Downey Jr. Joins “Captain America 3”

Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly in final negotiations to join a third “Captain America” film which will serve as the start of a new phase of movies from Marvel Studios says Variety.

The project will be an adaptation the Civil War storyline from the Marvel comics which sees Tony Stark pitted against Captain America (Chris Evans) as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act – a law that 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, Rogers does not because it threatens civil liberties. As a result Rogers and various others go on the run to avoid arrest. The story essentially turns Stark into something of a villain, but the fallout will also factor into the dramatic possibilities for future films including a fourth “Avengers” and solo films for new characters.

Downey is expected to score $40 million plus backend participation for “Captain America 3,” a figure that will go higher if the film outperforms the $714 million haul of ‘Winter Soldier’. The report explains why Downey would not confirm an “Iron Man 4” but did hint at something bigger during press rounds for “The Judge” last week.

Production on the next film is slated to begin in the spring for a May 6th 2016 release.