Robert Downey Jr Talks Tony Stark’s Antagonism, Plus Never-Before-Seen Images And Scene Detail

Captain America: Civil War is front and center in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly and in a new feature, Robert Downey Jr is talking about why he agrees with his character on the great superhero debate at the center of the plot and feels Tony was always on the verge of a battle with Cap!

Specifically, the actor discussed playing up Tony’s antagonism.

“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.”

He also admit that Tony certainly has some trouble swallowing the lab-manufactured but still beloved Steve Rogers because his hard work and ingenuity are often taken for grant in Captain America’s wake:

“Alls I’m saying is ultimately he’s never been in a status position over Cap. 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.”

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Entertainment Weekly also meticulously mapped out a scene they witnessed during filming that shows Captain America and Iron Man as they begin turn on each other:

Something bad has gone down. Cap and Falcon were involved. It did not go well. They have handed over their vibranium shield and flying apparatus before being allowed access to this place. The pair look like they’re being sent to the principal’s office.

“You guys want to take a seat?” Widow says. “And try not to break anything while we fix this.”

Stark, who hasn’t yet had his beat-down, is on his cell phone with U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) as Cap and Falcon step into the nerve center of the intelligence office. “No, Romania was not sanctioned by the accords … Col. Rhodes is supervising clean-up … Yes, there will be consequences …” Stark looks irritated, tired. “Obviously, you can quote me on that. I just said it.”

He hangs up, and beholds his Avengers.

“Consequences?” Cap says.

“Secretary Ross wanted you both prosecuted,” Iron Man answers. “I had to give him something.”

“I’m not getting that shield back, am I?” Cap says.

Black Widow walks ahead, joining Stark. “Technically it belongs to the government. Wings, too,” she says.

“That’s cold,” Falcon says.

Stark spins on his heel as the two walk away with T’Challa. He flashes a tight, unpleasant smile. “Warmer than jail!” he says.

It’s important to note that Tony Stark aka Iron Man is NOT the villain in Captain America: Civil War– that’s Baron Zemo– but he’ll still be butting heads with plenty of people!

Additionally, EW is also giving us a better look at Black Widow and the Black Panther costume!



By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.

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