Marvel Studios celebrated ten years in 2018 and what they have accomplished so far. Sometimes, it is also interesting to also look back at the projects that sadly never saw the light of day. Edgar Wright‘s version of Ant-Man could have been a completely unique approach in the MCU. While living on as a Hulu show, Runaways was once going to be among the Phase 1 films. There was one more film that was once going to focus on an existing MCU character, Don Cheadle‘s Rhodey. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Endgame actor revealed what was once planned for the project.
“We kicked it around a bit. There was definitely going to be a lot of tension between his job as a military man and his allegiances to the code that he swore an oath to uphold, versus the changing world. I think they probably would have run afoul of each other a little bit, but I don’t know if he would have been a straight fugitive, or if he would have become decommissioned. But there was definitely going to be some tension between those two worlds.”
The War Machine film already hired screenwriter Joe Robert Cole so it was in early development at some point. Cole did continue to screenwrite Black Panther for Marvel Studios so he must’ve left a great impression with the studio. These story elements did survive into Rhodey’s role throughout Iron Man 3. We also returned to this story arc in Captain America: Civil War where he paid a heavy price. Avengers: Infinity War was the breaking point where War Machine joined the Rogers, Romanoff, and Wilson by defying Thunderbolt Ross’ demands. It will be interesting to see how it affects his arc in Avengers: Endgame. Disney+ is not far away so maybe this project will get a second wind as a mini-series. If not, there is also the What If series that could show us what could’ve been.
Would you still want to see a War Machine film? Any comic storylines you would want to see on the silver screen?