If you haven’t read it thus far, Civil War II has been capped by The Oath epilogue, with the most dramatic introduction into the most Captain America – centric crossover event yet. As we all know that Steve Rogers is now a Hydra Agent, it is curious to say that Captain America, for the lack a better term, is right in his criticism of the heroes involved in the war and this is scary, as he said what was on everyone’s mind: the heroes have forgotten their vows.
During Steve Rogers’ inner monologue towards a comatose Tony Stark, he has noted how the heroes who have vowed to protect the normal people have forgotten what they are fighting for. He remarked that his friends, the heroes that have saved the world time and again, have begun to lose touch. The red, white and blue Captain America noted with a pained face that the entirety of the Civil War was not about an argument on making the world a “safer place” but a battle over “authority”. He said that everyone fought for a future that they wanted themselves, something that does not necessary reflect the future that the people want or the people need.
Captain America further insisted that Tony will never be able to commit to “something bigger than himself, because he believes that there is nothing bigger than himself”. Steve further broke on Captain Marvel’s lack of empathy as well, telling that she’s too consumed by the need for approval – that for someone whose whole mantra is going “higher, better, stronger”, she cannot live without the approval of the world. He noticed the desperation in her actions, saying that people who “need everyone ends up being the most hated”.
People may say that I am biased with Captain America; I’ll say they have the reason to doubt my judgment because I am among the biggest fans of Steve Rogers. Still, it doesn’t make his words any less correct than they truly are. The past civil wars have always been two opposing factions refusing to sit down on a difference of routes to take, pushing that one concede to the other’s authority. Though I dare say that in Civil War I, the Captain made more sense than Tony Stark by pure argument alone, Civil War II is nothing but a petty squabble over how to utilize a power that is not even very accurate in the first place. The war was not really about policing before or after a catastrophe or preventing them altogether; if this was the case, the whole war could’ve been prevented through a compromise agreement where an observed utilization of Ulysses’ powers can help prevent outcomes, but use it only in limited capacity instead of relying entire on it.
Captain America is right. The war was not about principle but of hubris – that one does not want to swear fealty to a future that the other wants as this will be a genuflection to the other. It was a war of egos where the future of the world was the pot, the normal people who they swore to protect were the chips and being the victor is its own prize. It is not surprising that this is resonant to us in real life due to everything wrong that is happening across multiple continents. Egos cannot meld enough to create a world where the cries of the normal people are heard, instead of personal campaigns being shoved into people’s throats.
You built gleaming towers full of new technologies, opened doorways to new worlds.. and then you left them behind to wallow in the dirt…That you ever thought it would last. That’s the real arrogance of it. You made yourselves GODS and now you wonder why the people are ready to crucify you. And He knew that too.
Captain America, for all the Hydra-saluting overtones of his monologue, nailed the problem in the head. His words are more than just ramblings of a brainwashed fictional super soldier in comics; his words have weight to them: if we allow two factions to simply decide the fate of our future for us, believing that they are entirely in the right without thinking of the voices of the people they swore to serve, we deserve no more than a world held intact by a deranged madman who has proposed a third option.