Walt Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek has high hopes for their upcoming Disney+ series Armor Wars, promising fans that it scratches any fan’s itch for Iron Man-related content.
During a recent talk held at the Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference (via The Mix), Chapek was told about a Marvel fan that had been desperately hoping for the return of Iron Man, the iconic character portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. who died at the end of the Avengers: Endgame. While Chapek didn’t mention bringing the character back whatsoever, he did say that fans of Iron Man will be happy with the upcoming Armor Wars.
“Well, tell your Marvel fan that we’ve got a series called Armor Wars coming up starring Don Cheadle as War Machine,” Chapek said. “I think that will probably scratch the itch that our fans have for more Iron Man.”
Of course, it’s unlikely that Armor Wars will see the sudden return of Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, but it will feature a ton of other heroes inside the iconic armor suits.
Originally written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton and running for seven issues from December 1987 to June 1988, the comic story centered on inventive genius Tony Stark as he discovers that the same top-secret tech he used to create the Iron Man armor is now in the hands of several deadly supervillains and is wracked with guilt over the evil they’ve done utilizing the suit. In the face of objections from his government, friends, colleagues and fellow superheroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end and take back what’s his.
With Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the two-time Oscar nominee pretty much retired from the role, it’s currently unclear as to how the series will approach the material or update it with Cheadle’s Rhodes at the center of the story. The series is also currently without any producers, showrunner, or writers attached.