In the latest Empire issue Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke about his role in the upcoming Captain America sequel: Captain America: Civil War. We have Robert Downey Jr. to thank for co-starring in the sequel, because if it weren’t for him, then Captain America: Civil War wouldn’t exist, and the possibility of continuing the Avengers steamboat would not continue.
Robert Downey Jr: When it comes to the Civil War arc, you can’t have it without Stark’s support of the Superhuman Registration Act. As Downey tells us, it’s all because of what happens in Avengers: Age of Ultron. “It’s natural to change your views,” said Downey. “they said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else.’ It’s nice to feel needed.
Robert Downey Jr. detailed his negotiations on how Marvel convinced him to add another picture to his contract. The original Avengers contract, only included only those (3) Avenger movies. In fact, the third Captain America film is only using the story and subtitle ‘Civil War’. Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige took the initiative to make something happen. Robert Downey Jr. massive pay salary reportedly didn’t do too well with Disney executives and just as talks seemingly diminished, Kevin Feige took it upon himself to chat with Downey Jr.’s reps and make something happen. That’s why Iron Man had a key, lead role in The Avengers; that’s why writer and director Joss Whedon says Captain America and Iron Man are co-leaders of Earth’s Mightiest heroes in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that’s why Robert Downey Jr. isn’t signing anymore long-term deals with Marvel Studios anytime soon.
The ‘Civil War’ storyline is a 2006–2007 Marvel Comics crossover story built around a self-titled seven-issue series written by Mark Millar. And now, Captain America 3 is set to be essentially another Avengers film, one where heroes battle other heroes. The sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier last spring, won over fans, critics, and Marvel’s executives, and set a box office records. Whether Civil War could be built into Phase 3, bridging The Avengers sequel with everything that comes next was centered on whether or not Marvel could get Robert Downey Jr. for another feature.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.
Source: Empire / Nerd Reactor / Variety