(Very minor Civil War spoilers. I’ll be cryptic, don’t worry)
So Captain America: Civil War came out last week (on the 6th for little old Canadian me) and it was spectacular, so if your eyes have not yet been graced by this film, then do yourself a favour and get your butt to the nearest movie theater.
Civil War was highly anticipated for several reasons. One, it was a big comic story (or so I’ve heard). Two, it was a chance to prove that Marvel’s battle movies are waaaaaaay better than DC’s battle movies (sorry not sorry, Batman V Superman was super lame). And three, it allowed fans to pick sides on a very interesting and fairly even argument while still enjoying the third Captain America movie.
For those who don’t know (hi, mom!) Civil War is about a superhero registration act called the Sokovia Accords in which all people with powers or super abilities are to be registered and monitored to some degree by the government and used as an asset when deemed necessary. This arises after the deaths of many innocent civilians who just happen to be in the way of these superhumans. Damage has been done and now some people want the heroes (the Avengers specifically) in check. But not everyone agrees with the Accords, leading to a civil war. While the comics included many, many, many characters in the story to pick sides, in the movie it’s mostly just the Avengers, with the two biggest Marvel superhero names (Captain America and Iron Man) at the forefront of the disagreement. Cap believes that people should not be monitored and by signing themselves over, they lose their freedom (typical American!) and the ability to help, whereas Iron Man understands that their actions have caused irreparable damage and is willing to place control in the government.
Since this movie was a Captain America movie, it is understandable how a lot of people where proud #TeamCap supporters.
But not me.
Because I knew very little about the comic plot, I was able to go into the movie based on just what I knew from the trailer and discussion. And while I will happily admit to liking the character Iron Man more than Captain America, I’m telling you right now that that had no influence on my choice. I went into the movie loosely on #TeamIronMan and I was fully accepting of the possibility that I could leave on #TeamCap. That wasn’t the case, but I just want to make it clear that I am not biased or stubborn. I’m here to make my case, because as many internet users can tell you, Iron Man was put in a somewhat villainous light even before the movie came out.
But he’s not a villain. Stark knows what he’s doing. He knows that lives have been taken and he doesn’t want more of that responsibility. He didn’t actually kill anyone but he knows that because of The Avengers and his actions, innocent lives were taken. Even worse, he feels responsible for Ultron, and it was the events in Sokovia that was a tipping point for the government. So of course he wants to lessen his guilt and that of his friends.
See, the Accords don’t want superhumans and heroes to be killed or trained as a soldier/weapon. They don’t want to publicly exploit them or make them less of a hero. They just wanted to monitor and keep track of them and use them only when needed and only when there wasn’t as much as a risk to the public, as they can be very dangerous. Think of Kilgrave from Jessica Jones. He had a very extraordinary power and perhaps if the government knew of him and noticed what was happening in Hell’s Kitchen, they would have been able to prevent a lot of horrible things.
Stark has trust in the higher-ups, be it the literal US Government or SHIELD or the United Nations, and he knows that they have the best intentions. Cap should better understand that too, considering it was Peggy Carter and Howard Stark and the SSR that laid the foundations of SHIELD. And Captain America’s whole existence was based around the point of being the USA’s pawn in WWII, so it was silly for him to be so against this.
Of course the main reason why Cap was against the Accords was because of Bucky (aka The Winter Soldier). His best friend from like 90 years ago was brainwashed by Hydra and did some bad things, and now he’s apparently a bomber on the run. Cap knows that should he be found, he’ll be killed, and he will not stand for it, considering he was brainwashed and therefore technically innocent. I think that had Bucky been granted immunity or wasn’t in pressing danger, Cap would be more willing to sign the Accords, even if he didn’t 100% believe in it. I think he was almost going to sign despite Bucky, but then Sharon gave that speech and he stuck to his guns.
Honestly, it’s kind of ignorant of Cap to reject this so strongly. No one else on his team was as against it. For the most part, they sided with him because of loyalty. But for Cap to put so much on the line just for Bucky (who, by the way, is trained and can kind of handle himself) is a little weird and unlike him. Even Iron Man, who is more than used to being the head honcho call maker, is willing to step aside and be the one taking orders in the name of public safety. If Tony Stark can do it, I think Cap can and should too. Cap could have even tried to negotiate on behalf of Bucky, but instead he decided to go rogue. This isn’t his fight.
I do understand Cap’s side. I do. It’s endearing that he’s so dedicated to his friend after so long, but resisting and putting so many people in danger was a mistake. There were many consequences. I did not enjoy seeing all these characters who I adore so much fighting so fiercely against each other (even if it was very, very cool!). I think the unity of the Avengers is damaged and could be a factor in the next movie.
So now, dear readers, take to the comments to argue or back me up. Let’s discuss because I do find it very interesting to hear people’s sides. I seriously hope everyone has taken a side based on what they believe and what is logical rather than just the character.
And like I said, if you haven’t seen Civil War then go do so right away because I loved it. I found the first third of the movie to be a little slow, but it picked up so hard and the addition of Spider-Man, Black Panther and Ant-Man to the team was really cool. I felt every emotion on the spectrum in that 2.5 hours, which is proof that this movie deserves all the praise it’s getting. Do you think it’s Marvel’s best yet?
That’s all for now!