Captain America: Civil War Fan Poll: Whose Side Are You On?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 2:09PM
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Captain America: Civil War
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 2:09PM
Captain America: Civil War Fan Poll: Whose Side Are You On?
Back when the Civil War comics first came out in 2006, Marvel famously promoted the crossover event by posing the question to fans on internet forums: "Whose side are you on?" Now, with Captain America: Civil War looming close on the horizon, fans will be forced to pick a side once again, and declare their allegiance to the pro-registration side or anti-registration side. So, what will it be, Marvel fans? Are you Team Cap, or Team Iron Man?

Whose Side Are You On?
Whose Side Are You On?
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In the Civil War comics (which the film seems to be following pretty closely), several disasters involving superpowered humans, including a massacre that kills an entire school full of children, leads the government to enact the Superhero Registration Act (called the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War), which would allow further regulation of superpowered humans. Iron Man becomes the figurehead for the pro-registration movement, as he believes that regulation is necessary when individuals are wielding so much power, while Captain America becomes the face of the anti-registration movement, as he believes that the act is discriminatory and sees parallels to the experiences of marginalized groups in World War II. 

The ideological clash between Iron Man and Captain America has been described as a classic "security versus liberty" conflict, and so I would expect that their respective supporters would mostly reflect the party divide in this country (conservatives on Team Iron Man, liberals on Team Cap). However, releasing the movie in 2016 complicates the issue as a result of the clear parallels to the gun control debate, especially if the movie replicates the inciting event of a massacre involving children. One could argue that in that case, Iron Man is echoing liberal calls for further regulation of individuals wielding potentially lethal power, while Captain America reflects the conservative desire to protect individual liberties. But then again, being a gun-owner is not an involuntary and unchangeable part of a person's identity, as is being superpowered, so the racism parallels (or even a comparison to conservatives' support for registering the mentally ill) are more apt. 

Or, you could just choose based on the line-up. Team Iron Man seems to have the edge, since Team Cap is populated with more regular humans, but personally, I would always put my money on the team with Scarlet Witch.

Team Cap

Team Cap
 
- Captain America
- Winter Soldier
- Scarlet Witch
- Ant Man
- Hawkeye
- Falcon
 

Team Iron Man


Team Iron Man
 
- Iron Man
- Black Panther
- Vision
- War Machine
- Black Widow

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.
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