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CBMB: Robert Downey, Jr. Reportedly Joining Captain America 3

By Muuka Muyumba

Variety is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to Captain America 3, signaling the move to 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.

The actor is said to be in final negotiations to play billionaire Tony Stark in the third installment, which is slated to begin production in the Spring for a May 6, 2016, release. Downey is already set to suit up as Iron Man for next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3.

In the comics, Captain America and Iron Man feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forcing superheroes to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.

Harbingers of this conflict were echoed in Marvel’s The Avengers when Stark and Rogers challenge each other, under the influence of Loki’s chaos magic, on the issue of whether to follow S.H.I.E.L.D. orders or fight against the forces of militarism.

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Oddly enough, it’s Cap who is against the registration of heroes as he sees it as un-American in the Civil War storyline. Cap’s fight against fascism is also already clear from The Winter Soldier where he scoffs at the supposed security that Project Insight is said to promote.

Many have posited that Civil War would become the course for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This notions was bolstered by the comic reboot of the Civil War comic book miniseries in 2015, which will help introduce the story to new readers leading up to Cap 3. The first crossover of Marvel’s biggest characters, including Spider-Man, was published in 2006.

The proposed Civil War saga would be very significant in the MCU because of it would likely bring all the Marvel heroes into one major film event. The street-level heroes like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and possibly Spider-Man, would be thrust into the world of superheroes like Thor, Hulk and the Avengers. A dream for fanboys could foster a new movie series within the MCU as heroes would deal with the fallout from such a public dispute, especially after the world is wrecked by Ultron.

This report comes in the wake of Downey’s very open negotiations to get back into the MCU after plans had stalled on his further involvement. Downey worked a very lucrative deal upon entering the film series, but had been unable to garner support from notoriously cheap Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter. Perlmutter was reportedly so upset by Downey’s demand and ordered Marvel writers to exclude Downey from any future plans.

Marvel and Disney already have 11 releases dated through 2019, including next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Downey will now have another opportunity to “suit up” with plenty to chances to cameo in the future of the MCU.

Marvel and Downey’s reps had no comment on the matter, according to Variety.