Marvel’s upcoming American superhero film, Captain America: Civil War brings in Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark against Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers.
Speaking with Empire in the latest issue, Downey Jr goes on to explain why he chose to be a part of Captain America 3, “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. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too.
I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.’”
Iron Man is the only Marvel Studios superhero to bank in $1 Billion in a solo film, adding Downey Jr. to Captain America 3 gives it a huge boost. And Tony Stark has definitely evolved from a playboy to a far more responsible version, who believes that all superheros should register with the government for public safety.
Downey Jr. sees this as a natural extension of his character’s evolution, based on what the Avengers go through in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
He says, “It’s natural to change your views. The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron.
But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds.
What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
The comicbook storyline events shows Iron Man transform into a villain, manipulating his fellow Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t believe that would happen. So will Marvel’s most popular superhero turn into a villainous figure?
“I wouldn’t put it that way. The biggest question is, for Chris and for Cap, how do we bring Cap to a place where people go, ‘Man, I never thought I would see such a vast change in Steve.’ After you see Snowpiercer, you’re like, ‘I want to see a little bit of that guy,’” he concluded.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.
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