Not long after news that Robert Downey Jr. acknowledged negotiations for another Iron Man film, news broke that the negotiations between Downey and Marvel wasn’t for Iron Man 4 — it was for Captain America 3.
The news confirms that Marvel Studios will move forward and adapt the popular “Civil War” storyline to the Big Screen. According to Variety, the actor is in final negotiations to sign on for the tentatively titled Captain America 3, which will be released on May 6, 2016.
Civil War was a monumental event that took place in the comics. The story put Tony Stark up against Steve Rogers as the two heroes feud over over a Superhero Registration Act. The act would require anybody with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the United States Government. By agreeing to these terms, a superhuman would agree to serve as a police force for the authorities. Stark supports the program while Steve Rogers opposes it. It divides the Superheroes of the Marvel Universe to take sides. We already know that Steve will stand up and fight against what he thinks isn’t freedom, as we saw his stance against oppression in Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past spring.
With the news of Downey joining Captain America 3, Marvel announced plans to reboot the Civil War mini-series in 2015 in order to draw in readers leading up to the cinematic version. The original story was published in 2006 and resulted in the death of Steve Rogers.
This news comes after a report that Sony was considering allowing Marvel Studios to use Spider-Man in upcoming Avengers movies. Another rumor surfaced that Sony was considering another reboot of the character. There’s questions as to how it could work, with theories of Andrew Garfield’s Spidey being sent in from a parallel universe to completely rebooting the character for the MCU. Either way, the presence of Spider-Man would be huge as he was an essential part to the Civil War storyline.
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