“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” changed the landscape of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative and set the stage properly for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” due in theaters next year. The First Avenger has already been promised a final solo installment and the Russo Brothers will be back to direct the next chapter in the super-soldier’s journey in modern day America. Though “Captain America 3” hasn’t begun production yet and will arrive in theaters by 2016, Marvel is in the process of making “Captain America 3” as big of a game-changer for Phase 3 as “Captain America: the Winter Soldier” was a game-changer for Phase 2.
How can Captain America 3 top its predecessor? Apparently, adding Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is a good start. The Oscar nominated actor is in final negotiations to land a role opposite Chris Evans in the third “Captain America” solo outing and the addition of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man will play an integral part in the plot of the film that could once again change the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.”
The idea of heroes taking sides and going on the run from the government is juicy and if this deal goes through, this would be a huge boost to the Avengers Initiative. Cap and Iron Man have come close to blows before in “The Avengers,” maybe this idea would pick up where the Soldier and the Machine left off. Fingers crossed!