Why is Everyone Angry?
In Captain America: Civil War, each hero has an ax to grind. And each one wants to swing it at a different person. While the complicated personal dynamics of comic book superheroes can take many years, many movie hours, and countless comic book pages to elucidate, here’s a breakdown of exactly why everyone in this film is so damn angry. Team Cap is in red, Team Iron Man in blue …
Steve Rogers is tired of marching to others’ orders. When his long-lost friend Bucky Barnes is hunted down for a crime he didn’t commit, or doesn’t remember doing, Cap goes rogue against his friends, his country, and his conscience.
Guilt is catching up with Tony Stark. Once he told a congressional hearing to “forget it” when they wanted control of his robotic suit. After creating Ultron, he doesn’t trust himself anymore, and he’s the one who wants Cap to agree to government oversight.
The Winter Soldier
He’s not so much angry as running scared. James “Bucky” Barnes is trying to reclaim his own mind after spending decades as a brainwashed assassin. Now that he’s one of the good guys again, he finds himself framed for a heinous bombing.
T’Challa’s father would never condone an unrelenting quest for revenge, but his father isn’t around anymore. The new king of Wakanda is determined to make The Winter Soldier pay for his crimes – against others, and Black Panther’s own family.
As a child assassin raised by the Red Room, a Soviet brainwashing program, then an unwitting servent of HYDRA when they quietly infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha Romanov should know better than to trust authority. In Civil War, she signs on with Iron Man in favor of government control, though truthfully … her gut and heart is telling her she shouldn’t.
Now retired from the superhero game (yeah, right), Clint Barton can’t help from getting drawn back into the fight. He’s always had an independent streak and sides with Cap because he trusts his friends more than the Powers That Be.
Scott Lang is just happy to get picked for a team. When Captain America and Falcon recruit him to help extract The Winter Soldier from the clutches of the police – not to mention the remaining Avengers – Lang’s outlaw tendencies kick in.
Sam Wilson remains suspicious of The Winter Soldier, but he believes in Cap without reservation. This high-flying warrior is willing to cross the line with him, but he wants to prevent them both from going so far they can’t cross back.
Pure of heart, this synthezoid superhero is not biased toward either Cap or Iron Man, but he applies a logical calculus to the situation that leads him to believe more good will be accomplished if those with great powers are answerable to a higher one.
Wanda Maximoff is still learning how to use her mystical red energy waves without hurting innocent bystanders. An accident during an Avengers mission places her in violation of the global superhero restrictions, so she has no choice but to resist Iron Man.
Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes rose to his position in the Air Force by being a good soldier, but he also is best friends with Tony Stark so there’s no question where he would side. He believes in duty – not vigilantism.
Peter Parker is aligned with Iron Man because Tony Stark sees potential in him, but even as he’s battling against Cap and Co., the webslinger can’t help geeking out at them. Even though they’re his enemies, they’re still his heroes.