Numerous copies of this armor were originally used to constitute an army of War Machine Drones piloted remotely by Jim Rhodes when he joined the Avengers, and in turn S.H.I.E.L.D., to hunt down the Illuminati during the final stages of the incursion crisis.[1] Afterwards, Rhodes employed the Model 8 when he returned to piloting the armor himself,[2] and used it interchangeably with the Model 7 Armor. Rhodes was wearing the Model 8 Armor when he joined a contingent of super heroes in intercepting Thanos at the Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Facility, but tragedy struck when he was killed in action.[3] Rhodes' corpse was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery encased in the Model 8.[4]

Frank Castle (Earth-616) from Punisher Vol 2 224 001

The armor in the Punisher's possession

When Nick Fury Jr. sought the Punisher's help to contain the political turmoil in the turbulent nation of Chernaya, he facilitated Frank access to this War Machine Armor.[5] Frank used the suit to pursue the Chernayan despot General Petrov.[6] After fulfilling his mission by killing Petrov, the Punisher opted to keep the War Machine Armor against Fury's orders, and used it to continue his war on crime back home.[7] Castle's use of the War Machine Armor quickly caught the attention of the superhuman community when he returned to America,[8] and a contingent led by Captain Marvel pursued him while the Punisher went after Baron Zemo and the Hydra Supreme.[9] In the end, the recently-reborn Rhodes stepped in and convinced Frank to hand over the suit.[10]

After temporarily employing the War Machine Armor Model 9, Rhodey gave up on using suits in favor of piloting the Manticore.[11] However, he was eventually forced back into action,[12] and went back to the Model 8 Armor when he returned to being War Machine.[13]


  • The numerical designation provided in this article for this suit is tentative, based on an estimate of the number of models of the War Machine Armor that have existed.
  • This suit's appearance is adapted from the War Machine Armor MK II from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which appeared in Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • This suit shares design (sans color scheme) with the Iron Patriot Armor Model 3, another suit adapted from the MCU's War Machine Armor MK II, but specifically of how it appeared as the Iron Patriot Armor in Iron Man 3.
  • In Punisher Vol 2 #218, the Punisher is facilitated access to a War Machine Armor by Nick Fury Jr.. While originally depicted with a semblance to the War Machine Armor Model 3 in that issue, further issues didn't have the armor resembling any existing War Machine Armor in specific, save for issues #224, #226 and #227, in which the suit looked like the Model 8 Armor. For this site's encyclopedic purpose, it will be presumed that the armor the Punisher wore was in fact the Model 8.

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