Chris Evans Reveals What Triggers Civil War In Captain America 3

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What triggers the superhero civil war in the third Captain America film has been a matter of some speculation. Because while the film is inspired by the 2006/2007 Marvel comic book event, there is a significant difference in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that makes the same cause for war impossible. In the comics the conflict was over the Government passing an an act forcing masked superheroes to reveal their identities and sign up to a register – some superheroes were willing, others were not. However, in the MCU the identities of many of the superheroes is public knowledge already.

Captain America actor Chris Evans has revealed what divides the superheroes into warring sides in Captain America: Civil War during a panel at Salt Lake City Comic Con this weekend. He confirmed rumors that the conflict is sparked when the government want  superheroes “to sign these accords that make us accountable” following the climactic events in Sokovia in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

As Evans explains, Tony Stark is ready to acquiesce but Steve Rogers objects.

“It’s a bit of a role reversal,” he explains, “where 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 Captain America 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 know, 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.”

If audiences, like Evans, also sympathise with Iron Man’s point of view, then the film is succeeding where the comics failed. In the original mini-series Cap gets all the great speeches about freedom and morality while Iron Man comes across as some blinkered right-wing zealot and Government lapdog who never manages to convince that he has the moral high ground. Hopefully the film balances out the arguments a bit more. Hearing what Evans has to say, that’s may be the case. (Not that we want to champion the establishment viewpoint, mind, it was just that one of the weaknesses of the comic was that one side was allowed to state its case much more strongly than the other.)

Captain America: Civil War 2, aka Avengers 2.5, is released in the UK on 29 April 2016. [via]


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