By James Nelson
“While a great many people see [Captain America] as a hero, some prefer the word vigilante,” is one of the first sentences spoken in the new trailer, followed by a movie trailer, which turns the movie’s supposed hero into a villain, or at least, that’s what Marvel wants us to think.
We get a good shot of what’s started this whole scenario, something called the “Sokovia Accords.” For those who don’t remember or don’t care, Sokovia is that little city/country that was picked up by Ultron in Avengers 2. You know, the one that nearly wiped out all of humanity because the Avengers (namely Iron Man), created a weapon that went nuts. Yeah, apparently government oversight is necessary to make sure these idjits don’t destroy humanity.
This need for oversight is seemingly interfering/preventing Cap from saving his dear old friend Bucky, aka the world renown terrorist and HYDRA agent who actively assassinated people and tried to help HYDRA kill millions of people in Captain America 2.
That’s right folks, the years of careful plot development from the comics of showing the complexities and pitfalls of having the government know the identities of masked superheroes is being boiled down to Captain America wanting to circumvent the laws of his country to keep his buddy from going to prison. So, apparently in order to keep a known terrorist (Winter Soldier) out of jail he will ally with a known terrorist (Scarlet Witch) and another terrorist who was also mind controlled (Hawkeye did technically commit treason when he attacked the helicarrier in Avengers 1) in order to stop people who are trying to enforce the law.
If the previous paragraph sounded ridiculous that’s because it is. The MCU movies have continued to gloss over the global ramifications of having super powered heroes in the real world and how that would affect not only global politics, but the judicial system. We’ve yet to have a villain that wasn’t killed by an Avenger or who wasn’t immediately thrown into a dark pit (Abomination in The Incredible Hulk) or taken back to Asgard (well, Loki in all the movies he’s in).
The Avengers haven’t arrested anyone. We don’t know how a state handles someone with powers. How could Bucky explain in court that he was experimented on and mind controlled into committing those horrible acts? Would mind control be an acceptable defense? What would be a jury of his peers? These are question I hope the movie bothers to ask, and answer, otherwise they’ll make Cap the villain of his own movie.
As an addendum, we get our first look at Black Panther! SO EXCITED!!!
And also, Thunderbolt Ross is back!
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