ByAlisha Grauso, writer at Creators.co
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Alisha Grauso

Seriously, people, if you're STILL stubbornly saying, "We'll never see Civil War on screen," and the following news doesn't make you see the error of your ways, then you'll just be arguing to argue and there's no helping you.

After I've been saying for months now that Marvel is building toward a Civil War storyline, it appears to be coming true: Variety reports that not only is Robert Downey, Jr. on the verge of signing on for [Captain America 3](movie:994409), but his part will signal the start of the break between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers that heralds the Civil War.

At the moment, RDJ is currently negotiating a contract to appear in the third Captain America film, but Marvel intends it to be the start of a new MCU phase that leads into the iconic storyline long wondered about by fans.

The plot of Captain America 3 will be familiar to anyone who knows the story:

The deal is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.

Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in Captain America 3, providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth Avengers.

We saw that Steve Rogers had some serious issues with the U.S. government in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973). We already know that at the end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), he's going to form his own team. We just learned today that Marvel is relaunching its Civil War series next summer. As a sidenote, we know that Marvel and Sony have been in talks as to the future of Spider-Man. And now this.

It's happening, people. It's happening. Let me repeat:

MARVEL CIVIL WAR IS HAPPENING.

Thank you, goodnight! *drops mic*

UPDATE: I'm getting a lot of, "Oh my God, but what about the Infinity Gauntlet storyline?!" comments on this article. People...there is enough room. They're building out the cosmic half of the MCU. It's not either A or B. They can do both.

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