Captain America: Civil War is set to shake, shift and change the superhero world as we know it! Based on the groundbreaking 'Civil War' comic storyline, the movie is basically Hero vs. Hero and who's at the center of it all? Iron Man and Captain America, the two friends will turn into enemies when the war breaks out and they find themselves as "generals" of two opposing sides. It's going to be an epic experience that's sure to leave a huge mark on the characters, stories and elements we'll be seeing in future MCU films.
Captain America: Civil War almost didn't happen
But did you know that [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) was almost a canned idea? Meaning that it was almost not going to happen at all. So what changed Marvel's minds? Well it wasn't a "what," but a "who": Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. IS Iron Man! Not just the actor who plays him, but in the same way that Sam Jackson molded the Nick Fury we know today, RDJ molded the Tony Stark we know and love without limit!
He's so very much Iron Man, that we can't see anyone else portraying the character anytime soon! Well, according to some Civil War related news, neither could Marvel.
Marvel sat down with Empire magazine and revealed to them that had they not been able to convince Robert Downey Jr. to add one more film to his near-ending contract (with Avengers 2 and 3 being the last films included), Captain America 3 would not have used the 'Civil War' storyline or subtitle and would've had to have been an entirely different movie!
“They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else. It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.”
I knew that without Iron Man there couldn't be a Civil War, but to see how much they rely on Robert Downey Jr. is just, shocking to say the least! They could have easily gone with another actor, although that would have ticked off a ton of fans! But seeing as how Civil War was just a rumor, passed along in the wind, they could have easily gone with a different storyline altogether and ditched the Civil War plans before anyone found out about them! Civil War would have been another discounted rumor and RDJ could have retired the Stark name. Sounds horrible I know.
The fact that they decided they needed RDJ for this, rather than scrap the ideas or hire a new actor, shows how much Marvel cares for us fans and their actors! And Not only did Robert Downey Jr. reveal how big his role was in Civil War, but the entire MCU as a whole.
“It’s natural to change your views. The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”
As expected, Avengers: Age of Ultron will delve deeper into the reasoning behind Tony's siding with the Superhuman Registration Act (the act that starts the Civil War) but it won't connect all the dots; meaning we'll probably see the turning point for Tony in Captain America: Civil War.
But this is incredibly interesting, as it shows how a film before Civil War even comes out is affected by the Marvel/RDJ relationship. If Downey Jr. had said no to appearing in Cap 3, his role in Avengers 2 and even Avengers 3 would be entirely different! Not only that, but our view of Tony Stark might have been incredibly different too.
We could have had a very different Tony
By agreeing to appear in Civil War and thus making Civil War a possibility, RDJ not only connected the bridges of the MCU, but he also provided Tony with some much needed character development.
The Civil War is the biggest point in Tony Stark's life! Bigger than the battle of New York, bigger than the Mandarin/Extremis, even bigger than Ultron!
His character is going to go through a BIG change, the Tony Stark we see after Civil War will not be the same party-throwing, lady-charming master of donut-ception that we remember.
No, this Tony Stark will be darker, colder and more distant than before. He's facing his two biggest enemies: himself, and his friends (getting pretty deep here aren't I?). So what would he have been like if Robert hadn't agreed to feature in Cap 3? Well, my guess is that he'd remain the same, lovable character he's always been; but that might get a little stale when [Avengers: Infinity War - Part II](movie:2390833) comes along. Either way, I'm glad that Tony is set to become the central point of the MCU, it means that even when RDJ does retire the iron helmet (sadly it is going to happen guys and gals), at least he'll leave a mark on the universe he helped create!
Are you happy with Downey's decision to feature in Captain America: Civil War?
Are you glad RDJ will be in Cap 3?
And one more question. Who do you side with in the Civil War?