The debate still rages over which side was right in Civil War: Team Cap or Team Iron Man. The reality is that only Black Widow saw the whole picture.
Five years after its release, people still debate which side – Team Cap or Team Iron Man – was right in Captain America: Civil War, but the truth is Black Widow was the only Avenger who was right all along. The argument has been ongoing ever since the movie’s release in 2016, and while most people have been on the side of Captain America over the years – it was his movie, after all – others point to the fact that the collateral damage and destruction the Avengers caused before and since make for a compelling case for Iron Man’s argument.
The crux of the movie’s central conflict revolved around the introduction of the Sokovia Accords, which still exist in the MCU today. After the Avengers’ very public mistakes leading to accidental civilian casualties and collateral damage in places like Lagos, Sokovia, and others, the United Nations drafted the Sokovia Accords, an international agreement that would put superpowered people on a global registration list and place them under the jurisdiction of the UN; the Avengers would only be able to act on sanctioned missions. On one side was Steve Rogers, who refused to sign, fearing that they’d be turned into attack dogs for political reasons or be hindered in effectively operating. On the other was Tony Stark, who was desperate to atone for the Avengers’ deadly mistakes and saw government oversight as a reasonable compromise.
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Of all the Avengers, it was Black Widow alone who was right in her actions. In truth, neither Tony or Steve was right. In their stubbornness of each of their positions, Captain America and Iron Man dug their heels in and refused to budge, leading to a civil war among the Avengers and other superheroes enlisted to help each side. Initially, Natasha sided with Tony Stark, reasoning, “If we still have one hand on the wheel, we can still steer.” But at a crucial moment in the conflict, she let Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes go rather than capture them. Her signing of the Accords disappointed Steve and her decision to later look the other way prompted Tony to accuse her of betrayal and playing both sides. However, Natasha was the only one who was right because she played both sides.
Steve and Tony were so mired in their righteousness they couldn’t see what Natasha Romanoff could: both sides were necessary. The reality is that the Avengers had made some very public, egregious mistakes, ones that cost multiple innocent lives and their public perception had been badly tarnished; they’d made enemies. Iron Man’s government-sanctioned, public-facing Avengers operating under the Sokovia Accords was needed. A team that could operate in the spotlight and appear to do things by the book would not only go a long way toward restoring public confidence in the Avengers – and superheroes in general – but also ensure that at least one group of Avengers would still have access to government funding and intel.
On the other hand, Captain America’s Secret Avengers were also needed. Steve wasn’t wrong that having to operate completely above-board and only at the behest of the UN meant they’d be hamstrung. Multiple threats require immediate action, and the Avengers being tied up in the red tape of bureaucracy could very well mean that villainous plans would unfold before the Avengers were able to stop them. A black-ops team that could operate in secrecy, outside the public eye and away from government observation, could be on the ground and immediately active in crucial times. With the spotlight on Tony’s team, it freed up Steve’s to move quickly.
Black Widow was the only Avenger who could see the much bigger picture. As always, she was a few steps ahead. Tony and Steve saw things in black and white, but Natasha had lived her life operating in the gray for a reason: When you play both sides of the chess match, you control the whole board. She played both sides because it was the right thing to do, meaning in the end, Black Widow was the wisest Avenger in Captain America: Civil War.
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- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
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