by James Badge Dale) — suggesting he starts out as Iron Patriot before taking a villainous turn as Coldblood. Some website had gone as far as to say it was Dale in the armor, but it turns out it was merely a stuntman standing in for Cheadle.

Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 is thought to be loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Iron Man: Extremis” storyline by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov in which a criminal is injected with a nanotechnological drug created by the U.S. military in an attempt to replicate the Super-Soldier Serum, triggering a mutation that grants him superhuman abilities.

The film features returning franchise stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by new additions Dale, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.


  • AnnGMorrone
  • jrau18

    Detroit Steel, maybe?

  • Mythos

     I have the copy right here. Are you sure you’re not thinking of the plotline directly after Extremis? The six issue series is pretty much exactly as your first line describes it, only it was a wannabe terrorist who purposefully injected it onto himself. Tony Stark’s old friend Maya Hansen asks for his help and Iron Man gets his ass handed to him by the Extremis-enhanced villain.

  • Mythos

    Sounds much better than having Iron Patriot as a villain so soon, especially since the focus of Iron Man 2 was exactly “copycat suit fights Iron Man”. I love the idea of Rhodes going from War Machine to official US Iron Man, especially after Avengers. The War Machine armor is intimidating, so the fictional public would probably accept a blend of Captain America and Iron Man a lot faster.

  • Thom Vane

    If it is War Machine, I’d say the purpose of it would be to keep him out of Tony Stark’s story, which is said to be more insular. Rohdey is too busy being the ‘Cpt. America’ style mascot.

    It’d be a shame though. I’d have loved to have seen a classic War Machine, decked out in shoulder-mounted missile launchers, rail guns etc.

  • Katarzyna Skop

    This is interesting development! I like the idea of having more Rhodey in the movie; plus we did see him deliver the War Machine suit to the Air Force in IM2. After that we haven’t seen them do anything with it. It would be understandable that – after the events of The Avengers – the military would like to have a superhero of their own, especially since both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers seem to fight for some other guys.

  • jrau18

    Tony might be private, but Steve is working for S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Robbie Shepherd

     First thing that popped into my mind, also.

  • Adrossos

    Those colors look REALLY corny.