We’ve covered “Captain America: Civil War” extensively, and while most of the articles usually deal with the upcoming conflict between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), we’ll skip all of that for now and focus on one of the supporting characters: War Machine, the love-him-or-hate-him, supposed-to-be partner of Tony Stark’s “Iron Man.” Let’s see, besides Don Cheadle reprising his role as James Rhodes/War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we see this hunk of steel get, of all things… a new name.
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Reports from Cinemablend detailed how Total Film (a movie magazine) has recently released an issue chock-full of tidbits regarding “Captain America: Civil War.” In the midst of all the blurb, images, and various paintings and drawings, one particularly annotated piece of concept art (which featured Team Captain America battling Team Iron Man) revealed the new name of Don Cheadle’s superhero character in the Avengers roster: War Hammer.
You read that right. It seems that our James Rhodes isn’t done with the name-changing game yet, as fans of the MCU can clearly remember this guy playing at first the brute War Machine, then changing into a sort of “stars-and-stripes” themed human rocket in the form of The Iron Patriot in “Iron Man 3.” Now, as Phase Three of the MCU kicks off, they settle with the very no-nonsense War Hammer (which, coincidentally, is also the name of a very popular tabletop franchise).
Christian Post also adds that there isn’t a shred of evidence for the existence of a character called “War Hammer” anywhere before in the MCU or even in the comic books, so the purpose of this decision (besides offending Mjolnir) probably confused some fans. They add, however, that the name could also be just a meaningless change and merely an attempt in getting the character (and what it symbolizes) to be more PR-friendly.
Whatever the case, fans can witness how this change actually affects or changes the character when “Captain America: Civil War” hits theatres on May 6, 2016.
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