So far, all we know about Marvel Cinematic Universe streaming series Armor Wars is that Don Cheadle will finally take center stage as the main character of his own project, it’ll be loosely based on the comic book arc of the same name, and the shadow of Tony Stark’s death will loom large over the narrative.
There’s not even any other talent besides Cheadle attached on either side of the camera yet, although that hasn’t stopped the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie, and of course Robert Downey Jr., being linked with guest spots or full-blown supporting roles.
Looking at how bare project is from both a creative and personnel standpoint, it shouldn’t come as a shock to discover that production isn’t scheduled to begin on Armor Wars until next year, with Cheadle admitting that the story is only now beginning to take shape behind the scenes.
“It’s going to be interesting. We are just talking about what that show is going to be. We probably will start filming sometime next year and are just cracking the story right now. Deciding what’s that journey going to look like, what the iteration of this is going to be. Obviously, if people know Armor Wars they know what the series is about. But it’s also figuring out how to establish and dig really deep into who Rhodey is because we haven’t really seen a lot of that in the movies.”
If shooting can get started early enough in 2022, then Armor Wars could realistically make it to Disney Plus before the end of next year. Looking at the relentless release schedule for the streaming exclusives, we’re getting five live-action shows and spinoff by the time 2021 draws to a close, with Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special all penciled in after that, so there’s definitely room for one more.
Then again, Ironheart, Echo, Season 2 of Loki and Ryan Coogler’s Wakanda spinoff also don’t have locked in premieres yet, so if one of them gains enough traction before Armor Wars comes together then we might not be getting it until 2023, and that’s without even considering any other episodic projects that might arise between now and then.