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Robert Downey Jr. Says ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Is Chris Evans’ Movie
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Part of the fun of the early stages of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is figuring out where they’re going to go next. But when Kevin Feige revealed the groundwork for Phase 3, all that speculation was taken care of. We can pretty much guess that whatever happens in Avengers: Age of Ultron will have a huge impact on the films in Phase 3.

Captain America: Civil War will be the first chapter of the third phase of the MCU. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film will be based on the Civic War story arc of the same name. It will see Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) on opposite sides of a conflict that could decide the fates of the current heroes and future ones as well.

But as exciting as it is to see that Iron Man will make a return to the MCU in a film outside of the Avengers sequel, the film star is saying that the Civil War will not be about him, and that it is “Steve’s story.” Hit the jump for more.

Here’s what he told Empire about the events that will transpire that will ultimately lead to Civil War:

“The clues are in Ultron about where we might find him 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?'”

Tony and Steve are always going to be on opposite ends of responsibility and morality when it comes to protecting the Earth, and failed peacekeeping projects like Ultron would only fuel the fire.

As to if he see Tony as the bad guy in the film, Downey Jr. said:

“I wouldn’t put it that way. 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 modernised in their own conflict.”

Though Iron Man 4: Civil War would be kind of interesting to see. It’d be kind of like the film was completely from his perspective of the war.

The full interview is a very exciting read, especially when it gets into why Robert Downey Jr. decided to come back for more than two Avengers movies. He also talks about how he excited he was to hear that Chadwick Boseman was cast a Black Panther, and how that announcement goes beyond Marvel being PC. You can read it over at Empire.


  1. News for RDJ. Thank you for your smart aleck remark on my Twitter account that read “How can I live with myself.” after I did not kiss our Iron Man suit. Don’t hold your breath I will seeing “Captain America: Civil War,” since elephants never forget.

    Comment by George Bernard Vieto — March 5, 2015 @ 8:05 pm

  2. This guy is full of crap. No wonder Terrence Howard can’t stand him. I heard that the Civil War story arc was Downey Jr.’s idea. If that is true, why didn’t Marvel simply made it an Avengers or Iron Man film?

    Comment by rosie1843 — April 25, 2015 @ 11:32 pm

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