Adaptations of War Machine in other media
Created byDavid Michelinie
John Byrne
Bob Layton
Original sourceComics published by Marvel Comics
First appearanceIron Man #118 (January 1979)
Films and television
Film(s)The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Iron Man (1994)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (2014)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Video game(s)Iron Man 2 (2010)

James Rhodes is a Marvel Comics character that has appeared in comics featuring or related to Iron Man since 1979. The character has appeared in other media adaptations of Iron Man both as a non-costumed character and as War Machine.

Most of the character's appearances have been in animation, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character is played successively by Terrence Howard and Don Cheadle.[1][2]




War Machine as appeared in the Iron Man animated series.
War Machine as he appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures.




Don Cheadle voices an alternate timeline version of the MCU incarnation of James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the Disney+ series What If? episode "What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?".[8]





Main article: James Rhodes (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

James "Rhodey" Rhodes appears in films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed initially by Terrence Howard and subsequently by Don Cheadle following a contract dispute between the former and Marvel Studios.[11][12]

Video games


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