By Courtney Key
Variety broke the news last night that actor Robert Downey Jr. is close to signing a deal to appearing in the third installment of Captain America, and that the storyline involving his character Tony Stark will be an adaptation of Marvel’s Civil War event.
This ties in with Marvel’s tease of a Civil War reboot yesterday. Marvel tweeted an image of artwork showing Iron Man and Captain America (the Steve Rogers version) playing tug-of-war over Spider-Man, who is in his Iron Spider-Man suit, with the tagline “Summer 2015.”
Downey is said to be in final negotiations for Captain America 3, which begins production in the spring and will be released May 6, 2016. Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are currently working on the script with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Variety‘s sources told the publication that Marvel originally wanted Downey to only play a small role in Cap 3, but that the actor insisted Tony Stark be a larger part of the plot. This reportedly led to talks which culminated in the introduction of the Civil War storyline. Neither Marvel nor Downey’s representatives at CAA commented on the story.