Incredible Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. spills the beans on Captain America: Civil War.
It turns out that he chose the upcoming Marvel ensemble movie over another Iron Man sequel.
During an interview with Empire Magazine, the 49-year-old Iron Man revealed why he chose Captain America: Civil War instead of his own Iron Man 4… as well as hinting what the future holds for Tony Stark.
“They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this’, or Cap 3 has to be something else,” he said. “It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along’.”
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Of course, the idea that Iron Man might take a ‘lesser position’ isn’t exactly unheard of… after all, Downey has seemed to be suffering from superhero fatigue in the last few years, and with his contract presumably coming to end in the next few years, Marvel may want to wind things down before finding a successor.
But what does this mean for Captain America: Civil War, and will Tony take a more fanatical turn as in the comic books?
“It’s natural to change your views,” he said. “The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
Obviously, the events of the Civil War comic books see Tony Stark transformed into an almost villainous foe. When the American government proposes superhuman registration, Iron Man comes out in support of the act… putting him head-to-head with his former allies.
But will Iron Man really become a villain in Civil War?
“I wouldn’t put it that way,” said Downey. “The biggest question is, for Chris and for Cap, how do we bring Cap to a place where people go, ‘Man, I never thought I would see such a vast change in Steve’. After you see Snowpiercer, you’re like, ‘I want to see a little bit of that guy’.”
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Either way, it looks as though Iron Man and Captain America will be coming to blows… and The Avengers may never be the same again.
Captain America: Civil War heads to cinemas on 29 April 2016.
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