While the “Captain America: Civil War” trailers have made it quite clear why Captain America (Chris Evans) is opposed to the Sokovia Accords in the upcoming Marvel superhero clash film, fans have yet to learn why exactly Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) is supporting the legislation.
In “Captain America: Civil War,” the central conflict is the Sokovia Accords, a new international piece of legislation that, if approved, will require superheroes and other “enhanced individuals” to register with the government and have their activities be monitored and regulated. This doesn’t go down well with Cap but somehow works for Tony Stark.
In an interview with Nerdist, Downey, Jr. explained the motivation behind Iron Man’s stance, saying, “I mean, conversely, I think what’s interesting is not so much that he’s looking for more control but that he’s saying that as a group of individuals we all require a little bit more supervision than we might imagine.”
Unlike in the “Civil War” storyline in the Marvel comics, the upcoming film doesn’t portray Iron Man’s support of the Sokovia Accords as blind, ruthless, and plainly wrong. As Marvel Comics fans know, in the comics, Iron Man built a superhero prison and began putting his friends behind bars.
“Civil War” screenwriter Christopher Markus said that this is not how the cinematic version of events plays out. According to Markus, just like Captain America, Iron Man has a personal reason for backing the Sokovia Accords. “He’s coming from a place where you understand why he would make this decision,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chadwick Boseman, who makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as T’Challa/Black Panther in “Civil War,” recently spoke about how his character differs from the other superheroes and how he is regarded in his home of Wakanda.
“He’s a warrior, and it’s part of their tradition,” the actor told Collider. “It’s not like he’s like, ‘Who is that masked guy that’s doing this stuff?’ Everybody knows it’s him, and they expect that it’s him…” According to the actor, this is the main difference between Black Panther and most of the other superheroes, whose real identities are kept secret.
“Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters May 6.