[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]ith all of the recent news regarding Robert Downey Jr.’s confirmation and sudden dispelling of a potential Iron Man 4, Marvel devotees can now rest easy knowing that RDJ will reprise his role as billionaire Tony Stark for another non-Avengers film.
Variety is reporting that Marvel and Downey Jr. are very close to finalizing a deal that would have the actor star alongside Chris Evans in Captain America 3 in 2016. He is currently only signed on for Avengers: Age of Ultron, due out next summer, and Avengers 3, which is expected to be released in 2018.
The film’s plot is reportedly drawing from Marvel’s Civil War comic book series, in which Iron Man and Captain America land on opposite sides of the Superhero Registration Act, ultimately leading them to face off against one another. The law requires any superhero to reveal their secret identity to the government, which Stark fully supports, while Cap’s alter ego Steve Rogers disagrees.
Adding Iron Man to the mix could make Cap’s third standalone film an even bigger blockbuster than the previous entries in the series, but could also benefit from adding another oft-ignored Avenger to the film. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are returning for the next film as part of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the brothers recently revealed that Hawkeye was meant to appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The scene was ultimately cut from the script, but Jeremy Renner’s bow and arrow marksman would make a fantastic addition to the upcoming sequel. Why? Because…boomerangs. (If you’re not reading Matt Fraction’s current Hawkeye series, you’ve gotta change that.)
The studio has yet to confirm RDJ’s involvement in the picture, but Marvel announced via Twitter that the Civil War series will be rebooted and released next year.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 13, 2014
When implemented properly, synergy is a wonderful thing. Well done, Marvel.
Captain America 3 will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.