It's been nearly two years since Captain America: Civil War tore the Marvel Cinematic Universe apart, and while we've seen several of these heroes since then, one we haven't seen much of is Don Cheadle's Rhodey, a.k.a. War Machine, but that will change in Infinity War. During a new interview from the set, Don Cheadle revealed that Rhodey is still reeling from the traumatic events of Civil War, where he was paralyzed after being accidentally shot out of the sky by Vision (Paul Bettany). While it would be certainly understandable if Rhodey held onto any animosity over that incident, after all he's been through, Cheadle revealed Rhodey is putting that all aside for the greater good, although he's still rather wary.
"Well, clearly there was a pretty significant moment for Rhodey at the end of Civil War, where he was accidentally shot out of the air by Vision. I think we worked it out over the break. And now he's coming back to the Avengers too, back to his team. A little ambivalent I think with a new rig by Tony, which of course he had to put his name on. So Tony! Like I'm gonna not know who made them. And he's rejoining the team and reintroduced back here in this Wakanda storyline. I think it's something that he's fighting to put behind him. But absolutely, it creeps up. There's innuendo. There's shots taken. There's things said. Don't want certain people behind me. I'm gonna keep a eye on everybody, I wanna keep that jewel in front of me, not behind me. So yeah, I think he's, like I said, I think he's negotiating this reunion and his rejoining this team."
Rhodes was on Team Iron Man during Civil War, believing that the Sokovia Accords, which is essentially the MCU's version of the Superhero Registration Act from the Marvel Comics, which called for all heroes to register themselves and disclose their powers to the government, was the right thing for the country. Now with Thanos (Josh Brolin) arriving and posing the greatest threat to humanity yet, Rhodey may be changing his tune.
"I think there are definitely more questions for Rhodey. I think he was always somewhat straddling with having Tony as a friend and trying to support him and do what he needed, being outside of the lines, but still somehow trying to stay within the chain of command and the military man that he is. So I think that's become more fraught and probably more frayed as the storylines go forward. I think at the end of the day that division was not something that was really fomented by the characters in the movie. There were outside pressures that created that division. And they ultimately want to be back together. So, I think that Tony who has yet to make an appearance so I imagine that he's understanding of it."
Cheadle added in his on-set interview with ComicBook.com that Rhodey is still friends with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), although he may not have as many scenes with Tony this time around. Cheadle also hinted that Rhodey may spend more time with Captain America (Chris Evans) this time around. We'll find out for sure when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters nationwide on April 27.