Do you remember Captain America: Civil War – Sokovia Accords, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) on opposite sides, heroes fight heroes, and so on. And if you remember Civil Warthen you remember that Tony Stark is absolutely the worst person in him. Worse than Brock RumlowFrank Grillo). Worse than Thaddeus RossWilliam Hurt). Worse than a man with a plan, Helmut ZemoDaniel Brühl). Stark lectures everyone about the need for government regulation, only to go insane and try to kill a tortured POW who never consciously controlled his actions, including the murder of Stark’s parents. Hard? May be. But then you look at the events leading up to Civil War and the events in it, and, well, you soon realize that Tony Stark really is a total first-class jerk.


Tony Stark is the only Avenger that the Sokovia Accords are supposed to keep under control.

Robert Downey Jr rejuvenated in Captain America's Civil War
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So let’s start with the actions of the Avengers leading up to Civil War. They successfully stopped the Chitauri invasion in the so-called Battle of New York, saving thousands of lives. They successfully stopped Ultron (James Spader) and his plan, which would lead to global extinction with the evacuation of hundreds of innocent Sokovites from the area. And while the event at the beginning of the film unfortunately resulted in the deaths of innocent Wakanda, once again thousands were spared what would inevitably be the nefarious use of bioweapons. All things that clearly require the need for a UN nanny. Why does Stark support the Sokovia Accords? Because he built Ultron and was molested by a mother whose son died in the events in Sokovia.

It is necessary to keep under control not the Avengers as a collective, but Stark himself. It was his own initiative to complete the Ultron global defense program, in which only Banner participated (Mark Ruffalo) is aware of his plans. It was his Ultron who came up with the brilliant idea to eradicate humanity, which led to the capital of Sokovia being lifted into the sky, which ipso facto led to the death of innocent people. To be fair, he wasn’t responsible for the other two events, and his creation of Ultron was due to some hardcore PTSD, but come on, Tony – the Avengers saved more lives than were lost, and cleaned up your mess. It’s like a group of people who walk into a shawarma restaurant and are all turned away because one of them has neither shoes nor a shirt.

Tony Stark Shouldn’t Challenge a Teenager to an Avengers-Level Battle

Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War
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Steve Rogers and the gang have gone rogue and take on Barnes to stop Zemo. The US Secretary of State authorized Tony Stark to round up the others to stop them. His first stop? Queens, New York to ask Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to join him and his colleagues against the faction led by Rogers. Of course the dude has crazy skills so why not? Maybe because Parker is just a teenager who hasn’t run into anyone more dangerous than the local thugs. Basically, Stark asks the boy to come and he will likely be called to fight experienced combat veterans with abilities who have fought against global threats. But hey, Stark gave him a new suit, so that must mean something. At least he’ll have something nice to wear to the funeral. Why stop there, Tony? Maybe you can recruit Cassie LangAbby Ryder Fortson) kick the shins or something like that.

Tony Stark is a selfish jerk

After a major fight, a seriously worried Stark checks on Rhodes (Don Cheadle), whose back was shattered after he fell from the sky. Then he approaches Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and informs her of the extent of Rhodes’ injuries. Natasha suggests that both he and Rogers stop before someone gets hurt much worse than Rhodes. Toni rightly claims that she let Rogers and Barnes go. Natasha then retorts, “We played it wrong.” Now stop the scene. The appropriate response might be to look back at the damage done and admit that there must be a better way. You know, open up a dialogue about what went wrong, brainstorm how to fix it. But not Stark.

Instead, Tony Stark snaps, “We?” God, it must be hard to get rid of this double agent thing, right? It’s in the DNA.” Now think about this for a moment. Stark pushed for the Accord, sided with Ross, assembled a group of superheroes (and one child, see above), dragged the group into a confrontation he knew would escalate, and his friend was injured as a result of that confrontation. Yes, and lest we forget, it’s all about him (see above above). However, he takes no share of the blame for any of this.

Tony makes a bad situation worse

Don Cheadle as War Machine in Captain America's Civil War
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After Rogers’ allies are taken into custody, Stark visits them at the Raft supermax prison. Barton (Jeremy Renner) first addresses him, urging Stark to find out “what’s best for you, whether you like it or not”. At first, Stark tries to pose as a good guy, explaining that he had no idea they would be placed in a maximum security prison in the ocean. Where the hell did you think they were going, Tony? And talk about what you miss the point. It’s not that they’re on a raft, the problem is that they’re in jail. at all. ThenHe has the audacity to justify it! “Oh my God, Clint. It was against the law, and damn it, you signed it and everything.” What’s more, Stark still sees the situation in black and white, with Barton and the others paying the consequences of choosing the wrong side. Not the side that sees things differently, but the side that didn’t choose his side.

By becoming a rogue, Tony Stark does nothing but punish those who are already traumatized.

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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After learning that Barnes was framed for the bomb that killed T’Chaka, and that the brainwashed Barnes was a tortured prisoner of war who suffered greatly from Hydra, forced to act against his conscience, Stark sets out to find Rogers and Barnes… telling Ross. Despite all the rhetoric about responsibility and the need to keep under control, Stark hides this information and leaves anyway. If you’re going to ignore what you agreed on in the first moment, it doesn’t fit with what you want to do, then why bother at all?

Stark shows up, reconciles with Rogers and Barnes, and they confront Zemo. Only Zemo has a movie to watch in which Barnes kills Stark’s parents in 1991. Even though he knows that Barnes didn’t do it on purpose, and that he too suffers from PTSD, there’s no sympathy here. Stark goes crazy and starts beating Barnes and Rogers. And before you argue that Stark was angrier because Rogers knew and didn’t tell him when Rogers had the opportunity to do so? And even if he knew how to talk about it at all? “Hey Tony, you know that arm robot I fought but you guys didn’t participate at all and then we had to fight the robot you built – which you never told us about – that tried to kill everyone he wasn’t involved with, and then you tried to stop us from coming here? Yes, he directly killed your mom and dad. There is an emotional reaction, and then there is an emotional reaction, which includes high-tech weapons and blows to the head with a metal glove.

IN AvengersTony Stark stopped the Chitauri threat by launching a nuclear missile through a wormhole, and in Avengers: Endgame he sacrificed his life to stop Thanos and bring back those lost in the Flash, so it would be an understatement to suggest that he repented for his death. Civil War actions. Let’s hope Saint Peter hasn’t stopped watching MCU movies there.