Robert Downey Jr. is putting the finishing touches on a deal to bring his Iron Man character to the upcoming superhero movie “Captain America 3,” Variety reports.
The character is “set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comic books to the big screen and trigger the start of a new phase of movies from Marvel Studios,” Variety reports.
The movie, which is yet to be titled, is set to start production this spring, with a May 6, 2016, target release date, the report notes.
“Downey suits up as the superhero in next summer’s ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ as part of a previous deal that also calls for him to reprise the role in ‘The Avengers 3,’” Variety reports.
The article adds: “The new pact is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit [Tony] 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, aka Iron Man, is in support of the measure while Rogers sees it as a threat to civil liberties, the story notes. The conflict effectively makes Downey’s Stark a villain in the movie.
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man