Anyone paying attention to the rumors swirling around Captain America: Civil War already know that the Superhero Registration Act resting at the heart of this comic book story has been changed into the Sokovia Accords for the movie. And with that comes one major change to the overall plot. Captain America: Civil War will not be about unmasking superheroes and exposing their secret identities. But if that's the case, then what is the movie really about?
In the original Civil War comic books, the government sets up the Superhero Registration act, demanding that individuals with superpowers register themselves. This involves everyone on file giving their full identities and revealing every aspect about their private lives. The story sees Spider-Man going unmasked, which does not work out well for the wall-crawler. But more than anything, the Superhero Registration Act is such a controversial topic, it brings Iron Man and Captain America to blows.
Captain America: Civil War will still retain the divided team aspect of the comic book story. But it won't be a direct adaptation of the printed page. There won't be anything called the Superhero Registration Act, which is something we've known since the post-credit scene in Ant-Man. Captain America and Falcon finally find The Winter Soldier. His arm is trapped in a vice. Only Tony Stark can help free him. But Steve Rogers reals that the Sokovia Accords is making that impossible. And it's actually these Accords that bring Iron Man and Captain America to throwing punches in each other's direction.
The Sokovia Accords are a global initiative meant to govern all superheroes. The act is put into place shortly after all the damage we see done in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In that movie, this team of so-called heroes tore up South Africa and Sokovia with aplomb. It's also rumored that an opening scene tussle in Captain America: Civil War, which pits Crossbones against Cap, Falcon and Black Widow, helps push the Sokovia Accords home. The One World Order feels threatened having a unilateral super-powered task force running wild after the disbanding of S.H.I.E.L.D. And those agents will not be getting their things back in order anytime soon, with former S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, sitting out Captain America: Civil War.
BirthMoviesDeath says that the disdain between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers comes down to a famous Latin quote: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Translated, it means: Who watches the watchmen? The script for Captain America: Civil War is only similar to the comic books in the broadest strokes. One of the reasons is that almost all of the Avengers' identities are already known by the public at large. And it will not focus on whether or not characters like DareDevil and Spider-Man get to keep wearing their masks. The thrust of the Captain America: Civil War storyline is about responsibility and being held for one's own actions, especially when a battle results in human casualties.
The Sokovia Accords also make it possible for the One World Government to keep any of the Avengers away from an impending bad situation. Including burgeoning wars between different countries. The question resting at the center of this story asks: Should superheroes be allowed to roam free? Or should they be policed by politics? Even without the superhero secret identity aspect, there is still a lot of rich story to delve into here. And the focus point will be aimed at Tony Stark, who has become increasingly aware of his responsibility to the word, and Steve Rogers, who has seen everything he believed in implode in a major way. What do you think of this turn of events?