Marvel announces surprising change to Armor Wars series

Burbank, California - Marvel Studios has announced a major change to its upcoming Armor Wars television series starring Don Cheadle.

Don Cheadle poses for photos at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on September 10.
Don Cheadle poses for photos at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on September 10.  © Alberto E. Rodriguez / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

It turns out Armor Wars won't be a show after all – instead, it's being made into a feature film.

Cheadle remains set to lead the film, reprising his role as James "Rhodey" Rhodes. He last appeared in the MCU with a brief appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel decided to pivot to a film after realizing that the story was better suited for a theatrically-released feature as opposed to the planned six-episode streaming miniseries.

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Yassir Lester, who was the head writer for the planned television series, will continue in the role for the new film. While the studio was originally planning to begin production on Armor Wars in 2023, the change will likely push that production date back further.

Marvel teases Armor Wars plot

Plans for the show were first announced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in December 2020, but it was notably missing from Marvel Studios' presentation at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. Armor Wars was finally confirmed with an official announcement and a new logo at the recent D23 Expo.

While the plot remains largely under wraps, Marvel has given fans one question to ponder regarding the project's storyline: "What happens if Tony Stark's tech falls into the wrong hands?"

In the meantime, Marvel fans can look out for Cheadle's return as War Machine in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, which will be released in early 2023.

Cover photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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