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There Is NO Iron Patriot In IRON MAN 3!!

The Kidd here...

So it doesn't look like Iron Patriot is going to be a part of IRON MAN 3 after all. 

After speculation ran rampant over the character's involvement following set pics of armor that looked exactly like that of Iron Patriot, Latino Review reports that no such appearance is in the works, and that the character we saw on-set was none other than War Machine with a star-spangled paint job. 

Clearly the confusion arose by someone who wasn't Don Cheadle wearing the armor, but then again, it turns out it wasn't James Badge Dale either. It was simply a stunt man giving those two actors some time off.

"The U.S. Government has had their hands on this Stark suit for awhile, and apparently they’ve decided to make it more patriotic" is the explanation for the shift in color scheme, so now you know, while it may look like Iron Patriot, it's simply more War Machine in the next IRON MAN sequel. 


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  • June 8, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    you know.... don't need to say it...

    by darthSaul666

  • June 8, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    maybe some disinformation?

    by darthSaul666

  • June 8, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by darthSaul666

  • June 8, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Sounds like damage control to keep it from leaking

    by Johnno

    Marvel damn well knows how closely it resembles Norman Osbourne's outfit. A shame as it could've been a nice sort of build up where another billionaire buffoon wants to capitalize off of the Avengers popularity and military money by having his own rival merc team that employs other heroes/villians, which could be a useful way of introducing other Marvel characters into the world. Heck it might even lay the grounds for a SIEGE storyline where Asguard begins to bump borders with the Earth or some kind of dimension shattering story where other fanciful characters begin to make Earth their new living quarters.

  • June 8, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    No shit it wasn't James Badge Dale. And another no shit that it isn't Iron Patriot.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    How the fucking dipshits in the last talkback thought it was is beyond me.

  • June 8, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Stark for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones

    ...and that mistake being letting the suits be capable of being used by anyone other than Tony.

  • June 8, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear this...

    by UTexLex

    Not because I dislike the character, but because of what I read about his backstory. Iron Man is one character whose mythology I honestly know nothing about. My first introduction to him was in the film. But I saw articles that the "actual" Iron Patriot was a different character than who the actor that sported the suit on set was to be playing... It just irritates me when they "combine" or tweak characters in the films (a la Whiplash). I mean, Christ, these characters have 30-50 years worth of cannon already out there. Why the fuck do you need to tweak it to fill a screenplay. Stay true to what's already been set! Sorry, it just annoys the crap out of me with this kind of stuff! ...Same is true for the new TMNT movie. Why the fuck do they need to be edgy aliens when the source material is so rich? You could crank out 4-5 solid flicks JUST based off the existing character backgrounds and all the rich TMNT rogues gallery of villains without having to create new ones and change the backstory...Literally just "cinematize" the Techno-Drome with Krang, Shredder, etc. No need for changes!

  • June 8, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by 2soon2eat

    Shane Black is going that bad or good? Only time will tell...

  • June 8, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Latino Review has a long history of bogus information

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    so I'll take this with a grain of salt, thank you.

  • By the end of Avengers, it seems like the govt and Shield heads distrust the heroes even more. Once again, an effort will be made with the War Machine program to officially replace Tony's vigilantism. Even if it's not technically Iron Patriot, the same thing is going to happen. The "patriotism" will be a disguise for evil, and the US govt will be used and and duped by the bad guys again.

  • *waits for a high-five from someone after noticing the sarcasm*

  • June 8, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    I have a hard time believing Stark let the government have War Machine

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Rhodey sure as hell wouldnt have brought it back to them, and Stark wouldnt just let them have it. So yeah, I call bullshit. Maybe its War Machine, but its not the governments doing.

  • June 8, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    No Iron Patriot, ha

    by MoviePirate

    Isn't this film co-produce by Chinese company??? Maybe the Chinese tell them to cut the bullshit with this American patriot shit or the'll pull out with the financial support. Money is the power.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Is Tony going to be against his suit being used like this?

    by TopHat

    Because in IRON MAN 2 he was completely against the Government taking his designs, then, in the end, didn't do anything when Rhodes took his suit and then said he wanted "in" to Fury ...after Fury had broke into his house, sent an operative to spy on his company, kept information about his dad from him, and kept him prisoner in his own home. In THE AVENGERS, Tony pretty much sacrificed his life to save The Avengers, SHIELD, earth, and America ...then got his Stark Tower blown to Hell, with it looking like SHIELD and the government doing nothing to help rebuild it. So, after all this, if Tony isn't just a little pissed off at SHIELD and the US government, not to mention his supposed "friend" for stealing his suit so that it can be used exactly the way Tony doesn't want it to be used ...then the Tony Stark character has truly become weak and routine.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    It's the CHINESE PATRIOT!!!

    by Johnno

    They just didn't finish painting the suit properly so what we saw was just an undercoating... The final suit will be red, and the star will be yellow with some other smaller yellow stars here and there! Kinda like Iron Man is already... but with more zang! And maybe an actual guy named Zang piloting it...

  • If only someone among us was level headed enough to simply suggest everyone waits to see the actual move, with the suit in context, to judge it all. Oh yeah! Someone DID suggest that! ME!

  • June 9, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    If it's not Iron Patriot, is there a Space Jockey in there?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Those Space Jockeys are some weird looking dudes.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    um, in everyone's defense...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...I know that Talk Backers are the kings and queens of jumping to errant conclusions and then stubbornly standing by them as if they were self-evidenct fact and then spending all their energy concocting colorful insults for anyone who disagrees with them... ...but you'll have to forgive anyone who thought that was Iron Patriot, since, you know, it looked exactly like Iron Patriot. It wasn't a blurry misunderstood photo. That suit of armor was done up EXACTLY like the suit of armor Norman Osborne comandeered and did up all patriotically and whatnot in the comics. That Iron Man 3 is using the SAME EXACT design for a different purpose is cool and all, but jumping to the wrong conclusion was actually justified in this instant.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    No Space Jockeys will be riding I'll Have Another at the Belmont Stakes today.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Yeah, I went there, and it wasn't worth it.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I just thank god micheal bay never got his hands on this

    by raptorman

  • June 9, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    emperor_was_a_jerk: Hit the nail on the head.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    composite_ghost: Fuck yourself.

  • Now who knows if they're merging characters together or what. But it's pretty simple

  • They're simply slamming two characters together (War Machine and Iron Patriot) the same way they combined Whiplash and Crimson Dynamo.

  • June 9, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    by CimmerianWarrior

    It looks like Bansky is at it again.

  • June 9, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I didn't see any reason to shit my pants like a lot of you pussies always do.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I don't give a fuck if he fights goddamned Betty White as long as they make a good fucking movie.

  • June 9, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Part of me is thinking...

    by RandomName7

    They are combining Iron Patriot and Detroit Steel into 1 plot device.

  • June 9, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

  • June 9, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Without a doubt Tony has a verbal command kill switch

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    for Rhodey's suit. But he let him have it. You forget Rhodey was IM for a time in the books.

  • June 9, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Anyhow, weary of Iron Granov. We need a design from

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    a different artist, say...Bob Layton.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:07 a.m. CST

    i was dubious

    by Kakii

    In the photo there looked to be the mini gun on his back, however i was thinking more detroit steel than war machine. Looking at the pics now im still not quite convinced its war machine as the armour doesnt quite look right. unless its been upgraded. Another thing was the colour scheme is different to the Osborn IP. I still think its more than likely 2 characters combined or done just so Tony can rip his pal to bits for comedy value.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    I g

    by Jeremy Bentham

  • June 9, 2012, 4:17 a.m. CST

    agree with maxwell ga

    by Jeremy Bentham

  • June 9, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I agree maxwell's hammer....

    by Jeremy Bentham

    I thought they were trying some variation on Iron Patriot. Just like if the had a picture of US Agent and everyone thought it was Captain America. You cant be faulted.....

  • June 9, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Was I tje only one, who was watching Avengers?

    by zeicee

    It was a tiny bit of information, but Iron Man suit was doing decisions single-handedly without Tony Starks input. So that was a clear giveaway for the sentient suit storyline for me. You know... that one, where the suit became sentient after the fight with Whiplash...

  • June 9, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Tony will probably knock Rhodey over the paint job...

    by sapno_krei

    "What, was the suit at Maaco while the world was being invaded by aliens?"

  • June 9, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Where was War Machine.....

    by Dead_Geek

    ... in Avengers when the city was being attacked? What a lazy bastard.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Sounds like the star-spangled suit

    by Logan_1973

    Is a play off of Captain America's popularity. This is post-Avengers, right?

  • June 9, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Apparently AIM is in this.

    by whatevillurks

    Are we leading up to a nebulous evil organization team up in Avengers 2? Roxxon Oil/AIM/HYDRA with Red Skull pulling the strings at the request of Thanos, who found him in where ever the cube threw him.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I find it a bit hard to believe that Rhodey would turn into a house nigga

    by Christian Sylvain

    That is, if I never watched Iron Man 2.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by Captain Mal

    You may as well say every comic book is "epic fail" because we already know there's another issue coming next month. The stupidity of some of you people astounds me.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    No such thing as a guaranteed sequel.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Captain Mal

    by chiwrtr72

    Well said... well said.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Thank you, crooooooow

    by rev_skarekroe

    Glad to see someone in here talking sense.

  • Stupid Marvel.

  • June 9, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I said tony stark at an award show ... close enough.

    by kingoflight

  • June 9, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Let all refuse to believe this and insist it's skrulls.

    by sweeneydave

  • June 9, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Hey, those women and children had it coming.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 9, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by 2soon2eat

    No fucking way Rhodey would wear that. Plus it's obviously NOT the War Macine armor. PLUS: War Machine design is fucking cool, why would the film makers ditch that? Also, I love how Shane Black is hammering us over the head by the EVIL PATRIOTISM meme. So fucking subtle. nice!

  • June 9, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    doesn't have to be subtle

    by james

    it's a comic book movie designed to sell merchandise and reach the broadest possible audience. If anything I'd say they are being too subtle. :P

  • June 9, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Question about Iron Man for geeks

    by cool_britannia79

    Iron Man's suit runs off his Ark reactor right? So how come Rhodie can even power War machine? Does Tony build an Ark reactor into every suit?

  • June 9, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Kakii

    He must as rhodey had it in the mark 2 armour he took and im pretty sure it showed him removing it.

  • June 9, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    i think they all have their own ark reactors

    by kingoflight

    but the one on his chest is working the electromagnet that keeps the metal from entering his heart.

  • June 9, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by cool_britannia79

    no you saw him removing Whiplash's reactor and crushing it, War Machine kept his.

  • June 9, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by zer0cool2k2

    Years ago, there was an issue of Marvel;s "What IF", where Stark built armor for all the Avengers members (I think because the more powerful members like Thor abandoned the group). There were suits for Giant Man, the Wasp and a couple others (maybe Rick Jones). Anyway, I thought maybe the Star-Spangled suit was just going to be a throwaway background prop in the flick where maybe Stark had built a suit for Steve Rogers. Guess not, but would have been funny.

  • It's hard to believe this is iron patriot since it looks exactly like him. But I can understand why it may just be a nod to the fans of the character seeing how they could not represent him properly as being Norman Osborn. Think how much belly aching there would be over that character change...YEESH

  • June 9, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Ok, if the government had that suit for a while...

    by Maegnarval

    would it not be made more stealthy & painted with Radar absorbing Stealth Paint?!?!

  • June 9, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

  • June 9, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood


  • June 9, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    and War Machine needs 2 shoulder cannons now

    by JackSlater4

  • June 9, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    and Iron Patriot is the shit

    by JackSlater4

  • June 9, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I called it

    by ATARI

  • June 9, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

    Whoa, you're like... so edgy man. Like...hip us to your world view dude.<p> Or maybe just go text your buds.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    they are not the SAME

    by Richard

    yeah, they both have a star on their chest and red/white/blue paint job. IP has a red head/chest/shoulders, where as the "War Machine" movie Maaco job is mostly blue. I originally thought this was simply to help differentiate IM and IP at a glance, or in close up. sure, any ADHD kid could believe that THEZ AR EXAKLEY TEH SAMEZZZ!!!

  • June 9, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    What if

    by Jaime

    It's not even set AFTER the Avengers? Could take place right after IM2

  • June 9, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    captain mal

    by charlie frown

    LOL. Well said.

  • June 9, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by PTSDPete

    And I thought U.S. superhero films now have more edge. Pass

  • June 9, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Almost Identical Suits

    by Rorschach1

    So don't pretend you wouldn't have thought Iron Patriot if you were familiar with the character. Beyond the chest piece being blue instead of red, this was almost dead-on Osbourne's Iron Man suit. That being said, thank God it's not. I mean, I think it's still a sort of take on the idea of misusing the Iron Man suit as a patriotic device when in actuality it's a war machine (no pun intended) being used by government officials. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy when it comes to adaptations. Just don't put them together. Get the elements down correctly, keep characters as who they are to fans, but it does irk me a bit when they smash two characters into one. Iron Man 2 was a letdown, but I've seen very little that would suggest 3 is of the same cloth.

  • June 10, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    It's War Machine AND Iron Patriot, duffus!

    by chien_sale

    Goverment takeover the suit and rename it the Iron Patriot

  • June 10, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    WHAT?!?!? No Iron Patriot in IRON MAN!!!!!

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Is there no GOD? WTF are we going to do now? I say we BOYCOTT the movie, nail RDJ to a cross, and do something else truly VIOLENT that I can't think of right now since I just woke up.

  • June 10, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    i wonder...

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    who gives a shit?

  • June 10, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    utexlex, Hollywood egos is the answer

    by SithMenace

    That's why everything that gets changed for films gets changed, because the egotistical dickheads that make movies (not all film makers) think that something is not good enough until they "improve" it. Michael Bay immediately comes to mind.

  • June 10, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Yeah, and they're not in purgatory either

    by gun_will_travel

    So said the creators of LOST when everyone figured out the series twist in the first 10 minutes

  • June 10, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    its gonna be

    by comx

    the grey gargoyle

  • June 10, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I thought maybe after seeing Cap's duds in Avengers . . .

    by twogunjames

    Stark decided to paint up the MK8 like that. Because, you know, looks just like Cap's suit in Avengers.

  • June 10, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    All of you nerds are still freaking the fuck out

    by Anthony

    And the suit will probably be used in like one scene

  • June 10, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    *Exactly* what I said...

    by Funis4assholes

    ... back here

  • June 10, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    funis4assholes : But I said it **Exactly** like this before you...

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    ..back here

  • June 10, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

    Two new school characters that deserve films or other

  • June 11, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by Kakii

    Sorry but your wrong, just before Hammer comes to show off his weapons, Rhodey removes the arc reactor from the mark 2, its the first shot of the scene.

  • June 11, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    No Iron Patriot

    by alex hayden

    They also repeatedly said that there were no Skrulls in Avengers, but the aliens were Skrulls. They just used the Ultimates name for them. They can change minor details, like a name, and get away with saying it's not something when it basically is. And then there's the Wolverine First Class appearance people have mentioned that is them just lying to keep things surprising when they turn out to be true (of course, that was Fox and they are the devil, anyway). It may not be Iron Patriot in the exact sense comic fans know, but it certainly looks Iron Patriot-ish.