EXCLUSIVE: Iron Man/War Machine Conflict A Big Part Of 'Iron Man 2' Story, Says Don Cheadle

Now that the secret's out about War Machine's debut in "Iron Man 2," everyone wants to know what form the character's debut will take in the much-anticipated sequel to last year's Marvel Studios blockbuster. The man donning the War Machine armor, Don Cheadle, described his camera time in the suit as "significant," but how will his character's relationship with Tony Stark change now that they're both comrades-in-armor?


"What's interesting is that there are so many different iterations of War Machine and Tony Stark from all the different comics," Cheadle told MTV News. "It was really trying to find the common thread, the through-line... [And] the through-line really is their friendship. They're actually really good friends."

As for how their relationship will evolve in "Iron Man 2," Cheadle indicated that the pair could see their association strained by the differences between their respective careers.

"We kept asking ourselves: How does that play out with Tony Stark being an independent contractor doing what he wants to do, and Rhodes actually being in the military," he said. "There's a real chain of command he has to follow. What's the conflict that creates?"

While Cheadle's response certainly doesn't narrow down the specific story arcs informing "Iron Man 2," it does seem to indicate that a brawl between War Machine and Iron Man isn't out of the question. In fact, with Comic-Con footage showcasing a battle between Stark and the U.S. government for control of the Iron Man armor, a collision between Rhodes and Stark (and their armored counterparts) seems likely.

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