Could this have been the “other fun stuff” Robert Downey Jr. said he had in the works at Marvel?
Though it’s unclear whether he’ll suit up as Tony Stark in a fourth installment of Iron Man, Downey Jr. will take on the persona for another Marvel project: Captain America 3. Hollywood’s highest-paid actor is in final talks to join the saga as it develops a Civil War storyline from its 2006–07 comic book miniseries. According to Variety, “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 Stark supports and Rogers does not. The act would call for “anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.”
The feud between the former cohorts would ultimately call for Downey Jr. to channel Iron Man in a fourth Avengers film—and other Marvel projects—for at least another seven years. To think: It almost didn’t happen.
Variety adds that Downey Jr. was initially given a small role in Captain America 3,but, after he pushed for more screen time (and more cash), furious Marvel Entertainment exec Ike Perlmutter had him written out of the script entirely. Now that the payday plights have been settled, RDJ is expected to earn $40 million for his role in this project alone; that’s more than half of his earnings in both 2013 and 2014 combined. In other words, he’s not giving up the top spot on Forbes's highest-paid-actors list anytime soon.
Marvel Entertainment tweeted that fans can expect more from the Civil War narrative by summer 2015; Captain America 3 will follow on the silver screen in May 2016.