You know, honestly, I think about this debate often when I go into my deep dive of reliving the Marvel films. I also have a confession to make….I didn’t know this movie is technically called Captain America: Civil War. Thought it was more of an Avengers film than a Captain America film but hey, who asked me?
If you recall, this is the film that deals with the infamous Sokovia Accords. Because of the destruction of the city, the UN has decided to pass this accord an order to regulate the deployment and operation of our superheroes. Well, Tony, Vision, Natasha and Rhodey believe that the Accords are a good thing and they should be regulated while Steve, Falcon, Clint, Wanda and Bucky don’t agree. Steve, more so than anyone else, believes that all he needs is his own judgement to decide whether or not someone needs his help. So who is right?
So, initially, I agree wit Cap. Superheroes are superheroes for a reason. They, usually, know what’s best for the world because that’s their main priority–keeping people safe. However, in the mist of them saving lives, there is a significant amount of property damage that comes along with saving lives. And, in some cases, the whole chase is unnecessary and you’ve destroyed a whole city for….a hunch. So, then you start to think that Tony has a point. The superheroes can still have some control but they have the backing of the government, better resources and maybe some inside information (I don’t know) that the government may have on the intended target. Wasn’t Nick Fury a government agent? He seems grumpy but efficient. Wasn’t it the government’s idea to compile the Avengers team anyway?
But the government, as we’ve seen both fictionally and in reality, don’t always make the right decisions. Would they deploy the Avengers on a mission for personal gain, say oil perhaps? Would they have an equal say about what they want to do? How do the briefings work? Would the government tell them everything they needed to know? Would the government let them take the fall?
But then again, human emotions are strong and are often known to cloud judgement. Let’s never forget Star Lord DESTROYING AN ENTIRE PLAN because of his love for Gamora and no, I will never let that go. We never should! Anyway, humans are not perfect and think of how many times emotions have let to stupid results…like Star Lord.
So what is the right answer? Could we have done both? Who was right–Cap or Stark? Find out next time on the next episode of Dragonball Z! LOL. What are your thoughts? Who did you side with and why? Let me know in the comments below!
Tony is absolutely in the right. The Avengers had no accountability for their actions, and they needed it.
When I see this debate, I always think of the quote that’s most often associated with it:
It’s a powerful statement when it’s coming from the mouth of Captain America because we’re confident that he’s always going to make the right decision. However, what if instead of Steve Rogers saying that, it was said by Mao Zedong, Idi Amin, or Pol Pot? That changes the quote entirely and is horrifying. The best villains have that exact same belief. They believe they’re doing what’s right, and that even when the whole world is telling them to change, they have to hold their ground.
The best way to prevent the Avengers from becoming villains is to hold them accountable for their actions. Maybe the Sokovia Accords could have been better written to give the heroes more flexibility, but they were a good start. Tony recognized that. Steve didn’t.
Interesting take on the situation. I see your point but does Cap have a point about knowing what’s best?
Tony thought he knew what was best when he created Ultron. Killmonger thought he knew what was best when he took control over Wakanda. Thanos thought he knew what was best when he annihilated half of the universe.
The only difference between their belief and Cap’s belief is that he’s presented as a hero and they’re presented as villains.
Cap is confident that he’ll always make the right decision. How much do you trust people who are convinced that they can do no wrong?
I like this!!