There is a difference between peace and war. Iron Man fought to defend and stop Steve from breaking up the team. Captain America fought for his beliefs. Who really won in the end?
I personally love the Marvel Cinematic Universe it always seemed uplifting and humorous until my heart almost broke when I saw the movie titled “Captain America Civil War”. If you are a true Marvel fan then you’ve probably already seen the movie or at least heard about it, but just in case spoilers are ahead.
Ever since Avengers there was always an interesting relationship between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Captain America and Iron Man seemed to dislike each other since the beginning. It seemed destiny that something bad was going to happen since they had very different ideas about things and Steve wasn’t awfully fond of Tony’s father Howard Stark. So, when the ultimate disagreement came up they split up each taking parts of the team with them.
Assessing what happened, the Avengers worked as a team (sort of) to fight against Cross Bones. They had him surrounded, but he tried to take down Steve with him with an explosion. Scarlet Witch (Wanda) tried to catch it in a ball of her red magic but, it was too tough. She ended up throwing it into a building, by accident of course. Wow, great way to start a movie, right? I also don’t understand why they didn’t just send Vision. I mean he could of done it alone and he’s probably just at home baking Creme Brulee.
Tony is very emotional at this point since they make it very evident that he and Pepper are not doing well and he was stopped by a woman who told him it was his fault her son died in Sokovia. Right in the feels. So, when the King of a place called Wakanda and The Secretary of State (great) want him and the other Avengers to have accountability he’s probably not the most logical.
The Secretary of State goes as far as to demand they sign this really stinkin’ long agreement called the Sokovia Accords or they’ll be considered criminals if they continue to fight. Tony and some are for the accords and Steve and the rest of the Avengers are against. Sort of, I mean Steve most definitely is against them, but Tony wasn’t entirely for them. There are ups and downs.
While this is going on we bring in an obviously russian man claiming he’s Zemo who likes his victims to wash their hair. Zemo is a mysterious character but, we do know that he wants the red book that can make him be able to control Bucky.
The Avengers are discussing their points of view about the Sokovia Accords, when Steve gets a text that Peggy has passed away. So, now we have two emotional men having to make a decision that could change everything. For the cherry on top we bring in the adorable father son relationship of King T’Chaka and T’Challa all to kill king T’Chaka in the same scene.
The tension is rising when, Bucky Barnes shows up with his plums. If you saw Captain America Winter Soldier then you can agree he would be arrested for what he really had no control over and now they think he killed the king of Wakanda. So, of course Steve wants to go rogue, save Bucky, and not sign the Accords. While Tony wants to just sign because he really just wants peace and no one else to get hurt.
I noticed in the movie that Team Cap was more on the fight and hurt them if you need to. While Team Iron Man was just try to stop them from leaving and try and keep the band together. I love Bucky but, he’s pretty much Yoko Ono. Steve has a point in keeping Bucky rogue and going to stop the other Winter Soldiers (who are dead).
I do not trust the General or any of those organizations since Hydra popped up right smack in the middle of the very stable seeming S.H.I.E.L.D. The catch is Rogers doesn’t handle it well. He usually does whatever he wants to keep his team (mainly Bucky) safe and not others. Which isn’t very noble coming from the man who fought in WWII to keep the whole of the world safe. Not just the ones with super powers.
So, Steve finds Bucky, they both try to escape the police, they meet T’Challa, T’Challa chases Bucky through the street, and the government snatches him and puts him in containment. Now we’ve got Zemo showing up. He goes to Bucky and tells him a Hydra bedtime story which makes him go cray cray and be like old assassin Bucky. He hops in a helicopter but, Steve grabs onto the helicopter like a child at the grocery store not wanting him to go. It turns out that Chris Evan actually hurt himself when he filmed this scene. Now, we’ve got the plot twist of he’s not the only Winter Soldier and I’m thinking great how could this movie get worse (meaning for the team).
Thankfully we got soft hearted Peter Parker to lighten the mood before we go right back into the drama.
Then we get our souls crushed as Wanda pushes Vision through the floor.
There’s also a kiss in there but, not very important.
Now, we have the ultimate battle of team Iron man against team Captain America. I noticed this time through that when they are lined up team Cap on one side and team Iron on the other. When asked “What do we do?” Steve answers. “We fight.” I don’t mean to sound one sided but, hold on what is your objective again? What you’re telling me is whatever it takes to stop like five Winter Soldiers from destroying the world and obviously you have to do it now and alone, possibly killing the Avengers over it. Which would mean if the Avengers are all dead and you guys can’t stop the Winter Soldiers then the world is destroyed.
Another pressing point is keeping the Queen of England, Bucky, safe even if that kills the team. I could understand Steve’s plan, if he did not get so close to agreeing with Tony. Tony told Steve that he would make sure they got Bucky medical help and not put in jail. This is when Tony brings up Wanda and Steve goes berserk again. Which I can understand the confusion, the point is being pressed that Wanda is very young and I can understand Steve being very protective over Wanda. She is like his little sister. But, if he really cared about her he would realise she cannot control her powers yet. What if she messed up and killed Steve? She also in battle gets villainous. She throws both Black Panther and Natasha whom she just fought beside, into metal containers and throws tons of cars on top of Tony.
“Look kid, there’s a lot going on that you don’t understand.” Steve says.
“Mr Stark said, you’d say that. Wow. he also said to go for the legs” Peter replies.
“Stark tell you anything else?” Steve asks.
“That you’re wrong, you think you’re right, that makes you dangerous.”
Steve replies, “Guess he had a point.” Hold on Steve are you agreeing with Tony?
Now, fighting’s over and Natasha lets Steve and Bucky get to the hanger and I completely agree with why she does. They are not going to stop and she doesn’t want anyone to die. Sadly, Rhodey does get hurt. But, he is not dead like the trailer made us think so it’s all good in the hood.
Back to seriousness. Bucky even says “I don’t know if I’m worth all of this, Steve.” To this Steve says, “What you did all those years, it wasn’t you. You didn’t have a choice.”
Thank you Captain Obvious.
Bucky says, “I know, but I did it.” Humble and charming how refreshing.
This is the point of the movie where Tony is ready to explode at any moment. His best buds in the hospital, the team is split up, the people he considered friends that he just wanted to help were put in cells, and he can’t do anything about it.
Thankfully we have Friday who tells him that Zemo is a Soviet Operative who pretended to be Barnes and killed T’Chaka along with many others all to get to Bucky. Tony visits team Cap in the awful cells that the General put them in. You can tell Tony’s heart almost breaks when he see’s Wanda in a straight jacket. One of the things that just irked me so much was that Clint is an entirely different person. He is acting like a middle schooler. Tony tries to talk to him and he starts going “la la la la la”. Tony even asked him if he was thinking about his wife and kids when he chose the wrong side. Not the best way of saying it but, still Tony’s not the one in a cell all so that Steve could follow his heart. Do they even know why Steve is doing what he’s doing or were they flying blindly because Steve made a couple motivational speeches?
Anyways, Sam being the awesome person that he is sees that Tony is truly sorry they are in there. Tony turns off the camera and sound so that the evil General won’t see them while he shows Sam, Zemo and asks him where Steve is. Sam says he will tell him as long as he goes as a friend and he goes in as Iron Man. I don’t think that’s what he meant Tony. But, Tony isn’t genetically modified so he needs something to defend himself. Oh, and there’s Black Panther following.
We’ve got a truce as Tony, Steve, and Bucky fight against the true enemy Zemo. “If it’s any comfort they died in their sleep.” Zemo says over the loudspeaker, Making me think oh crap is he going to make them fight each other?
“This Isn’t going to change what happened.
“I don’t care. He killed my mom.”
Now, Tony is acting like Steve trying to kill someone because he believes it’s right in the moment and isn’t thinking ahead. At this point only can I really be on Steve’s side and defend Bucky. But, I cannot blame Tony entirely. Throughout the whole movie awful things have been stacking up layer after layer. So, trying to stay calm at this point was not going to happen. Tony seems to be defeated. Steve and Bucky begin to walk away when Tony says.
I am very proud that Steve drops his shield. It helps us know that at least he cared.
A few days later Tony get’s a letter in the mail from Steve saying he was sorry and saying he really just has faith in people. He wishes they agreed about the accords and he’s glad that Tony fought for what he believed in. But, I personally dislike that devotedly. In the end it may of seemed that Steve won, but they both lost. They both lost freedoms, they both lost safety, and they both lost each other. So, I may be on Tony’s side more than Steve’s and I may have lost a lot of respect for the character Captain America but, down to it I’m #TeamStopFightingAndBeATeamAgain. Thanks for reading.