We've all seen hints of it in the first Avengers film: the not so subtle bickering between Iron Man and Captain America. And despite the two heroes putting aside their differences and fostering a friendship, it is evident by the second film that the two would always differ in approach and opinion.
Speaking to EW, Robert Downey Jr. reveal his thoughts on his character's upcoming clash with the straight laced Captain America in Captain America: Civil War. Where the two superheroes' bubbling competitiveness comes to a head over differences in political opinion on whether people like them with special abilities or technological enhancements would submit to government registration.
Iron Man is pro-government , while Captain America who witnessed the Second War and the Nazi regime is in opposition.“It didn’t bother me at all,” says Downey on his alter ego's stand. “I’ve always thought of it in some ways that Tony is the antagonist to himself in his own story, so this isn’t a problem. This guy understands problems ‘cause he is a problem. And he tends to create problems.” And on a personal viewpoint, he actually agrees with Iron Man.
Then there is the friendship thing. As much as the two would often disagree, it seemed that Tony had grown fond of Rogers, and there is a certain jealousy there since Cap has been hanging out a lot with newbie Falcon. “I look at him like, ‘Oh, you and Falcon got a good thing going on, huh?’ He doesn’t really seem to give me the time of day.” Downey says.
Things get even more complicated when Captain America tracks down his best friend Bucky, who by now is a wanted assassin for his acts as the Winter Soldier. But the catch is, going by the trailer, his memory has been restored, and he is back to his old self. Which means his loyal buddy from childhood would defend him against those who would apprehend him. That doesn't help at all with Stark's seeming insecurity.
“Alls I’m saying is ultimately he’s never been in a status position over Cap,” Downey pointed out “It’s a crappy deal for Tony. It has been from the time he came out. I think he’s actually been pretty civil, all things considered. When he tries to bring lightness into the fact that he actually, at certain points, has the real upper hand; he just can’t help himself. Because it’s just been simmering for years and it’s very unrequited.”
But Chris Evans insist that the two are close “I think they’re very different men but this is the beautiful thing about family,” Evans says “In a family you know you could hate your mother, you could hate your sister but you’re my family and we have to make this work."
In the end it seemed to boil down to Iron Man just wanting Cap to be by his side on this. “He’s really trying everything from great earnestness to outright manipulation, emotional manipulation to try to get Cap to just make this, to swing the vote,” Downey explains.
Well let's hope that this two patch up this brotherly spat by the end of Captain America:Civil War.