Next year’s Captain America: Civil War will not only have Spider-Man making an appearance, but the storyline draws a line between heroes with the advent of the Superhuman Registration Act. Captain America will be on one side, while fellow Avenger Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark will be on the other. Now actor Robert Downey Jr. has discussed the future of his Stark and Iron Man characters with the inevitable confrontation with Chris Evans‘ Captain America. This is what Downey had to say.
“Age of Ultron feels like a beginning and an ending.” the actor told Empire magazine. In the movie version, he is the creator of Ultron, the villainous robot who is out to conquer the universe, which may be the reason Stark will champion the Superhuman Registration Act in Captain America: Civil War. Downey would not come right out to say he would be the bad guy in the third Captain America installment.
“The idea of Tony being able to march into Washington and say, ‘I’ll sign up’, wouldn’t have made sense if the political climate in the real world hadn’t shifted the way it has,” Downey explained. “There’s always the bigger overarching question, that Joss brings up all the time — it’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and it looked like a little collateral damage happened over there, and yet when the movie’s over, it’s like nobody minds. You have to figure, ‘Were you to ask the question, what would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?'”
Downey didn’t stop at discussing his role in the next Captain America film. He went on to discuss his involvement in future Marvel movies. He believes the studio is “making all the right moves,” and he wants to be part of that.
“I also recognize that I’ll be turning 50 by the time I promote this movie,” he added, joking that “the clock is ticking down on the amount of memories and participation that I would allow myself and not embarrass the medium with.”
Downey did refer to contributing some ideas that producers picked up on for future Iron Man features. From a source close to Nuke the Fridge, Downey is hoping to play Stark from the nine issue comic book story arc “Demon in a Bottle.” He says he hopes to “take even a lesser position in support” of other Marvel franchises to “keep things bumping along… a little longer than they might have.”
Here is the storyline for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man (Downey,) Captain America (Chris Evans,) Thor (Chris Hemsworth,) The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo,) Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner,) are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will open in theaters on May 1st. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Andy Serkis, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Anthony Mackie, Lou Ferrigno, Don Cheadle, Claudia Kim, Thomas Kretschmann, Isaac Andrews, Leila Wong, Mariola Jaworska, Bari Suzuki and Daniel Westwood. Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay based on the comic book created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Joss Whedon directs.