Robert Downey Jr, is reportedly in talks to appear in the upcoming Captain America 3 and it’s a move that could change The Avengers forever.
The 49-year-old Marvel star will apparently reprise his role as Iron Man in the much anticipated follow-up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But whereas other heroes have fought alongside each other in the past, it looks as though this isn’t going to be a friendly reunion.
According to Variety, the addition of Downey in Captain America 3 is just the beginning… and could kick-start an event that will change the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever – Civil War.
“Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to Captain America 3,” they reveal. “A move that would bring the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comic books to the big screen and trigger the start of a new phase of movies from Marvel Studios.”
That’s right folks – the critically acclaimed comic book series by Mark Millar might finally be heading to the big screen. And it’s the comic book movie event we’ve all been dreaming about.
Of course, the seminal marvel story will be very familiar to comic book fans. Following the US Governments creation of the Superhero Registration Act – legislation which forces super humans to reveal their identity – Iron Man and Captain America find themselves on opposite sides of the fence.
Although Stark supports the act (and remains determined that the initiative is necessary), Steve Rogers opposes the bill… fearing that it threatens civil liberties. Obviously, this looks as though it will feed directly into Captain America’s growing concerns which can already be seen in The Winter Soldier in his dealings with S.H.I.E.L.D.
And that’s why Civil War is the perfect way to continue Cap’s story.
“Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken,” says Variety. “And Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in Captain America 3, providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth Avengers.”
Obviously, Iron Man’s appearance in Captain America 3 is likely to drive the events of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe – at least over the next phase of Marvel movies. And it’s likely that the repercussions of their clash will be felt throughout Avengers 3 and perhaps even Avengers 4.
But will Marvel’s big screen adaptation of ‘Civil War’ play out like the comic books? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think of Civil War coming to the big screen? Will Captain America 3 set the stage for this even bigger, epic saga? Let us know what you think in the comments below…