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Don Cheadle talks War Machine’s fate in Captain America: Civil War

Judging by the latest trailer (opens in new tab), it looks like Tony Stark cradling James Rhodes' limp body is the big "no turning back" moment in Captain America: Civil War (opens in new tab). But is Rhodes just unconscious, escalating the central conflict between Captain America and Iron Man with no permanent loss? Or will it also spell the end for one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most prominent supporting characters?

Don Cheadle, who has played James Rhodes/War Machine since Iron Man 2 in 2010, didn't seem too bothered either way in an interview with the New York Daily News (opens in new tab). That or he knows better than to go anywhere near answering the question of his character's fate before the movie comes out.

"I'm on Twitter, so I've gotten a few people going, 'Rhodey better not be dead, son. I'm going to be so mad'. Or 'I'm done with this thing if Rhodey's dead'", Cheadle said. "But that's cool, I like that people get so upset about it. I like that in a Marvel movie people are able to evoke such emotion".

The way the trailer is cut heavily implies that Bucky Barnes, Captain America's longtime friend and (hopefully) reformed assassin, is responsible for shooting down War Machine. I doubt that massive blast came from a regular rifle, but it certainly looks like Iron Man blames Barnes and the Captain for the incident. Exactly the sort of suspicious treachery you'd expect from a psychological thriller (opens in new tab) that just happens to star super heroes.

Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan, Captain America: Civil War will open in UK cinemas on April 29, 2016 and on May 6, 2016 in the US.

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I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.