/ Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life


Half the fun of passing the days between Disney trips is reacting to the news announced from different arms of The Walt Disney Company. It’s fun to see what’s going on in the vast Disney (lowercase “w”) world. Because of this news-prompts-reaction cycle, every so often this column will spotlight a particularly intriguing news item that helps us find Disney in the excitement surrounding its surge.

Iron ManThe big hype on the streets this week is that Robert Downey, Jr. will reprise his role as Iron Man in MARVEL‘s upcoming film Captain America 3. “Huh? Oh, that must be a typo. You really mean Iron Man 4.” Nope. No Iron Man 4 for now. Captain America 3. Variety informs us that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers will be at wit’s end with each other regarding a Superhero Registration Act, which would require heroes to reveal their identities in the name of assisting the police force. The film will have its footing in MARVEL‘s Civil War comic series. It’s set for a May 6, 2016, debut.

This will bring Downey’s cumulative MARVEL total to a whopping seven films to date: all three Iron Man installments, the first two Avengers adventures (the second of which hits theaters May 2015), a cameo in The Incredible Hulk, and now a major role in the third Captain America. A third and even possibly fourth Avengers is likely.

With Captain America and Iron Man being arguably the two most prominent characters in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe at the moment (perhaps aside from those galaxian new kids), this idea brings one powerhouse of a movie to audiences. It’s the essence of what makes The Avengers brilliant without the effort to stretch its time among a large cast, instead focusing intently on two main figures. With MARVEL‘s vast library of films all working cohesively to tell one grand narrative, what this combo means to the broader MARVEL story will be quite fascinating. As my two favorite MARVEL superheroes, I for one am thrilled to see Captain America and Iron Man in action (and perhaps against each other) for this film.

What’s your reaction? How do you feel about Cap and Mr. Stark duking it out?


 (Image © Disney.)


Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.



2 thoughts on “Finding Disney Reactions: Iron Man to be in ‘Captain America 3’”

  1. Kendall Foreman says:

    Blake, I had not heard this news yet! I’m very interested to see how this story plays out. While I enjoy the films, I have not read any of the MARVEL comics, so all of the storylines are new to me when I go to the theater. By far, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are my two favorite characters. It was interesting to see their personalities clash in The Avengers and the way they eventually came together, but I’m am unsure of how I will feel about this rift pulling apart the Avengers or broader MARVEL universe. I don’t want to feel like I need to choose a side; I love both Steve and Tony!

  2. Joshua Shusterman says:

    As a fan of the MARVEL comics, I am thrilled about this news. The MARVEL’s Civil War was one of my favorite storylines and I have been hoping for it to be brought to the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. The only issue that I can see with it would be the lack of the X-Men. The fear of the Mutants was a big part of the fear mongering in order to push the Superhero Registration Act, along with holding the heroes accountable for the destruction they cause. It will be interesting to see how MARVEL works around that, but it will be a hundred times better if they can figure out a way to share the rights to grow the MCU!