Chris Evans on Captain America: Civil War: 'Nobody's right, nobody's wrong'

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Sep 28, 2015, 10:38 AM EDT

We already knew the film adaptation of Civil War would take some liberties with the comic canon, and now Captain America himself has helped clarify some of the finer points.

While speaking at Salt Lake Comic Con, via The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Evans opened up about the mysterious “accords” we heard referenced during the post-credit scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Basically, the accords are a set of rules established to govern what superheroes are allowed to do — providing some level of oversight for the government.

It’s an interesting spin on the original comic story, which revolved more around superheroes being asked to register with the government and reveal their identities (Spider-Man’s unmasking played a critical role in the comic arc) than a general set of rules. But the spirit of the idea seems to be a good fit for the MCU, and we’d imagine the insanity of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s downfall and the Sokovia incident serve as catalysts for the plan. 

Here’s an excerpt from Evans’ comments at the con, and how Cap will disagree with Iron Man:

“Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own. And these are understandable concerns, but this is tough, because even reading the script, you think I think I agree with Tony in a way, and I do agree that to make this work, you do need to surrender to the group. It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do.

But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest. This is a tough thing. This is what made it so interesting while we were filming, and it’s hopefully what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.”

Within the framework of the MCU, it makes sense. Cap was burned by the establishment in Winter Soldier, and he seemed comfortable trying to run his own operation in Age of Ultron (despite the obvious hiccups). It fits the narrative that he wouldn’t want to sign right back up with a government that was just infiltrated to the highest levels by Hydra.

Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016.


(Via The Salt Lake Tribune)