Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has never missed a chance to enchant the audience through their productions.
Their superheroes based on Marvel Comics have become every household’s topic of conversation at one point or another.
Since we’re discussing superheroes, let me ask the question, “Who is your favorite: Iron man, Hulk, Thor, or Captain America?” Think hard and choose well!
Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to discuss the ten most important life lessons you can learn from Captain America: Civil war.
Looking back at his roots, Captain America is a patriotic soldier straight from the books of cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby from 1941. As one part of the movie series on this superhero, Captain America: Civil War came out in 2016 as a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
With that intro, let’s jump straight to the lessons. Set yourself up for a learning session! Here you go.
10. Always do the right thing
The movie by Anthony Russo highlights one of the key components of our everyday life, such as doing the right thing even when the odds are
not in our favor. We see Captain America or Steve Rogers (portrayed by Chris Evans) as not in favor of signing the Sokovia Accords even when multiple members of the Avengers like Tony Stark were in favor of the aforementioned document.
Like a true captain, Steve relies on his judgement rather than the government because governments are just humans influenced by changing agendas. If power falls into the wrong hands, the Avengers can turn into their puppets; hence, it is crucial to consider all the possibilities before committing to anything like the Sokovia Accords.
9. The power of perception
While those saved by the Avengers regard them as real heroes, then how about people who have lost their loved ones as collateral damage?
Even in real life war situations, the reality of people losing their loved ones as collateral damage is always there, and this posts a million-dollar question of who will be accountable for those lives. General Ross (played by William Hurt) brings this topic up when he mentions that the Avengers were more on the vigilante side and not superheroes. Isn’t that unbelievable?
Besides, such unlimited power also needs to submit to accountability and supervision to address the greater human population’s perspectives.
8. United we stand, divided we fall
We always come across the importance of teamwork and collaboration and how any organization stands on the power of unity. We are sure you would all agree.
Captain America: Civil War also provides us this lesson in a very definitive and hard way. Colonel Helmut Zemo (portrayed by Daniel Bruhl) turned
into a terrorist and focused on defeating the Avengers. Realizing that the Avengers would be too powerful to engage in a battle with, he crafted a shrewd plan to divide and conquer the superheroes.
Turning them against each other, Zemo even mentioned to Captain America that an empire crippled by external forces could bounce back, but if it crumbles from within, who can mend this broken empire?
7. Side effects of emotions – it can cloud judgment!
Zemo’s manipulation of the situation turned the Avengers against each other because of their opposing beliefs, which eventually made them thinking irrationally. This happened when Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) realized his mistake and went on to help Captain America and Bucky/The Winter Soldier (portrayed by Sebastian Stan). That was such an iconic scene!
Zemo successfully manipulated Stark into believing that Bucky was behind the conference bombing and the killing of his parents. Stark
stopped thinking with his brains and rationalized killing Bucky, which led to a heated conversation with Steve Rogers. This is a perfect example of consequences that result when we let our emotions take control of our minds, causing us to stop thinking logically and rationally.
6. You are only as good as your team
When one builds a team, the focus should be to increase the team’s cumulative strength so that one member can complement another. In order to do that, each member needs to focus on continuous improvement, both individually and collectively, adding new strengths to the team’s repository bag of skills.
We see the Avengers are no exception in Captain America: Civil War, and we learn the importance of this life lesson from them.
Both Iron Man and Captain America went on to recruiting new members whose powers and skills were beneficial for the whole team, thus increasing their cumulative power. Some of those additions who turned out to be extremely beneficial for the team were Ant-Man/Scott Lang (portrayed by Paul Rudd) and Spider-Man/Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland).
5. Self-sacrifice for the greater good
The movie’s ending shows James Burnes, aka Bucky, voluntarily being induced into a cryogenic sleep state in a laboratory most probably by Black Panther/T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman). He wanted to make sure that Hydra’s codes and evil control would not awaken the brainwashed super soldier in him because this might be fatal for the world.
So, what was his sacrifice? In this state of sleep, he ensures that the mind control program is completely erased from this mind, in which case, he can safely be awakened. While this sets the premise for the next movie in the series, it also shows how sometimes we need to think of the greater good and make some personal sacrifices. This act takes nothing away from a true superhero and will, in fact, command more respect.
4. Letting things go
A very difficult but crucial lesson we learn is the importance of letting things go. In the romance department, it’s difficult to get over an ex, even more if she is your one true love.
Peggy Carter has been Captain America’s true love for decades and her funeral in Captain America: Civil War was a very hard and earth-shattering moment for him. He never really could let her go, and his hang-ups over Peggy have haunted him in multiple ways. One such incident was when the Captain kissed Peggy’s niece, Sharon Carter
(portrayed by Emily VanCamp), a few scenes after Peggy’s funeral, seeing that he projected his feelings for Peggy onto Sharon.
3. Vengeance – the never-ending cycle
Remember the quote, “An eye for an eye ends up making the whole world blind”?
Well, it can be seen very explicitly in Captain America: Civil War. We learn towards the end of the movie what turned Zemo into a terrorist obsessed with defeating the Avengers. It is because Zemo’s family was accidentally killed as collateral damage by the Avengers. One of the superheroes, the Black Panther/T’Challa also sought after the man who killed his father. Do you know who it was? No points for guessing, but it was Zemo, the villain of the movie.
This conflict also justifies naming the movie “Civil War.” But at this point, like a true superhero, Black Panther realizes how vengeance can never solve a problem and even turn into a vicious never-ending cycle. He even stops Zemo from taking his own life, and his response is, “Vengeance has consumed you. It’s consuming them, but I’m done letting it consume me. Justice will come soon enough.”
2. Trusting people
A crucial component in life is trust, and mutual trust can only bring the best out of society.
This is in fact one of the primary themes of Captain America: Civil War. Whether it be the unconditional trust given to the Captain by Falcon/Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlett Johansson), or the way recruits Ant-Man and Spider-Man had faith in their mentor, trust is evident in the movie. Iron Man and Captain America desired to trust each other, but their conflict over Bucky led to dire consequences.
In the end, they all learned, evolved, and came out stronger.
Here are some more lessons from Captain America.
- Friendship is of prime importance
Friendship is an essential virtue emphasized by the MCU. That remains true even for Captain America: Civil War. Captain America knew Bucky ever since he was very young, and despite their troubled past, Cap was willing to risk his life because he believed in Bucky and valued their friendship.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions
Feel free to question the authorities if you feel that they are wrong. Rulers can also make mistakes, and Captain America: Civil Warsends that message to its viewers.
1. Leadership lesson
Another great lesson to learn is leadership, and Captain America: Civil War reveals multiple facets in this category.
Tony and Cap are not perfect by any means, but more importantly, they recognize the virtue of true leadership. Like a true leader, they know how to swallow their ego and strengthen their team through diversity and empowerment. Even as the leadership styles of Tony and Cap conflict, they realize they cannot fight bigger forces apart and that they need to reach a level of mutual respect and understanding so that the Avengers can become stronger than ever.
While some movies are merely for entertainment, Captain America: Civil Wargives valuable life lessons worth pondering. The film became both a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide and fetching praises for the performances, action scenes, screenplay, and themes.
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