Following yesterday’s news that Robert Downey Jr. was close to finalising a deal to appear in the next Captain America film, kicking of a filmic version of Marvel’s celebrated Civil War storyline, Badass Digest has shed some more light on the rumours and given us a glimpse of what Marvel’s future holds. Now none of this has been confirmed as yet, but the following could include some major spoilers for Marvel’s upcoming slate of movies. Read on at your own risk.
The report identifies that Cap’s next movie, titled either Civil War or Fallen Son (both titles from major comic stories; the first about the superhuman civil war lead by Iron Man and Captain America, and the second about Steve Rogers’ subsequent assassination) will co-star RDJ as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in what is being considered “Avengers 2.5”. In the upcoming Age of Ultron we can no doubt expect to see a fair amount of destruction as the Avengers battle it out with James Spader’s titular automaton.
Apparently, this will lead to Iron Man feeling responsible for having unleashed the villainous A.I. upon the world and decide that super powered individuals, like his fellow Avengers, are too dangerous to go unchecked. This will play out in Captain America 3, where Stark’s new mission statement puts him at odds with Cap’s unwavering devotion to the American ideals of freedom. In the comics, the Civil War story saw the Avengers split into two opposing teams that would continue to operate on different sides of the law long after the war itself was over.
This is especially interesting given the rumours Age of Ultron would end with Cap unveiling a new team of Avengers. All of which makes it sounds like even if Cap 3 isn’t Civil War, it’s setting the scene for Avengers 3 to be. Which, in turn, sets the stage for Avengers 4 to be the one where some huge threat (the smart money being on Thanos) comes along to forces our heroes to work together once again. Given Thanos is mostly tied to Guardians of the Galaxy at this point, it might even be Chris Pratt’s Starlord and his fellow teammates coming to Earth and rallying the various heroes to come together and fight him off.
The Fallen Son title is also very telling, hinting that Marvel are likely to incorporate the Death of Captain America story, which followed Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, taking on Steve Rogers’ mantle after he was killed shortly following the conclusion of Civil War. With Badass Digest’s previous reports suggesting that Cap may not show up in Avengers 3, it could very well be Rogers’ death in the movie that kicks off the war to be played out in Avengers 3. Though it’s important to note that Evans is still contracted for one film beyond Cap 3, so if he is killed off for Avengers 3, Marvel will still likely want to bring him back in some form or another down the track.
The last bit of news is that Marvel are looking toward the Russo Brothers (directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as the favourites to take on Joss Whedon’s mantle as director for Avengers 3 and 4. Given the commercial and critical success of Winter Soldier, it’s a logical choice for the future of the franchise. The directors are clearly invested in Marvel Studios vision, and given they are already set to direct Captain America 3 as well as episodes from Marvel’s upcoming TV show Agent Carter, they are already playing a heavy part in shaping MCU’s future, as well as its history. Whedon is a big part of what made Avengers so special and losing him puts a big question mark over the quality of the series, so handing over the keys to proven talent like the Russos should put minds at ease.
There’s a lot to take in, but let’s keep that speculation train chugging along by letting us know where you think this is all going in the comments.