War Machine was nearly vice-president in 'Avengers: Endgame'

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Don Cheadle as James Rhodes

Avengers: Endgame evolved a lot over the course of its development and production.

Not only was Iron Man’s departing line added at the final moment, but numerous members of its cast and crew have revealed how various scenes were chopped or altered during the making of the blockbuster.

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One of the most intriguing angles to have been dropped has just been revealed by Avengers: Endgame’s writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, as they originally intended for War Machine to have become Vice President of the United States during the film’s five years gap.

“We took it out because it didn't have any story weight, but I believe that during one draft, in the five year jump, Rhodey became vice president,” Markus recently told ComicBook.com, which would have made a lot of sense considering the war veteran’s decorated career.

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 29: (L-R) Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans react after Chris Evans drops and F-Bomb while speaking during ACE Comic Con at Century Link Field Event Center on June 28, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

But does this mean that we might actually see Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes take on this mantle in a Disney+ television series? Markus doesn’t have a clue, as he insists that they were only concerned with Endgame’s story rather than how Marvel would use the characters after the film.

"It's not like [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige] said, 'You know what, we had a meeting and we're going to have these three streaming services, so let's make sure...’ No, if anything, I don't know what all the streaming shows are, but it feels like they might come off of Endgame in some ways, but at no point did anybody say, 'That's what we should do, so therefore, sprinkle that in.'"

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Still, with the Falcon, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Hawkeye, to name but a few, all getting their own Marvel television series, it would make sense if War Machine was ultimately given this treatment, too.