A little over a week ago an Iron Man 3 set photo made its way around the Internet that had fans of comics scratching their collective heads. It showed what appeared to be James Badge Dale wearing the red, white, and blue armor that Norman Osborn donned in the recent comic book, “Dark Avengers,” where he performed superheroics under the name the Iron Patriot. This made no sense, as Osborn is a character that Sony has the exclusive movie rights to, and Dale was already reported as playing a cyborg character named Coldblood-7. The best theory we could come up with at the time was that the characters of Coldblood-7 and the Iron Patriot were getting merged for the upcoming film in order to create a fancy, new uber-villain – but it turns out this isn’t the case at all.

The Latino Review is reporting that those initial reports that James Badge Dale was the actor in the star-spangled armor were false. It turns out the guy under all of that armor was just Don Cheadle’s stunt double, which makes this whole kerfuffle make a lot more sense. Seeing as Cheadle’s stunt double is wearing the armor, that would lead one to believe that at some point Cheadle himself will be wearing the armor, which means that this colorful tool of death is just the U.S. government’s way of dressing up the already-established War Machine armor and making it look less scary. Thankfully, what it doesn’t mean is that there are even more new villains we have to keep track of in this already jam-packed story.

What’s the lesson to be learned from all this? Clearly it’s that we need to lay off on looking at set photos, even when they’re full of bright colors and fancy props.


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