While DC and Warner Bros. may have stolen the comic book movie glory this week with the announcement of their film slate, there was still the shocker on Monday that Robert Downey Jr. would feature alongside Chris Evans in Captain America 3. The third installment is reported to be an adaptation of Civil War, a story that saw Tony Stark and Steve Rogers taking opposite stances on the Superhuman Registration Act, a bill that forced anyone with powers or special abilities to disclose their identity to the United States government and register as a "living weapon of mass destruction." Pro-registration and anti-registration sides clashed until during the climactic battle, Cap surrendered himself after seeing the devastation they were causing. However, soon after he was assassinated by an agent of the Red Skull. Although he came back to life years later, Cap’s death had enormous repercussions on the Marvel universe.

While Captain America 3 won’t be able to adapt Civil War completely, Marvel may be moving towards the film version of the Star-Spangled Avenger meeting his demise in a future movie. While this wouldn’t happen for many years, analyzing certain factors indicate that it’s a definite possibility. If Marvel is planning to kill Captain America, these are the main reasons they would pull the trigger...so to speak.

They’re Talking About Fallen Son
They’re Talking About Fallen Son
Days before the Robert Downey Jr. announcement, directors Joe and Anthony Russo teased a potential subtitle for the third Captain America movie: Fallen Son. For those unfamiliar, Fallen Son was the name of a five-issue mininseries that looked at how different Marvel superheroes reacted to Cap’s death following Civil War. Despite the Russos joking that Cap would be killed off on page 20, Fallen Son is certainly a path the Marvel Cinematic Universe could travel down. With Cap unlikely to die in Captain America 3 (more on that later), one way the movie could end is Steve hanging up the shield or going into hiding. In this case, a Fallen Son subtitle would mean being defeated rather than killed...but that would some soon enough. By Avengers 3, Steve would put on the star-spangled costume again to fight whatever threat the Earth is facing, but perishes in battle. Now America’s son will have truly fallen, and we would see the MCU heroes react to the death.

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