Howard Stark, father of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, played a prominent role in Iron Man 2 and not long ago it was revealed by Jon Favreau that a younger incarnation of the character would also play a part in The First Avenger: Captain America, set in World War II.

John Slattery played Howard Stark in the brief scenes of Iron Man 2 and the younger version in Captain America will be played by Dominic Cooper. Cooper, if you can remember, was one of the candidates rumored to play Fandral the Dashing in Thor after being caught with a confidential scipt with Fandral’s name on top. It seems Marvel Studios liked him after all.

The news of Dominic Cooper being cast into Joe Johnston’s Captain America movie comes from the British actor himself while partaking in an interview at Cannes with Film Salon.

This will be yet just another link that ties together the Marvel film universe. What role will Howard Stark play? We know he knew Captain America and Nick Fury and seemingly was helping build a new shield for him as we saw hints of in Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Did he have anything to do with the super-soldier experiments? Did he help Captain America with his equipment?

Don’t be surprised that come time for The Avengers that Tony Stark puts together Captain America’s new shield, finishing what has dad started.

Dominic Cooper joins a cast which already includes Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Toby Jones. We’ll see him fight alongside Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, but will we also see him meeting up with the ageless Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos?

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Iron Man 2 is currently in theaters everywhere; Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America begins shooting in London next month and hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

Sources: MTV, Salon