The JRXL-1000 Variable Threat Response Battle Suit, or as it is more commonly known War Machine Armor, is a protective suit of armor that was created by Tony Stark.
Upon seeing the Mark II armor in Tony's workshop, James Rhodes claimed that he would don the armor "next time".
Rhodes is under pressure by the United States government to convince Tony Stark to relinquish ownership of the Iron Man armor while remaining loyal to Stark despite frustration. After Whiplash attacks Stark, Rhodes tells him that he has been working 24/7 to stop the National Guard from using tanks and soldiers to break into his home and steal the Marks I-IV from the Hall of Armor, where he then learns that Tony is slowly dying. When an intoxicated Stark in the Iron Man armor proceeds to target and shoot various objects endangering the lives of all the guests at his birthday party, Rhodes was forced to don the Iron Man Mark II armor to intervene. After the intervention turns into a fight that wrecked Stark's home, Rhodes left with the Mark II armor.
After the confiscated Mark II armor is upgraded into the heavily armed War Machine armor, it is taken for a demonstration at the Stark Expo with Rhodes as its pilot. However his armor was under the control of Ivan Vanko and Rhodes was forced to fight Stark against his will. The War Machine software was rebooted by Natasha Romanoff, enabling Rhodes to regain control over his armor. Rhodes then teamed with Stark to fight against Hammer's unmanned drones and Vanko himself. When Tony and Pepper are kissing on a roof, they somehow got on the same roof as he was. He took the armor to get home because his car was destroyed in the fight.
Tony stripped the War Machine armor of everything that Justin Hammer had "upgraded" it with leaving the suit with no weaponry. When Rhodes pointed this out to Stark, Stark revealed that he had designed a suit specifically for Rhodes, the War Machine 2.0. The prototype was added to Stark's Hall of Armor because he couldn't simply scrap one of his creations.
Rhodes began using the War Machine armor to take down Ten Rings terrorists in other countries finding that they had acquired Hammer Industries weaponry. War Machine took out the terrorists and continued to investigate the mysterious Ten Rings. By the time of the Chitauri invasion of New York, War Machine was busy fighting terrorists in Asia. Tony contacted him but Rhodes told him that even at supersonic speed it'd take over an hour for him to return so Tony told him not to bother. After dealing with the terrorists in Asia, Rhodes returned to New York, finding the battle already over he located Stark in a Shawarma restaurant where he was introduced to the Avengers.
The government repainted Rhodes' new War Machine armor with a patriotic color scheme, renaming it Iron Patriot because it got the best response from the public. It had the same functions of the Mark II, fighting terrorist, specifically the Mandarin. When the suit was captured, Eric Savin used the suit to capture the president and blow up Air Force One and sent it back the Mandarin in a oil rig in Florida, where he trapped the President in the Iron Patriot suit and planned to kill him on live TV. But Stark, Rhodey, and the Iron Legion came to fight off the Extremis soldiers and save the president. Rhodey saved the president and used the Iron Patriot suit to fly him to safety. After the "Clean Slate Protocol" was ordered, the Iron Legion, including the War Machine 2.0 prototype, were destroyed, thus making the Iron Patriot the only known suit still functioning.
The War Machine armor returned to its original paint scheme. During the fight against Ultron, S.H.I.E.L.D. deployed War Machine to fight against the Ultron Sentries attacking the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier with the Vision help. After Ultron was defeated, Rhodes joined the new Avengers when Tony left the team.
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- Iron Man Mark II: Rhodes knew how to use the suit and battled Iron Man when Tony got out of control. The suit was later upgraded to the War Machine armor.
- Mark I: Modified version of the Iron Man armor (Mark II), upgraded with added weapons and extra armor. Justin Hammer mentioned that this was a prototype armor.
- War Machine prototype: The prototype for the War Machine Mark II. Part of Tony's Iron Legion, which is made up of 35 armors.
- Mark II: A suit created specifically for James Rhodes by Tony Stark to replace the first War Machine. Used against terrorists in Asia. Later upgraded to the Iron Patriot.
- Iron Patriot: A repainted Mark II in red, white and blue.
- Mark III: Tank-like design with removable battle baton.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (6 films)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2 comics)
Behind the scenes
- According to Don Cheadle, Rhodey's skills as a pilot are the reason why unlike Tony Stark, he doesn't need an AI to help him operate his armor. 
- The War Machine armor was presented as the heavily modified Iron Man Mark II armor for Iron Man 2. Various weapons are added to the Mark II for the classic War Machine look.
- Rhodey is around the same height as Tony when both men are suited in the Mark II and Mark IV armors respectively. But due to the various modifications of the Mark II, Rhodey (as War Machine) slightly towers over Tony (in the Mark VI armor).
- Although seen in merchandising material such as the video game, coloring books, etc., the armor is not seen with the miniature missile launcher mounted on his left shoulder.
- The armor is not referred to as "War Machine" in Iron Man 2; although Stark did taunt Rhodes during the fight in the Mark II, quoting: "You want to be a War Machine? Take your shot!".
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3 Prelude
Iron Man 3
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America: Civil War
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
Avengers: Infinity War
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
|Iron Man armors|
|Primary Armors||Mark I | Mark II | Mark III | Mark IV | Mark V | Mark VI | Mark VII | Mark XLIII | Mark XLIV | Mark XLV ||
|Iron Legion||Mark VIII | Mark IX | Mark X | Mark XI | Mark XII | Mark XIII | Mark XIV | Mark XV | Mark XVI | Mark XVII | Mark XVIII | Mark XIX | Mark XX | Mark XXI | Mark XXII | Mark XXIII | Mark XXIV | Mark XXV | Mark XXVI | Mark XXVII | Mark XXVIII | Mark XXIX | Mark XXX | Mark XXXI | Mark XXXII | Mark XXXIII | Mark XXXIV | Mark XXXV | Mark XXXVI | Mark XXXVII | Mark XXXVIII | Mark XXXIX | Mark XL | Mark XLI | Mark XLII|
|War Machine Armors||Mark I | Mark II prototype | Mark II | Iron Patriot | Mark III | Mark IV | Mark V | Mark VI | Mark VII|
|Related Armors||Iron Monger | Whiplash (Mark I • Mark II) | Hammer Drones | Rescue|