Sam Rockwell Responds To Rumors That ARMOR WARS Will Feature The Return Of Justin Hammer

Sam Rockwell Responds To Rumors That ARMOR WARS Will Feature The Return Of Justin Hammer

There hasn't been a lot of talk from Marvel concerning Armor Wars but there's certainly been a ton of rumors regarding the television series-turned movie.

By MarkJulian - Feb 04, 2024 07:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Armor Wars

In the wake of Secret Invasion's big revelation, what exactly is going on with Armor Wars?

Even using their usual hush-hush policies, Marvel has been unusually quiet in regards to disclosing details on the project. However, the social media "scoopers" have used the fact that not much is known about Armor Wars to offer up several new rumors. Chief among them is the return of Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer.

Recently appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the release of Argylle, Rockwell was asked to comment on the rumors about Hammer's return in Armor Wars.

Said Rockwell, "Well, I'm waiting for the phone call...I haven't gotten the phone call, no.  I'm growing the beard and everything."

However, he also shared that should Marvel actually call, he would be game to reprise the role, "Listen, I'm in dude. Yeah, let's go."

The Armor Wars discussion starts at the 03:55 mark in the video below.

On December 10, 2020, during Disney's 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige, revealed that an Armor Wars television series was in development for Disney+. In August 2021, Yassir Lester (Black Monday; Girls; The Carmichael Show) was hired as the head writer of the show.

However, in September 2022, Armor Wars was revealed to be redeveloped as a movie instead of a TV show, with Lester set to turn the various episode scripts into a screenplay.

Somewhat reliable sources The Cosmic Circus and  Daniel Richtman have both stated that Hammer will return in the film. Other rumors also state that James Spader's Ultron and Dominique Thorne's Riri Williams/Iron Heart are also set to appear.

To date, Marvel has only confirmed that Don Cheadle is set to reprise his MCU role as James Rhodey aka War Machine.

During Secret Invasion, we learned that Rhodey has been replaced by a Skrull since the events of Captain America: Civil War

Previously, Cheadle teased Armor Wars (back when it was still a TV show) would deal with exploring who Rhody is outside of the armor. 

"I don’t think we’ve ever really dug into him, and now it’s an opportunity to really explore his emotional life, his interior life, his relationships, his trajectory, where he wants to go, what his challenges are. Obviously, you have to pay off the Marvel stuff. And be in the lore of the mythology of the character and the MCU in general," said Cheadle.

Of course, Marvel Comics readers will recognize that the project takes its name from the 7-issue written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton with art by Mark D. Bright and Barry Windsor-Smith.

In the 7-issue run, Tony Stark discovers that Spymaster has stolen his designs for some early Iron Man armor and sold it to Justin Hammer.  Hammer then uses the designs to upgrade the power of several D-list villains such as Stilt-Man, Mauler, Controller, the Beetle and several others.

Ultimately, the U.S. government gets its hands on the designs and builds their own armored core of soliders that they plan to use to police rogue superheroes. 

With Tony Stark comatose in the MCU, the upcoming Armor Wars film will be only loosely based on the comic series if it's looking to borrow anything other than the comic's name.

Phase 6 of the MCU ends on May 7, 2027 with Avengers: Secret Wars so it's likely that Armor Wars could be released in late-2027/early-2028 at best.

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GameOn - 2/4/2024, 7:42 PM
I hope he does come back. Not only would the character obviously make sense, he’s one of my favorite actors. Bring back Hammer!
Shivermetimbers - 2/4/2024, 11:27 PM
@GameOn - it would be awesome if he came back. He was great in Argylle. Completely stole the show in my opinion. BDH was really good too, but he was the highlight
ModHaterSLADE - 2/4/2024, 7:46 PM
More Rockwell would only help. It's just so fun watching Hammer take L's.
ThouBear8 - 2/4/2024, 7:54 PM
Do it! He was super fun in Iron Man 2 (as he always is). He'd make perfect sense for this project. Throw him into Ironheart too while you're at it.
Batmangina - 2/4/2024, 8:00 PM
This only makes me pine for the days of GOOD MCU content.

Remember when we thought Iron Man 2 was the worst thing they ever did?
Origame - 2/4/2024, 8:38 PM
@Batmangina - oh those were the days.

Now every entry they pump out looks at how bad iron man 2 was and goes "hold my beer".
Batmangina - 2/4/2024, 8:46 PM
@Origame - I just finished Doctor Strange for the first time in a long time - we were so [frick]ing spoiled.

I remembered it as being MID - it [frick]ing rocks.
ObserverIO - 2/5/2024, 7:44 AM
@Batmangina - The Infinity Saga is dope all the way through.

TIH, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Doctor Strange, Ant Man, Ant Man and The Wasp, etc.

These are the 'bad' films. The mid, lol. We never had it so good. 23 films, such a perfect run. None of them are genuinely bad, imo.
Batmangina - 2/5/2024, 9:24 AM
@ObserverIO - AGREED! I would watch Ant Man and The Wasp on a loop for a week straight before I resubbed to D+ and watch ANY post Endgame content.

I actually liked The Dark World and IM2 in the theater appreciated the niche stuff.
TheVisionary25 - 2/4/2024, 8:02 PM
It makes the most sense for him to be in this one whether it’s as the sole villain or one of them so i hope it happens.

He better break out those dance moves too!!.

I do hope they reveal that Rhodey being replaced by a Skrull was a recent development such as after EG or FaTWS because him being replaced after CW makes no sense and i don’t like it honestly.
MosquitoFarmer - 2/4/2024, 8:20 PM
@TheVisionary25 - It won't take much to convince him.

Apophis71 - 2/4/2024, 9:42 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Endgame would still fit as only needs to be loss of muscle tone to pass off the reduced ability to walk. Making out it happened after Civil War is not needed and would be questionable in the extreme and adds nothing of value to the narrative.
LongMayHeReign - 2/25/2024, 1:05 AM
@Origame - "in other words, we're still waiting..."

Hey when this all started up I asked a simple question...

"Yo @Origame you gonna run me that "you were right" now or wait Xbox makes it official?"

All you had to do was say when they announce Starfield is going then I'll admit it. I woulda said cool, jabbed ya a little and came to collect on that day. But instead you wanted to argue semantics not tied to my claim, so here we are.

All your points of contention will continue to fall while my original claim will stand tall in the end.

bobevanz - 2/4/2024, 8:29 PM
He should have came back years ago
DanFlashesShirt - 2/4/2024, 8:42 PM
Please, Marvel

People have been BEGGING for this for 10 years
Timerider - 2/4/2024, 8:45 PM
Tony Stark should appear in a 3D “B.A.R.F.” hologram video talking about scientific stuff, set after Civil War and before Inifinty War. Rhodey could be looking for something and find this video.
vectorsigma - 2/4/2024, 8:48 PM
The only return that matters to Disney is Ironheart. It shouldve been iron lad with the kid from IM3 but no.
HulkisHoly - 2/5/2024, 1:09 PM
@vectorsigma -

THAT would have made a lot more sense narratively. But ya know, he’s not a black lesbian so 🤷‍♂️
DanFlashesShirt - 2/4/2024, 8:50 PM
“During Secret Invasion, we learned that Rhodey has been replaced by a Skrull since the events of Captain America: Civil War.”

That has never been confirmed, and wouldn’t even make sense. In Endgame when the compound gets bombed, he clearly can’t move his legs during “canopy canopy canopy!”.

Also, Secret Invasion was the first time his personality ever really deviated. Not only would it undermine so many moments, it also doesn’t add up.

Him wearing a hospital gown and the director saying “he personally thinks it “might have happened in civil war” aren’t proof.
TheVisionary25 - 2/4/2024, 8:55 PM
@DanFlashesShirt - agreed

He could have been taken when he was in the hospital for a check up
StSteven - 2/4/2024, 9:35 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Or when he stopped by a Wendy’s to grab a Triple Baconator and had to make a pit stop in the bathroom.

Point is that a Skrull could take you anytime anywhere, so it’s really up in the air when exactly Rhodey was taken at this point and Marvel shouldn’t have to do too many narrative gymnastics to explain it.
NinnesMBC - 2/4/2024, 8:53 PM
Call him now, it'll make the movie even better.
NinnesMBC - 2/4/2024, 9:03 PM
Off-topic @MattForReal @JoshWilding @RohanPatel @MarkCassidy: Kevin Feige attended tonight the Saturn Awards to receive on behalf of James Gunn an award for GotG VOL.3 and he was wearing a cap with our first look at marketing promo for Deadpool 3.

Smart marketing.

BTW I've seen Superman & Lois win Best Superhero TV Series too at the Saturn Awards as well as Xolo Maridueña winning Best Young Performance in a Film for Blue Beetle. (Im' currently rooting for Brec Bassinger to win 3 in a row for Best Young Performance in a TV Series for Stargirl)

And also, and probably some of you won't care 'cause you all love just to poke fun, but The Flash TV fandom was quite active yesterday bc it was February 3rd of 2024, a special date in the series from Season 3, 3x19, when Barry first traveled to the future. Every fan was sharing the news and clips of it on SM.

And Grant Gustin himself acknowledged it by posting about it on his Instagram and even the account of his upcoming Broadway play, Water for Elephants, posted a video with him about it.
vectorsigma - 2/5/2024, 12:10 AM
@NinnesMBC - nice trivia on the flash.

And i hope DP3 is not just about nice marketing but also nice writing, nice directing, nice music, etc.
Matchesz - 2/5/2024, 1:52 AM
@NinnesMBC - “Omg he wore a hat with the movie logo on it just brilliant i tell you.” - a Disney/Fiege shill
NinnesMBC - 2/5/2024, 2:15 AM
@vectorsigma - A neat trivia indeed.

Since it's their sole project it's assumed they'll pour their souls and sweat in it. The writing is what takes priority. And I guess doing a good MCU-ish Wolverine them is also important as in 2nd place.
NinnesMBC - 2/5/2024, 2:16 AM
@Matchesz - Nah not at all, it's just the obvious that anyone can spot it because he always does that to promote their projects. All matters in building the hype little by little.
IronMan616 - 2/4/2024, 9:19 PM
Sam Rockwell is awesome, but horribly miscast as Justin Hammer. Charles Dance would've been perfect, the age, height and British. If ever the time for them to put the "Evil English guy" in a movie, that would've been it.

Oh well. Maybe the reboot. Maybe the reboot we can also get a better Armor Wars with Iron Man and not this farce.
AnthonyVonGeek - 2/4/2024, 10:13 PM
Armor Wars without Tony Stark?
LongMayHeReign - 2/5/2024, 12:01 AM
Very much Off Topic:

Yo @Origame you gonna run me that "you were right" now or wait Xbox makes it official?

Don't think I forgot about our week long debate from 2 months ago boss.

Origame - 2/5/2024, 4:38 AM
@LongMayHeReign - ...what are you talking about now? Like I remember the discussion, but what news came out?
Nolanite - 2/5/2024, 5:42 AM
@LongMayHeReign - Standing by just to be nosey and probably instigate if needed
Origame - 2/5/2024, 6:07 AM
@Nolanite - as is the nolanite way.
LongMayHeReign - 2/5/2024, 8:27 AM
@Origame - Numerous outlets, insiders, and journos are reporting that Xbox is planning to release NUMEROUS games on PlayStation and Nintendo including Starfield and Halo.

You told me it would only be COD, whereas I stated otherwise.
Origame - 2/5/2024, 8:34 AM
@LongMayHeReign - ...dude those are rumors. Literally nothing is confirmed.

We've also had rumors that spiderman on ps4 was gonna get an Xbox release and we know how that turned out.

This is really what you decided to bother me with 🤣

Can't believe I had any respect for you.
LongMayHeReign - 2/5/2024, 8:45 AM
@Origame -Copy so we'll wait for Xbox to make it official. But if/when they do I expect my flowers.
Origame - 2/5/2024, 8:53 AM
@LongMayHeReign - dude, you're resorting to rumors as a confirmation while on THIS site. Take the L already.
LongMayHeReign - 2/5/2024, 1:01 PM
@Origame - Never said confirmation, I asked you a simple question. Now or later? You chose later. I'll be looking forward to my flowers good sir!

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