Robert Downey Jr. Joining 'Captain America 3', Kickstarting Marvel's Cinematic 'Civil War' Storyline!

Marvel's 'Civil War'Today may be the biggest day Marvel Comic and movie fans have ever had. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe in question following the eventual arrival of the Mad Titan Thanos, it seems Captain America 3 could very well answer that question. Nothing is official, but it’s learned that Cap 3 may in fact be the single biggest Marvel movie to pull off up until that point, basing it off of one of Marvel Comics biggest event series ever, Civil War.

We knew that Cap 3 would have the next chapter for Steve Rogers, possibly leading towards finishing his story, but that may not happen as it has come out that the movie may also continue the story for our favorite genius, playboy, billionaire, and philanthropist Tony Stark.

The news was broke by Variety, stating that Downey Jr. is in final negotiations for Captain America 3 and citing that the Civil War comic event series will be the foundation on which the movie will be built. For those of you who haven’t read the book or are unclear, here’s a summary thanks to Screen Rant:

“With the proposal of the Superhuman Registration Act, the superhero community of the Marvel universe is split in two: those believing that superpowered individuals should be registered and trained and standing with Tony Stark, and those standing in opposition with Captain America.

The core series written by Mark Millar dealt with the rivalry, covert war, and eventual confrontation between Stark and his allies – those fighting for national security – and those of Rogers – who believed that civil liberties were more important.”

Variety also had this to say about how the movie could play out:

“The deal is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.

Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken 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.”

Marvel's 'Civil War'

In the same article, Variety goes on to explain that having Downey Jr. returning as Tony Stark/Iron Man almost didn’t happen:

“Originally, Marvel wanted to hire Downey for a small role, which would have required just three weeks of work. But Downey wanted Stark to have a more substantial role in the film’s plot, which would give him more screen time and naturally a bigger payday. This angered Marvel Entertainment chief Ike Perlmutter, who ordered the screenwriters to write Iron Man out of the script entirely, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Even though the deal appeared dead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Downey’s reps at CAA continued talks in hopes of working out their issues. Feige was bent on executing his grand vision for extending the life of the Marvel characters over many years.

The executive needed his boss to see the big picture, considering the introduction of the Civil War story is seen as a way to drive the plots of sequels and new franchises for the next seven years, given the dramatic possibilities it offers for future films. The fallout from the government and Stark’s actions would factor into a new Avengers 4 film and beyond that will assemble new characters being introduced like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, among others, in their own movies.

Downey, who earned $50 million for The Avengers alone, will collect around $40 million plus backend participation for Captain America 3, said sources, and will get an additional payout if Captain America 3 outperforms Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $714 million worldwide haul. Since the actor did not appear in the first two Captain America films, the thinking is that if the third installment surpasses the last movie, its success could be attributed to Downey.”

After all he has done, I would think Marvel Execs would want more of Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Plus, I think he has earned the right to ask for more screen time for the character and a bigger payday, I mean, he’s Iron Man!

Robert Downey Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'

More details have been tossed around as well, a few coming from Badass Digest as they throw in their own thoughts on what the MCU could look like around then:

“I’m not clear on how the Civil War story will play out, since the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have secret IDs to reveal, but I can tell you this: the fallout of Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be huge in this movie. There is a lot of destruction in that film. It makes an impact. 

More than that, Marvel is looking at Cap 3 as Avengers 2.5. It’s going to be another ensemble picture, and it could feature Cap’s new team from the end of Age of Ultron. Last I heard (and they haven’t shot this scene yet, so it could change) that team is Falcon, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, as well as probably The Vision (although I have been told Black Widow will not be much of a presence in Cap 3). And once again the events of a Captain America movie will reshape the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

If this is true or even close to being true, this lines up perfectly with the news that came out a few weeks ago about the core Avenger team members that we know may not be in Avengers 3. Possibly sitting out because of Age of Ultron and/or Cap 3 fallout? Read that here.

Badass Digest also throws in their two cents about the two possible (rumored/speculated) titles being thrown around for Cap 3:

“Does Cap die in this movie? Like I said, I’ve heard the title Fallen Son getting tossed around a lot. I’ve been told that the story is Civil War, but Fallen Son has come from multiple sources as the actual title. That definitely leads me to believe he could buy it at the end. Or maybe his super soldier serum gets depleted? Or maybe he just hangs up the shield, taking on a new name, like Nomad or something. Either way, he’s sitting out Avengers 3, allowing Chris Evans to stay in the MCU for one more Avengers movie.”

Chris Evans & Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Avengers'

I know for as a Marvel Comic fan, Marvel movie fan and overall movie person, this is a dream come true. Civil War is my personal favorite event series from Marvel Comics and it’s ben thought to be high on Marvel Studios’ list to adapt, but I never truly thought it could happen because of how different the comic and movie worlds are. Even if this doesn’t end up being true, at least it made my life for a few short hours.

If being true, this event/movie, as of now at least, raises just as many questions as it does answer. How does Age of Ultron end? How many movies is Robert Downey Jr. going to sign for? Where does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. go? Which current characters will take a leave of absence? Which lesser current characters will become more prominent? Which new characters will be brought in alongside Doctor Strange and Ant-Man? Where will Captain America end up? What does this mean for Chris Evans?

Captain America 3 (Civil War/Fallen Son) doesn’t come out until 2016, so there will definitely be questions answered following the release of Age of Ultron and once this becomes ‘official’ by Marvel. I will keep you all posted as more news on this comes out through the coming months. If you want more on this specific topic, head over to Screen Rant and Badass Digest as they both have incredibly articles and thoughts on this move by Marvel. But for now, what are your thoughts on the possibly of Captain America 3 being Captain America: Civil War?

Avengers: Age of Ultron will open on May 1st, 2015.

Captain America 3 is set to open on May 6th, 2016.

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