Personally, I’ve been looking forward to the inclusion of War Machine into the Iron Man movies for way too long–he was always one of my favorite characters. So while initially I was excited to see what I think is the coolest-looking paint job for armor ever, virtually every comic book fan is now upset.
According to my local expert, the War Machine paint job you see there is actually reminiscent of the Iron Patriot. Who is the Iron Patriot? Good question.
The Iron Patriot comes from a story-line in the Marvel Comic Universe known as the ‘Dark Reign’. In it, Norman Osbourn (of Spider-Man) replaces Tony Stark as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s not important why or how (read more on that here), just that Norman creates the Iron Patriot armor to make himself feel like a complete usurper.
OK, now back to reality.
As many of you know by now, movie studios are inherently evil profit machines that will do whatever they can to squeeze every last dime from their franchises. Since Marvel/Disney are unable to come to terms with Sony (who owns the Spider-Man rights) for cross-licensing, Marvel/Disney is intentionally screwing up the Marvel Universe.
Cue fanboys losing their sh*t.
The other alternative is that the idea of a black man who calls himself ‘War Machine’ wearing chrome and black armor with a bad-a** machine gun didn’t test so well among White Middle America.
Personally, I think the armor looks dope.