In the wake of Marvel releasing an intriguing photo of a Civil War comic reboot for 2015, Variety reports that Captain America 3 will be based off the popular comic book event series. Seeing as how Marvel seems to be pushing its comic series to help sell their movies (or more realistically, vice versa), it comes as no surprise that these news items landed on the very same day. To top the cake, Robert Downey Jr. is said to be in final talks towards signing a deal to feature prominently in the film. If you haven’t been spoiled enough thus far, go right on ahead and keep reading.
For the uninitiated, Civil War was a company-wide Marvel event in 2006 that pit its heroes against each other, as they took opposing sides on the Superhero Registration Act – an act that required all superheroes to publicly unmask their identities. The two major butting heads just so happened to be Tony Stark (pro) and Steve Rogers (anti).
More on the topic, Variety had this to say:
Originally, Marvel wanted to hire Downey for a small role, which would have required just three weeks of work. But Downey wanted Stark to have a more substantial role in the film’s plot, which would give him more screen time and naturally a bigger payday. This angered Marvel Entertainment chief Ike Perlmutter, who ordered the screenwriters to write Iron Man out of the script entirely, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Even though the deal appeared dead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Downey’s reps at CAA continued talks in hopes of working out their issues. Feige was bent on executing his grand vision for extending the life of the Marvel characters over many years.
The executive needed his boss to see the big picture, considering the introduction of the Civil War story is seen as a way to drive the plots of sequels and new franchises for the next seven years, given the dramatic possibilities it offers for future films. The fallout from the government and Stark’s actions would factor into a new “Avengers 4″ film and beyond that will assemble new characters being introduced like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, among others, in their own movies.
RDJ is set to make $40M off the film, not including backend participation, and if the film makes more than The Winter Soldier he’ll get another chest full of gold.
Badass Digest claim that the working titles for Cap 3 are Civil War and Fallen Son – if you know what happens at the close of Civil War, the latter working title might make a little more sense to you.
More than that, Marvel is looking at Cap 3 as Avengers 2.5. It’s going to be another ensemble picture, and it could feature Cap’s new team from the end of Age of Ultron. Last I heard (and they haven’t shot this scene yet, so it could change) that team is Falcon, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, as well as probably The Vision (although I have been told Black Widow will not be much of a presence in Cap 3). And once again the events of a Captain America movie will reshape the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Remember when I told you Cap wouldn’t be in Avengers 3? This is why. At the end of Cap 3 the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be in a tough, dark place, with the heroes scattered and defeated. That will continue through Avengers 3, and it will leave the world open to the threat of Thanos in either Avengers 4 or the big universe-wide team-up movie, whichever comes first.
How closely will Captain America 3 tie in with Avengers 3? I’ve been told that the Russo Brothers are in talks to direct Avengers 3 and possibly 4. Sources tell me that they’re the favorites of Marvel right now and that they are the guys Kevin Feige want to pick up the mantle from Joss Whedon.
So what does this all mean? Well, a big cheesy smile on my face. This is the kind of movie news I’ve been waiting to hear since SDCC. Many will remember that Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were originally set to be released on the same day, May 6, 2016. It’s possible that WB execs heard about the possibility of RDJ joining in on the fun in Cap 3, which in turn necessitated their retreat from that game of chicken. Smart move. Also, well played Marvel. What are your thoughts? Let me hear ’em!