The Don Cheadle-led Armor Wars Disney+ series has been changed into a movie with a theatrical release.
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According to THR, Marvel Studios decided that a theatrical release was a better way to tell the story that they wanted. Yassir Lester, who was the head writer on the series, will write the movie’s script. No director is currently attached, but the report states that the move will push Armor Wars “further down the development slate.” Cheadle previously said that production on the project will begin sometime in 2023. As for its place in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cheadle revealed that Armor Wars would take place right after the events of the Disney+ series Secret Invasion.
Originally written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton and running for seven issues from December 1987 to June 1988, the comic story centered on inventive genius Tony Stark as he discovers that the same top-secret tech he used to create the Iron Man armor is now in the hands of several deadly supervillains and is wracked with guilt over the evil they’ve done utilizing the suit. In the face of objections from his government, friends, colleagues, and fellow superheroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring this evil to an end and take back what’s his.
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With Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark being dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the two-time Oscar nominee seemingly retired from the role, it’s currently unclear as to how the series will approach the material or update it with Cheadle’s Rhodes at the center of the story.