For years, the Avengers — both separately and collectively — have saved the world time and time again. They’ve rescued thousands, millions, even billions of people from terrible fates. But their unsanctioned do-gooding has not come without cost. Innocent people are sometimes still inside those exploding buildings and falling cars.
And so the civilised world draws up the Sokovia Accords — an agreement between the planet and the superheroes who protect it. Many heroes, including Iron Man, support the Accords. He believes that even superheroes — especially superheroes, perhaps — could use a little accountability. But others, including Captain America, aren’t so sure. Organisations, however well-meaning, have a tendency to foster their own agendas.
The Accords will be passed, of course, whether the good Captain likes ’em or not. But during the signing ceremony, tragedy strikes: A bomb goes off, killing dozens. It’s not long before news agencies broadcast the picture of the presumed bomber: the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, aka Captain America’s one-time best friend.
Captain America: Civil War comfortably follows the CGI-enhanced template, but with one interesting change. Here, the superheroes fight one another — and without losing their heroic bona fides. Each one is doing what he or she believes is right while disagreeing vehemently over what right looks like. And that makes this superhero movie (a genre not exactly known for its depth) a potential springboard into thoughtful conversations.