Chris Evans reveals the reason for the split in Captain America: Civil War
Beware minor spoilers for Captain America: Civil War. Nothing that will ruin the movie, but it does reveal something significant about the plot, namely the reason for the split in Captain America: Civil War.
Consider yourself warned.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Captain America: Civil War, and especially what may have caused the split between the two sides – one led by Captain America, the other by Iron Man.
I still think I may be right about at least one thing, despite somewhat overwhelming evidence to the contrary. What can I say, I spend a lot of time on the Internet.
During a recent convention in Salt Lake City, Chris Evans addressed the nature of the conflict, and specifically what makes the good guys go after each other. He also discusses which side Evans himself would be on, and surprisingly, he wouldn’t necessarily back Cap.
“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,” Evans said.
“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.”
That seems to confirm that the movie will actually stick – at least somewhat – to the Civil War comic storyline, which started with an incident so massive that it forced the U.S. government to intervene.
In the comics, a group of inexperienced superheroes battled a supervillain with the ability to explode. He did so inside a crowded city, killing hundreds, including numerous children. With the support of the public, the government then stepped in to enact a Superhuman Registration Act, requiring everyone with powers to legally register and train, then work for the government.
Cap was at the time a member of SHIELD, but he felt the act put too much power in the hands of a government that couldn’t necessarily be trusted – and even if it could, there would be too much potential for leaks that could endanger people. Iron Man took over as head of SHIELD and backed the act, and heroes aligned with one side or the other.
The film seems to be following that general idea, although it’s not clear what the incident that kicks things off is. It may have something to do with the return of Crossbones, and given that it is a film with a limited run time there may be one central bad guy that can be defeated, which would then reunite the heroes. If so, that villain will almost certainly be Baron Zemo.
One thing that seems out of place though, is the film version of Tony Stark/Iron Man. The movies set it up smartly so that Cap has a very good reason not to trust the government following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Iron Man has always been suspicious of the government in the films. He even made a mockery of a sitting Congressman that wanted the Iron Man tech, who was later revealed to be a member of Hydra.
Maybe Stark’s experience creating Ultron changed him, although that seems unlikely since he also helped to create Vision. More likely, there will be something new in the film that explains this.
Which leads me back to my original theory that Iron Man will discover that Winter Soldier killed his parents, and at least some of the fight is fueled by personal vengeance.
In the comics, it’s worth nothing that the Civil War storyline ended with the (temporary) death of Captain America, which led to the Winter Soldier briefly taking up the mantle. There is a rumor – probably based on a fan theory – that Cap will die in this film. Another rumor then states he will return in one of the two Avengers: Infinity War films, thanks to the power of the Infinity Gems.
That is all complete speculation at this point, but it would explain how the two sides might reunite.
We’ll find out when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.