Robert Downey Jr. Joining Captain America 3; Kicking off a Civil War!

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Variety broke the news just a little bit ago that Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to bring his iconic Tony Stark role to Captain America 3 in a significant role that would essentially bring the Civil War storyline from the comics onto the big screen.  For me, I couldn’t be happier, and when I read the news, I literally jumped out of my chair.  This is a big comic book storyline, something major we’re finally going to get to see on the big screen.  From the source: 

The actor is 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.”

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.”

Earlier today, Marvel also happened to announce a reboot of the Civil War comic coming sometime next year.  So it seems they’re amping things up to shift focus towards this storyline soon after Age of Ultron is in theaters.  While RDJ seems to be about done on solo Iron Man outings, he’s made it clear that he wants to remain a key player in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

Personally, I’d love to see this happen.  For Iron Man, I feel his personal story has gone about as far as it could, and that’s why I didn’t really want an Iron Man 4.  A Civil War story would once again give Tony Stark a place to grow from and change, adding new depth to his character that his current path can no longer add to.  

Joe and Anthony Russo, who are set to write and direct Cap 3, teased a couple months ago that the title for the new film had been in place for a while.  Rumors have been circulating about a Civil War adaptation as well to shake up the MCU, so it looks like things are lining up as expected.  This is a long game-changer for the MCU, giving the films the freedom to move forward with new players without feeling awkward.  

How do you guys feel about this?  Is this something you’ve been hoping to see? 

-Jordan