All the Ways MCU Prove Iron Man Was Right in the Civil War – NBCNEWS

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The MCU has proven multiple times that Iron Man is ultimately right in Captain America: Civil War. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the 2016 film set the stage for the climax of the Infinity Saga in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. In essence, however Captain America: Civil War was a character study for the Avengers co-leaders Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America.

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Inspired by the Marvel Comics story of the same title, Marvel Studios took some liberties in its creation Captain America: Civil War. The initial conflict between Iron Man and Captain America revolved around the MCU’s implementation of the Sokovia Accords, legal documents mandated by the United Nations that require all enhanced creatures to be registered. Steve Rogers/Captain America opposed it, arguing that the best hands were still their own — a sentiment motivated by his traumatic experience in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Tony Stark/Iron Man was for it, claiming they were no better than the bad guys without limits, and fighting the mandate would only make it harder for them to move forward. Their disagreement was irreconcilable, forcing the rest of the Avengers to choose sides.


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Aside from the fight over the Sokovia Accords, Iron Man and Captain America’s Civil war The conflict turned personal when it was revealed that Bucky, while still acting as HYDRA’s Winter Soldier, was behind the deaths of Tony’s parents. Steve deliberately hid this information from his fellow Avenger and later claimed his decision was to protect Tony, but while that was partially true, he mostly did it to protect his oldest friend. Steve was objectively wrong in lying, but the debate over his and Tony’s respective stances on the Sokovia Accords continues to be a hot topic years after the Infinity Saga. However, Marvel Studios has already shown several times that Iron Man was right about this.

Infinity War & Endgame proved Iron Man’s fears were right

Thanos versus Iron Man in Infinity War

After Tony Stark/Iron Man Nearly Died in The Avengers, he developed a nagging fear that a new alien threat would come after Loki’s defeat at the Battle of New York. He has expressed this several times in Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it fell on deaf ears. Despite this, he continued to work to make sure Earth was as ready as it could possibly be when that unnamed threat finally came. In Avengers: Infinity War, the fear was realized with the arrival of Thanos. This was one of the main reasons Iron Man was actually in favor of the Sokovia Accords Captain America: Civil War: He wanted to keep the Avengers active in preparation for what was to come. While he wasn’t fully on board with relinquishing all control to the UN, he acknowledged that signing the Sokovia Accords was the best way to keep the team together, because at least the Avengers are still a functioning unit.

Iron Man even mentioned this in his outburst in Avengers: Endgame. He remembered how Captain America prioritized his personal freedom over the greater good. If the Avengers had at least negotiated what the Sokovia Accords would entail rather than just opposing them, they would have been willing to take on Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and the universe didn’t have to experience the Blip. They shouldn’t have gone to much trouble to revert the snap-in either Endgametakes the lives of both Iron Man and Black Widow.

The Sokovia Accords Now Endanger Phase 4 Heroes

Mrs. Marvel Damage Control Agents

With the story progress of the Infinity Saga, there really wasn’t time to properly deal with the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. However, the Sokovia Accords were clearly executed as most of the Avengers on Team Cap were arrested while the rest of the rest went underground for two years and acted as the Secret Avengers. With the threat of Thanos imminent, the implementation of the Sokovia Accords was unofficially suspended as the heroes all came out hoping to stop the Titan. Then the snap happened, wiping out half of life in the universe, including some members of the Avengers. Suddenly, the UN had bigger problems than chasing improved individuals who hadn’t signed up for the Sokovia Accords.

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After the Infinity Saga was all wrapped up, MCU Phase 4 proved the Sokovia Accords are back in effect through the shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Mrs. Marvel. Sam Wilson had to abide by government regulations and work with them to earn a living while the Department of Damage Control on Ms. Marvel hunted because she was a powerful being who had not yet declared herself. Had the Avengers followed Iron Man’s plan in Captain America: Civil War to negotiate the terms of the Sokovia Accords, its implementation would be clearer. Because the parameters are obscure, the documents are more prone to loopholes that any governing body can exploit. That was exactly what happened in Mrs. Marvel when Damage Control went rogue and used unacceptable means to capture the young superhero.

Not solving the Sokovia chords makes reassembling the Avengers more difficult

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The issue of the Sokovia Accords wasn’t really discussed by either the UN or the Avengers, so the remaining MCU heroes are currently at a disadvantage, unaware of their specific rights to operate. This is also why it would be more difficult to reassemble the Avengers in the Multiverse Saga. In the Infinity Saga, Iron Man acted as the liaison for the Avengers and took care of official business. If they had agreed on his plan to be open to the Sokovia Accords, he would have been an integral part of the negotiation process in which he campaigned for their rights. Between his personal characteristics and experience Iron Man 2, it would be safe to say that he would have successfully lobbied for what is best for Earth’s mightiest heroes. Now that he’s gone and it’s uncertain who exactly is leading the Avengers in the Multiverse Saga, it would be easier for any governing body to bully them into doing what they want and keep the Avengers scattered.

In the end, what makes Iron Man so good? Captain America: Civil War comes down to the idea that he had a plan. He did not approach the mandate of the Sokovia Accords as an all-encompassing issue. Instead, he looked at the possible outcomes of imposing the UN on this matter and figured out the best way forward that would also secure the future of the Avengers. Now that he’s gone, the failure of his plan to tackle the Sokovia Accords continues to cause problems for those he left behind.

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