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The Mark III War Machine Armor was the second armor used by James Rhodes while he was an official member of the Avengers. It was created sometime after the Battle of Sokovia, as a replacement to the Mark II War Machine Armor and it was damaged by Vision at the Clash of the Avengers.

History

Creation

The armor was created at some point between the Battle of Sokovia and the signing of the Sokovia Accords. Significantly bulkier than its predecessor, it incorporated much more firepower into its frame while also having flexibility and maneuverability on par with the Mark XLVI.[1]

Arresting Captain America

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War Machine arresting Captain America and the Winter Soldier.

"Congratulations Cap... you're a criminal."
War Machine to Captain America[src]

Following a bombing during the ratification of the Sokovia Accords, the Winter Soldier was suspected with orchestrating the attack and was found in Bucharest. However, as Captain America and Falcon were aiding in the Winter Soldier's escape, Rhodes arrested the pair, as well as another mysterious assailant who revealed himself to be King T'Challa of Wakanda, much to the hero's surprise.[1]

Clash of the Avengers

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War Machine fighting Giant-Man.

Later, as a team led by Captain America attempted to steal a Quinjet, Rhodes accompanied a team led by Tony Stark to apprehend the renegades. During the ensuing fight, Rhodes used the armor's baton and was damaged by a combined attack from Captain America and Ant-Man. Rhodes later used his sonic weaponry to incapacitate Scarlet Witch when she tried to prevent a destroyed tower from blocking the Quinjet hangar.

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As Captain America and Winter Soldier escaped aboard the aircraft, Rhodes and Tony pursued them. However, Vision accidentally disabled the armor when trying to fire a beam at Falcon, striking Rhodes instead and sending him plummeting towards the ground. Neither Iron Man or Falcon were able to reach him in time before the moment of impact. Rhodes survived the accident, but suffered severe spinal injuries that left him almost paralyzed.[1]

Capabilities

  • Enhanced Durability: Owing to the gold/titanium composition, the armor gives its user an enhanced durability. During the Clash of the Avengers, the armor resisted being at the epicentre of an explosion, Falcon's weapons, Giant Man's fists, being thrown into an airplane and Captain America's shield all with superficial damage. It was vulnerable however to the power of the Mind Stone, the blasts shearing off the arc reactor and causing it to plummet several hundred feet. The armor was durable enough however to remain intact following the crash and allowed Rhodes to survive his fall.
  • Enhanced Strength: The armor amplifies its pilot's strength to superhuman levels. It allowed Rhodes, in concert with Stark, to topple Giant-Man as well as grab airport equipment with ease.
  • Flight: Like its Iron Man counterparts, this armor allows for flight via jets in the back, boots, and palm repulsors. While not as maneuverable, it is able to outpace the EXO-7 Falcon with ease.

Weapons

"Sorry, Cap. This won't kill you, but it ain't gonna tickle either."
―War Machine to Captain America[src]
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  • War Hammer: A non-lethal melee weapon. It looks like an energy emitting collapsible baton. It is able to emit concussive force on impact. It was stored in the right side of the armor's back but was destroyed in the Clash of the Avengers.
  • Machine Guns: 2 small machine guns are stored in the anterior forearms. A dual barrel machine gun is stored in the left posterior forearm.
  • Missile Launchers: The armor was multiple Missile Launchers. Launchers each stored with six miniature guided missiles are located in the two shoulder harnesses, the posterior of the right forearm, and another retractable launcher at the back of the right shoulder. A small portion of this formidable arsenal was capable of completely destroying a bus.
  • Back Machine Gun: Like the War Machine Mark II, the Mark III is equipped with a long, thin, four-barreled, rifled gun mounted on the shoulder. Unlike with Mark II, the Mark III has no V-track for the Machine gun to slide on with the left shoulder for the machine gun and the right for the War Hammer and missile launchers.
  • Stark Sonic Cannon: The armor was equipped with the Stark Sonic Cannon on the back of the right hand, which can release high-frequency pulses.
  • Repulsors: The War Machine Armor MK III has repulsors in the palms and Arc Reactor.

Trivia

  • There is an Ultron Sentry kill count of 22 on the right side of the War Machine Armor: Mark III's chest.

References

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