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How long has Rhodey been a Skrull in Secret Invasion?

In the new Disney Plus show Secret Invasion we learned that Rhodey, aka War Machine, was in fact a Skrull but how long has Iron Man's best friend been an alien?

Rhodey has been a Skrull

How long has Rhodey been a Skrull? Secret Invasion, the new Disney Plus show, has revealed that aliens walk amongst us, or at least they do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the shape-shifting Skrulls have been slowly infiltrating our planet, and anyone could secretly be an alien agent.

So how deep does the conspiracy go in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, in Secret Invasion episode 4, we learned that one of the best MCU characters, James Rhodes, aka Rhodey, aka War Machine, was, in fact, a Skrull, but the question now is, when was Rhodey replaced? Well, the Secret Invasion finale gave us a clue that Rhodey’s been gone for a long time.

Was he replaced when the Marvel series began, or do we need to go back and watch all the Marvel movies in order to work out when the Skrulls took him? How long has Rhodey been a Skrull?

How long has Rhodey been a Skrull?

Kevin Feige has implied that the Rhodey was replaced with a Skrull some time ago and that his abduction isn’t a recent development. While we don’t know the exact time frame, it appears as though Rhodey was replaced sometime after Civil War.

We’re saying that because in the Secret Invasion finale, Rhodey was unable to walk after being in the Srull compound. Now it’s possible that he was just weakened after spending time so long in captivity, but it’s equally possible that Rhodey was taken from the hospital after he was injured by Vision.

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That would mean Rhodey didn’t experience the events of Endgame and that he doesn’t know Tony Stark is dead. Heartbreaking stuff. I’m sure we’ll get more answers when Armor Wars is released, but for now, Feige seems happy to leave the exact amount of time Rhodey’s been a sSkrull a secret.

Speaking to Marvel.com, Feige said, “[We want audiences to] understand exactly how long he’s been a Skrull. We like the idea of fans going back and watching some of the other appearances of Rhodey and realizing that that wasn’t him.”

We’ve got lots of content on the series, so why not explore the Secret Invasion release schedule, find out how to watch Secret Invasion, and check out the Secret Invasion TV series and comic differences?

If you want to know what’s next for the MCU, you need to check out our guide to all the upcoming Marvel movies. We’ve got a separate guide on the Armor Wars release date, which will explore what happens to Rhodey next.

If you want to know what’s next chronologically in Marvel’s Phase 5, then we’ve also written everything you need to know about The Marvels release date. While you’re here, check out our feature explaining why Secret Invasion should have been an Avengers movie.