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Iron Man 2 Villain, Justin Hammer has returned in Marvel Phase 4

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Marvel Studios has set up the return of Iron Man 2 villain Justin Hammer in Phase 4 with the announcement of Armor Wars.

Iron Man 2 villain Justin Hammer return in Phase 4
Iron Man 2 villain Justin Hammer return in Phase 4

Together with the announcement of Armor Wars, Marvel Studios has set up the comeback of Iron Man 2 villain Justin Hammer, starring Sam Rock Well.

In Phase 4, Marvel Cinematic Universe might keep stepping forward even after the death of Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. In the Iron Man 2 movie, there is a return of a character- an Iron Man 2’s villain. James Rhodes or War Machine, starring Don Cheadle was lately disclosed to be the main role in a new Disney+ series, Armor Wars.

Armor Wars – The Comics

Armor Wars - the comics
Armor Wars – the comics

Armor Wars was published for around half of a year in Marvel Comics from late 1987. This is a storyline that contains seven issues around the main Iron Man series by the writers David Michelinie and Bob Layton. Rhodey also plays a part in this comic version. However, the story truly stars Tony Stark. He fights again numerous villains who use his stolen technological designs to apply for their suits. Some villains in the battles that he against are Crimson Dynamo and Firepower. He also fights with Captain America and SHIELD during his run. Still, Justin Hammer’s role in Armor Wars is important for MCU in bring back the seem-to-be-forgotten Iron Man 2 opponent.

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Justin Hammer’s present in Armor Wars

Being the mastermind behind all Tony Stark’s turmoil, the appearances of Hammer in the Armor Wars is defined. Only after defeating a former villain known as Force in the issues right before the Armor Wars arc, did Stark realize that his designs had been stolen. He also discovered that Justin Hammer upgraded Force’s suit by using his stolen designs that he paid Spymaster for. While Stark spends most of his time trying to negate any suit that uses his tech, Hammer works on Operation Firepower. With the MCU now adapting Armor Wars, this could finally be the right place to bring Justin Hammer back to the MCU.

Machine and Hammer
Machine and Hammer

Justin Hammer villain in Iron Man 2

That Marvel Studios brings the villain Justin Hammer back for Armor Wars will allow them to further explore a good character backed with a fun Rockwell performance that has largely been forgotten. After his debut in Iron Man 2, there has been no sign of Hammer Industries still being around. Meanwhile, Rockwell last played Hammer in the 2013 Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King, where he was shown in the same prison as Trevor Slattery. A lot of time has passed between then and now, so Hammer could be a free man by the time Armor Wars happens, either legally or by escaping.

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Hammer is already established as someone with great interest in Tony Stark’s work too. But, his rivalry isn’t just with the genius inventor, as the end of Iron Man 2 also set up a bit of a feud with Pepper Potts. She’s been running Stark Industries for the last decade and was responsible for putting Hammer behind bars in the first place. Hammer even said “You think you’re making a problem for me? I’m going to make a problem for you. I’m going to be seeing you again real soon” to Pepper as he was dragged away in handcuffs. His revenge might not have happened right away, but perhaps Armor Wars will show Hammer attempting to take down Stark’s legacy, his business, and Pepper all at once.

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