Captain America: Civil War -Review

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     Who are Captain America and the Avengers? What do they do? What are they supposed to do? Should they have more restrictions, because they have more power? Should one over arching government control them because they have power? Do the Avengers have the right to stop evil? Or do the Avengers have the right to operate as a free enterprise as long as they obey the laws of whichever jurisdiction they are operating under? Are the Avengers allowed to stop a threat that no one else can? Should they even though it will cause more enemies to arise? Sure innocent people are going to die, which happens to be the very thing the Avengers are trying to prevent. But think of how many people would have actually died if the Avengers hadn’t even intervened in the first place. Does great good bring great evil? Does a great light shine on more darkness then no light at all? Does the light cause darkness? Is good the causality of evil? I think not.

The Accords:

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Is it morally acceptable for the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accords? Absolutely! Could it possibly lead to injustice because they are forced to do evil agents their will and therefore a bad idea? Yes! Is it morally acceptable to be forced to sign the accords? Absolutely not! Would it be morally acceptable for a nation to say that the Avengers are no longer welcome in their sovereign nation? Absolutely! I think that if a sovereign nation wished to act with nationalism, then that would be perfectly acceptable. But if they start saying that they are allowed to control others, thats where a line needs to be drawn.

Law and Liberty:

Tony Stark (Iron Man), believes that if good guys behave without boundaries, then they aren’t really “good guys” at all, but rather vigilantes. Cap knows that the accords are not only about boundaries, but also about control.

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 Oh, that’s Charles Spencer, by the way. He’s a great kid. Computer engineering degree, 3.6 GPA. Had a floor-level gig, an intel plan for the fall. But first he wanted to put a few miles on his sole before he parked it behind a desk. See the world, maybe be of service. Charlie didn’t wanna go to Vegas or Fort Lauderdale, which is what I would do. He didn’t go to Paris or Amsterdam, which sounds fun. He decided to spend his summer building sustainable housing for the poor. Guess where: Sokovia. He wanted to make a difference, I suppose. I mean, we won’t know because we dropped a building on him while we were kickin’ ass… There’s no decision-making process here. We need to be put in check! And whatever form that takes, I’m game. If we can’t accept limitations, we’re boundaryless, we’re no better than the bad guys. -Tony Stark

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  If one signed the accords not only would one have accepted complete limitations, but also complete control. Cap knows this, Tony doesn’t see it that way, he sees it as if he had had “limitations” he never would have caused the innocent deaths in Sokovia in the first place. If he wouldn’t have been allowed to create Ultron, then all those lives wouldn’t ever have been wasted. Lt. Col. James Rhodes (War Machine) thinks that he should sign the accords because the big guys said so, which is cowardice. Natasha (Black Widow) believes that signing the accords would be a disability to the Avengers as a whole, but at least the team could still operate.

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Maybe Tony’s right. If we have one hand on the wheel, we can still steer. Natasha Romanoff:

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Each person has their own way of understanding the Sokovia Accords, but which choice upholds law and liberty. Tony believes that signing gives the rest of the world liberty from harm, Steve believes that signing takes away his ability to choose what is right. Therefore taking away his liberty, and also those who sign. In the accords there is no liberty, there is no law, the Avengers would be subject to the agendas of the UN, no matter how evil they might become.

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 If we sign this, we surrender our right to choose. What if this panel [accords] sends us somewhere we don’t think we should go? What if there’s somewhere we need to go and they don’t let us? I know we’re not perfect, but the safest hands are still our own. -Steve Rodgers

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Bucky Barnes

Bucky Barnes

One time best friend to Captain America, thought to be KIA in WW2, then brain washed by HYDRA to be used as a weapon of death. The big question about Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, is wether or not he should be held accountable for the actions he committed while under mind control by HYDRA. Is Bucky held accountable because he was the one who actually committed the killings, or is HYDRA because they used him as a tool against his will.  Bucky had no choice of wether are not he would comply, he couldn’t tell them no, he was subject to the powers of those who would do evil. Cap’s battle with the United Nations resolution and with Bucky are connected. Cap’s fear that giving the government control over the Avengers effectively mirrors with Barnes storyline as a former soldier, who was stripped of free will and controlled to do morally reprehensible actions. He believes that if he accepts the accords then he will be stripped of his free will, and subject to the agenda of those who control him. He doesn’t even want the possibility of being used for evil against his will. Cap was torn between his friends, and what was the right choice. Cap wasn’t fighting for Bucky, he was fighting for what was right. After the Winter Soldier was framed for the assassination of King T’Chaka, Cap thought it necessary to protect Bucky from injustice. Bucky, having no memory of his life before HYDRA control, struggled to know who to trust.

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 What you did all those years, it wasn’t you. You didn’t have a choice. -Captain America

 I know… but I did it. -Bucky Barnes

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Black Panther

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With the loss of his father, T’Challa hunts down his fathers killer. Blinded by rage and vengeance he no longer cares about the real reason he is fighting. The only thing he knows is that he wants to see Bucky Barnes dead, and the only way for him to see that through is to fight with Tony for the UN. T’Challa hunts Bucky with the purpose of vengeful murder, not caring what he must do to reach his prey. Then with the discovery that if he had been successful in killing Bucky, he would have killed unjustly, and would be therefore, a murder. T’Challa realizes that vengeance was consuming everyone, and that he would no longer fight for his own wants, but for what is right.

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 Vengeance has consumed you. It’s consuming them. I’m done letting it consume me. Justice will come soon enough. -T’Calla

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Captain America: Civil War, is a story about standing up for whats right, even though the whole world is telling to do wrong.

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Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, ‘No, *you* move’.” -Sharon Carter

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~KT  

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