Sunday, May 8, 2016

'I Can Do This All Day': Captain America Civil War & Perfect Teeth

Henceforward, when rumors like "Captain America dies," I don't even think I'm going to bother putting them here; there were innumerable rumors with Star Wars: the Force Awakens, and I thought with the huge differences between the rumors circulating and the actual film that it was just the Star Wars production staff intentionally sending out dis-information to protect the real goods, so to speak. UPDATED: Robert Downey Jr did an interview with radio host Howard Stern (himself a life-long Democrat who has left the party because of Obama) and during the interview, Downey told Stern, Tony Stark/Iron Man would vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election. I put this in so that, when I can, I might offer some validation to readers for the interpretations I post. Downey recognizes that Stark has been narratively placed on the Left in the films, and this validates the way I have presented herein to analyze the film. I hope this helps!
If you haven't yet seen Captain America: Civil War, I would like to suggest you take a couple of hours to refresh your memory by watching Captain America: the First Avenger. There are two reasons for this. First, Civil War centers around the close friendship of Steve Rogers/Captain America and Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier; The First Avenger reminds you of how and why they are so close. Secondly, in The First Avenger, Steve says one line, on two different--yet very similar--instances in the film which is repeated in Civil War: "I could do this all day," and he says it to Tony Stark, thereby connecting the two films through this one line. This post is loaded with spoilers, so please, if you haven't seen the film, you want to see it before you find out what happens! There are two scenes during the credits, one mid-way through and the second at the very end after the crawl finishes, so stay for the whole thing and then read this post when you have seen it! And you will also get to hear the smooth and cool theme song, Left Hand Free by alt-J which is also worth the wait.
When the film opens, it's 1991. Why? Because the Cold War hadn't quite ended, it was winding down, but there was still a chance that perestroika and glasnost would fail, or there would be a coup and Gorbachev would be kicked out of office and the Communist Party would strengthen its hold, not just on Russia, but the Baltic States and Germany, the Ukraine and everyone else. Opening with a year in the Cold War reminds those of us who were alive then that events from those days are still effecting us today, just like the murder of Stark's parents. With opening towards the end of communism, Bucky's zombi-like state in taking orders as a result of his brainwashing reminds us of how self-destructive communism is on a macro level of a country, but also on the micro level of the individual.
On a different note, when Scott Lang (aka, Ant-Man) meets Captain America for the first time, Steve Rogers asks Scott if Scott knows why they are gathering and what they plan on doing. "Something about some psycho assassins," Scott replies, and the thing is, at the time, we automatically deduce that those "psycho assassins" are actually Team Iron Man out to assassinate Team Captain America. Why would Hawkeye really come out of retirement to go to Siberia when the rest of the team could clearly handle it if Hawkeye didn't think that Team Iron Man was going to come for him at his house, when it would just be him and his bow,... his wife (who is not an agent) and his kids (who are not "little agents")?  Hawkeye also knew and was prepared for Vision guarding Wanda and that Vision would have to be subdued because Vision would hold Clint and not let him go either unless he could count on Wanda to help him. Now, this is the important point: why? If' I'm right about this, then why on earth would Team Iron Man be called "psycho assassins" by the Marvel universe? Because what happened to the Siberian gang of Winter Soldiers is in the not-so-distant future of Team Iron Man if they don't start thinking for themselves (this is basically Tony, Rhoades Spider Man and Vision, since Black Widow jumped sides and has gone into hiding). With Team Cap basically in hiding as well, the threats to international security are going to rise, and this is likely planned on Thaddeus Ross' part, knowing that either they could drive into hiding, arrest or destroy Avengers not willing to sign the Accords, and so the Ross/HYDRA (I am assuming Ross is a bad guy with an agenda of his own because his framing of the Sokovia Accords was so bad) can have their evil destructive path cleared for them. Team Iron Man is going to become this pack of "Winter Soldiers" and then people REALLY won't feel safe, and those people are likely to be the whole world. 
There are two dominant themes of the film: first, the Sokovia Accords, and whether or not enhanced beings should sign them and be controlled by a United Nations body politic. Second, personal responsibility. Marvel gets credit for making big blockbuster films, but you can't make successful films without successful narratives, and Civil War does that on both the international scale and the personal. Let's start out with the film's "passive villain," Tony Stark.
Black Panther, T'Challa, is considerably awesome in this film. Just as Chadwick Boseman's Jackie Robinson in 42 identified what real racism is for an American culture being saturated by false claims of racism on a daily basis, so T'Challa, by the end of the film is able to identify for us who real victims are, including Bucky who was framed, not victims who claim that they are victims because they are alive and life is too hard to live--which is what American culture is getting lambasted with daily from the Left; T'Challa exercises great wisdom in giving Steve and Bucky refuge and protecting those who are falsely being persecuted. His stand-alone film, is going to be quite good.
When we first see Tony, he's demonstrating to MIT students technology he developed to help him cope with the loss of both his parents; he mentions how no one ever would have funded this failed attempt at him trying to work through his loss and grief (again, Tony admits this failed) but, Tony has created a foundation to fund every single project of the entire MIT student body, "So go break some eggs," he tells them. Wow,... what a generous guy,... but I think we need to analyze what happened.
Marvel is NOT painting Tony Stark to be a socialist or Obama, and I am NOT just saying that because I adore Iron Man; we can say, however, that accepting huge deficits of guilt has caused Tony Stark to espouse socialist ideas in an effort to "right wrongs" and redeem himself (falsely); what Marvel wants is to make sure audience members see what happens when two of the most prevalent--and, even, seemingly harmless (or, even, "great")--ideas being pushed by people who are socialists actually get translated into reality and what those consequences are. Do you remember a little detail about Tony (maybe from Iron Man 2? or The Avengers?) when Tony revealed while buying a box of strawberries that he doesn't "like to be handed things?" Why not? Because Tony has been "handed things" his whole life: a billion-dollar fortune, a hugely successful company, an MIT education, a Malibu mansion, etc.; Tony has never had to work for anything, except to create Iron Man and save his life. Tony doesn't like to be handed things, but now, he has gone and handed these kids unlimited funding for unlimited projects, rather like the character Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) in The Kingsman Secret Service providing unlimited internet and cell phone service for free for everyone for life, only to use it to kill them all later or Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) in Batman vs Superman Dawn Of Justice using a new wheelchair for the disgruntled employee of Wayne Enterprises as a bomb to explode the capitol. It's one thing to want to help others when you are in a position to do so; I think everyone finds that commendable, giving someone else a hand-up; that doesn't mean every way we can do it is going to be good for them, and that's the problem Tony is having. Was Steve Rogers in The First Avenger, just "handed over" a new body and the abilities of a super soldier? He had been rejected five times from joining the army, and he had to go through the boot camp training and pass "informal tests," like the grenade being thrown and him sacrificing himself to save everyone else. No, he wasn't, he showed he would make a good super soldier because of his heart, compassion and desire for virtue. In The Age Of Ultron, Tony tells Steve, "I don't trust someone without a dark side," now we see what happens to people with a dark side: grievance, anger and sin (anything "dark") grows in the dark and takes us over; we can't escape it, and neither can Tony Stark escape his dark side or the sins that have taken root and grown there. In Captain America the First Avenger, the doctor picked Steve Rogers because the serum would magnify everything all ready within him, and so if Steve Rogers had a dark side, it would have been magnified, but he doesn't, which is the reason why he was chosen. 
Later on, we see Stark (for rather a long time by the standards of movie-worlds) with a black eye from the fight scene at the airport; why? Eyes symbolize our ability to see beyond the surface of things, people and situations. That Tony's eye has been wounded symbolizes his ability to see is wounded, especially in Siberia when Tony goes to help Steve and Bucky with the psycho assassins Zemo has let them to believe he's going to release on the world. Tony tells Steve, "I was wrong about you. The whole world was wrong about you," but when Tony says that, he has a black eye, so we know he can't "see" what is really happening in the situation, namely, that Zemo is using Tony to help destroy the Avengers. 
He broke the free market.
There is an incredible amount of generosity in what Tony has done, and yet, somehow, we know that wasn't the right thing to do. In not having these kids battle reality, they aren't going to learn how to prioritize their projects, and they're going to think all of their projects deserve to be funded. Money which Tony could be channeling into projects that actually work--like the sustainable housing program in Sokovia young Charles was working on when he died--and can be making a difference now. I'm not arguing with research and development; but I've been to college, and I have known a great number of engineers and know they are just as happy spending the weekend inventing new beer drinking games as working on a new computer program or legit homework.
This IS the image of Civil War: Steve being "pulled apart," Bucky on one hand (literally) in the helicopter, and the "establishment" in the other hand (the building). When Steve has Bucky in the warehouse, and Steve and Sam have Bucky's arm in the vice to contain him, Steve asks Bucky if Bucky remembers him and he replies, "Your mom's name was Sarah, and you used to wear newspapers in your shoes." The name "Sarah" invokes the wife of Abraham, the father of the people of Israel. "Sarah" means noble woman, or princess, because she was the mother of Isaac, the son born of the "free woman," whereas her slave woman, Hagar, was the mother of Ishmael, those born into slavery. So, Rogers' mother being the mother of those who are "free" and of "noble" birth, means that Rogers' is the leader of freedom and noble ideas. What about the newspapers in his shoes? We know that shoes symbolize the will, because our feet, upon which shoes are worn, take us places the way our will directs where we want to go in life. If Rogers was wearing newspaper in his shoes, it was because the shoes were too big for his slender and smaller frame, but he had a "big will." The newspapers also indicates that he was "informed" about issues and not just wanting to be famous or popular, but genuinely wanted to make a difference and save people. In other words, when Rogers asks Bucky, "Do you remember me?" Bucky replies by not just demonstrating he remembers Rogers, but knows who Rogers is on a most intimate scale and being: the woman (the "motherland" of America Sarah represents) and his will to be an important, helping person in the world. This is how we, too, should be viewing. 
The point I would like to make, and I don't make this lightly (but I think it's the point Marvel wants to make as well, not only by showing us Tony's own failed experiment, but as well, the MIT Liaison walking with Tony after the presentation talking to him about the self-cooking hot dog project he wants funding for) is that funding everything actually destroys innovation because you can get lazy without competing for funding, knowing you are going to get it regardless of whether an experiment/project works or fails (please see caption details below for further discussion).
Tim Holland truly does a great job as the Spider Man created by Marvel; this is yet another perfect example of great casting on Marvel's part. Now, please follow me for a moment here. How did Iron Man come into being? Tony was kidnapped and in his dire circumstances, he had no choice but to develop a means of escaping, and those regrettable circumstances were the birth pains of Iron Man. In other words, necessity begot invention. Now, I was an Art History major when I was in college and the socialist programs in the Nordic countries were the laughingstock of the Art History world. Artists in these Scandinavian countries would get on the "payroll" of the government as artists and once a month, someone from the government would come and make sure they were producing art. They all knew when the bureaucrat would be coming, so (according to my professor who made this his thesis study) most of the "artists" would spend the night before, busting up furniture and nailing it to other pieces and dumping paint on it, or pouring paint onto canvases, etc., anything to produce a physical artifact which could be possibly called art. This is the reason why you can't name even one Scandinavian artist, there aren't any. No one from any other country is interested in their art because of this program. Now, this is what Tony has done at MIT with his open grant program for funding: the exact same thing will happen with these kids' projects. When Tony goes to speak to Peter Parker/Spider Man, Peter tells him, "I want to help the little guy," not "I want the UN to control what I can and can't do" or "I want to enforce being registered." He says, "I want to help the little guy." This is where problems arise, because Tony (the socialist figure) thinks he's helping the little guy, but Peter has been doing well on his own (like finding the DVD player that day). Absolutely, Peter's going to do significantly better with Tony's patronage, but is Peter really going to be able to "help the little guy" if the Sokovia Accords are enforced? No, because the UN will be in control of Peter and they aren't going to let him go help out a kid who is getting bullied, unless Peter applies for permission and by that time, it's totally done and over with. So, joining Tony Stark is going to help Peter--like get a cool suit and logo--but Peter is going to become a UN pawn, just like what he really doesn't want to be. 
What about "homecoming?" Everyone is making a big deal about one of the "unlocking" key words being a trigger for Bucky also being the title of the solo Spider Man film coming; is there a connection? I think, at this point, there are at least two. First, Spider Man coming into the Marvel Universe at Marvel Studios is a homecoming: if you will recall, Sony Pictures had the right to Spider Man, and Marvel couldn't do anything about it until the Andrew Garfield's franchise had been negotiated into oblivion; so, "homecoming" is a recognition of that deal brokered between the two studios. Secondly, and this isn't an accident, no more so than Cap telling Tony, "I can do this all day," and that is, like Bucky, we can expect--on one level or another--to see Peter Parker/Spider Man to become a socialist pawn (probably in the same way as Tony Stark and Vision: not intending to directly, but espousing theories or attitudes which do, ultimately, make him socialist (in theory if not in reality). The fact that it has been confirmed that Tony Stark will be (to a greater or lesser degree) in the Spider Man film supports this interpretation (and if you don't buy it now, you will by the end of the post). 
There is another important issue this scene brings up: the young boy Charles mentioned above. After the MIT presentation, Tony wanders the halls and goes to the elevator were a woman, Miriam, stands and starts talking to Tony; Tony realizes she is waiting for the elevator but didn't push the button to go up and, after he pushes the button for her, she pulls out a photograph of her son Charles, and holds it against Tony's chest, telling Tony about what a good kid he was, and how he died in Sokovia during the events depicted in The Age Of Ultron. We know that stairs (and, in this case, the elevator) is a sign of "ascending," entering into a higher realm of consciousness. Why didn't Miriam push the button? "I'm exactly where I want to be," she tells Tony, and she's telling us, the audience, too: she doesn't want to find some higher purpose of her son's death; she wants to stay at the bottom and she wants to hold onto her anger and nurse her grievance; this moment is imperative, because it's exactly what happens to Tony towards the end with his parents and not wanting to forgive Bucky for what Bucky "did" (as the Winter Soldier, more on this in just a moment). This introduces two more imperative issues leading up to the Accords: gratitude and responsibility.
We know that Clint is going to take care of Wanda because her brother sacrificed himself to save Clint. There is, however, another reason and that is, Clint is a father, and Wanda needs a father to tell her when something is wrong and that she needs to act accordingly. It's possible that Wanda would have stayed at the compound and not gotten involved at all if Vision hadn't stopped Clint and Wanda felt compelled to free Clint from Vision. Remember, it was Clint teaching her a difficult lesson about what his job was that converted Wanda from a spoiled brat with a nasty attitude, to a powerful young woman facing terrible danger and taking responsibility, responding, "It's my job." That's pretty good parenting. This is an important statement, then, to parents, about what their job is in explaining to their kids that they have responsibilities in life and they can either take out their pain on the world (like Tony Stark does) or they can become important in helping others, like Wanda. And now for something completely different: why does this epic battle take place at the airport anyway? Most of us probably don't travel to too exotic of locales, like the Avengers do, but most of us travel via the airport; the Avengers not being allowed to leave the airport is something we can identify with because not having freedom of movement has been increasingly common in the US under the threat of "terrorism" and a slow economy making travel expensive (the "new-normal" "stay-cation"). 
No one has a drop of gratitude for what The Avengers have done all the times they have saved the world and people in need (Thaddeus Ross briefly mentions gratitude, but he doesn't mean it, and I address that in the caption below); this is, quite frankly, a great example of how America is treated: no one ever thanks us, and if they do, it's by burning our flag. We have also seen this in Batman vs Superman (with how Superman has been treated for saving Metropolis from General Zod's threat) and we see it with James Bond in Spectre when no one thanks him for saving Mexico City from the stadium bombing. The question is, why do (at least) three major films have a lack of gratitude as a vehicle of the narrative? Because as socialism spreads, gratitude disintegrates. As socialism spreads, something else disintegrates as well,....
Thaddeus Ross says, "Some people would use the word 'vigilante' to describe you,..." "Some" people, and because of those "some" people (I don't know, maybe just two people, counting himself) we are going to pass wide-spread and sweeping legislation to curtail your freedoms because we want to control you. Without a doubt, the Accords mirror the New World Order described in Spectre, but on a smaller scale; they are, nonetheless, more dangerous because the Avengers would be the people keeping us safe from a government take-over like the New World Order; in this scenario, they are aiding the government take-over. This is Wanda holding the book (yea, it's a book; not "an accord," but a whole book; why on earth, if this is "only" a "registration" act, does it have to be so thick, like Obamacare, if this is all there is to it?).  Do you remember the scene in the beginning when the Avengers are trailing the terrorists and the terrorists are using a dump truck that is fully loaded as a battering ram to break into the Disease Control Center? That dump truck is a metaphor of the Accords, because that thick book you see above (that probably no one has read, but are all being asked to sign, just like no one read Obamacare but signed it anyway) is a battering ram between the Avengers, and that red vial we see the terrorists holding foreshadows the "disease" Zemo is going to let loose on Tony Stark that will drive him mad with rage into almost killing Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes: that disease, is guilt. We know red is the color of blood, because you either love someone enough to spill your (red) blood for them, or you hate someone enough to spill their (red) blood to appease your anger, and in this case, Tony thinks he hates Steve and Bucky enough to spill their (red) blood.
To be perfectly honest, RESPONSIBILITY is the real star of the show, because he is the topic or the underlying topic of every scene of the film. Miriam, and the film's main villain, Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), both throw responsibility in the face of the Avengers, and Bucky. The big star that doesn't get any billing in this film--intentionally--is FREE WILL. For example, Miriam doesn't take responsibility for the fact that she let Charles go to Sokovia; she could have told him no and kept him at home, but she didn't, she allowed him to go and that was her free will she never owns up to. Zemo accuses the Avengers of killing his father, wife and son in the Sokovia fight, the three were watching from their car in the "countryside," but the city fell and it ended up killing them, and then the Avengers just flew off, not taking any responsibility for what they did. AGAIN, no anger directed at his own family and himself for allowing father, wife and son to go watch and not use more common sense to "get the hell out of Dodge," and we can say the same thing about Tony and his parents.
I actually couldn't find any images of Daniel Bruhl as Zemo, so, since the Civil War is his play, this is where we plant him. The biggest problem with Zemo is, his LACK OF RESPECT FOR LIFE. He killed the other Winter Soldiers and the doctor who was supposed to question Bucky when he's caught in Berlin (and, by the way, that doctor was one of the Russo brothers who direct the film). Zemo also killed the Bucky's handler from HYDRA because the handler wouldn't help him, and these are just the people we know about (since Zemo was also a HYDRA operative). Zemo doesn't take responsibility for killing any others in cold blood, but wants the Avengers to take responsibility for those who were accidentally killed in the siege of Sokovia and for them to pay for killing those he loved.
Howard Stark obviously made a bad decision in deciding to transport super-human serum in the back of his car he and his wife would be driving down a deserted road, and the result of his poor exercise of free will was that he was murdered for what he chose to carry himself (the serums). While Tony couldn't have controlled what his parents did, Tony had control over the last time he saw them and could have been a better son, but Tony choose not to; this guilt-complex the audience is introduced to at the start of the film is meant to stay with us because it stays with Tony. In other words, Bucky is an easy scapegoat for Tony to take out Tony's own regrets onto Bucky, especially when Bucky was obviously in a brainwashed state (and Tony knows this, which is why he refers to Bucky as "Manchurian Candidate" (the 1962 movie with Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra). Tony is shouldering guilt in the film in exchange (he thinks) for passing guilt onto someone else. The question is, did Bucky have control over his actions at that time? No, he obviously didn't, and anyone who has seen the Manchurian Candidate knows it and knows Stark knows it. Now, we are in a position to understand the controversy and tension amongst the Avengers over the Sokovia Accords; this isn't the complete scene, however, it provides us with the framework:
Steve is arguing about the right to choose (free will) and being the pawn of someone else's will (they don't let us go, they make us go when we don't feel we should). Did you notice that Tony, when he mentions shutting down his weapons, says the exact opposite of what Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) says at the end of Ant-Man when he shows Hope (Evangeline Lilly) the Wasp suit? Tony saw what his weapons in "the wrong hands" could do and so he "shut it down." Now, the foreign audience might not appreciate this, however, this mirrors precisely the debate over the 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) in the States since 2008, namely, that because some people (and they all happen to be liberals who do these things anyway) kill some people with guns, no one should have guns. Even though there are laws prohibiting that any American should have to register their weapon, the Obama administration and the Left have been desperately trying to get registration (so action can be taken against those who have guns so they can't defend themselves) or have children report on their parents to doctors or school authorities (hello, 1984). The Sokovia Accords are exactly what the Left in America wants regarding the 2nd Amendment: there is a show of protection, and in exchange for safety, you have to surrender some of your rights. To further prove this is what this scene wants to communicate to audiences, let's consider what Vision argues.
This is one of the important details which occur during the Sokovia Accord debate among the Avengers: Steve gets a text saying, "She's gone. In her sleep," and he immediately leaves the discussion, knowing Peggy Carter has passed away even though we don't see her at all in the film (this image is from Winter Soldier). Peggy symbolized the US-English alliance forged during the fight against socialism during World War II; as such, that Peggy has died, and in her sleep, and during the Sokovia Accords argument, translates to England having died in their sleep in the fight against socialism in outlawing guns and adopting a far more socialist economy. I know there are a lot of readers from the UK, especially England, so please, consider how--if at all!--England has "fallen asleep" to the dangers of socialist programs and, in favor of "safety" and "security," has become the very socialist country fought so desperately against in WWII.
Vision offers the group a "formula" for understanding what has happened: since Tony came out as Iron Man, there has been a steady and growing challenge to the number of enhanced individuals coming out in support of SHIELD; in other words, the more Avengers there are, the more--and badder--the bad guys are getting, therefore, according to The Vision, they should sign the Accords to monitor what they do and don't do. What has Vision just done? Like Tony at MIT, he has broken the free market system. Vision assumes that the bad is getting badder because the good is getting gooder, so don't let the good get too good, or good won't be able to keep up with the bad. It could be the exact opposite (and, my opinion is, it is) that has the bad are breaking out to achieve world domination in more subtle ways (like computer hacking and infiltrating organizations like SHIELD) good people are willing to come out of their private lives as citizens and stand and fight (like Spider Man, Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye coming out of retirement and Wanda overcoming her anger to become a member of the Avengers). What about Rhoady?
Why does Vision have a difficult time remembering to use the door when he wants to see Wanda? Because he's not human. He might have a human body, but he's not human, he's more alien, and as such doesn't understand privacy or personal space. There is an important marginal scene when Vision is cooking and he uses a spice that should be paprika but, when Wanda tries it, she knows it isn't; Vision hasn't eaten, anything, ever, and so he has no taste, i.e., he has no "appetites" for power, prestige, any vice or even, any real virtue, accept in and of itself. This is radically different from Captain America who has, Tony points out for us, "perfect teeth." Why is that important? Steve has appetites, he has tasted life, and he has always, ALWAYS chosen the highest good in all things. Steve has the perfect appetites: freedom, privacy from the government, the will to choose for himself rather than have something chosen for him, and the right and duty to take responsibility for what he has done, good or bad. Vision will never be able to understand this, or the difference, accept in the most abstract of ways.
We know that a character doesn't die in a film unless they are all ready dead: something in the character is toxic to the film maker/writer/artist, and that character symbolizes what the narrative wants to argue against. We can say the same about "crippling" injuries (PLEASE do not think I am being insensitive; this is a very difficult passage to write, and I am trying to be careful). The fight at the airport; Falcon is chasing Rhoades, and Vision comes to get Falcon off Rhoades tail; Vision fires at Falcon, who moves from the blast Vision sends, and instead of hitting Falcon, Vision's blast hits Rhoades, knocking him out of the air, to the ground and giving him spinal cord injuries that leave him paralyzed.
Sam. Steve's best friend. Why is Sam Steve's best friend and willing to risk so much to be friends with Steve? In other words, and this is imperative for us to understand, why didn't it ever occur to Sam to join Tony's team? Because Sam is a metaphor for "Uncle Sam," and the Falcon is a metaphor of the American Eagle and this is why Sam says, "People who usually end up firing at you, fire at me, too," because anyone who will attack Captain America, is going to attack America (Uncle Sam and the Eagle, our two important national symbols). On an entirely different note, why--when seeing Scott Lang for the first time since their encounter in Ant-Man--does Sam call Scott, "Tic-Tac?" I actually have no idea, and can only guess that it refers to the game, Tic-Tac-Toe. We can say that Scott successfully breaking into The Avengers' compound and past Sam was a score for Scott; Sam successfully tracking Scott down was a score for Sam, so they are 1-1. Why would Sam be this competitive with a fellow super-hero (future Avenger)? Consider how competitive he is with Bucky (to the point of not even moving the seat up int he car), and that is definitely going to translate to competition with Scott. Why? Recall what Sam says when he sees Spider Man swinging around at the airport: "Everyone has to have a gimmick nowadays!" and he says that because he is the body of capitalism: his competitive spirit, his understanding of how individuality works and national pride and traditions.
The "formula" Vision understands doesn't account for good people like Sam and people who don't take responsibility for themselves like Rhoades (because he is willing to let the UN tell him what to do and not do), and when Vision fires, what we see is a metaphor being played out with Rhoades becoming crippled, because the kind of argument Vision makes (the good shouldn't be so good so the bad don't get any badder) is paralyzing. There is no growth--for people or society--when we adopt an attitude like that. Case in point: Wanda. Recall, if you will, how much she and her brother hated Stark Industries and the Avengers and wanted to destroy them in the Age of Ultron; recall that, she could hate Hawkeye because her brother sacrificed himself to save Hawkeye (who was sacrificing himself to save that little boy) SO, if anyone could be acting like Miriam, or Tony getting upset about his parents' deaths, it's Wanda, but she is the glowing poster child for conversion and ascension, that is, overcoming her initial emotional responses to understand that she can do and be something far better, and the start of the show when she's being trained on how to scout out a terrorist situation is proof of that. And we can hope that, someday, Wanda will become like the great man himself, Captain America, which leads us to, what I think, is the hidden heart of the film: "I can do this all day."
In the top image is Steve in the theater ally trying to defend himself from a bully in the theater; there are two reasons why him holding up the trash can lid is important: first, obviously, it foreshadows the famous shield he will soon be receiving. Secondly, however, it foreshadows the end of the film when a little boy will take a trash can lid and paint it with the Captain America logo and pretend to be him; why? Even though we might be trash by society's standards, anything can happen in America, and it usually does, to elevate us beyond our dreams. In the second image, Red Skull removing his "normal" mask to reveal the monster beneath is really a foreshadowing device: that we see Red Skull wearing a mask means he will be "masked" at other times when we see him, too; it might not be Hugo Weaving in Civil War, but the socialist villain certainly appears as Tony Stark in the latest film.  Steve saying, "I can do this all day," links the bully at the theater to Red Skull (that is, socialists are bullies who want to take over the world and dominate everyone); does that sound like Tony Stark? No. So now, we have the "two faces" of socialism: there is Red Skull, who is the bully and wants power for himself, and then there is Tony Stark who wants to appear to give everything to others (the MIT project funding grant as well as The Avengers compound) and is liked by everyone (Obama). So socialism can come about in two ways but it will always involve sacrificing certain rights to gain something else (like the right to privacy being sacrificed in Spectre for world-surveillance to fend off terrorist attacks when the surveyors are the terrorists).
Why does Captain America leave his shield behind when he leaves Tony at the end? We could say it's the price Steve is willing to pay for freedom. Howard Stark absolutely would want Captain America to have that shield, but because Steve loves Tony, and hopes to be reunited with him in friendship, Steve leaves the shield behind so that Tony can come to grips with the reality of how small and petty (in reality, what a terrorist Tony himself has been) so that they can be reunited later in friendship. It will be a big deal when Tony gives the shield back to Steve, and it probably won't be until Infinity Wars Part 2.
Two times in Captain America: the First Avenger Steve Rogers says, "I can do this all day," when he is being beaten up: the first is when he gets into a fight with a big guy in a theater alleyway and is getting seriously beat up until Bucky shows up and saves him; the second time is when Steve is in front of Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and he's getting beat up by this major Nazi bully. In Civil War, Steve tells Tony Stark, "I can do this all day," and that's because, just like the bully at the theater and Red Skull, at this point in Civil War, Tony has become just a bully using his emotions to justify his horrible behavior. "Grievance" is the dominant vehicle of social revolution for socialists/communists, and they don't care what the grievance is, as long as it is there: blacks, feminists, Hispanics, gays, trans-gender bathroom issues, a kid biting into his Pop Tart to make it look like a little gun,... where there is a problem, socialists will turn it into a grievance, and that is their battering ram to destroy everything.
Steve, Tony, Wanda, Vision (unless it's Tony) and Peter don't have parents; Scott, Clint and parents, and we can say that T'Challa is a parent as well, since he is the King of his country (a father to his people), but he also is now without parents since the death of his father. We can safely assume that Bucky's parents are deceased, but we don't know about Rhoades, Sam or Natasha. The reason I am mentioning this now is because the relationship between Steve and Sharon Carter takes on that much more importance when contextualized by how heroes tend to have no relationships, or very limited ones (Clint Barton with his "normal" family life being the singular exception). It's not that Sharon is taking the place of Peggy now that Peggy is deceased, rather, Sharon has shown her "true colors" and now Steve knows he can trust her. What I just wrote is accurate, but not very clear. Peggy was a Queen Victoria metaphor, England itself (not to mention her first name being "Margaret" to invoke the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher), and that's not only because women symbolize the "mother land" (so being English she symbolizes England) but also because the moment we are introduced to her character, she is called Queen Victoria by one of the soldiers, so that is how we are to think of her; why? The bond forming between Peggy and Steve during The First Avenger is a metaphor of the bond between England and the US fighting together in the Alliance during World War II, against socialism. Steve has hung onto that, personally and metaphorically (and it was used against him in Age Of Ultron), because he hadn't bonded to the new US, the US wasn't the "motherland" to him that World War II was when Peggy was there and Steve came out of the "scientist's womb" as Captain America, super soldier. Now, that Tony Stark has gone so openly socialist, there is a new World War II and Sharon can be embraced by Steve as the "motherland" he requires to be allied with the US. A kiss is always symbolic of the "breath of life" which we breathe into another person, and Sharon breathes life into Steve as the country that he hasn't acclimated to since "waking up" from a seventy year slumber, while Steve can give the breath of life to America (Sharon) in standing up for what is right and the rights of our Constitution which are under threat by the Sokovia Accords.  
It's not wrong of Tony to be upset about his parents' death, or Bucky's role in it, but it is wrong, just like Miriam and Zemo, to blame "someone" just as "some" people (Ross' words) have blamed The Avengers for people who died in a larger event (the Avengers saving Sokovia, Howard Stark being an international arms dealer manufacturer).  If you don't agree with me on this, I understand, but I would like to call upon the testimony of THE MAN Mr. Marvel himself, and remind you of Stan Lee's cameo as the FedEx delivery guy (who is really delivering the message to us, the viewers): everything Tony Stark has done throughout the film has STANK. It's not a mis-pronunciation of Stark's name, rather, it's a correct commentary on how Stark has behaved through the film and what he has done. That Rhoady is with Stark when this happens, and that the two are discussing the Accords and their belief that they are right in signing them, validates that these events are intimately related for Marvel film makers. Note, please, that Stark has provided Rhoades with "external supports" to help him walk again, i.e., crutches like what the government supplies in the form of welfare and free phones and "free" health care and free access across our borders, etc. Again, Rhoades isn't a real person, he's a metaphor, and I don't want to suggest that I don't believe real people with paralysis or other physical debilitations shouldn't be helped.
It's actually a good thing Bucky looses that left arm by Tony; why? We can say that now we have identified Stark as the real socialist figure of the film, Stark has identified Bucky as NOT being a socialist figure and has, therefore, stripped Bucky of that which identified him as such: the machine arm. That Bucky has lost it, and we know he wants to get better, is a sign that he has successfully "rid" himself of the biggest part of his brainwashing, although quite  a bit still remains for him to do. While audience members watch the final credits crawl at the end, waiting for the final post-credits scene, the alt.-j song, Left Hand Free reminds us of Bucky who is now free of his left hand and the problems that secretive left hand caused him throughout all these decades of murder and mayhem.
In conclusion, Marvel Studios has once again delivered an incredible film: the love we have for the characters on both sides of this Civil War mirrors the civil war raging in America today, between friends and family, over grievances (real or imagined) being pulled from the closet of history and obscurity. Just as the battles and fights herein are hard on the heroes, but are necessary to bring them to greater understanding about themselves and their purpose in life, so we can say the same for our own lives. It's right for us to still love Tony Stark, but it was Captain America who was the First Avenger, and he has perfect teeth.
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