Robert Downey Jr. may be fired/released from his duties as Iron Man for his demands pertaining to a role in Captain America 3. The movie should be primarily about Chris Evans as Cap vs the NSA one would think, but Downey reportedly demanded a bigger role in the film. Bigger role equals bigger payday we get it. What we don’t get is why it is in someone else’s movie.
Evans can already summon up blockbuster appeal with ease just like he did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Granted Downey as Iron Man would be money in terms of his on screen charisma with Evans and if they really do go with the Civil War storyline as reported. In that story arc Tony Stark is for the NSA’s Superhero Registration Act and Cap isn’t. So in terms of a role, the question is how much involvement though and supposedly Downey’s demands on this infuriated Marvel Studios execs according to Variety.
Originally, Marvel wanted to hire Downey for a small role, which would have required just three weeks of work. But Downey wanted Stark to have a more substantial role in the film’s plot, which would give him more screen time and naturally a bigger payday. This angered Marvel Entertainment chief Ike Perlmutter, who ordered the screenwriters to write Iron Man out of the script entirely, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Chris Evans signed a 5 movie deal, but Sebastian Stan who portrayed his former sidekick Bucky Barnes has signed a 9 movie deal. He has appeared in 2 films already, which leads many to believe he will be the new Captain America when Chris is done. Concerning Iron Man though the problem is that America would probably revolt like they did when Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as War Machine. This one would be such a backlash that Downey would have to come back and most assuredly would demand a bigger payday.
If they did replace Downey – who would make a better Iron Man than he could?