Well, this was curveball from Marvel, if true. The reports from Variety earlier tonight have stated that Robert Downey Jr. is very close to signing on to Captain America 3, or at this point (un)officially titled Captain America: Fallen Son. But what does this mean, exactly? Nothing really, as it is all mostly speculation, but from those close to their sources, and me keeping up on these stories for some months, the pieces come together quite nicely for the next two phases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
***Major Spoilers May Be Ahead, Especially For Avengers: Age of Ultron****
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The plot of The Avengers: Age of Ultron is that Tony Stark attempts to recreate his father’s and Hank Pym’s Ultron Project. In doing this, Ultron comes to life and plans to destroy the human race. That’s pretty much a given, and sets up Ant-Man a bit. But at the end of the film, Tony Stark is going to feel the guilt that has come with Ultron, as he makes a massive global impact, and possibly kills some heroes. Iron Man will retire from the Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron, while Captain America brings together an entire new team, setting up a whole new group of heroes for Phase Three. These characters are: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Falcon, Captain Marvel, War Machine, and Black Widow (mind you, this scene hasn’t been shot yet, and these characters could change).
This leads into Captain America: Fallen Son where Tony Stark feels that the superheroes of the world should give their identities to the government, and abide by law enforcement. Cap, of course, doesn’t agree with this and neither do his comrades. This begins the segregation between Cap and Iron Man, which results in the famous Civil War storyline. I assume, Cap and Stark will fight, and the Russo brothers are attached to direct.
But what this really means, is that everything we thought Marvel was moving toward with with Avengers 3 is pretty much false. Thanos isn’t going to show up for his big battle until the fourth film. The (un)officially titled Avengers: Civil War will be the separation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This is going to be HUGE. Not just for film buffs, but comic fans NEVER thought Civil War was going to make it to the big screen, not to mention so soon. The chances of Joss Whedon returning for Avengers: Civil War is probably at its slimmest, but apparently the Russos are the top choice for Marvel not just for Civil War, but also Avengers 4, which will reunite all of Marvel’s heroes to fight Thanos. This gives all the reason to bring in Daredevil, Luke Cage, and even maybe Blade if Marvel chooses to. One great speculation from fans is that Disney and Marvel are in talks to get the rights from Spider-Man back from Sony (considering they don’t know what the hell to do with the character anyway), and bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This is a bit of heavy news, and mostly speculation, but from reliable bloggers. Mostly, Devin Faraci of Badass Digest. But if this is true, what a time to be a superhero fan! Nothing like this has ever been attempted to be put on film, and it just goes to show how afraid DC is of Marvel after backing down their Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice from Captain America: Fallen Son (some believe DC realized Marvel’s plan and knew no one would pick Bat vs. Supes over Cap vs. Iron Man). And even with the reveal that Wonder Woman is a demigod, and the daughter of Zeus, DC has zero chance of coming close to Marvel’s ambition.
And looks forward to more details in this week’s Modern Marvels!
What do you guys think of the news? Are you excited for Marvel’s next two phases? Does Civil War excite you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!