By now, you should have seen the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War. If you haven’t, you can check it out right here. Not only is it two and a half minutes of awesomeness, it’s also filled with delicious hidden details about the Marvel Universe at large.
The central plot of the movie is Captain America and Iron Man turning against each other, with the rest of the Avengers picking sides and forming teams. While the trailer might make you believe that the reason is their disagreement over Cap’s childhood friend Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, IGN recently unearthed another clue about the source of the divide.
While doing an unboxing of the 13-disc Marvel Phase 2 DVD Box Set, they noticed that one of the goodies included was a copy of the fictional “Sokovia Accords”, the government document that was born after the events of The Avengers: Age of Ulton. It demands that the Avengers cease their independent crime fighting and only “assemble” when the United Nations asks them to. It even has a place for all the Avengers to sign, using their legal names instead of their hero monikers.
Above that, a passage of the Sokovia Accords reads:
In accordance with the document at hand, I hereby certify that the below mentioned participants, peoples and individuals, shall no longer operate freely or unregulated, but instead operate under the rules, ordinances and governances of the afore mentioned United Nations panel, acting only when and if the panel deems it appropriate and/or necessary.
This is likely one of the major points of disagreement between Iron Man and Captain America. In the comic book story arc of the same name, Steve Rogers opposed any government regulation to their heroic activities, while Tony Stark recognized that how dangerous it was to remain without any checks and balances.