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Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man set for prominent role in Captain America 3

Iron Man 3

Story by Jack Foley

JUST days after casting doubt over the future viability of comic book movies, Robert Downey Jr looks set to don the Iron Man suit again for the latest chapter in the Captain America franchise.

According to US trade publication Variety, the actor is being lined up to play Tony Stark in Captain America 3, potentially as a main adversary.

The report follows a Tweet by Marvel on Monday, which hinted that the storyline of Captain America 3 will take its cue from the Marvel Civil War, a storyline that sees individual superheroes pitted against each other in the wake of the US government passing a Superhero Registration Act.

According to Variety, Stark and Steve Rogers (aka Captain America, once again to be played by Chris Evans) will find themselves in opposition over the new law.

Rogers views the law as an attack on civil liberties, while Stark is in favour of it.

Marvel plan to reboot the comic book series to pave the way for Captain America 3, which is already scheduled for a release in May 2016.

News of Downey’s Jr’s potential involvement comes despite claims by the actor as recently as September that he would not be returning to the character, which has helped turn him into one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors for two years in a row.

He also recently told The Telegraph that he thought the superhero thing was “beginning signs of fraying around the edges”.

That being said, Downey Jr is already returning to the role of Tony Stark for The Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron. He has, however, continued to dismiss any notion of a fourth Iron Man movie.

Captain America 3 is due to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who helmed the second Captain America film, The Winter Soldier.

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