The Avengers were divided by the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War, but many of them didn't choose the right side. Since they were formed in The Avengers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continued to become a bigger world filled with more powerful heroes. But, as Vision states, there is a causality to their strength as the number of world ending events has grown as well.
Whether it's the Chitauri invasion at New York, Ultron lifting Sokovia into the air, or three massive helicarriers crashing down on Washington D.C., the MCU became a much more dangerous place after the Avengers began trying to protect it. So, when Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) was partially responsible for the deaths of many civilians in Lagos, a change had to be made. The Sokovia Accords were formed and approved by 117 countries with a simple goal: no longer allow the Avengers to operate as an independent organization but instead under the supervision of a United Nations panel who will decide when - and when not - the Avengers can be active.
Despite the understandable intentions of the UN, the Avengers weren't on the same page about whether or not they should sign the documents. The big divide came with the MCU's two biggest stars, as Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) passionately sided with the Accords, while Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) believed they shouldn't sign. After that, though, the teams they assembled didn't completely line up.
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The Original Sides Don't Make Sense
For anyone who needs a quick refresher, "Team Iron Man" consisted of Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), T'Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), James Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Their opposition, known by fans as "Team Captain America," got Cap, Bucky aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
It's worth noting who clearly explained why they picked the sides they did. The true debate over the Accords began with War Machine and Falcon arguing back and forth over what the right thing to do was. Unsurprisingly, they both rightly chose to fight alongside their like-minded best friends, Iron Man and Captain America, respectively. Vision also clearly articulated his assessment of the world and how the Avengers' actions impacted it, with his belief being that the more they got involved, the more threats arose. He decided to sign the Accords and move forward.
As for the rest of the heroes, though, the issues came with the different sides they were fighting for. Siding with Team Iron Man and the Accords meant an acceptance of oversight on the part of the heroes. This removed choice from them and could also be used to shift the blame to a higher power. Additionally, signing the Accords also meant revealing their true identity. On the other hand, going against the Accords meant risking free will as well as the choice to maintain it. For many of these heroes, there wasn't a clear philosophical or ethical reason why they sided the way they did, and some appeared to just side with whoever called them first. The teams changed several times throughout the scripting process before the final lineups were chosen, but the teams should've been different in the final version as well.
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- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019