Robert Downey Jr. Will Appear in Captain America 3 to Begin \’Civil War\’

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Civil WarOne of the most popular and best-selling Marvel story lines in the past decade will be coming to the big screen, and chances are it’ll be the overall story for Phase 3.

Tonight Variety reported that Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to appear in Captain America 3 to kick off Marvel’s Civil War storyline on the big screen:

The actor is in final negotiations to play billionaire Tony Stark in the third installment, which is slated to begin production in the Spring for a May 6, 2016, release. Downey is already set to suit up as Iron Man for next year’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Avengers 3.”

The deal is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit 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 supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in “Captain America 3,” providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth “Avengers.”

This is also the first we’ve heard of him possibly appearing in Avengers 4 as well. Could they be saving Thanos for the fourth Avengers, and instead have Avengers 3 focus on Civil War? Or Avengers 3 could resolve the Civil War storyline by combining it with Thanos, forcing the heroes to put aside their differences to save the universe.

But how will Marvel do Civil War without Spider-Man? That’s an interesting question.