by Justin Cook
In final negotiations to join Chris Evans in the next installment of the Captain America film series is none other than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
The third film in the Captain America franchise will include a major role for Downey’s Tony Stark. Captain America 3 will most likely follow the popular Civil War storyline from the Marvel comic books.
The plot of this storyline is unique in that it pits Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, both men who have fought on the same team in The Avengers, against one another.
That’s right, the two iconic characters will feud over the Superhero Registration Act, a law that forces anyone with superhuman powers to reveal themselves to the US government and serve as a type of police force for the authorities. Rogers believes that it is morally wrong to force people to publicly announce their powers, while Stark supports the program. They both take opposing sides on the issue, and eventually, in order to avoid arrest, Captain America is forced to go on the run much like in his previous film The Winter Soldier.
This is exciting news for fans of Marvel for many reasons. One of which is because this is the first time we will see Downey play a prominent role in a standalone Marvel superhero film other than Iron Man or its sequels. On top of that, he acts as a sort of villain in the movie, which will be a completely different role than the usual “good guy” he has played in previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Not to mention, by painting Stark as a villain in the upcoming film, that probably means that the lines of who is “good” and who is “bad” will be blurred.
Finally, seeing the effect this has on the team of superheroes who all seemed to be on the same page and fighting for a common purpose in the first Avengers will be interesting as well. This all seems to be a great set-up for The Avengers 3 and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will return to helm Captain America 3, which will be hitting theaters on May 6, 2016.