December will see the debut of the Iron Patriot armor in the Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, which the movies are [more] mirrored after.
Marvel debuted the cover to Ultimate Comics Ultimates #19 through Newsarama along with the tag line, "Iron Patriot Wants You To Help Rebuild America."
Set images from Iron Man 3 revealed the Iron Patriot armor as well.
Don't bet on it.
As of late Marvel Comics and the Marvel Studios movies have seemingly been following the same script.
Off the top of my head I can think of the recent Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos storyline in Avengers Assemble, in conjunction with The Avengers movie, Thanos appearance, and Guardians of the Galaxy movie announcement.
Then there is the fact that Marvel was going to scrap Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier with the departure of the writer, but since Captain America 2 has been officially titled "The Winter Soldier," Marvel is now keeping the book around.
The new Incredible Hulk comic book, Indestructible Hulk, sees the Hulk team up with Nick Fury (note: Nick Fury's son who resembles Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D, which is also happening in a post-The Avengers movie mobile video game, Avengers Initiative.
One more I can think of is that in the Spider-Man books, Marvel is launching an all-new ongoing series, Morbius: The Living Vampire - an obscure character - which seems to be related to the post-credit scene in the Amazing Spider-Man movie as well as Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then there is the fact that Marvel hardly ever promotes obscure characters anymore, or at least ones that are not connected to the movies.
So do the math.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2993:]]Regarding Iron Man 3 and the Iron Patriot armor, what's interesting is that in the Marvel Comics, the armor belonged to Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. Obviously that isn't going to happen in the movie, and while it is said the armor belongs to James Rhodes as a new War Machine armor — I'm betting against that.
Marvel also recently trademarked various toys and applications for Iron Patriot as well.
The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.
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