Iron Man and Captain America may be fighting for the same cause in the imminent Avengers: Age of Ultron, but astute fans know that it won’t be long before the two are at loggerheads with one another. Divided by the superhuman registration act – a controversial law which asks that those with abilities put themselves forward to the government – it’s this conflict of ideologies that will ultimately underpin Captain America: Civil War.
However, upon doing the press rounds for Joss Whedon’s forthcoming sequel, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans revealed that the monumental spat will stretch beyond government policies, and how their two on-screen personas are binary opposites.
First up, in the red corner, Downey Jr. has his say on the clash:
“[Tony] Stark grew up under the shadow of this very close father son/relationship that Howard [Stark] had with Steve [Rogers, Captain America] so I’m sure that it’s driven by some unconscious motives,” Downey Jr. said. “At the same time, they’re two vastly different generations of moral psychology. And arguably, Cap’s is more righteous. But I think Tony is a realist. So that’s always a fun dynamic to play.”
We’ve seen early signs of the pair’s dysfunctional relationship throughout the course of the first Avengers, with Cap calling Stark’s attitude into question multiple times. The two put aside their differences to take on the onslaught from the Chitauri, but that facade won’t last forever.
Now, in the blue corner, Evans spoke his piece about the build-up to Civil War.
“This is why I think the next movie is going to be so effective – Civil War – because there’s a flip-flop in the way we approach things,” the actor said of Cap and Iron Man. “Tony’s always been a trailblazer,” Chris Evans told IGN. “He’s always been his own man and he bucks authority. He dances to the beat of his own drum. Cap comes from a world or order, and organization, and hierarchy, and structure. And I think after Cap 2 when SHIELD kind of fell that Cap kind of realized that you can’t necessarily trust the people around you – or you can’t trust the system. I think he now is kind of starting to follow his own heart, and do his own thing, and as a result there becomes this kind of flip-flop in perspective.”
All will be decided when Captain America: Civil War graces the silver screen on May 6, 2016. For now, tell us, are you excited to see Iron Man and Cap lock horns in a year’s time? Give us your thoughts below.