With Captain America: Civil War coming out, the thing that everyone has been talking about is Captain America vs. Iron Man. And not surprisingly, my brother and I are on total opposite sides of the argument. So I thought it would be fun to share our discussion with all of you and see whose side you are on! His arguments are in favor of Iron Man and are in red. Mine are for Captain America in blue.
*I will admit that my brother, Thomas, is much more versed in Marvel than I am. So odds are that he may have had the better argument. But I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Who do you think is the better superhero?
Iron Man. Hands down. We can break this down into multiple different categories, but Iron Man wins basically all of them. Strength? Sure Captain America is strong (due in full to glorified steroids), but Iron Man is robot strong. Cap can lift weights staggeringly heavy compared to a normal human, but Iron Man is limited just based on the technology. (http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/
Okay, so basically you’ve admitted that all of IronMan’s “superpowers” rely on technology. That might be innovative and intelligent, sure, but it’s not being a true superhero. Captain America, however he gained them, has legit powers. You take the suit off of IronMan and you have literally nothing. Captain America himself is powerful. He has ridiculous strength and speed. Cap can’t fly, but you know what? He could if he just put on the Iron Man suit! Because Cap’s power is inherent to his nature, it’s much more reliable and controllable than any technology. And his “frisbee” is an indestructible shield that has come in handy numerous times. And powers aside, there’s one important thing that goes into being a superhero that you forgot – and that’s the ability to be a leader, have a strong moral compass, come up with good strategy, and be someone that America can look up to. Cap excels in this area and Iron Man just doesn’t.
I’m not saying Iron Man is not a hero, just that Captain America is a better hero. There are certainly some ways in which Iron Man is not the “textbook hero.” He does a number of self-serving things and often makes errors in judgement that Captain America would not – for example, getting drunk at a party while wearing his suit. Or, oh say… attempting to create Ultron?? Although he may not mean to he is often the cause of a lot of conflict, even if he is sometimes the resolution to it.
Steve Rogers vs. Tony Stark
The Registration Act
You’re excused. Also that’s exactly what I’m saying – Steve is bound to get a huge character arc in this upcoming film. You say “Every movie so far all he does is follow orders.” But that’s exactly what he won’t be doing in Civil War. So I think we’ll see a very interesting struggle for him.