Originally in Avengers: Endgame, Rhodey and Nebula were meant to share an intimate moment of closeness. The scene was shot, and late in post-production the production realized that as shot, the bulky design chosen for War Machine's Mk 6 suit (the one that eventually became Iron Patriot Mk 2) would not fit as the actors were too close together. So long after I'd wrapped on the show, I was called in to design an additional suit that Rhodey would be wearing for the bulk of the film. As I was already booked on another production, I only had a week to devote to the project, and quickly worked up four alternative concepts, of which one was chosen and finished up by my friend and colleague Rodney Fuentebella.
The design had to be much more close-fitting than previous designs to fit into the shot, so I went for a much more streamlined aesthetic.