Originally Posted by cherokeesam
No, Iron Patriot and War Machine are two separate armors in the movie.
I'm not *entirely* sure Stark even designed the Iron Patriot, but don't quote me on that. Iron Patriot is a US military design, but it remains to be seen how much of a hand Tony Stark had in it. The actual (new) War Machine armor is definitely designed by Tony, though.
Really? I seem to remember someone (possibly Feige) mention that the Iron Patriot was a simple paint job of the War Machine armor that Tony upgraded in the prelude comic.
Then again, over the past few months, I've consumed so much news, comics, rumors, speculation and miscellaneous media related to Iron Man in general and Iron Man 3 in particular, that it's entirely possible I have a completely fictional alternate Iron Man 3 movie playing non-stop somewhere in my subconscious.