We may be saluting 75 years of Captain America, but Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) believed that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) don’t deserve the red-white-blue shield that helped assembled Marvel’s first super-soldier Avenger into a living legend: the ambassador that was willing to pay the high price of freedom – even if it means giving up his own. That is what happened at the end of “Captain America: Civil War,” where Rogers not only assembled the prison breakout of his fellow Avenger friends, but break free of the uniform that became the real shield for life, liberty, truth, duty, honor, patriotism, integrity, and justice: Captain America, the good guy who never had a dark side, the good guy with the perfect teeth, the guy who always does the right thing.
“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” director Joe Russo told The Huffington Post. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”
“Captain America: Civil War” not only found Cap in conflict with Iron Man over the Avengers registering with the government, but with the rest of the world when his long-lost childhood BFF Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) was accused for a series of terrorist attacks that led to the death of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)’s father. However, the conflict reached its shocking climax when Rogers knew that Bucky was responsible for the death of the man who can never shut up about Captain America: Howard Stark, whose son Tony would change the world as the armored billionaire Avenger known as Iron Man.
So, in the end, the Avengers went from united as ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ to divided as Team Iron Man and Team Cap, who are now vigilantes wanted by the law.
Nevertheless, Iron Man is going to need Steve Rogers for 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” against the potential endgame known as Thanos (Josh Brolin) – but will the kid from Brooklyn, the one who doesn’t like bullies, put on the Captain America suit again? It has been rumored that Rogers may suit up as Nomad. In the comics, Nomad was the persona Steve Rogers took on when he became jaded about the U.S. government during the Watergate era.
“Captain America: Civil War” will be released on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 2 and Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD, and On-Demand on September 13.