In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there is speculation about when Don Cheadle’s character, James Rhodes, was replaced by a Skrull. This has significant implications for the timeline and various key moments in the MCU. Theories suggest that Rhodey was replaced either after Captain America: Civil War, before Avengers: Endgame, or just before the events of Secret Invasion.
The Moment Rhodey Became a Skrull
One theory suggests that Rhodey was replaced after Captain America: Civil War. Evidence for this theory includes the fact that Rhodey is seen wearing the same hospital gown after being rescued in Secret Invasion as he did when he was injured in Civil War. This theory is also supported by the director of Secret Invasion, who hinted that Rhodey being unable to walk in the series suggests that he was taken hostage during Civil War. However, this theory has significant implications for the emotional weight of key moments in the MCU, as it would mean that Rhodey was not himself during moments like the Blip and the death of Tony Stark.
Another theory proposes that Rhodey became a Skrull before Avengers: Endgame. However, there are issues with this theory, as it would require the Skrull Rhodey to have planted his own blood at the battle scene before Nick Fury collected DNA samples. Additionally, Rhodey’s absence during his best friend’s sacrifice would impact the gravity of that moment.
The theory that seems to make the most logical sense is that Rhodey became a Skrull after Avengers: Endgame. This would have been a chaotic time following the Blip, and any changes in Rhodey’s behavior could have been attributed to grief or stress. It would also be advantageous for a Skrull to be in a position of influence, especially with the events depicted in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, there is no concrete evidence to support this theory.
The final theory suggests that Rhodey was replaced just before the events of Secret Invasion. This timeframe would provide a seamless transition for Rhodey to be replaced and would make his transition back into real life easier after being rescued. However, the mention of Rhodey being held captive for “a long time” in the series does not align with this theory.
Overall, it is unclear when exactly Rhodey was replaced by a Skrull in the MCU. Viewers will have to wait for further revelations in upcoming Marvel projects to find out the truth.