Why I’m Team Captain America

I’m about to wade into the second most polarizing issue of this year and throw my allegiance into the ring. I’m Team Captain America, for reasons that have nothing to do with the Superhuman Registration Act. And one that does.

1: Paul Rudd

Ant-Man was always a fascinating idea, but brought to life by Paul Rudd, he was hands-down one of the best heroes I’ve seen on the big screen. He’s funny. He’s charming. He’s a good dad (arguably). And, he openly acknowledges that he doesn’t want to be a hero. Even at the end of the titular film, he clearly just wants to be a dad–but America needs him more than his daughter.

2: Scarlet Witch

As the only remaining mutant in the Marvel cinematic universe, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is standing on a pedestal. Not only does she have a connection to the mind gem, one of the infinity stones that will be the central point of the Infinity Wars, but there are going to be major scars from that time she brainwashed everyone and ruined their lives. That’s going to get interesting.

3: Bloodlust

The trailers already show Bucky (The Winter Soldier) attempting to shoot Tony Stark (Iron Man) between the eyes, but the repeat of Captain America’s “C’mon, I could do this all day” line suggests that he’s losing the fight against Iron Man–and that he expects to die, or at least go down fighting. Will Stark kill his ex-best friend? …No, obviously not. But he’s going to think about it, and I want to see him try to apologize for the whole almost-murder thing.

4: Avengers sans Whedon

As a long-time fan of Joss Whedon (Thanks to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), I was looking forward to The Avengers from day one. Then the two movies came out, and they were awesome. Now, without him? I’m going to be a very strict (but not harsh!) critic.

5: The Registration Act

Like I said, one was the Act. Why do I care? Because where is the line? Would Dr. Strange, one of my all-time favorite characters, have to register? He’s not really superhuman, if you think about the fact that the chakra system and spiritual power is accessible to anyone. What about Vision? Does he even count as human? And, The Hulk definitely isn’t human, while Bruce Banner is only a human until he transforms.

That last one can be debated, but still, someone with an eidetic memory could potentially be forced to register. While Sheldon Cooper isn’t about to level New York, would you–would anyone–really be okay forcing innocent citizens to submit to such control?

I sure as hell wouldn’t. #CaptainAmerica #TeamRudd

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