MARVEL CIVIL WAR: The Great Debate
Forget about the law for a second. Forget about tradition, regulation or even public safety. The underlying issue, the thing that Captain America’s fighting so hard to protect, is FREEDOM.Tony Stark may be a futurist, but it’s Cap who’s looking at the long-term ramifications of superhero Registration, imprisonment and “rehabilitation.” Whatever gains are now being made to quell crime, ease public fears and regulate the superhero population will be for naught when government control supercedes civil liberties. With Tony in charge, if you have superpowers, you either get in line with the government or you go to jail. There’s no choice. There’s no freedom. And who takes over if and when Tony Stark dies? You better believe S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government have a plan in place to do anything and everything needed in order to retain control of the massive superhero populace. Could the U.S. become a police state? Not if Captain America can help it.
You may not want Iron Man to win the Civil War. But for the sake of the Marvel Universe, you’d better hope he does.Put aside his questionable methods and you’ll find a goal that’s beyond reproach: ensuring the safety of the civilian population. Think about it: Superhumans are one-man armies, some of whom have the power to singlehandedly level cities or even warp reality. These same “persons of mass destruction” have in many cases taken it upon themselves to fight crime, terrorism and tyranny (however they may define them) with no training or supervision. We wouldn’t tolerate such VIGILANTISM from a policeman with a pistol or a soldier with a machine gun; to permit it for people who carry immeasurably more power within their bare hands is both ludicrous and dangerous. And comparisons to racist policies like segregation just don’t wash: Iron Man wants superhumans to register and receive official training and licensing not because of who they are, but because of what they do—and what they do can be deadly.
and so, I ask you again...
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?