When Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out, audiences were treated to a film in which superheroes were forced to handle major political issues such as government wiretapping. This was not technically new, as Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox argued over a similar ethical quandary in The Dark Knight. Still, it showed that Marvel was about more than fast punches and witty one-liners. They were willing to take real-world political issues and adapt them to a world populated with superhuman citizens.
According to Chris Evans, the actor who portrays Captain America, the upcoming Captain America: Civil War will be no different. As Cap and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) duke it out over whether or not the Avengers should be subjected to government interference, the film is going to strike a few chords that should resonate with those who harbor strong opinions regarding partisan politics.
“There’s a great parallel that they draw between my character and Tony Stark. It’s something we can all relate to in terms of how we perceive our own society and culture, in terms of what is best for people. You can go right down to Democrat and Republican; everyone has a different opinion of what’s best.”
The film centers on the Sokovia Accords, a document drawn up in response to the disastrous fallout of the events seen in last summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The world is beginning to wonder whether or not the Avengers can be trusted, and the issue will cause a rift that has the team fighting against one another. And while Cap may be the protagonist of the film, Evans notes that Stark’s side of the debate is given equal footing.
“You have this team of people who are destroying every city they go to, but they’re saving the world. So it’s a matter of, do we monitor these people or do we let them monitor themselves? The beautiful thing with Civil War is that no one’s right and no one’s wrong; it’s just your personal opinion.”
It may seem as if a film packed with characters might suffer in the character development department, but Evans promises that we’ll be seeing quite a bit of growth from both Cap and Iron Man. In fact, he notes that the characters’ positions on the Accords are based on certain mindset changes that we’ve seen develop gradually over the broader course of Phase One and Phase Two in the MCU.
“We’re going to have a nice evolution where you have a guy like Cap, who grew up with structure—he was a soldier and he liked hierarchy, he liked the chain of command. Now, all of a sudden, you have a guy who used to love the system not so sure about trusting it. And a guy like Tony Stark, who used to buck the system and dance to the beat of his own drum all of a sudden thinking, maybe we need some order.”
Which side will you choose when Captain America and Iron Man face off on May 6?