So I set out on a mission a while back. A mission to rewatch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe before Captain America: Civil War completely obliterated my nerd emotions.
For the record, I succeeded. But for some reason I never posted this until now.
I’m far from an expert on Marvel. I just over analyze the movies and tv shows. Because I love characters and motivations.
Watching Captain America: The First Avenger and Iron Man back to back, it’s easy to see why these characters end up on opposite sides in the next movie. Tony Stark’s journey is about learning to take responsibility and hold himself accountable to other people. Tony had to learn to follow the rules.
Honestly, he’s still working on that bit.
Steve Rogers, on the other hand, has been let down, again and again, by people in authority. He tried to enlist in WWII SIX TIMES. SIX.
Then, when he was finally accepted (for sciency purposes only), he gets turned into a super soldier then doomed to a life as a lab rat and dancing monkey.
When he learns that Bucky, his lifelong friend, was captured, along with the majority of the 107th, and that there is no plan to rescue them, the newly minted Captain America takes matters into his own hands.
Throughout the course of the war, Steve continues to do what he sees as the right thing, which lands him in a wrecked plane somewhere in the arctic.
Then, seventy years later, Steve wakes up to find that the world has changed.
Except, not really, because he’s up against the exact same stupidity that put him in the ice in the first place. He doesn’t really connect with the other Avengers until the mission involves rebelling against authority and stealing a quin jet.
Then, in The Winter Soldier, Steve discovers that his old enemies, Hydra, have been masquerading as SHIELD, and becomes a fugitive from justice to drag them into the light and take them down.
I don’t even want to talk about the pain of discovering Bucky was the Winter Soldier.
A less idealistic person would have become an anarchist after all that.
Life experience taught Steve to question authority, despite his loyalty and patriotism.
It taught Tony to submit to authority, despite his “rebel without a cause” attitude.
See the problem? Cause I do.