Colonel James Rupert Rhodes, commonly known as Rhodey, is a U.S. military officer and jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He is the best friend of Tony Stark (Iron Man) and the liaison between Stark Industries and the military in the Department of Acquisitions.
Real Name: James Rupert Rhodes
Date of Birth: October 6, 1968
Portrayed by: Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard
1. Iron Man
When Stark was kidnapped by the Ten Rings, Rhodes led the mission to rescue his friend. He is known as War Machine when wearing his heavily-armed battle suit but his alias was temporarily rebranded to Iron Patriot during Aldrich Killian's War.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Having shown his worth during the Battle of Sokovia in which he battled an army of Ultron Sentries, Rhodes became a member of the Avengers under the leadership of Captain America.
3. Captain America: Civil War
Rhodes soon came into conflict with his teammates when he and Tony Stark sided with Thaddeus Ross on the Sokovia Accords. This eventually led to a full-blown conflict between the heroes, with Rhodes taking his friend Stark's side. During a battle with Captain America, Rhodes was badly injured and nearly paralyzed from a friendly-fire attack, forcing him to retire from hero work.
4. Avengers: Infinity War
Rhodes returned to the Avengers after a hiatus, becoming the team's liaison with the United Nations. Rhodes disobeyed the Sokovia Accords when he joined Captain America travelling to Wakanda, earning a court martial in the process.
Rhodes participated in the Battle of Wakanda and alongside the other Avengers and Wakanda armies as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy killed all of Thanos's soldiers, only to be soon faced and effortlessly beaten by Thanos when he came personally to Wakanda alongside the other heroes, with Thanos successfully wiping out half of the universe after acquiring the Mind Stone from Vision, who died in process. War Machine had then watched on helplessly while trillions of lives were erased.
5. Avengers: Endgame
Determined to undo Thanos' actions, War Machine joined the Avengers in traveling to the Garden, where they discovered that Thanos had destroyed the Infinity Stones, prompting Thor to behead the Mad Titan. However, by 2023, the Avengers learned to travel through time and War Machine joined Nebula on a mission to take the Power Stone from Morag in 2014.
Succeeding in the mission, the Avengers reversed the Snap, before then being attacked by a past version of Thanos and his entire armies of the Chitauri and Outriders. War Machine then joined his fellow heroes in battling Thanos until Tony Stark sacrificed his life to finally eliminate Thanos, as Rhodes stayed by his best friend's side during his final moments before attending his funeral.