Over the last few weeks Robert Downey Jr. has been toying with Marvel fans regarding his involvement with the Iron Man. At first he mentioned that he would only do a fourth if Mel Gibson directed, then he went on to say that he won’t be doing any Iron Man 4 movies and then finally he mentioned that he would be involved with future Avengers projects. Now, word is out that Tony Stark will be joining the cast of Captain America 3 (the film that producers said will change the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), in a storyline that will bring Marvel’s very popular comic book series, Civil War, to the big screen.
Kevin Feige explains:
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.
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.”
Then there are also those rumours that Avengers: Age of Ultron will end the unity between the current Avengers team, with Tony Stark retiring, feeling responsible for the events of the film. We might also see the rise of a new Avengers team. Possibilities and more possibilities.