A "Civil War" comic reboot will precede the "Captain America 3" film https://twitter.com/Marvel/status/521771111415963648 ©Marvel Entertainment

A “Civil War” comic reboot will precede the “Captain America 3” film
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(Relaxnews) – All becomes clear regarding Robert Downey Jr.’s ongoing involvement in Marvel’s crossover film franchises, as his Iron Man character is set to kick off a new story arc in “Captain America 3.”

The addition of RDJ as Tony Stark/Iron Man means that Marvel’s Civil War storyline is set to move from comic book page to cinema screen, with Stark and Chris Evans’ Captain America on opposite sides of a governmental Superhero Registration Act.

It also makes sense of seemingly contradictory talk show remarks made on October 8, when Downey Jr. told Ellen DeGeneres that yes, there would be “a fourth Iron Man movie” (her words), but later the same day told David Letterman that “There’s no plans for an ‘Iron Man 4.'”

Set for release on May 6, 2016, “Captain America 3” is to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who helmed the previous two films featuring the star-spangled Avenger.

But the Russo brothers’ involvement is thought to be increasing, as Badass Digest reports, indicating that “Captain America 3” will be more of an ensemble film in the vein of the “Avengers” movies and start dealing with the impact of events in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” due May 1, 2015.

And that, it’s said, opens the door for the Russos to transition from directing the “Captain America” films to helming the third “Avengers” title — possibly even the fourth, should things play out that way.