Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to reprise Tony Stark aka Iron Man in Captain America 3, according to Variety.
The big news, however, is that the storyline for Captain America 3 will focus on Marvel’s Civil War comic series from 2006. The series focused on Avengers teammates Captain America and Tony Stark choosing different sides over the Superhero Registration Act which required all superheros to divulge their secret identities and act as a superhuman police force for the government.
The series finds Stark in favor of the registration act, while Steve Rogers is against it. This serves as the catalyst for a division of the entire Marvel universe in which Rogers and his allies must go into hiding, in order to avoid capture for breaking the law and Stark’s Iron Man and his allies hunting down the “rogue” heroes.
But the deal for Downey to return as 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.
Downey’s recent talk show appearances to promote The Judge, have been highly Marvel-centric, make a lot more sense with this information. It felt as though he was putting on the full-court press to get people talking about his future as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel also announced today that it would be re-launching/continuing the Civil War storyline next summer. There have been not details other than the image below.
What do you think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe adapting the Civil War story? The rumblings of Spiderman being loaned out to Marvel make much more sense with this news.