Total Nerd The Heaviest Political Issues in Captain America: Civil War  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the controversial political topics you're most surprised to see Captain America tackle

This list looks at political topics in Captain America: Civil War and how the film plainly states what other, more "serious" film can't. At the heart of Marvel's Civil War is the idea that nothing good can come from the "You’re with me or against me" argument. The political theme of the movie is that disagreements can occur between people with similar ideologies, but who believe in different methods. It would simple to break the movie down intoT ony Stark and the government (the bad guys) against Captain America and his crew (the good guys). But almost everyone in the film is motivated by a desire to do the right thing and bring about their idea of peace.

Admittedly, this is a Captain America movie, so there’s a lot of explosions,  gratuitous shots of muscles, and fighting. But the film also delves into Captain America's politics and uses its ridiculous characters to examine real concerns. On the surface, it might seem like Cap’s recalcitrant attitude towards the UN is driven by his love for Bucky Barnes, but as the film progresses, it becomes obvious that Steve Rogers has a specific idea of what freedom is, and how he should be allowed to fight for it.

Captain America: Civil War takes on a lot of weighty issues, and you can vote up the ones you think it handles most intelligently.
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Government Overreach


Government Overreach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Heaviest Political Issues in Captain America: Civil War
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The entire concept of making a group like the Avengers into a federally subsidized team of super soldiers is kind of silly (but in a scary way), and the UN's desire to put the heroes in a box until they need them is paralleled with the way Bucky and his Hydra super soldier crew were handled in the early '90s. This notion of the militarizing a team that exists for the public good also reflects the increasing in heavily-armed police forces throughout America.
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Civil Liberties


Civil Liberties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Heaviest Political Issues in Captain America: Civil War
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Throughout the film, multiple characters have the civil liberties infringed upon, some of them without even knowing it. Wanda Maximoff is held illegally in Stark's Mansion (admittedly, if there were a place to be illegally detained that would be pretty choice) simply because the CIA thinks she might be a danger to herself and the people around her. 
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Force vs. Diplomacy


Force vs. Diplomacy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Heaviest Political Issues in Captain America: Civil War
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This is a political ideal that isn't discussed enough in action films. Black Panther's discussion with his father makes the centrality of this clear enough, but more familiar characters also return to it again and again. Before the heroes split up and duke it our in Civil War, they do something incredibly interesting and have a conversation about how they should proceed. 
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The Polarization of American Politics


The Polarization of American P... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Heaviest Political Issues in Captain America: Civil War
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In 2016, America is in its most politically polarized era in recent memory, and the film welcomes comparisons to the contemporary culture war throughout. But there's a very important moment late in the film, when a character says that an empire toppled by its enemies can be rebuilt, but one that tears itself apart on its own is dead forever.