Avengers"Batman vs. Superman"? Marvel hopes to up the ante with "Captain America vs. Iron Man."

That's the rumored plan for "Captain America 3," according to Variety, which reports that Robert Downey, Jr. is on the verge of signing a deal to join the film. And unlike in his own "Iron Man" movies, he may be kind of the bad guy.

The potential storyline could have potential ramifications for all of the movies in Marvel's Phase 3. The Civil War arc in the comic books pitted superhero against superhero after the passage of the Superhero Registration Act, which mandates anyone with superhuman abilities to register with the government and serve as law enforcement.

Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) is against the program, while Tony Stark supports it. Rogers is forced to go into hiding, turning Stark into his adversary. Other superheroes are caught in the middle of this moral and philosophical tug-of-war.

Downey's inclusion in "Captain America 3" is still not a done deal and it nearly flamed out in the early stages. At first, Downey's role was supposed to be a small one, but the actor lobbied for a bigger one - as well as a bigger, $40 million (plus) paycheck. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter ordered Iron Man written out of the movie, but Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige fought hard to keep him in. Feige hopes to use this Civil War storyline as an engine to drive all of the Phase 3 movies, including "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange."

The Civil War plot could also bring in other Marvel characters for crossovers. There's been a lot of talk lately about trying to include Spider-Man in the Marvel-verse - though Sony is very much against the idea. Still, maybe there's a sliver of hope, as Marvel tweeted out this image to promote the relaunch of the Civil War comic series: A Marvel house divided - we can't wait.

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