Captain America's Shield Belongs to the Government in Full Civil War Scene Breakdown

Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 12:01PM
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Captain America: Civil War
Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 12:01PM
Captain America's Shield Belongs to the Government in Full Civil War Scene Breakdown
Tony Stark has been critical of government interference in the past, but after creating Ultron and nearly ending the world, he's reconciling himself to a little oversight, and becoming a complete company man in the process. In a new scene breakdown from EW's Civil War issue, he flexes his authoritarian muscles and fans the flames in the conflict between himself and Steve Rogers:

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Here's the scene: An elevator opens in the op-center, and Steve Rogers and his friend Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Anthony Mackie's Falcon, walk out – with a silent T'Challa (the public identity of Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther) walking in front of them alongside the government attaché played by Martin Freeman. Scarlet Johansson's Black Widow is with them, and she's not saying anything either.
 
Something bad has gone down. Cap and Falcon were involved. It did not go well. They have handed over their vibranium shield and flying apparatus before being allowed access to this place. The pair look like they're being sent to the principal's office.
 
"You guys want to take a seat?" Widow says. "And try not to break anything while we fix this."
 
Stark, who hasn't yet had his beat-down, is on his cell phone with U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) as Cap and Falcon step into the nerve center of the intelligence office. "No, Romania was not sanctioned by the accords … Col. Rhodes is supervising clean-up … Yes, there will be consequences …" Stark looks irritated, tired. "Obviously, you can quote me on that. I just said it."
 
He hangs up, and beholds his Avengers.
 
"Consequences?" Cap says.
 
"Secretary Ross wanted you both prosecuted," Iron Man answers. "I had to give him something."
 
"I'm not getting that shield back, am I?" Cap says.
 
Black Widow walks ahead, joining Stark. "Technically it belongs to the government. Wings, too," she says.
 
"That's cold," Falcon says.
 
Stark spins on his heel as the two walk away with T'Challa. He flashes a tight, unpleasant smile. "Warmer than jail!" he says.
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This scene gets back to the philosophical roots of the conflict between Steve and Tony: security versus liberty. Clearly, Steve and Sam screwed up somehow, and it's somewhat understandable that Tony, Natasha, and T'Challa would think people with that much power should be held accountable. But then again, I'm totally on Team Cap, because I wouldn't trust Tony to exercise that power of oversight in a fair, non-tyrannical way.

Robert Downey Jr. doesn't agree, however, as he thinks that all of Tony's actions are justified. It doesn't even bother him that Tony's painted as the villain of the piece:

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"It didn't bother me at all. I've always thought of it in some ways that Tony is the antagonist to himself in his own story, so this isn't a problem. This guy understands problems 'cause he is a problem. And he tends to create problems.

I'm not having to patter around what I think the worldview is. I wholeheartedly agree with what he does in this. Which is, by the way, more than I could say for some of the other movies."
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Regardless, this is a much more interesting basis for the conflict of Civil War than the trailer's version, which was basically Tony whining that Cap liked Bucky better than him:



Captain America: Civil War comes out on May 6, 2016.
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