WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.
[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) was truly awe-inspiring and had our beloved characters fighting each other. The two sides were struggling with an equally intense urge of achieving their goal. On one hand, Tony Stark believed it’s better for everyone if the Avengers work under government control. On the other hand, Steve deemed it best for them to operate independent of any organizational influence. Though, the main motive behind each side is clear, one might think what is going on in each member’s head. What is the reason that led every person to choose their side in the fight?
I’m here to discuss exactly what caused each individual to turn against half of the team and support the rest, starting with Team Cap…
Motivating Force: Past Experiences
If we look back at Captain America: Winter Soldier, it seems pretty clear why Steve does not want the UN interfering. He has already worked under an organization and had to pay the price. After S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fall, it was found out to be lurking with HYDRA agents who were close to wiping out millions from existence. If a top-secret military counter-terrorism and intelligence agency can have flaws, why can’t any one of the governments of 117 countries.
He also believes in Peggy Carter’s approach towards life- even when the whole world forces you to surrender, you stick to your opinion and refuse to do so:
"When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — 'No, you move.’” – Margaret “Peggy” Carter
He lives by these words and realizes that he has to stand against the Sokovia Accords.
Thus, by trusting the ideology of this glorious woman and confronting the calamities that came his way, Rogers decided to decline the Accords.
Motivating Force: Freedom of Choice
Wanda started to see the matter seriously when Vision tried to contain her. She was tricked by Von Strucker to work for HYDRA. She was experimented on and held in captivity after that. Wanda’s nature is to be a wild card and keeping her in check deprives her of that. Hence, she’s definitely not pleased when Vision secretly tries to restrain her.
Other than that, she personally thinks of Stark as someone who can be careless and irresponsible while making decisions. Though it wasn’t directly his fault, Tony’s weapons killed her parents and then later his brother along with several other Sokovians. She partially distrusts him for that too.
Motivating Force: Trust in Steve
Sam can be thought of as a straight-forward guy. When there was no one to trust, Cap trusted Sam with his life and he is doing the same for him now. He genuinely wants to help Steve at every step. He helped him take down HYDRA, find the Winter Soldier and introduced him to their ‘new recruit’ – Scott Lang. He puts his trust in Rogers because he shares the same ideology. He was there when S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated and knows that no organization can be trusted.
Motivating Force: Not Clear
I’m not sure why this guy rambled in but it may have to do with a couple of things.
Firstly, he knows the difference between what’s legal and what’s right. The above is an example of one of the few illegal yet righteous things he has done previously. He realizes that sometimes you have to break the law to do what’s best for everyone.
Secondly, he has already witnessed what a company did in its search for power – Pym Technologies. Its Head, Darren Cross wanted to sell the Ant-Man suit technology to be used in warfare. The Avengers are the most lethal weapon any organization could possibly imagine, and can cause devastation if used for the wrong purposes.
Finally, he has the chance to do something bigger than himself (pun intended). Whenever he was given a chance to do something right, he took it as he wants his daughter to see him that way. He wants to keep being the hero his daughter knows he is.
Motivating Force: Severity of Matters
Though his motive is unclear too, I think he realizes that the job is important. He knows it’s crucial because Cap needs his aid. He is a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and understands how that worked out. Furthermore, he goes to rescue Wanda because he feels responsible for her state. He showed her a path that led to her current state, and now he wants to help her again.
Motivating Force: Not Dying/ Trust in Steve
Bucky’s motives are straight-forward- not dying or being a prisoner. The accusations on him fueled up the Civil War though they were not correct. In order to get rid of them, he turned to Steve- the one man he could trust. He knew Steve would help him no matter what as he did before in CA: WS.
On Iron-Man’s side, the agendas were as follows…
Motivating Force: Guilt
Stark’s motivation was truly and solely based on guilt. He considered the NYC and Sokovia tragedies his fault. He wanted to end this feeling in any way possible. If the Sokovia Accords meant a chance to end peoples’ suffering, he wanted to take it. Tony’s decision was greatly inspired by his confrontation with a grieving mother (played by Alfre Woodard) who lost his son in the battle of Sokovia and blamed him for the death of her son.
Motivating Force: The Avengers
Natasha’s main aim in this hustle is to keep the Avengers together and united. With the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., this is the only home she has left and does not want to lose it too. But when she gets that Steve will not stop whatever the odds, she ends her pursuit.
Motivating Force: Responsibility
Peter believes that if you have the power to stop bad things and they still happen, it’s your fault then. Though he admires Captain America, he understands the point of view of another man he respects- Tony Stark. He sees him as a role model and believes him if he says that Cap needs to be contained.
Motivating Force: Vengeance
Although he already agrees to the Accords because of the Sokovia incident, T’Challa’s driving force turns into revenge later in the movie. He wants to avenge his father’s death by killing Bucky Barnes, but stops and realizes by the end, that it will gain him nothing.
Motivating Force: Logic
Vision thinks like an android (duh). For him there is a cause and an effect, and in order to end the effect one needs to end the cause. He sees the formation of the Avengers as the cause of the devastation that followed and means to end it.
Motivating Force: Allegiance
Lt. Col. Rhodes has always been working under an organization. First for the army in the Iron Man movies and then under S.H.I.E.L.D. as an Avenger in Age Of Ultron. He has never been part of an independent group and probably never will be. He agrees with the fact that “superhero individuals” must be kept under organizational control. In Iron Man 2, he thinks the Iron Man suits too dangerous in the hands of Tony and considers them the property of the US Army.
These personal beliefs added to the gravity of matters made each person choose his side in one of the greatest superhero clashes ever witnessed...