Will the film “Captain America 3″ be more intriguing with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man added to the fray?
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers and their less than optimal relationship is in discussion with comic hero fans this morning as they discuss the nuances of Iron Man and Captain America joining the screen together in the latest iteration of the Marvel Comics universe film library.
Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to join Chris Evans in Captain America 3 in a story that would bring their personality conflict to the big screen.
But it is “far from a done deal,” one EW source says, noting that oney may not allow this to happen, as Downey commands big bucks and the Marvel budget may not accommodate the A lister.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, whose pioneering interlocked franchises reshaped the way Hollywood studios manage their tentpole pictures, has managed to bridge the divide between the two sides, determined to keep Marvel and Downey’s massively profitable partnership intact. Counting just The Avengers and the three Iron Man movies, Downey and the studio have earned nearly $4 billion at the global box office.
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are set to direct the third film set for May 6, 2016 release.
The original storyline, written by Mark Millar (known for creating the graphic novels Wanted and Kick-Ass) placed the heroes in a thinly veiled post-9/11 metaphor as the U.S. government tries to eradicate secret identities and force those with superhuman abilities to register and be monitored. Tony Stark is on board with the plan, while Captain America sees it as encroaching fascism, and a violation of everything they fight for.
A bonafide 1% now, the former drug addicted Downey was listed by Forbes as the highest-paid actor in the world, having earned $75 million from his backend deal for Iron Man 3, the highest-grossing live-action movie of last year at $1.21 billion.