Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly joining the cast of Captain America 3. The star is in serious negotiations to reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man for the Marvel production. The news comes as a real surprise considering that, by all accounts, Downey had retired the character after the recently completed third installment of The Avengers. Never say never in Hollywood, especially when enormous amounts of money on the table.
What effect would Downey’s involvement have on the Captain America 3 plot? Marvel wants to adapt the 2006-2007 “Civil War” event series, in which one-half of the Marvel Universe is pitted against the other. This story puts Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides after they have a bitter falling out over the government mandated Superhero Registration Act, which compels Tony Stark to form an underground superhero opposition.
The Iron Man character has been a huge moneymaker over the years. And Downey may be anxious for another commercial hit following disappointing ticket sales of his newly released suspense drama The Judge.
Downey is also rumored to be revisiting another of his popular characters, Sherlock Holmes, in what would be the third installment of the lucrative Warner Bros. series.
Whatever happens with these developing projects, we can a look forward to seeing Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron, premiering May 1, 2015.