We're now ten films into the MCU. Whilst they've been good, it's safe to say that they're going to need to pull out all the stops for the future of their films - especially against the forthcoming DC Cinematic Universe. Well, according to a new report, they're doing just that in the most exciting Marvel news EVER!

Recently, Robert Downey Jr. has been messing with us about the idea of an Iron Man 4. Sometimes he's saying we'll be getting it and at others, he's denying the concept conpletely. He's gaining a boy who cried wolf reputation but whether we're getting a fourth Iron Man film or not remains to be seen. Frankly, I don't care anymore. However, a new report - that I'm all ears for - suggests that the actor could have a hand in something bigger and better than Iron Man 4 - Marvel's greatest move to date.

Two words: Civil War.

Unsure about what I'm on at? Well, according to Variety, the actor has signed up to reprise his role as our loved billionaire, playboy, philanthropist in 2016's Captain America 3. What's the big deal about that, though? Basically, the thing about this film is that it'll actually pit the two heroes - Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and Chris Evans' Steve Rogers - against each other, over the Superhuman Registration Act, and, in effect, kick off the Civil War storyline, setting up the few years of Marvel movies.

The Civil War storyline was a seven-part series of comics, penned by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, that originally hit shelves back in 2006. It saw Captain America battle it out with Iron Man - as the Marvel Universe had basically split into two groups and crumbled - over the Superhuman Registration Act - a policy that meant that all superhero-type folk had to reveal their identities to the U.S government. It was something that Stark was for but Rogers was against - not willing to support it and, also, refusing to force others to register.

At first, Downey Jr. was only to have a minor role in the Cap threequel but Marvel wanted him to play a more meaty part in the film so, after negotiations, it was decided that he'd be a front runner in the project, effectively as film's villain- like in the comics - as he hunts Cap and his crew down. He signed a $40 million deal to suit up as Iron Man, once again. Not too bad. The new plans, for Captain America 3, are currently coming together.

Here's a brief plot synopsis, from 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 forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities. Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in “Captain America 3,” providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth “Avengers.”

Personally, I LOVE the sound of this idea. We've already seen a bit of a heated relationship between the two at the start of 2012's The Avengers, and, based on what we know about the Avengers: Age of Ultron plot, it does seem like a viable concept. Cap and Iron Man are also two of Marvel's biggest heroes and the Civil War storyline is one of their best so I can definitely see it happening. It certainly would be an epic addition to the MCU and an awesome film to watch.

However, if it were to happen in Captain America 3, what would it mean for the Bucky Barnes storyline that directors Anyhony and Joe Russo wanted to work on? Would that get scrapped? It would also mean the second film, in a row, where Rogers is on the run.

Whilst I think it is a brilliant idea, Marvel Studios. still have a lot to tidy up and to start preparing, in order to bring a Civil War storyline to the big screen. Perhaps, Captain America 3 could just begin to setup it, for future years? I do think that we'll eventually see a Civil War storyline, I'm just doubting it that Cap 3 will be the actual film that gets Stark and Rogers battling it out. Besides, I think that we'll be focusing more of Barnes and his relationship with Rogers in the next Captain America film. However, I could be wrong - I have no idea about Marvel's plans - but that's just my thoughts, based on my current knowledge of the MCU.

Whatever the case may be, I think the Civil War storyline is a great idea and would love to see it happen sometime in the near future - which I'm sure it will. Maybe it could potentially be left for a future Avengers film? We'll just have to wait for an official word, on the topic, from Marvel. Until then, I recommend taking the rumour with a pinch of salt but feel free to sound off your thoughts on the idea below.

Captain America 3 is set to arrive, in the UK, on May 16th, 2016.

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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