The MCU’s Civil War: A Battle of Ideologies


Captain America Civil War is about to hit theaters today and with this in mind we here at Heroic Hollywood have been weighing in on our own thoughts on the struggle that the film portrays. That is the battle between Captain America and Iron Man. The two are the leaders of two teams with two sets of ideologies that sits well with either team. Are they wrong? Are they right? It tends to be a little more complicated than the issue of right v.s wrong. This disagreement stems into their intentions being good, but the methods and consequences of said decisions being in question.

On one side of the disagreement we have Team Iron Man. Team Iron Man is made up of Black Panther, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Tony Stark, Vision, and War Machine.

The reasoning behind Tony Stark’s side is that due to the actions of the Avengers and super powered people in general there has been a significant amount of collateral damage. There is currently no system in place to prevent said repercussions of intervention against threats. In order to have a system of order the Sokovia Accords are brought forward. They are designed to make people of power agents with a system of checks and balances. This ideology is designed to keep super powered people responsible for the actions they may cause intentionally or unintentionally. This is a noble idea with great intentions behind it. Tony is afraid of the actions that he himself caused so he is also worried about others potentially creating more problems. This has its potential benefits, but it also its potential pitfalls.  

On the other side of things we have Team Captain America. Team Captain America is made up of Steve Rogers, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Bucky Barnes.

If I had to choose a side that had the best ideologies based upon my own beliefs then undoubtedly I would have to go with Captain America. His reasoning is sound in that if he signed the Sokovia Accords then super powered people would become tools of the United Nations. This  would have say over who is or who isn’t  the enemy and knowing from actual historical events the actions of the UN have been mainly concerned with their own self-interests. Their enemies could potentially just be seen as a means and obstacle to a selfish gain. This is not what these superheroes stand for. Cap and the rest of the heroes are meant to focus on the well-being of all people. Not just the ones the UN deems worthy.  Their ideologies deem that being independent is the best course because it ensures that without boundaries people can be saved or protected from any real threat. Caps love for people and doing what is right has been abundant since the beginning. In Captain America The First Avenger there is a scene that shows that even before he was made into the super soldier he is he is willing to jump on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. He is self-sacrificing and caring and he is certainly someone who can be trusted to operate independently.

No matter what team your beliefs fall into we all hope for the best for both sides seeing as characters that we love and care for are there. They all have their valid reasons and a middle ground will hopefully be met. We will learn whether or not this is the case today when we all get a chance to witness this battle of ideologies on the big screen.

So what do you think? What side do you fall on? Let us know in the comments.

Christian Michael Stoic

Christian Michael Stoic

Christian Michael Stoic is a writer, filmmaker, and comic lover from Los Angeles, CA. Heroic Hollywood is his introduction into the world of Journalism which...

  • Vegas82

    The problem with Cap’s ideology is that NOBODY is as good as Captain America. He’s one of a kind when it comes to doing the right thing always. He has to understand that he’s working with quite a few very flawed individuals.

    • CCEkeke

      THIS is what I’ve been saying from the get-go. Yes, Cap is the epitome of moral and good. But for every Hulk, you have a Hulk or Wanda (destructive potential x 1000. I’m more on Tony’s side but the issue with him is that yes the Avengers on the leash of the UN.

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    • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

      Well, yeah, but he still trusts them more than some international panel of politicians.

  • The first half and hour there’s political stuff that worked very well. But then the third act kinda ruins the movie with personal issues. So forced.

    • Joseph Chaisson

      It didn’t felt forced. Tony, while trying to do right has, cause caused so many problems. The final fight scene came down to a lot of raw emotions from a very unstable individual.

      • Marquis de Sade

        Well in Tony”s defense, he just found out Cap withheld some information that he should’ve divulged a while back. If I was Tony, I would’ve back-handed his azzz too!

    • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

      Interesting, I would say the movie is more personal than emotional. In fact, emotional drama for bot Cap and Iron Man underpinned both acts 1 and 2. The third act came very naturally as a result of the characters’ emotions reaching a boiling point.