Well, that escalated quickly.
It seemed like just a movie ago we were cheering as Captain America and Iron Man were working together to save the citizens of Sokovia. Now we are about to wander into our local cinema and watch as the two heroes draw lines in the sand and gather together teams to battle each other. Even if you have watched every single movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) you can be forgiven for being a little confused about the various machinations that brought us to this moment in time. So, first question…
How Did We Get To Captain America: Civil War?
Thanks to the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, our heroes are seen as more of danger than a force for good. If you don’t remember what happened, the Avengers finally found the scepter Loki used to try and conquer the Earth in The Avengers, but ended up using it to create Ultron, a supposedly peace-keeping artificial intelligence program. Well, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner created Ultron, but who is really keeping track? Instead of keeping peace, Ultron decides that, like any good sentient program, the wars that humanity causes are the problem, so Ultron decides that humanity must be wiped out in order to achieve true peace. This includes the Avengers.
In the course of fighting against Ultron and his gang of robot look-alikes, a whole country, Sokovia, is placed in danger. Ultron creates a device that will lift Sokovia high into the stratosphere and drop it back down, thus causing an extinction level event like the one that offed the dinosaurs.
Not a real fun way to die.
The Avengers, with the help of Nick Fury and what’s left of S.H.I.E.L.D, save the Sokovians but the country has to be destroyed in order to prevent the rest of the world from perishing. Adding the destruction of a whole country to the collateral damage caused in New York during the repelling of the invading Chitauri force (as seen in the first Avengers movie) and you can understand how people might be wary of calling the Avengers in to help with more than getting a cat out of a tree.
All this brings us to Captain America: Civil War.
What is the Civil War?
Comic book fans know the Civil War to have been caused by another set of events, but the movie version will be a bit different. Thanks to the dropping of a country out of the sky and the displacement of millions of people, the Avengers have come under the scrutiny of the American government. General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross comes to the group with the Sokovia Accords, a set of laws that will bring the Avengers under the jurisdiction of the US government. Tony Stark is brought in to help ease the tension and assist with the transition from the Avengers being an autonomous group to working under the auspices of governmental forces. Turns out Captain America, he of the Stars and Stripes, ain’t havin’ none of that! He doesn’t believe that the Avengers need the oversight, while Stark wants someone to watch over him so he isn’t tempted to create another murderbot (just speculation on my part. But wouldn’t you want someone to make sure you didn’t take a second attempt at making a dangerous AI program?!?)
While the Sokovia Accords are the start of the argument, they are not the catalytic event that causes Avengers, past and present, to choose sides. We don’t know what it is, but needless to say something happens to force Captain America and Iron Man to divvy up Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Vision, Scarlet Witch, the Falcon, and War Machine and settle their dispute in a game of blow each other up.
Also pulled into this Civil War will be the Ant-Man, Black Panther, the Winter Soldier, and Spider-Man. That’s right, SPIDER-MAN! Captain America: Civil War is such a huge movie that Sony and Marvel teamed up to add him to this movie experience.
How long before we get Sony & Marvel: Civil War?
Where are the Hulk and Thor, you ask? Off filming their own buddy movie, Thor & Hulk’s Excellent Adventure. Not really, but one can dream! Thor is off on Asgard getting ready for Ragnarok, while the Hulk is in parts unknown. He’ll send a postcard.
Which Team Would you Choose?
Roman poet Juvenal coined a great phrase that has been used in many different variations. In Latin it reads quis custodiet ipsos custodes. Translated the literal meaning is “Who will guard the guards themselves?”
You may have heard it as “Who watches the watchmen?”
Civil War may seem like just another punch-kick-laser comic movie, but deep down it asks some poignant questions: if superheroes were real, should they have autonomy? Should some agency or government have some sort of oversight on their activities? What would normal people do about the collateral damage that is caused when they fight on our behalf? What happens when one, or more, of them go rogue?
In other words, if you were a hero in the MCU, would you choose to side with Team Cap or with Team Iron Man?
Well, you don’t even need to be a hero to choose a side. Let us know on Twitter @zazzle which side you choose, #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, or show us your favorite Iron Man or Captain America swag on Instagram. @zazzle is the handle. No matter which side you choose, please enjoy Captain America: Civil War. I know I will!!
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