Newly released concept art revealed that in a cut sequence of Avengers: Infinity WarRhodey is going to remotely control the War Machine armor via an advanced hologram system.
Artist Phil Saunders, who has worked as a concept artist and illustrator on a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, shared images of a piece he created for Avengers: Infinity War on Instagram. “This is one of Avengers: Infinity War where James Rhodes remotely fights the battle of Edinburgh with his Tony Stark designed leg braces locked into a holographic control system for War Machine mk4,” Saunders shared in his caption. In the image, Rhodey appears to be inside the machine was suspended by large yellow arms attached to the leg braces at the hips.
Saunders went on to share more details of the cutscene and the other artists who worked on it, adding that “Bruce Banner would be piloting Hulkbuster (designed by @joshnizzi.art) into battle against Proxima Midnight (courtesy of @jsmarantz have. and @adamwross) and Corvus Glaive (designed by @jsmarantz and @ianjoynerart) [but] unfortunately the sequence was cut off early.”
The Battle of Edinburgh, depicted in Infinity War, saw Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive attack Wanda Maximoff and Vision as the two tried to take the mind stone from Vision’s head, at least before Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff arrived as backup and fought them to sanctuary has. Notably, James Rhodes and Bruce Banner did not appear in the last series and were both at Avengers Compound when the others arrived from Edinburgh.
Saunders concluded his caption by expressing that he enjoyed working on the concept, saying, “Still, it was fun to figure out how to get the overlap between the real and holographic action going on to picture!” While Tony Stark has remotely piloted his suits several times, including notable scenes in Iron Man 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, a holographic remote control system as shown in the art, has yet to appear. More armor concepts are coming for the MCU, with Riri Williams/Ironheart making her debut Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before her own Disney+ series, and Rhodey-centric series Armored wars reported to begin production later this year.
The Hulkbuster armor is in the MCU for the first time Avengers: Age of Ultron as an addition to the regular Iron Man suit designed to fight an enraged Hulk. A second version of the armor made an appearance in Infinity War in the Battle of Wakanda, piloted by Bruce Banner instead of Tony Stark, as he could not access his Hulk form.
Source: Phil Saunders via Instagram