Captain America Fights Totalitarianism to Box Office Success

By:  Thomas R. Eddlem
Captain America Fights Totalitarianism to Box Office Success

The latest Marvel Comic-turned-movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has not only entertained huge audiences, it has won the opprobrium of neoconservative hawks globally for its biting critique of the surveillance/drone state.

Neoconservative flagship magazine National Review commissioned Armond White to snivel that the film “makes the latest installment of Marvel’s Captain America franchise oddly insincere and unconvincing. It vitiates that sometimes disingenuous phrase ‘I support the troops.’” White characterizes the movie’s version of Captain America, played by muscled Chris Evans, as “a cartoonish, idealized icon [that] stands in for military respect that has largely vanished from popular culture.”

“Aficionados often refer to comic books in terms of eras: the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age,” John Podhoretz whined in alarm for Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard. “The same may now be true of the comic-book movie. Judging from last year’s mega-hit Iron Man 3, and the brand-new mega-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the comic-book movie has entered the Commie Age.”

What provoked such vitriol? What leftist political offense could cause such indignation from the cheerleading squad that favors ever more wars? As it turns out, it's the message of defending the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution from an out-of-control government. "[Marvel] said they wanted to make a political thriller," Joe Russo, the film's co-director, told the leftist Mother Jones magazine. “I just looked at the issues that were causing anxiety for us, because we read a lot and are politically inclined. And a lot of that stuff had to do with civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president's kill list, preemptive technology.”

Though the interview was given to a far-left magazine, the movie is in no way anti-conservative or pro-communist, but is instead anti-totalitarian. And constitutionalist-minded conservatives and libertarians can cheer this movie's political message unequivocally.

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