With Captain America and Iron Man about to throw down in Civil War, we realized that it might be a shock to some that the two men would even fight. Aren’t they both good guys? Yeah… Aren’t they friends? Kinda… Weren’t they risking their lives for each other the last time we saw either of them? 100% yes. But there was always a lot brewing between the two men that has yet to be resolved.
Both men have good arguments for doing what they’re doing, but at the end of the day, this is no different than any other rivalry ever. One just wants to beat the other. It’s like Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird. Or Ash vs Gary Oak. Or Sherlock Holmes vs Professor Moriarty. The guys just don’t really get along. Here are 11 things you need to know about Iron Man and Captain America’s rivalry before you see the movie.
11 Parental Ties
10 They Threaten Each Other - A Lot
9 Old School vs New School
8 Tony Doesn’t Take Orders Well
Cap always tries to take full control of the Avengers team during every battle. He was the one calling shots during the Chitauri invasion, and also during the fight in Sokovia with Ultron. He always takes the role as a team leader. Tony doesn’t like that. He has a tough time following orders and really only acquiesced to the decision of Cap as leader because the world was in jeopardy. He was never just fine with being ordered around, he just buried his feelings for the greater good. Getting ordered around so often was not conducive for Tony’s personality, and now he is asking for a huge request from Steve, and he fights back. It’s shocking Tony doesn’t just immediately go off the rails when Steve won’t do one thing for him.
7 Bucky and Steve’s Friendship
6 Tony and Rhodes’ Friendship
5 Tony and Steve’s “Friendship”
4 Steve Has A Dark Side
2 Everyone Knows Tony is Iron Man
1 They’re The Same
The two men are basically the same. Both stand up for what they believe in, don’t back down from a fight, will do whatever it takes to defend those they love, and will win the fight against all odds. Yet at the same time they have one major flaw: their pride. It’s the most common superhero trope of all time, and rarely do you find two heroes who exemplify it the same ways that these two do. Both refuse to compromise because they can’t imagine that what they are doing is wrong, no matter who tells them. They both want to do good, but won’t consider that there is something better. That’s their downfall and why they fight.
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