Why You Should Be Team Iron Man
Captain America: Civil War starts out with yet another international incident involving the Avengers. Up to this point, whenever they saw a threat, they united and took care of it of their own volition. But once again, people get caught in the cross-hairs, and a call for accountability is declared.
Now, in a perfect superhero world, I’d be all for letting them roam free as vigilantes. But instead of creating a superhero universe, Marvel has so meticulously created a very human world that the superheroes just so happen to be in. This causes us to take sides in something that feels like a possible reality.
Now, I have been a Captain America fan since day one (and by day one I mean since Chris Evans’ first movie). Even without his charm, good looks and strength, you have a man that anyone would be lucky to follow into battle. But even a man as innocent and devout as Captain America has to answer to someone. Captain America is idealistic to a fault. He so badly wants to do the right thing, and is so certain that he knows what is right, that he ignores the collateral damage. And that’s a problem.
Enter Iron Man. Tony Stark has captured our hearts in a way that only a sarcastic jerk could. In Iron Man 2, Nick Fury hands Stark his file to read which states, “Mr. Stark displays textbook narcissism.” Tony Stark looks up for a moment and then responds with a simple “Agreed.” He knows who he is, and I think that makes him not only more realistic, but more trustworthy.
After Tony Stark escaped captivity with the first Iron Man suit, he stated: “I want to protect the people that I put in harm’s way.” Ever since Stark became Iron Man, his number one goal has been to protect people.
At the same time, in the second movie, when the government demands that Tony hand over the tools to build Iron Man to them, he replies, “I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one.”
This proves that he didn’t take his decision to agree with the government lightly. To be supervised is clearly not his ideal world, but he sees why it is necessary. He is logical about the decision, while Captain America remains ideological.
In The Winter Soldier, Captain America states, “The price of freedom is high. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay.” I think we’re all willing to pay a price for freedom, but Captain America shouldn’t be the one deciding our fate.
Like I stated earlier, I love Captain America, but Chris Evans is the first to admit that having Robert Downey Jr. in the mix makes everything better. “You know right away when you bring Downey into the equation, the movie is going to have a certain level of awareness; it’s going to have a certain level of charisma. That’s what he comes with.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Evans later stated, “The truth is, if there really were Avengers, I would be team Iron Man.”
And there you have it, straight from the mouth of the Captain.