Iron Man and War Machine are the most successful bonding pairs of MCU. Yes, there have been many pairs developed in Marvel Phases like Iron Man and Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, Nebula and Gamora, etc. But Iron Man and War Machine chemistry were so lovable by fans that told Marvel to put their lovable doubles act in movies.
Moreover, these Iron Pairs not only develop a connection after being a superhero they were friends before being a superhero as Tony Stark and James Rhodes. They started off like old friends who bonded over helping the military, one as a soldier and the other as a billionaire supplying them with weapons. Soon after Tony’s return from Afghanistan, he decided to take control in his hand and be a hero for others, quickly they developed into a pair of super-suited heroes sharing adventures together. So, here are The MCU’s 10 Most Unforgettable Iron Man And War Machine Moments.
10. Taking Down Robots - Avengers Age Of Ultron
During the Avenger’s last fight in Sokovia, where Ultron has used the remaining vibranium to build a machine to lift a large part of the capital city skyward, intending to crash it into the ground to cause global extinction. The Avengers fight Ultron’s army while Fury arrives in a Helicarrier with Maria Hill, James Rhodes, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to evacuate civilians. During the evacuation, Ultron’s robots commence an attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D’s Hell Carrier to destroy them, commander, Maria Hill gave the green light to War Machine. Responding with a quick action War Machine jumped into the war zone and start busting robots in the meantime Iron Man also joined him to support. This is a crucial point that shows how much Iron Man loves and cares for Rhodes as a friend.
9. Into The Den of Aldrich Killian - Iron Man 3
Whether they suit up or not they will take care of threats together. On the way to save the president and Pepper from the chain of the mad scientist Aldrich Killian and his armies, Tony and Rhodes together entered into Killian highly guarded den without any armor. When their stealth is broken enemies started to circle them at that moment Rhodes wished if he has his suit and Tony replied to him with a few bunches of suit as a backup plan. One of the most MCU memorable scenes where Tony Stark surprised everyone even James Rhodes revealing the secret of his hobby. But a little disappointment for Rhodes because none of the suits were coded to him.
8. Lifting Thor’s Hammer - Avengers Age Of Ultron
One of the most underrated scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the party at Avengers Tower in Age of Ultron. There Rhodey tells them how he went to a war-torn country, carried a tank up the general’s palace, dropped it at his doorstep, and said, “Boom! You looking for this?” Thor and Tony pretended to be impressed by the story, but it wasn’t very convincing. Not only that there are plenty of funny gags in the scene, like Stan Lee getting drunk on Asgardian liquor and Rhodey telling Thor and Tony a War Machine story, but possibly the funniest moment in the whole scene is Earth’s mightiest heroes trying to lift Thor’s hammer.
Where Tony first failed alone then tried wearing armor only on the hands with which he was lifting Thor’s hammer but failed again then it was time for both friends Tony and Rhodes to lift it together while having armored.
7. The Dog Fight - Iron Man 1 2008
As soon as Tony Stark perfected and customized the Iron Man second armor Mark 2, it wasn’t long before he was jetting off to the Middle East to kill some terrorist of the organization Ten Rings. However, as an unidentified flying object in the airspace of an active combat zone, he quickly attracted the attention of the U.S. military and they had a couple of fighter jets on his tail.
Rhodey was in the command center, watching these jets chase down what looked like a man in a metal suit, and then he received a call from Tony and was shocked to realize that he was the man in the suit.
6. “ Next Time Baby “ - Iron Man 1 2008
This moment from the first Iron Man movie has become a popular fashion as it was a line said by Terrence Howard’s James Rhodes as he looked upon the War Machine armor suit and decided his superhero debut for the sequel of Iron Man.
Between the first and second Iron Man movies, contract negotiations broke down between Howard and Marvel and he was replaced by Don Cheadle, who wore the War Machine armor that Howard never got to wear in Iron Man 2. Still, if we isolate the moment and see it simply as a fun Easter egg at the beginning of the world’s most successful cinematic universe, it’s a delightful blink at comic book fans.
5. “ Get Out “ - Iron Man 2
Another major turning point made by James Rhodes and Tony Stark due to there fight in Tony’s residence. An increase in blood toxicity levels day by day made Tony started to think himself helpless and to prepare himself for the end, as a result, he made pepper the CEO of Stark Industries and fixed a different life for himself. During a party night in his own residence, he put his suit on, get too much drunk and started to act like a villain. On Rhodes’s call, Pepper tried to convince Tony not to do all this stuff but Iron Tony didn’t stop. Now it’s time for War Machine to take action, both iron armored friends started to fight but there were no winners. In the end, Rhodes takes his suit to Airforce based to hand it over to the US government.
4. Whiplash Take Down - Iron Man 2
As far as the MCU’s battles go, the one in Iron Man 2 is quite disappointing. For starters, it was made back when the benchmark for an MCU battle wasn’t very high. But it’s disappointing for more reasons than that.
Whiplash is embarrassingly easy to defeat, and it’s not some bold plant-and-payoff screenwriting technique that makes the movie come full circle – Tony and Rhodey just decide to shoot at each other in the hopes that the collision of blasts will kill Whiplash. And then it does. On the whole, though, Tony and Rhodey teaming up to take down Justin Hammer’s androids and then Ivan Vanko himself is a pretty awesome set-piece.
3. “ Give Me Back My Rhodey “ - Captain America Civil War
When it becomes clear that Iron Man’s side is winning in Captain America: Civil War’s thrilling airport battle sequence, Scott Lang decides to test out using Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit to become Giant-Man by reversing the regulator and turning the shrinking function into an enlarging function.
It works and he becomes massive. The first thing he does is grab War Machine out of the sky and Tony tells him, “Give me back my Rhodey.” It’s a classic Tony Stark quip with some added heartwarming sentiment.
2. A Falling War Machine - Captain America Civil War
Following the awesome airport battle in Captain America: Civil War, Steve, and Bucky manage to escape in a plane and head towards the lab where all the Winter Soldiers were brainwashed and trained to kill. In a last massive attempt to stop Bucky from getting away and escalating the Sokovia Accords drama, even more, Iron Man and War Machine pursue the plane into the sky.
However, the Vision fires a laser beam at the Falcon, the Falcon dodges it, and War Machine gets hit instead. He starts to fall and Tony immediately abandons his pursuit of Steve and focuses his efforts on swooping down to save Rhodey.
1. Friends Till The End - Avengers Endgame
The Infinity Saga began with Tony Stark telling a press conference, “I am Iron Man,” so it made sense for it to come full circle more than 20 movies later with Tony stealing the Infinity Stones from Thanos, repeating the line, and then snapping his fingers, turning the bad guys to dust, saving the world, and sacrificing his life.
As Tony died, he didn’t say a word – this was Robert Downey, Jr.’s own suggestion, and it easily gave the scene a lot more emotional impact – as he was joined at his side by the people closest to him: Pepper, Peter, and of course, Rhodey.