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Eleanor Tremeer

It's no secret that Tony Stark has a dark side. And after 7 years in the superhero business he's bound to be a bit jaded about the whole thing. Which is why most people are assuming Iron Man will support the Superhero Registration Act in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) next year. But when things take a turn for the worse, could Iron Man go from hero to villain?

Villainous Turn For Tony Stark

After Iron Man 3 revealed Tony's anxieties and insecurities, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) showed us a darker hero. Although his intentions were (mostly) good, Tony Stark managed to create an apocalypse attempting robot who became one of the team's greatest challenges to defeat. And if Captain America 3 is going to follow the comics, Stark's dark side is only going to become more apparent. Robert Downey Jr recently gave some insights into what we can expect from Iron Man in Civil War.

"The clues are in Ultron about where we might find him next, but what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?"

After being the good guy for so long, is Tony Stark finally going to crack? The Civil War comic arc is certain Tony's darkest hour.

Corrupting Spider-Man

Thanks to the deal with Sony, we know that Peter Parker will swing into his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Civil War. But hold the celebrations! This may not be such a joyous affair, if the movie is set to follow the comic. One of the most dubious things Tony Stark does is to persuade Spider-Man to reveal his secret identity to the press, endangering his family and leading to two attempts on Aunt May's life.

Will it happen? Probably. It's a major part of the plot of Civil War, after all. But as the conflict over the Superhero Registration Act has been replaced by a government oversight agency dispute, Peter Parker revealing his identity isn't such a big deal. That's not to say Tony won't drag the young hero into the strife though, and as Aunt May is now slated to appear, will this still lead to an attack?

Causing The Death Of An Avenger

This is one of Tony Stark's most villainous moments. As the conflict between the two sides escalate, Tony makes the dubious decision to clone Thor. Why? To give his side an advantage in strength, I guess. But this clone lacks Thor's moral fortitude, and after hunting down Tony's opponents (yes, he orders non-registered heroes to be HUNTED), clone Thor flips out and kills hero Goliath.

Will it happen? Not exactly - Chris Hemsworth isn't confirmed to appear, and Goliath doesn't exist in the MCU. However, that's not to say that Tony Stark won't accidentally cause an Avengers' death. This is a crucial moment in the comics' storyline, as it causes Spider-Man to switch sides, and turns the tide of the war.

Imprisoning Superheroes

After hunting them down, Iron Man has all unregistered heroes imprisoned in the Negative Zone, a realm usually reserved for the worst villains. Oh, and after clone Thor goes nuts, Tony hires criminals Deathstrike and Lady Bullseye to enforce the incarceration.

Will it happen? In a way, yes. The Negative Zone was recently featured in Fox's The Fantastic Four movie, so Marvel aren't going to use it any time soon. But it's likely that any heroes that do not adhere to government oversight control will be criminalised, and subject to imprisonment.

Forcing Hawkeye to Defame Cap

This is probably Tony's biggest dick move in Civil War - he forces Hawkeye, who was only just revived from a brush with death, to dress up as Captain America and then hunt down the unregistered superheroes. So not only is Tony hunting heroes, he's defaming Cap in the process! Why Tony can't just dress up in the Captain America suit and do it himself is beyond me.

Will it happen? Maybe. With Hawkeye confirmed to be on Cap's side in the movie, it'd take a lot to get him to betray Steve. But as Black Widow is siding with Tony Stark, maybe she'll have a hand in getting Hawkeye to switch sides.

Unexpected twist!

With so many changes to the source material, it's difficult to know how Tony Stark will become the villain of the piece. And it's possible that the Russos don't want the story to be as black and white as that: they seem to favour moral ambiguity and character depth, if [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) is anything to go by. But it's going to be difficult to see Tony as a hero after he goes against the stalwart Cap... So how do you think Iron Man will go bad? Tell us in the comments, or write your own post!


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