Captain America: Civil War

Where the MCU insists that a bomb in Lagos and even the inclusion of an African subplot is basically all about America and the Global North.


  1. Guys, I'm about to enumerate a bunch of thoughts about #CivilWar that might be spoiler-ish so that's your warning.
  2. So, good things first: #CivilWar is clearly the best written of the MCU properties so far and is clearly trying to work within the sort of >
  3. American military industrial complex-centric concerns they've raised. And they FINALLY have some sustained pushback. #CivilWar
  4. #CivilWar BUT (and now I'm going to start on the cons): For all that T'Challa was part of this pushback, the entire first half of this movie
  5. was T'Challa refusing the very principles of the Sokovia Accords WHICH HE WAS PART OF PUTTING IN PLACE. And also, as someone who > #CivilWar
  6. just inherited a country, the fact that he ran off to chase after Bucky instead of helping stabilise his country and new rule, reassure his people, was RIDICULOUSLY SILLY. #CivilWar
  7. #CivilWar If one of the main reasons the Sokovian Accords were important was the fact that powered individuals can't run around willy-nilly,
  8. then the movie betrayed the main face of that premise (as T'Chaka who introduced the bill and T'Challa who plans to carry it forward) pretty much immediately to focus on America (as Tony and Steve's warring factions) again. #CivilWar
  9. And this leads me almost immediately into the fundamental issue with this movie, which is the fetishization of non-white bodies as #CivilWar
  10. a vehicle by which to indicate tragedy without the wealth of mourning accorded to white bodies. The largest example in this is > #CivilWar
  11. the fact that we see T'Chaka's body as a visual embodiment of the effects of war within the world of the Global North, but this > #CivilWar
  12. image is of the broken body and the mourning son rather than any ceremonies after, in contrast to the massive ceremony mourning Peggy. #CivilWar
  13. Similarly, we see the bomb in Lagos but the non-white bodies in Lagos are not accorded a weight on their own but used as a vehicle for Wanda's guilt, her central conceit of "powers she can't understand." #CivilWar
  14. Even within this, there's a hierarchy of who matters that's not precisely subtle. Consider the fact that Lagos by itself wasn't > #CivilWar
  15. enough to matter; what mattered was the implicit power of Wakanda WHICH IS FICTIONAL AND DOESN'T EXIST. In effect, one of the > #CivilWar
  16. major reasons the Sokovian Accords happens (and it's again about Sokovia which is accorded a very specific privilege in its destruction and its European linkage, not the events in Lagos that we begin with) #CivilWar
  17. is because we're told Wakanda essentially exists within Africa but outside of African control- it's equivalent to the Global North #CivilWar
  18. in terms of power capital and can represent non-white bodies, but can do so without any of the actual issues that non-white bodies #CivilWar
  19. in Africa - a continent struggling with a colonial past and multiple current world issues - actually face. It's the assumption of #CivilWar
  20. power and militarism without any engagement with the histories of American complicity or aggression. I could fucking weep. #CivilWar
  21. And yes, Sokovia is fictional too. But look at the difference in scenes between a small blond boy being saved, Quicksilver dying for him, vs the images of Lagos. #CivilWar
  22. Lagos was about destruction, about death, versus this symbol of survival and ressurection. That sort of image use does carry weight too. #CivilWar
  23. Our focus isn't directed towards a dead white body and then to a crying powered-person's face. That doesn't have the same narrative built into it in these scenarios. #CivilWar
  24. I was so far past rage at that point with this (extremely pretty) shitshow that I actually sat mute through #CivilWar. That says something.
  25. The fact that #CivilWar is supposedly around "doing the right thing in the way you feel is best" is so nonsensical that it makes a mockery of itself.