Downey On Iron Man’s “Civil War” Role

Robert Downey Jr. wants to make it clear that while he plays a substantial role in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” the new film will very much be a third “Captain America” film rather than a fourth “Iron Man”.

Talking with Empire, Downey Jr. spoke a bit about the film and goes to great pains to point out the new film is still very much about Steve Rogers (Chris Evans):

“Ultimately it’s Steve’s story; it doesn’t say ‘Iron Man 4: Civil War’. I think that’s great too. I think Chris [Evans] has been hungry to bring even more of an underside and some shadow to that. I remember the comics – on the surface you got the sense that Cap was baseball and apple pie, but underneath there was all this churning stuff of being a man out of time. Now we know he’s made his peace with that. What’s the bigger issue? It can have a little something to do with the past, but it can be about someone becoming more modernized in their own conflict.”

The storyline sees the pair standing on opposing sides of the Government’s newly instated Hero Registration Act. Stark is for it, Rogers is against it, but Downey says that doesn’t necessarily make Stark a villain:

“The main thing to me is, and this is where I think the Russos are quite brilliant and where Kevin backed the play, is what sort of incident could occur and what sort of framework could we find Tony in?

The clues are in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ about where we might find (Tony) next. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for, quote-unquote, because he was the right-wing guy who could still do his own thing.

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?’

The new film is expected to be even bigger than ‘Ultron’ in one way with the inclusion of major Marvel characters such as Black Panther, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon, and potential cameos from Spider-Man and at least one character from the “Doctor Strange” film. Filming is set to start this spring with the Russo Brothers (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) helming.