Captain America: Civil War Philosophical Stances Confirmed By Chris Evans


While it’s pretty well known that in the Civil War comic book series, Iron Man was the leader of the pro-registration forces and Captain America was the head man for the anti-registration resistance, there was always a chance that Marvel Studios could throw us a curveball with Captain America: Civil War. Speaking during a panel this weekend at Salt Lake City Comic Con, Cap himself, Chris Evans, assured fans that they don’t need to worry about that.

The Salt Lake Tribune got his explanation of the Civil War schism during his first ever solo panel.

"Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own. And these are understandable concerns, but this is tough, because even reading the script, you think I think I agree with Tony in a way, and I do agree that to make this work, you do need to surrender to the group. It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do.But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest. This is a tough thing. This is what made it so interesting while we were filming, and it’s hopefully what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics."

If the movie can truly pull off the balancing act so that neither side is “right,” it will arguably achieve something the comic book series was unable to do. It’s hard to read Civil War and not come away with the impression that its creators felt the anti-registration position was morally correct, even though the pro-registration faction eventually emerged victorious.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having Tony Stark and Steve Rogers assume these stances on the “accords” reflects a logical yet total 180-degree reversal of their original attitudes regarding authority. Tony was very much the rebel who did his own thing, while Steve was a military man accustomed to following orders. However, the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron (for Iron Man) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (for Captain America) provided both men with ample reason to feel differently as the MCU enters Phase Three.

In any case, it seems we’ll see the two heroes assume their familiar positions in the ideological conflict when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

(via Comic Book Resources)

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