Robert Downey Jr. has had a bit of a rollercoaster lately. Rumors are circulating around whether or not there will be an Iron Man 4 and in light of that, it was announced tonight that he is on the verge of signing a contract that will place him in Captain America 3 in 2016.
If this happens it is a pretty good sign that Marvel is introducing the Civil War storyline which pits Captain America against Tony Stark as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act. The act forces all people and creatures with superhuman abilities to register and disclose their gifts with the government and agree to act as a police force for them. Stark, along with Mr. Fantastic and Hank Pym, agrees with the SRA while Capt. Rogers and his team does not. Cap cites it as a violation of civil liberties and believes superhumans need privacy in order to help whenever the law cannot, they are not meant to actually be the law.
Basically, if this is the way they go it would put Stark in a somewhat villainous role that could lead into him being a villain in the third and/or fourth Avengers movie as well as a fourth Iron Man, if that happens.
Marvel is already planning on rebooting the 2006 Civil War storyline in 2015 to re-introduce and bring in new audience members before Captain America 3. The original comic series included crossover characters such as Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic, Luke Cage, Wolverine, and Cyclops.
This is somewhat intriguing as another rumor going around in the past week or so was that Sony and Marvel were doing some re-negotiating and that it was possible that Spider-Man could possibly make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is also the case of a new X-Men film coming out in 2016 as well as the new Fantastic Four. If there is any possibility of a Marvel film crossover it very well could stem off Captain America 3 and extend into the third or fourth Avengers.
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