Our world needs superheroes. Instead, we’re plagued with villains. If Wonder Woman were here, she would stop terrorists in their tracks.
Since this is an election year, every little thing that happens in America gets used as propaganda. For this campaign or against that one.
And when the big things happen? You know, like a hundred people getting shot in a night club? The politicians are crass enough to use that as a stepping stone for their platform.
Terror and Terrorism
I’ve been in a car accident. I’ve been in several almost accidents. What I felt in those moments that stretched into endlessness? Terror.
And it wasn’t very pleasant.
Maybe some of you get an adrenaline rush from it.
And I understand the rush that accompanies being dropped from a hundred feet above the ground only to be snapped back at seemingly the last moment. I’ve done it. It’s called Geronimo.
You know why that sort of terror is okay? Because I chose to inflict it on myself.
A terrorist on the other hand never asks permission. Or forgiveness for that matter.
Terrorism is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes (according to dictionary.com)
Wonder Woman stops violence in its tracks. Her bracelets send bullets back at the shooters. Her lasso forces the truth out of them.
In short, there’s no intimidating her. And that’s what we need in this day and age.
Vote Wonder Woman
I avoid all things political. This is something WW and I have in common.
But enough is enough.
We could use someone dedicated to fighting for right in the current political climate. Someone who doesn’t shudder and hide when a violent act of terror is rained on innocent people. Someone whose motives serve others rather than themselves.
She won’t stand up and push to pass new laws that infringe on the rights of citizens. No call to ban guns (although she doesn’t need them to fight crime – lucky her) from WW. It’s not in her nature to look at the victims and make some statement about their guilt or innocence.
We’re all guilty of something. No one deserves to be gunned down in the middle of a night out.
It would be nice to have a leader who stood up and said, “This has to stop.”
If only we could dial up the Justice League or The Avengers.
On May 6, 2016, the newest Captain America film hit local theaters. People were challenged to choose a side in this Superhero Civil War. Would you be #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan?
If you read my post after I watched the second Captain America movie, you recall that I dubbed Captain America the perfect superhero. I will be quoting that post here.
After Marvel’s movie makers changed the terms of being a hero, do I still believe Cap is a model superhero? Did the signing of some UN treaty suddenly make following his own moral compass illegal?
Being a Hero
In my earlier post, I claimed Captain America was a hero because of these three things:
He fights for justice for everyone
He doesn’t use his power for selfish reasons
He won’t compromise his personal integrity for anyone
However, if the governments of 117 countries decide that he doesn’t have the right to do these things, is he bound to follow them because they are suddenly the majority?
That’s what this movie is all about. Once again, it challenges the idea that a person can be loyal to two people who are at odds with each other. What if they are both right? Whose side do you stand on?
At one point, Iron Man asked Black Widow if she could bring the Hulk in on their team. Her reply, “How do you know he’d choose your side?”
Cap didn’t want his friends to be divided, but they chose to stand with him because they’re friends. This meant friends faced off with friends. Isn’t this something that happens in real life? You side with one friend for whatever reason – and it isn’t just because they’re your friend.
What reason would a hero have for standing against his friends? See number one and three above.He believed it was the just thing and his integrity is not for sale to the highest bidder.
Being a Vigilante
I’m in the middle of watching the third season of The Arrow on Netflix. The police call him the vigilante. Except for one man – a (police)man who has been rescued by him.
So what does it mean to be a vigilante?
Dictionary.com says a vigilante is “anypersonwhotakesthelawintohisorherownhands,asby avengingacrime.” So a person who seeks their own brand of justice. They take an eye for an eye.
Because sometimes the legal system fails. There is no such thing as a perfect government with only fair laws that are always enforced.
Does that give a person the “right” to take things into their own hands?
Instead of giving you my answer, let me offer up examples. Comic book examples: Batman, Spiderman, Superman and many others. More movies have been made on this topic than almost any other.
In a fallen world, I don’t think fallen people should seek their own brand of justice. I ascribe to this principle “avenge not yourselves, but give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).
However, notice that this says to avenge not yourselves.
Captain America did not decide to selfishly help one friend while annoying all of his other friends. Cap saw injustice. He had the power to stop it. So he did.
He minimizes the collateral damage of death to innocents in every way he can. Isn’t that what policemen, and military, and others whose “job” it is to protect the rights of all citizens do?
This is the reason he wouldn’t sign the accord. If he did, suddenly he became subject to a governing authority. Because, let’s face it, those with superpowers are above the average law. We can only hope they’re going to fight on the side of right, because who can stop them?
(More on this issue in my next post.)
No longer without Personal Entanglements
One of my author friends told me that Cap would always put friendship first and that wasn’t always in the best interest of the wider scope of world problems.
And yet…I believe Cap chose only to endanger himself when he went after Bucky. He gave Sam the chance to opt out. When they headed to the final battle, it was only Cap and Bucky facing their foe.
I don’t want to give away anything for those who haven’t seen the movie, so you should stop reading now if that is you. SPOILER AHEAD!
Cap admitted to Wanda that his concern for Bucky compromised the team. He took full responsibility for the collateral damage on the mission where this happened.
Further, he stepped beyond his “no romantic attachments” barrier by kissing Sharon Carter. Whether or not that makes her his Lois Lane, I don’t know. She certainly isn’t a helpless wallflower. After all, she’s a CIA agent with obvious skills. With an aunt like the amazing Agent Peggy Carter, she can probably hold her own against the bad guys who might abduct her to get to Cap.
Still, Cap no longer meets my third qualification. I said heroes with love interests were “forced to choose between their love and the wider world.” When Cap was forced into that situation in Civil War, I don’t think it had to do with his personal feelings. As I said in my earlier post: “he will never compromise his principles and favors no individual as more redeemable than another.”
I don’t believe he favored Bucky above Iron Man in the newest film. They were equally his friend.
However, Bucky needed help because he was being used as a pawn by someone with vile intentions. In this case, what looked like favoritism toward a friend was actually Captain Rogers protecting the underdog.
Because that’s what true heroes do.
**Original image for header on this post can be found here. All credit goes to those artists.
What do you think? Is Cap a vigilante now? Or is he still a hero? Can he be both?