This post is in reply to Mr. Bricken’s recent post over on the mothership, I Have Some Serious Concerns About The Captain America: Civil War Movie. There are large differences between the story line in the comics and what has been revealed about the plot of the movie. These differences should calm peoples’ fears about Captain America: Civil War. Everything is fine.
From what I’ve seen, read, and heard, the movie is a lot different than the comics. The comics was about identities. The movie is about control.
The premise of Civil War the movie is that the culmination of destruction wrought by the heroes so far, from Iron Man to Age of Ultron and beyond (cough Crossbones cough) have made the world feel that the Avengers as a group should be overseen by an official agency of some kind. It’s not about their identities, it’s about control of their actions.
The MCU has done a great job of setting this up, too. From Iron Man through Iron Man 3, and both Avengers movies, Stark has gone from an independent playboy who laughs at congress, to feeling like he can’t be trusted with his own inventions. At the end of Ultron, Stark retires from the Avengers. He created Ultron to protect the world so he wouldn’t have to, and that failed.
On the flip side, Cap went from a loyal soldier to absolutely questioning authority, as authority led to Project Insight and the Winter Soldier in Winter Soldier. Cap has made the exact opposite evolution as Stark: Governments cannot be trusted, because corruption will take over. Sure, some oversight might be good, but what happens when that Agency starts refusing to allow you to save some people because of geography and lines on a map, or orders you to destroy something for the very same reason? They stop being the Avengers, and start being the Enforcers.
There is a solid foundation for this conflict in the MCU. Stark wants someone else to control the Avengers, because he does not trust himself (or the other heroes) to properly police their own actions. Cap on the other hand, does not trust government to oversee them, and feels autonomy is more important for the fight they are fighting as the Avengers.
It makes sense that others would pick sides, and even from the teases we’ve seen, we see that it’s not as personal as the comics (See: Black Widow: “Are we still friends?” Hawkeye: “Depends on how hard you hit me!”) This isn’t personal, it’s ideological, and the heroes are only fighting each other because the circumstances require; not because they are crazy or hate each other.
So no, any concerns are unfounded, and Mr. Bricken relied too heavily on the somewhat shaky Civil War comic in his critique of what may happen in the MCU.
GOOD DAY SIR.