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Marvel Has Finally Confirmed Iron Man's Real MCU Replacement

A controversial reveal in the Disney+ Secret Invasion show solidifies the true successor to Iron Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

By Superheroes.VersePublished 8 months ago 4 min read


Hey Marvel superfans, grab your capes and shields! If you ever sat there, munching popcorn, wondering who'd step up to fill the giant metal boots of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, then oh boy, do I have some piping hot tea for you!

Let's stroll down the Marvel memory lane, shall we? Remember James “Rhodey” Rhodes? You know, the guy who's been Tony's wingman since 2008? Literally. He was right there, whisking Tony away from those pesky Ten Rings folks. And guess who was among the first to be in on Tony's best-kept secret – that he's Iron Man? Yep, Rhodey!

Now, while our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was busy dodging buildings (and school homework) and Ironheart was flexing her shiny new armor, Rhodey might just be the one getting his own Marvel solo concert soon.

We all got teary-eyed when Tony played hero (for the umpteenth time) and faced off against Thanos in Endgame. With him gone, the question loomed: "Who’s gonna pick up the Iron mantle?" Sure, Wakanda has been cooking up some techie goodies and even outfitted some of our favorite heroes. Riri Williams? She went full Ironheart in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever". But, hold onto your helmets, the real Tony Stark replacement might just have been hiding in plain sight...

Enter the jaw-dropping plot twist in “Secret Invasion.” Our main man Rhodey, Mr. War Machine himself, was a Skrull! I mean, can you even? Apparently, after his little “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” moment in Captain America: Civil War, Rhodey was swapped faster than you can say "I am Groot." So the guy we cheered for in Infinity War and Endgame? A cosmic fake!

This whole Rhodey-Skrull soap opera feels eerily familiar. Flashback to Tony's days as the captive show-and-tell piece for the Ten Rings. And now, our Rhodey has his War Machine tech possibly in evil hands, a Skrull-induced identity crisis, and back issues to boot. Tony had that ticking heart time bomb, while Rhodey, well, he's not winning any dance-offs outside of his suit. And here’s the cherry on top: Rhodey's Skrull twin was THIS close to kicking off WWIII. Drama level: 3000.

Let’s dish a bit more. MCU tried to dazzle us with Spider-Man and Ironheart as potential Iron Man 2.0s. But look, Spidey’s still trying to get through high school, and Stark wanted him to have fewer iron suits and more prom suits. And Ironheart? Super cool, but she's more of an inspired newbie than a successor.

So who’s been riding shotgun with Tony since the very start? Rhodey. They've been partners, bros, and occasionally, bicker-like-an-old-married-couple pals. In the comic realm, Rhodey even donned the Iron Man suit while Tony went on a... "personal hiatus." And if the MCU breadcrumbs are anything to go by, Rhodey's gearing up for a starring role in "Armor Wars".

So, what's the big takeaway? Rhodey's not just the sidekick, the backup singer, the "other guy". He’s War Machine. He's Tony’s ride-or-die. And he's looking like the front runner to be the next-gen Iron Man. All hail, Rhodey! It's about time he takes center stage. And as for us? We're here, front row, popcorn in hand, ready for the show!

Sure thing! Let's wrap up this Marvel-lous up for a new phase in the MCU, it's evident that things are shifting, evolving, and revving up for some spectacular showdowns. In this universe, packed with gods, wizards, and super-soldiers, our very human heroes, like Tony and Rhodey, hold a special place. Their courage isn't drawn from a super serum or an Asgardian lineage; it's pure, unadulterated human spirit. And Rhodey embodies that spirit in spades.

While we're all aboard the hype train for every superhero, there's something uniquely exciting about seeing a familiar face rise to new challenges. As War Machine prepares to shoulder a legacy, he's not just stepping into Tony’s shoes; he's forging his own path, with the weight of the past and the hope of the future.

In conclusion, the MCU is vast, unpredictable, and ever-changing. But one constant remains - the heart and soul of its heroes. Rhodey’s journey from sidekick to center stage reminds us that sometimes, the real superpower is resilience, friendship, and the determination to carry on a legacy. So, here's to the next adventure, and may War Machine fly higher, further, and faster than ever before!


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