With Captain America: Civil War due out in April, let's take a closer look at the history and rivalry that leads up to this year's next big movie from the guys at Marvel.
Collateral damage seems to have a way of showing its face when the Avengers assemble. Nobody can deny the breadth of damage in the wake of the events in New York. That's not even considering the damages proceeding Ultron's inception. The U.S. government, fearful of continued damages, attempts to pass the Superhero Registration Act (SRA). This single decision acts as the catalyst for the civil war.
The SRA will determine when a superhero is needed and how to hold them accountable. Let’s take a look at the different sides to this war that would be impacted by the SRA.
On a random day in 1940 comic book creator Joe Simon had an idea for a ‘Super American’ that later came into fruition as Captain America. Captain America had his own comic released in March 1941 titled by the same name. The captain's duty was to fight alongside allies in WWII as an enhanced super-soldier - all thanks to a powerful serum. This serum transformed the once asthmatic and scrawny kid Steve Rogers into the red, white, and blue crime fighter we all know today.
Tony Stark and his power suit were conceived as a character for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, especially regarding technology. He made his first debut in issue #39 of the Tales of Suspense comic. Tony Stark, as he would describe himself, is a:
genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.
As the story goes, Tony Stark was severely injured and kidnapped by terrorists. While in captivity, Stark was tasked with making a weapon of mass destruction. Once completed, he then used this "weapon" to escape. Later, he and his suit would become known as one - Iron Man.
Captain America is against the SRA. Captain believes that the act violates civil liberties and is trying to protect his long time friend Bucky after the government sends hit-men to kill him. Could there be more to it? We know from above that Captain fought in WWII. Does Captain see history repeating itself with the registry of Jews? Has he stopped trusting the government after the events of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier?
Iron Man's team, however, leans towards accepting the SRA. Following the comics, Tony supports the SRA to ensure that inexperienced superheroes receive the training they need. They would also be allowed to act as licensed agents. Avengers: Age of Ultron teased at the fragility of his mind, etching in clues of his challenged beliefs and suffering at the hands of guilt & PTSD. Is Iron man really ready to put it all in the hands of the government?
While we're not 100% certain, it is rumored that the following allegiances are some of what can be expected.
With a war in the making, who's side are YOU on? Should the registration act pass? Is Captain America seeing the glass half empty, or is Iron Man too trusting? Let us know your take on this in the comments below!