Disney+ will no doubt redefine the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to the sheer amount of shows that will be released in the next few years. WandaVision is set to get the ball rolling this January, which will be followed by a string of projects which include the likes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki.
Marvel Studios is known for taking a chance with unexpected characters over the years, and this was established by Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man back in 2008. Given Disney+'s arrival, it's fitting that the streaming service will serve as another platform that will introduce the audience to new characters through long-form storytelling, further expanding the history and backstory of the heroes before the eventual team-up in the films.
Looking ahead, there will be more shows on the horizon as the MCU embraces a whole new chapter. And now, another exciting series will join the MCU's ambitious line-up.
Marvel Studios CCO Kevin Feige confirmed that a new Disney+ series entitled Armor Wars will soon arrive, and it will see the return of Don Cheadle's James Rhodes.
Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Armor Wars, an Original Series coming to #DisneyPlus. A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands? pic.twitter.com/K6M0q9mcNM— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
A future Marvel project was rumored to feature Doctor Strange villain Shuma-Gorath.
Kevin Feige explained that he and Marvel Studios only want to continue building the legendary cinematic universe as long as they “can keep evolving it and changing it and growing it” to do “things [they] hadn’t done before.”
Kevin Feige explained that the MCU uses so many indie filmmakers because they offer “unique points of view” that can “take you to places you’ve never gone before.”
WHAT THIS MEANS
Based on this reveal, it seems that Tony Stark's legacy will continue in the post-Endgame timeline of the MCU. Armor Wars will no doubt explore the ramifications of Stark's suits, and it will be interesting to find out how Rhodes will deal with this tragic outcome in his own Disney+ series.
As it is, Don Cheadle's return as James Rhodes is pretty exciting, especially after the actor's previous comments about the end of his Marvel contract. Given that, Cheadle's inclusion in Armor Wars will mark his sixth appearance as War Machine.
It's fitting that Cheadle will be the main character to handle Stark's unfinished business. On top of that, this also presents an opportunity for Armor Wars to include other Iron Man characters such as Pepper Potts and Morgan Stark, and they could eventually help Cheadle's mission.
All in all, Armor Wars is an intriguing storyline for the MCU to adapt, and this could seemingly hint that Stark's story is far from over in the interconnected narrative of the franchise.