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* The character of ComicBook/{{Gambit}} has been hit by this several times. He was originally intended to make a cameo in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', (he ended up just being a name on a computer screen) but it was decided to save the character for ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. After being written out of that film as well, he finally appeared in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. After that film was declared CanonDiscontinuity, there were plans to re-introduce Gambit in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', which also failed to materialize. He's currently set to appear in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', played by Creator/ChanningTatum.
** Jubilee got hit with the same thing. She was originally supposed to appear in ''Days of Future Past'' as one of the future X-Men, but was cut for unknown reasons. She'll instead be used in ''Apocalypse'' as one of the new recruits.
** TheStinger of ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'' has [[spoiler:Wade telling the audience that Cable is planned for the sequel]].

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* The character of ComicBook/{{Gambit}} has been hit by this several times. He was originally intended to make a cameo in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', (he ended up just being a name on a computer screen) but it was decided to save the character for ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. After being written out of that film as well, he finally appeared in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. After that film was declared CanonDiscontinuity, there were plans to re-introduce Gambit in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', which also failed to materialize. He's currently was also set to appear in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', played by Creator/ChanningTatum.
Creator/ChanningTatum, but failed to appear there as well.
** Jubilee got hit with the same thing. She was originally supposed to appear in ''Days of Future Past'' as one of the future X-Men, but was cut for unknown reasons. She'll instead be used in ''Apocalypse'' as one of the new recruits.
recruits, but doesn't actually get to do much in the plot..
** TheStinger of ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'' has [[spoiler:Wade Wade telling the audience that Cable is planned for the sequel]].sequel, and he is one of the central characters of ''Film/Deadpool2''.

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** The film also ends with a teaser involving the first known crime of The Joker, who would then become the BigBad of the sequel.


* Creator/BrandonSanderson [[WordOfGod says]] that he has many developments in [[FunctionalMagic BioChroma]] that he plans to put into a sequel to ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' named ''Nightblood''. However, he is not entirely clear on if he will actually write it, and it has been put on hold until after he establishes his ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' series in [[Franchise/TheCosmere the same]] [[TheVerse Verse]].

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* Creator/BrandonSanderson [[WordOfGod says]] that he has many developments in [[FunctionalMagic BioChroma]] that he plans to put into a sequel to ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' named ''Nightblood''. However, he is not entirely clear on if he will actually write it, and it has been put on hold until after he establishes his ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' series in [[Franchise/TheCosmere [[Literature/TheCosmere the same]] [[TheVerse Verse]].


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-->-- ''Film/TheMatrix''
''Film/TheMatrix''[[note]]Zion never appears in this movie but is one of the main settings for the two sequels, ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''[[/note]]

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->'''Tank''': If the war was over tomorrow, Zionís where the party would be.\\
'''Neo''': Itís a city?\\
'''Tank''': The last human city.\\
'''Neo''': Where is it?\\
'''Tank''': Deep underground near the Earthís core, where itís warm. You live long enough, you might see it.
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** A grass-type Eeveelution was planned for ''Gold and Silver''. Nearly ten years later, ''Diamond and Pearl'' introduced Leafeon.


** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' uses various unused concepts from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. It's speculated that Fado the wind sage is a reference to Fado from ''[=OOT=]'', who seems to have had been a sage in development instead of Saria. There are also some DummiedOut temples and other elements from earlier stages of ''Ocarina Of Time'' that were retooled in ''Wind Waker''.
** The E3 announcement trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' shows that Link originally had a sneaking ability for stealth portions of the game. It was replaced with hiding inside barrels. Years later ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' implemented a stealth ability.

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** The E3 announcement trailer for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' uses various unused concepts from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. It's speculated that Fado the wind sage is a reference to Fado from ''[=OOT=]'', who seems to have had been a sage in development instead of Saria. There are also some DummiedOut temples and other elements from earlier stages of ''Ocarina Of Time'' that were retooled in ''Wind Waker''.
** The E3 announcement trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''
shows that Link originally had a sneaking ability for stealth portions of the game. It was replaced with hiding inside barrels. Years later ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' implemented a stealth ability.


** Leaf, the female protagonist of ''Firered'' and ''Leafgreen'', is a redesign of an apparently unused female protagonist from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. This design was used as the basis for Green in ''VideoGame/PokemonLetsGoPikachuAndLetsGoEevee''.
** Tirtouga greatly resembles an unused Pokemon from gen 2.
** On the subject of Generation 2, ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' were originally going to contain a skateboard in addition to the bicycle; an idea that ultimately never made it into the final game. Years later in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', the player character is given roller skates in addition to getting the bike later on.
** Originally, Professor Oak was going to be the final battle before becoming the Champion in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. Twenty years later, in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', [[spoiler:the final battle is against the Alola region's own Professor, Kukui]].



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''

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** [[LimitBreak Final Smashes]] were intended to be included in the original UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 game, as evidenced by [[DummiedOut unused audio files]], but weren't added in until ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' on the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':


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** Time-traveling was a concept first conceived for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' but wasn't added into a game until ''VideoGame/SonicCD''. The unused Rock World Zone was the 'past version' of the more well-known, also unused, Dust Hill Zone.
** Vector was originally supposed to be part of a rock band with Sonic in the first game. The concept was scrapped when they couldn't implement the characters in the game, as a sound test mode intended to show them had to be cut out due to memory limitations. He was reintroduced in ''VideoGame/KnucklesChaotix''.


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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The Horse Call in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' dates back to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''. It was originally a Reed Whistle but was scrapped in favor of Epona's Song.
** The Hero's Shade teaching you moves in ''Twilight Princess'' is similar to an unused concept for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' where Link learned skills via cutscene.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' uses various unused concepts from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. It's speculated that Fado the wind sage is a reference to Fado from ''[=OOT=]'', who seems to have had been a sage in development instead of Saria. There are also some DummiedOut temples and other elements from earlier stages of ''Ocarina Of Time'' that were retooled in ''Wind Waker''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' uses various unused concepts from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. It's speculated that Fado the wind sage is a reference to Fado from ''[=OOT=]'', who seems to have had been a sage in development instead of Saria. There are also some DummiedOut temples and other elements from earlier stages of ''Ocarina Of Time'' that were retooled in ''Wind Waker''.
** The E3 announcement trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' shows that Link originally had a sneaking ability for stealth portions of the game. It was replaced with hiding inside barrels. Years later ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' implemented a stealth ability.
* ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'': Tiny Tiger and the Komodo Brothers were supposed to appear in the first game, however they were held back until the second title.


** While ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' did have Zygarde as a BonusBoss, [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] featured formes for it not found in those games. Because there was no UpdatedRerelease or {{sequel}} for the Kalos games,[[note]]which averted this trope for other loose ends...[[/note]], those extra forms were put into ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' (and ''its'' [[UpdatedRerelease Updated Re-releases]], ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]]'') as a sidequest.

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** While ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' did have Zygarde as a BonusBoss, [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] featured formes for it not found in those games. Because there was no UpdatedRerelease or {{sequel}} for the Kalos games,[[note]]which games [[note]]which averted this trope for other loose ends...[[/note]], those extra forms were put into ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' (and ''its'' [[UpdatedRerelease Updated Re-releases]], ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]]'') as a sidequest.


** ''Korra'' itself has this to a smaller extent in the form of Kuvira, who appeared briefly in the finale of season 3 (with a very noticeable character model and soundtrack, mind you) before returning with a much larger role in season 4.

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** ''Korra'' itself has this to a smaller extent in the form of Kuvira, who appeared briefly in the finale of season Season 3 (with a very noticeable character model and soundtrack, mind you) before returning with a much larger role in season Season 4.


* The $30 expansion for ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' titled ''Enter the Dominatrix'' (originally thought to be an [[AprilFoolsDay April Fools joke]], but later revealed to be real) was announced to be canceled but later released for the next game.
* During the final mission of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', the Star Wolf team (who are [[EnemyMine allies to the Star Fox team for the moment]]) draw off the enemy ships pursuing the Star Fox team, allowing them to reach the game's FinalBoss, and are not seen again, leaving it unclear whether they survived. There has been [[VideoGame/StarFoxAssault another game]] released in the series since then and all three members of Star Wolf did appear, confirming that they did survive, though there is ongoing debate among the fandom over whether that game is canon or not.

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* The $30 expansion for ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' titled ''Enter the Dominatrix'' (originally thought to be an [[AprilFoolsDay April Fools joke]], but later revealed to be real) was announced to be canceled but later released for [[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV the next game.
game]].
* During the final mission of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', the Star Wolf team (who are [[EnemyMine allies to the Star Fox team for the moment]]) draw off the enemy ships pursuing the Star Fox team, allowing them to reach the game's FinalBoss, and are not seen again, leaving it unclear whether they survived. There has been [[VideoGame/StarFoxAssault [[VideoGame/StarFoxCommand another game]] released in the series since then and all three members of Star Wolf did appear, confirming that they did survive, though there is ongoing debate among the fandom over whether that game is canon or not.



** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally this was supposed to be the motive for the Reapers.]] They were intended to be interested in stopping the spreading of Dark Energy before it could tear the universe apart. And the key to this was biotics. [[spoiler: This was replaced with the ending of the entirety of the story being about the Reapers as a Rouge AI]]. Given the level of reception of the ending, it seems that this could have been better, though that is likely just because the current ending is so unpopular.

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** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally this was supposed to be the motive for the Reapers.]] They were intended to be interested in stopping the spreading of Dark Energy before it could tear the universe apart. And the key to this was biotics. [[spoiler: This was replaced with the ending of the entirety of the story being about the Reapers as a Rouge AI]]. A.I.]] Given the level of reception of the ending, it seems that this could have been better, though that is likely just because the current ending is so unpopular.



** While ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' did have Zygarde as a BonusBoss, [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the Anime]] featured forms for it not found in those games. Because there was no UpdatedRerelease or {{Sequel}} for the Kalos games,[[note]]which averted this Trope for other loose ends...[[/note]] those extra forms were put into ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' (and ''its'' {{Updated Rerelease}}s) as a sidequest.
* The Playstation version of ''VideoGame/SoulEdge''[=/=]''VideoGame/SoulBlade'' was intended to feature certain characters as guest characters but in the end there wasn't time to implement them. Among these guest characters would have been Arthur, Kathandra and Monkasei. Arthur would appear in ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' as an optional replacement for Mitsurugi in Arcade machines (mainly for the Korean market but available in American ones too). Kathandra would be renamed to Cassandra and first appear in ''[=SoulCalibur=] II''. Monkasei would be reworked into Yun-Sung and first appear in ''[=SoulCalibur=] II''. Yun-Sung's name would change to Yun-Seong from ''[=SoulCalibur=] III'' onwards.

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** While ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' did have Zygarde as a BonusBoss, [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the Anime]] anime]] featured forms formes for it not found in those games. Because there was no UpdatedRerelease or {{Sequel}} {{sequel}} for the Kalos games,[[note]]which averted this Trope trope for other loose ends...[[/note]] [[/note]], those extra forms were put into ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' (and ''its'' {{Updated Rerelease}}s) [[UpdatedRerelease Updated Re-releases]], ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]]'') as a sidequest.
* The Playstation UsefulNotes/PlayStation version of ''VideoGame/SoulEdge''[=/=]''VideoGame/SoulBlade'' ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Edge]]'', known outside of Japan as ''[[MarketBasedTitle Soul Blade]]'', was intended to feature certain characters as guest characters but in the end there wasn't time to implement them. Among these guest characters would have been Arthur, Kathandra and Monkasei. Arthur would appear in ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' ''Soulcalibur'' as an optional replacement for Mitsurugi in Arcade machines (mainly for the Korean market but available in American ones too). Kathandra would be renamed to Cassandra and first appear in ''[=SoulCalibur=] ''Soulcalibur II''. Monkasei would be reworked into Yun-Sung Yunsung and also first appear in ''[=SoulCalibur=] II''. Yun-Sung's ''Soulcalibr II'' (with his name would change to Yun-Seong instead being spelled as Yun-seong from ''[=SoulCalibur=] III'' onwards.''III'' onward).



** Miis were also considered to be added in ''Brawl'', but Sakurai decided against adding them, because, at the time, he could not figure out how to implement them. They join in the Wii U / 3DS iterations as fully customizable characters.

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** Miis were also considered to be added in ''Brawl'', but Sakurai decided against adding them, because, at the time, he could not figure out how to implement them. They join in the 3DS and Wii U / 3DS iterations as fully customizable characters.



* ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'': Due to the game being split in two parts because of time constraints, most plotlines, the second half of the story, and most (if not all) of the Sonic & Knuckles content ended up becoming this.
** Flying Battery was originally going to be a Sonic 3 stage placed between Carnival Night and [=IceCap=], but they choose to save it for Sonic & Knuckles, feeling that this one would be too short otherwise.
** Hidden Palace was going to be a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hidden]] Sonic 2 stage where Sonic would gain his [[SuperMode Super form]] after collecting all Chaos Emeralds, but had to be scrapped due to time constraints. Two years later, the stage was incorporated into Sonic 3 & Knuckles, albeit using different layout, graphics and music, but keeping its concept, function (replacing Super Sonic with Hyper Sonic) and lore (albeit altered to fit with the game and the established canon), even making the area more of a central element in the story. Eventually, the 2013 smartphone Sonic 2 port added back the Zone as an extra bonus, but it stripped it off its functions and lore and changed it into more of a prehistoric-themed stage to differentiate it from the S3&K incarnation.

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* ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'': ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
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Due to the game ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo being split in two parts parts]] because of time constraints, most plotlines, the second half of the story, and most (if not all) of the Sonic ''Sonic & Knuckles Knuckles'' content ended up becoming this.
** *** Flying Battery was originally going to be a Sonic 3 ''Sonic 3'' stage placed between Carnival Night and [=IceCap=], but they choose to save it for Sonic ''Sonic & Knuckles, Knuckles'', feeling that this one would be too short otherwise.
** *** Hidden Palace was going to be a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin hidden]] ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2 2]]'' stage where Sonic would gain his [[SuperMode Super form]] after collecting all Chaos Emeralds, but had to be scrapped due to time constraints. Two years later, the stage was incorporated into Sonic ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Knuckles'', albeit using different layout, graphics and music, but keeping its concept, function (replacing Super Sonic with Hyper Sonic) and lore (albeit altered to fit with the game and the established canon), even making the area more of a central element in the story. Eventually, the 2013 smartphone Sonic 2 ''Sonic 2'' port added back the Zone as an extra bonus, but it stripped it off its functions and lore and changed it into more of a prehistoric-themed stage to differentiate it from the S3&K ''[=S3&K=]'' incarnation.



* Nova Terra was the main character of the ''{{VideoGame/StarCraft}}'' GaidenGame Starcraft:Ghost, a third-person shooter. The game went through a long DevelopmentHell until it was finally cancelled, but Nova becomes an important side character in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''.

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* Nova Terra was the main character of the ''{{VideoGame/StarCraft}}'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' GaidenGame Starcraft:Ghost, ''Starcraft: Ghost'', a third-person shooter. The game went through a long DevelopmentHell until it was finally cancelled, but Nova becomes an important side character in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''.


** A more minor ''Sonic'' example was the Sunset Park Act 3 theme from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble''. It was originally supposed to be used in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogChaos'', but was DummiedOut before finally being used in ''Triple Trouble''... to the delight of many fans, who consider it to be [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the best song]] [[SonicTheHedgehog/AwesomeMusic in any 8-bit Sonic game]].
* Nova Terra was the main character of the ''{{VideoGame/Starcraft}}'' GaidenGame Starcraft:Ghost, a third-person shooter. The game went through a long DevelopmentHell until it was finally cancelled, but Nova becomes an important side character in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''.

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** A more minor ''Sonic'' example was the Sunset Park Act 3 theme from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogTripleTrouble''. It was originally supposed to be used in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogChaos'', but was DummiedOut before finally being used in ''Triple Trouble''... to the delight of many fans, who consider it to be [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[AwesomeMusic/SonicTheHedgehog the best song]] [[SonicTheHedgehog/AwesomeMusic song in any 8-bit Sonic game]].
* Nova Terra was the main character of the ''{{VideoGame/Starcraft}}'' ''{{VideoGame/StarCraft}}'' GaidenGame Starcraft:Ghost, a third-person shooter. The game went through a long DevelopmentHell until it was finally cancelled, but Nova becomes an important side character in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''.''VideoGame/StarCraftII''.



* Shigeru Miyamoto has always liked the concept of riding a dinosaur that eats enemies (a similar dragon appears in ''VideoGame/DevilWorld''), and he always intended one to appear in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series. However, due to technological limitations, he couldn't include one in either ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' or ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. The leap to 16 bits in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' gave them enough power to finally introduce Yoshi to the ''Mario'' universe.


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** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto personally requested Franchise/PacMan be made a playable character for ''Brawl'' (Pac-Man is his favorite video game character), but the Sakurai was unable to think of a good moveset at the time. He would make his debut in ''U/3DS'', and indeed, most of his attacks there draw inspiration from other Namco games rather than his home series alone.

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** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto personally requested Franchise/PacMan VideoGame/PacMan be made a playable character for ''Brawl'' (Pac-Man is his favorite video game character), but the Sakurai Creator/MasahiroSakurai was unable to think of a good moveset at the time. He would make his debut in ''U/3DS'', and indeed, most of his attacks there draw inspiration from other Namco games rather than his home series alone.


** In ''Film/IronMan'', Rhodey looks at the silver prototype Iron Man suit and says, "[[ComicBook/WarMachine Next time, baby]]." Unintentionally funny in that Rhodey had been recast by the next film where he actually gets to wear the armor.



** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' the fate or identity of Rey's family is never revealed, but it has been confirmed that that issue will be resolved later on in the sequel trilogy.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' the fate or identity of Rey's family is never revealed, but it has been confirmed that that issue will be resolved later on in the sequel trilogy. As of ''Film/TheLastJedi'', they have been revealed by Kylo Ren to be [[spoiler:nobody important - drunkards who sold their daughter for drinking money and abandoned her on Jakku]]. Whether this is true or not is yet to be seen.



* In the ''[[Film/IronMan1 Iron Man]]'' film, Rhodey looks at the silver prototype Iron Man suit and says, "[[ComicBook/WarMachine Next time, baby]]." Unintentionally funny in that Rhodey had been recast by the next film where he actually gets to wear the armor.

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