There are two superhero factions that will be at conflict with each other next year in Captain America: Civil War. On one side, there’s Team Iron Man, who is in favor of superheroes being answerable to a governing body. On the other side is Team Captain America, who believes that civil liberties should take precedence over official regulation. This isn’t a black and white issue, and just like the original Civil War story, who fans are siding with will depend on their personal beliefs. But Marvel legend and cameo king Stan Lee has made his position in this event official: he’s rooting for Captain America.
When asked by a fan which side he favors more this past weekend at the Edmonton Comic Expo (via Comicbook.com), Lee explained that he’s in favor of Steve Rogers because of how good of a person the Man out of Time is. In his opinion:
Whatever side Captain America was on [should win], because he's the best, pure-hearted person in the whole world.
Lee has history with both of the Captain America: Civil War’s main characters, but his statement isn’t entirely surprising. Although Lee created Iron Man in 1963, he contributed to the Captain America series in the 1940s while he was first starting out. He liked the character so much that he brought him out of limbo in 1964, over 10 years after his last comic book appearance (though it was later retconned that the Cap seen in the 1950s wasn’t the real Steve Rogers). So needless to say the writer has a soft spot for the patriotic hero.
While it’s questionable whether Steve Rogers is 100% pure, Stan Lee’s thoughts aren’t far off from the truth. As explained in Captain America: The First Avenger, the Super Soldier Serum not only enhances a person’s strength, but also their personality traits. Good becomes great, bad becomes worse. In Steve’s case, he was a noble person to begin with, so the serum boosted that nobility to new heights. That doesn’t mean he’s always right, but it does mean that his intentions always come from a good place.
Beyond Captain America’s purity, Stan Lee also praised Chris Evans for his portrayal of the Star Spangled Avenger, though he jokingly added the real reason he likes the actor. Lee said:
By the way, he's a great actor, too, the guy who plays Captain America does a beautiful job - Chris Evans. I say that because he likes me, and anyone who likes me is a great actor.
We’ll see Iron Man and Captan America’s teams duke it out when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016, but just because this is primarily Steve Rogers’ movie doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll emerge victorious. It’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top at this point.
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