With only two weeks to go until Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in the U.S., Marvel is ramping up their marketing efforts for what could be the box office hit of the summer. Most of the film's promos so far have focused on the new, exciting superheroes - like Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and Black Panther - that are teaming up with the Avengers, as well as the gripping rivalry between former friends Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
At this point, fans pretty much know that a difference of opinion and ideals, built up over the past twelve films, will pit the two lead characters and their respective teams against each other. Captain America believes superheroes are better suited under their own control versus an outside party. While Iron Man, who has seen his inventions run amok in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is now willing to submit to an outside authority to prevent more chaos. The two are at odds over just who should be accountable for the Avengers' actions.
Now, a new special report from WHIH World News (above) takes an in-depth look at the lasting impact the Avengers have had on the world. Christine Everhart (who you may remember hooked up with Stark in the first Iron Man film) and political correspondent Will Adams battle it out over whether international oversight should decide what the Avengers can do in an effort to limit collateral damage.
Adams makes a good point that without the Avengers being on their own, no one probably would have discovered Hydra trying to take over the world. And without the Avengers there would have been even more casualties in Sokovia, New York, and Washington D.C., while an organization controlling the Avengers still would have needed to send them there to stop the devastation.
On the other hand, as Everhart points out, it's hard not to worry about all the destruction the Avengers' are leaving in their wake. While the Hulk wasn't in control of his actions during Avengers: Age of Ultron, someone needs to answer for all the turmoil he caused in Johannesburg, South Africa. It would be wrong to simply pass off the cost of the Avengers' intervention as unavoidable, rather than having someone deem it a necessary part of an overall strategy.
But no matter which side of the debate you're on, whether you agree with Everhart or Adams, or even Rogers or Stark, Marvel is doing a great job having fans see both sides of the fence. When Captain America and Iron Man battle it out on the big screen, it'll be hard not to sympathize with both while watching the two heroes fight for the greater good in their respective way.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1– May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020. Inhumans currently has no release date.