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Check out Don Cheadle as Iron Patriot in this character poster for Iron Man 3

Feb. 13, 2013by:

I reckon will get a healthy batch of character posters like this one and that's a-okay with me.  Today, Marvel debuted their first character poster for the upcoming kick-off film of their phase 2 series of films, IRON MAN 3, featuring Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot.  It's a nice-looking poster, if even a bit expected in terms of design.  That said, it's still great to see some official IRON MAN 3 marketing material, which has been pretty solid so far.  From the trailers, artwork, and posters, the film has got a solid team behind their promotions, which is pretty consistent with Marvel's methodology thus far.

Have a look:

We're roughly two-and-a-half months away from the debut of this sucker and I couldn't be more excited.  Marvel has established a great foothold in the superhero market and it's been well earned.  Paying particular attention to their brand, the fans, and the creative teams behind their films, it's nice to be able to count on some consistency for a change.  Let's hope the momentum keeps up.

IRON MAN 3 opens on May 3, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Do you prefer Rhodey as War Machine or Iron Patriot? Too soon to call?
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7:37AM on 02/14/2013
Did the US (in the movie of course) think it was a bad idea to have their weapon named War Machine so they changed it to Iron Patriot? LoL, is Iron Patriot the politically correct term for War Machine, or something? Some one needs to chime in and straighten this out.
Did the US (in the movie of course) think it was a bad idea to have their weapon named War Machine so they changed it to Iron Patriot? LoL, is Iron Patriot the politically correct term for War Machine, or something? Some one needs to chime in and straighten this out.
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11:02PM on 02/13/2013

Terrance Howard

As great as Don is in this, I think Terrance Howard would've been the perfect fit.
As great as Don is in this, I think Terrance Howard would've been the perfect fit.
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12:14AM on 02/14/2013
Terrance was good and I wish he stayed in the role. Though in fairness to the great Don Cheadle, he didn't have the best script to work with in Iron Man II so hopefully he'll have something to chew on here and be able to make the character his own.
Terrance was good and I wish he stayed in the role. Though in fairness to the great Don Cheadle, he didn't have the best script to work with in Iron Man II so hopefully he'll have something to chew on here and be able to make the character his own.
3:08AM on 02/14/2013
Don is great in the role, but I really enjoyed Howard's take on Rhodey and kind of wish he was still Rhodey. For continuity sake.

And also whenever I watch the first Iron Man film and the scene where he sees the suits and says 'next time' always give me goosebumps on what could have been.
Don is great in the role, but I really enjoyed Howard's take on Rhodey and kind of wish he was still Rhodey. For continuity sake.

And also whenever I watch the first Iron Man film and the scene where he sees the suits and says 'next time' always give me goosebumps on what could have been.
10:43PM on 02/13/2013

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No offense, but what's the difference other than the suit colors? I'm not familiar with the iron man comics.
No offense, but what's the difference other than the suit colors? I'm not familiar with the iron man comics.
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11:01PM on 02/13/2013
I'm not too familiar with them either, but from what I know Iron Patriot was actually the superhero identity of Norman Osborn, the former Green Goblin, when he tried to reform. It seems that in this film, Rhodey is being used as a propaganda poster boy yet again
I'm not too familiar with them either, but from what I know Iron Patriot was actually the superhero identity of Norman Osborn, the former Green Goblin, when he tried to reform. It seems that in this film, Rhodey is being used as a propaganda poster boy yet again
8:08PM on 02/13/2013
I bet Terrance Howard feels like a jackass when he sees this plastered all over L.A. in a few months. And I like Terrance Howard.
I bet Terrance Howard feels like a jackass when he sees this plastered all over L.A. in a few months. And I like Terrance Howard.
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6:50PM on 02/13/2013

Black Super Hero

War Machine is just a particular armor option, like Hulk-Armor. It can reappear any time, I like that the armors are constantly changing with the tech. What this does give me hopes for is with Cheadle having an important story arc in this film as his own hero and Anthony Mackie being Falcon (still wary of suit). That maybe just maybe they can bring about Black Panther. He is like Captain America, Hawkeye and Stark combined into an African Ninja. Hulk did well internationally as he was slightly
War Machine is just a particular armor option, like Hulk-Armor. It can reappear any time, I like that the armors are constantly changing with the tech. What this does give me hopes for is with Cheadle having an important story arc in this film as his own hero and Anthony Mackie being Falcon (still wary of suit). That maybe just maybe they can bring about Black Panther. He is like Captain America, Hawkeye and Stark combined into an African Ninja. Hulk did well internationally as he was slightly less caucasian .... and amazing. Diversity cannot hurt Avengers 2, more women and more ethnicity does three things. 1) Create more role models, 2) Represent earth versus cosmos better, 3) Gets more butts in seats. Each Avengers sequel should bring in another billion. So much so that Avengers 4 brings in 4 billion and makes DC step it up.
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6:42PM on 02/13/2013
That's a badass poster.
That's a badass poster.
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6:05PM on 02/13/2013

So wait...

is War Machine not going to be in this movie then? I'm not trying to be a tool or something, i really dont know. I really like War Machine (the armor and the man) and wanted to see more him.
is War Machine not going to be in this movie then? I'm not trying to be a tool or something, i really dont know. I really like War Machine (the armor and the man) and wanted to see more him.
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4:01PM on 02/13/2013
House of Lies. Watch that shit.
House of Lies. Watch that shit.
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3:39PM on 02/13/2013
Let me start off by saying, I hate those nerdy candy ass kids who complain and nitpick about every little change Hollywood makes to their beloved property (whether it be books, comics, video games etc). Having that said, I don't ever remember Rhodes being the Iron Patriot. If this did not effect a possible story arc down the line, I wouldn't give 2 cents. Unfortunately, I think this does. We all know Osborne is the Patriot. So I guess this will throw out a possibility of us ever getting a dark
Let me start off by saying, I hate those nerdy candy ass kids who complain and nitpick about every little change Hollywood makes to their beloved property (whether it be books, comics, video games etc). Having that said, I don't ever remember Rhodes being the Iron Patriot. If this did not effect a possible story arc down the line, I wouldn't give 2 cents. Unfortunately, I think this does. We all know Osborne is the Patriot. So I guess this will throw out a possibility of us ever getting a dark Avengers, Civil War story arc, which I was really hoping for after they take care of Thanos in Avengers 2.
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5:33PM on 02/13/2013
Norman Osbourne is never going to exist in this universe.
Norman Osbourne is never going to exist in this universe.
6:49PM on 02/13/2013
I agree, thats where my confusion came from too. I don't nitpick, mostly because I don't know much about the stories, but I thought the same thing about Osborne and the chances down the line. Guess yeehaw08 is right.
I agree, thats where my confusion came from too. I don't nitpick, mostly because I don't know much about the stories, but I thought the same thing about Osborne and the chances down the line. Guess yeehaw08 is right.
2:54PM on 02/13/2013
Poster looks great. Can't wait to see Cheadle don the suit with Downey Jr (again).
Poster looks great. Can't wait to see Cheadle don the suit with Downey Jr (again).
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2:46PM on 02/13/2013

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Too soon to call, and unless we are going to get a seriously heavy Iron Patriot slant to this flick, both incarnations of Rhodey are so far in the margins that I'm guessing it'll be shades of difference.
Too soon to call, and unless we are going to get a seriously heavy Iron Patriot slant to this flick, both incarnations of Rhodey are so far in the margins that I'm guessing it'll be shades of difference.
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1:51PM on 02/13/2013

Confused. Guess I'll have to watch it.

It looks awesome. But I thought Norman Osborn was Iron Patriot. I am just confused, but I guess the movie will explain why Rhodey is now Iron Patriot. I'm really looking forward to this movie.
It looks awesome. But I thought Norman Osborn was Iron Patriot. I am just confused, but I guess the movie will explain why Rhodey is now Iron Patriot. I'm really looking forward to this movie.
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1:51PM on 02/13/2013
What I'm excited for most is Rebecca Hall! Man she is an angel.
What I'm excited for most is Rebecca Hall! Man she is an angel.
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11:06PM on 02/13/2013
Amen to that!
Amen to that!
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1:10PM on 02/13/2013

Phase 3???

Isn't Phase 3 Ant-man and Dr. Strange? Phase 2 would be this up to Avengers 2.....unless they released Avengers 2 without all of us knowing about it....
Yes, I like iron patriot!
Isn't Phase 3 Ant-man and Dr. Strange? Phase 2 would be this up to Avengers 2.....unless they released Avengers 2 without all of us knowing about it....
Yes, I like iron patriot!
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1:18PM on 02/13/2013
Phase 2 is Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World (November of this year), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (first half of 2014), and Guardians of the Galaxy (last half of 2014), ending with Avengers 2 Summer of 2015.
Phase 3 is Ant Man (end of 2015), Dr. Strange at some point, and I wouldn't be surprised if there is more Thor and Cap, maybe even a Hulk movie. Ending with the inevitable Avengers 3
Phase 2 is Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World (November of this year), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (first half of 2014), and Guardians of the Galaxy (last half of 2014), ending with Avengers 2 Summer of 2015.
Phase 3 is Ant Man (end of 2015), Dr. Strange at some point, and I wouldn't be surprised if there is more Thor and Cap, maybe even a Hulk movie. Ending with the inevitable Avengers 3
1:22PM on 02/13/2013
My bad, kids. Fat fingered the keyboard.
My bad, kids. Fat fingered the keyboard.
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