Of all the Marvel Studios projects that have been announced as part of the Multiverse Saga, almost none have flown under the radar more than Don Cheadle’s Armor Wars. Although Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige first announced this Disney+ show during Disney Investor Day in late 2020, almost no updates have come regarding the project over the past two years.
Cheadle’s James Rhodes is set to be the leading character in his first MCU project, facing the ramifications of Tony Stark’s technology falling into the wrong hands. But while almost all of its other Disney+ counterparts have come with more concrete information, the only major news concerning Armor Wars noted that it was still happening, as Cheadle revealed that the show would begin production in 2023 during Marvel’s D23 presentation.
But now, after a great deal of radio silence regarding Cheadle’s first starring effort in the MCU, a new report shared that Armor Wars actually got a major upgrade ahead of its production schedule.
Major Change to Marvel Studios’ Armor Wars
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Marvel Studios has changed its plans for development on Don Cheadle’s Armor Wars.
Instead of releasing on Disney+ as a streaming series, Armor Wars is now being developed as a featured film, although its release date hasn’t been confirmed yet. This will be Cheadle’s first time headlining an MCU movie.
The outlet’s sources noted that the studio was committed to “getting the story told the right way,” thus realizing that a theatrical feature was better suited for the project.
Yassir Lester, who Marvel Studios hired in Summer 2020 to pen Armor Wars’ script, reportedly remains as the writer for the movie.
THR also noted that this isn’t the first time Marvel has changed a project in this manner. Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye was originally planned out as a movie before being developed as a six-episode Disney+ series.
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