Dominic Cooper is Iron Man’s Dad in Captain America

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 12:57 am,

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?

What are your thoughts?

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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

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  1. Nice.

  2. i might be first to comment on this but why are characters being tied together in the most random ways? why would howard stark be involved in captain america? i mean he might be a war industrialist, but what would he be doing in europe while world war II is happening? i honestly could care less about if hes in the movie. i just dont want this movie bogged down with characters. why arent the characters like the invaders and baron zemo being announced? armin zola is a scary character but want marvel to push zemo, hes still running around the modern marvel comics universe, zola inhabits the edges and is hardly. howard stark doesnt seem like a interesting character at all.

    • It was a line in the first Iron Man movie Tony gave during his “interview” — “My dad helped defeat the Nazis”. Foreshadowing, indeed.

  3. where was the hint of the new shield in Iron Man 1?

  4. Plus,if you watch iron man 2,there’s a scene where tony stark is rebuilding & agent coulson walks in,& while they are talking,agent coulson asks tony ‘what are you doing with this? (holding the unfinished shield)& then asks ‘Do you know what this is?’ & tony says ‘yeah,that’s exactly what I need to make this work (Referring to the atom smasher that tony is constructing)’. My question is,who is playing the younger version of nick fury? As well as whether or not Isaah Bradley will make some sort of appearance (in the comics,he was the black captain america whose gandson later became ‘the patriot’)

    • Samuel L. Jackson will continue to play Nick Fury. He’s ageless. My question is will he have one eye or two? :)

      • Add some con-sealer makeup to de-age him some and give him two eyes, also lower his rank to Sargent.

  5. oh might I add that in the novelization of IM2 the new element Tony makes from the help of his father is apparently Vibranium, so that could be why Stark has a copy of the Shield but that was in the novelization and wasnt actually stated in the film….

  6. I think Dominic Cooper is a great casting decision. I never thought he looked much like Robert Downey, Jr. but I could see him with the right haircut, healthy tan, and five o’clock shadow being pretty spot-on.

    • Uhhh . Cooper is not playing TONY Stark, he is playing HOWARD STark. Just an FYI.

      • Yes…. I know. I didn’t say he was playing Tony Stark.

        • Sorry, I must have misinterpreted this statement:
          “I never thought he looked much like Robert Downey, Jr. but I could see him with the right haircut, healthy tan, and five o’clock shadow being pretty spot-on.”

          • I’m just saying that fathers and sons tend to look alike when they are younger. My brother at 21 is the spitting image of our father at the same age. I can see Dominic Cooper looking like a young Robert Downey, Jr. although not so much like a young John Slattery.

            • I completely understood what you were saying, they are father and son so one would expect that there would be some sort of resemblance in appearance or mannerisms. But like you said, they “tend” to so it is definitely not ALWAYS the case.

  7. What I don’t get is why Iron Man 2 didn’t end up with Iron Man/Tony Stark in The Avengers. Fury just said he was going to be a consultant. But The Avengers comes before Iron Man 3 so shouldn’t they have included Stark at the end of Iron Man 2? Otherwise they are just going to be doing last minute exposition at the beginning of The Avengers movie.

    • Dude, just wait for all the movies to come out. all will be revealed in time.