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In "Civil War", why did Tony Stark and Steve Rogers choose sides that didn't reflect their attitudes?

TL;DR: Steve Rogers only ever does what he believes to be right, and many times, this does go against orders and the rules of the system, as evidenced by previous movies even before Civil War. He ...
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Did Captain America know Iron Man needs his arc reactor to live?

Tony hasn't needed the reactor to live ever since the end of Iron Man 3, when he underwent surgery to remove it. He doesn't wear it any more; now, the reactor is only for the suit. [we see Tony ...
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Who repaints Captain America's shield?

Comics: In at least one case, Captain repaints his own shield. Here we see the good Captain himself, replacing a broken leather strap and touching up the paint on his shield (note the can of red paint ...
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Why doesn't Captain America accept the need for checks & balances on superheroes?

The Cap lays out his reasoning himself in the boardroom scene: Steve Rogers: Tony, someone dies on your watch, you don't give up. Tony Stark: Who said we're giving up? Steve Rogers: We ...
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How was Spider-Man persuaded to join the side he did?

Because Tony Stark persuaded him. And not just with the promise of a new suit. There are two things that Tony does to convince Peter to come help. The first surrounds Peter's version of "With great ...
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How was Spider-Man persuaded to join the side he did?

First thing first: Spider-man is not taking this fight seriously Please notice how he reacts in the fight: he keeps saying how "cool" are his opponents: [webbing comes down, grabs Cap's shield ...
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Which MCU movies are essential background for Civil War?

The Bare Minimum Captain America: The First Avenger - introduces Steve Rogers and other important characters specifically relevant to his storyline. The Avengers - introduces the team dynamic, the ...
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Why didn't Tony put a parachute in Rhodes suit but put one in Peter's suit?

It's entirely possible that the War Machine suit DID have a parachute mechanism, but it was likely an automatic or AI-controlled one. In the specific case of War Machine's accident, the suit's power ...
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Is Ant-Man referring to any specific incident?

He's referring to an unseen occasion during development of the Ant-Suit, in a Lab, during which time he grew very big, but couldn't hold it very long and passed out. That's it. You're overthinking ...
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How fast were Bucky, T'Challa and Steve running in Civil War?

Somewhat over 62.5 mph but likely under 72.8 mph A bit of assumption going on but... When Captain America went for a relaxed run around Washington DC in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sam ...
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Why is Civil War a "Captain America" movie?

Kevin Feige addressed this in an interview with IGN He explains that while there are a lot of characters who show up, they don't get full story arcs. "There were a lot of characters in The Winter ...
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How does Black Panther leave scratches on Captain America's shield in Civil War

Simple answer. In the MCU, Cap's shield is only made out of Vibranium, not an alloy, as in the comics. "No, no, that's just a prototype." "What's it made of?" "Vibranium. It's stronger than ...
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Why did the Winter Soldier kill these characters?

Hydra had Howard and Maria Stark assassinated in order to get their hands on a new version of the Super Soldier Serum. As interesting a call-back as that would have been, the deaths of Howard and ...
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When did Captain America learn what happened to Howard Stark?

He learns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When Captain America and Black Widow find the hidden SHIELD bunker that contains Arnim Zola's AI, one of the things that Zola explains is how HYDRA ...
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Does the Black Panther suit give extra speed?

According to Marvel, in the comics it's not the suit T'Challa's senses and physical attributes have been enhanced to superhuman levels by the heart-shaped herb. The Heart-shaped Herb The Heart-...
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Did Civil War ignore a previously seen ability?

First off, I'm not 100% sure that's a power she actually has. We've certainly seen telepathic abilities from Wanda, but they've been in reading minds, and inducing fear. Whether or not she can ...
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Why did Tony Stark and Pepper break up?

He's "hard to deal with". In the film, Tony is fairly candid with Steve Rogers as to the reasons for the strain in his relationship with Pepper. He explains to Steve that: The relationship had ...
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How was Spider-Man persuaded to join the side he did?

I agree with Dr R Dizzle's answer that Tony persuaded Peter to his side of the conflict, but I also want to add one very important element: Spidey clearly wasn't expecting a real fight At the very ...
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Why aren't there more supersoldiers?

They've tried, repeatedly. But it isn't that simple. First, and most importantly, it needs to be established that the Super Soldier serum has never been replicated properly. The closest anyone has ...
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Is there ever any indication in the MCU as to how Spider-Man got his powers?

Peter was bitten by a spider and that’s what gives him his powers but not his web shooting ability. Ned: You got bit by a spider? Can it bite me? Well, it probably would’ve hurt, right? You know what?...
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What authority does Tony Stark have to claim back the shield of Captain America?

Cap's shield is made out of Vibranium and is the sole property of the US government. (Although in the movie, Tony implies that it belongs to his father. In any case, Cap doesn't own it.) So, Tony (as ...
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Is there anything special about the words used to activate the Winter Soldier?

Some seem to have meaning. Some don't. "One," "Nine" and "Seventeen" combine to form 1917, the year Bucky was born. Bucky "died" by falling off a freight car. Homecoming is the name of the upcoming ...
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Why is Civil War a "Captain America" movie?

This interview has quite a few quotes talking about this very topic, but here are a few relevant quotes: And we always think it’s interesting to push Captain America up against the wall. Something we ...
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How does T'Challa have the spirit of the Black Panther during Civil War?

Marvel published a prequel comic book to Black Panther, called Black Panther Prelude, that details the story of T'Challa becoming the Black Panther. His father chose to step down and pass on the ...
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In MCU secret identities aren't really a done thing, so why the SRA?

###Superhuman Registration Act The SRA does not exist in the MCU, most likely because of the number of "superhumans" in-universe at the moment. The Avengers are currently the only real ...
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Why does Zemo want to know what happened in December 1991?

Warning! Major spoilers! The important thing Zemo learned from Bucky is the location of the old HYDRA base. Inside this facility is the footage of Bucky's mission of killing Howard & Maria Stark. ...
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In "Civil War", why did Tony Stark and Steve Rogers choose sides that didn't reflect their attitudes?

Iron Man I Tony Stark (where he was very laissez faire) would scarcely recognize Civil War Tony. Remember, we see Tony getting more conservative over time (in other words, he wants all the Avengers to ...
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Why doesn't Captain America accept the need for checks & balances on superheroes?

Captain America brings up a couple of specific scenarios that he asks Tony Stark directly, aside from the vague generalities of political agendas and Hydra-like infiltration. What if we need to go in,...
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Is there anything special about the words used to activate the Winter Soldier?

Some are probably meaningless According to the writers: They’re rhythmic and enigmatic. I can’t remember if we listened to them in Russian to hear if they sounded suitably intimidating, we must ...
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Why didn't Tony put a parachute in Rhodes suit but put one in Peter's suit?

There is a common meme going around about this exact topic: This would imply that Peter's suit has a parachute because of what happened to War Machine. Which makes sense, as the events of Civil War ...
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