War Machine has been set up properly by first introducing Rhodey in the first film and even hinting “next time” when he was checking out the prototype armour. But as big of a character as War Machine will be for Iron Man 2, Cheadle doesn’t think that Marvel would ever go for a War Machine spinoff. But that’s not what Bob Layton (creator of War Machine) says.
Worst Previews quotes Bob Layton:
“There’s always the possibility that if [Iron Man 2] does well, it can spin-off,” he stated. “Because obviously there’s a different character and a different motivation with War Machine than there is with Tony Stark.”
Now during an interview with Wizard magazine, Don Cheadle said that not only has nobody spoken to him about a War Machine spin-off, but he believes that Marvel will likely never go for it.
“People have asked but no one [in authority] has mentioned [the spin-off] as something that’s happening,” he said. “Hopefully, if [Iron Man 2] does well, there will be another [Iron Man film] with the same people. But there won’t be a [War Machine] spin-off.”
Someone needs to get these kids together to chat. Clearly they don’t see this playing out the same, and while neither of them is for or against it, it seems there is some talking that needs to be done. But I imagine Layton – being creator of the character – would always be positive when talking about his character.
I am looking forward to seeing Cheadle in the role. And I would be up for a War Machine spinoff film as well. Someone get these guys a lunch date!