Joss Whedon has apparently decided he can’t fool audiences twice. While he neglected to even mention Don Cheadle‘s War Machine character in The Avengers, the character had a much expanded role in Iron Man 3. That means it’s now believed Cheadle’s Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, also known as War Machine and Iron Patriot, will play a role in Whedon’s 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The question then becomes, what role will Rhodes have in the film? The most obvious one would be as a fighting member of The Avengers as they face off against Ultron (James Spader). However, with two other new characters being introduced (Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch), not to mention apparently expanded roles for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) that’s a whole lot of movie that’s being squeezed together.
I mean, what else would he play, a villain? Don’t count on that. I think assisting The Avengers is the safest bet right now. I can’t see him playing an antagonist after being a good guy for three films.