That quote from ‘Captain America: Civil War’.



    It is no breaking news that ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is not only one of Marvel’s finest outings yet but also one of the best superhero movies of all time.
      But admist its awesome team-up action, a great emotional conflict and awesome introduction for spidey and black panther, there is one thing which has stuck with since I saw the movie.
     The Scene where Sharone Carter pays respect to her aunt Peggy carter, who just passed away, contains one of the most powerful quote. Sharone talks about how once she asked her aunt Peggy the following question-

” How did she manage to be both a spy and a deplomat in a time where a woman doing anything of the two was unheard of?”
   The answer Peggy had for the question goes something like this. (I may be paraphrasing it, though.)


“Wherever you can compromise you do, but where you cant, Don’t. When the world is telling you to move, it is your job to plant yourself like a tree and tell them -No, you move.”

    Sitting in the front row of the church, listening to Sharone Carter is Steve Rogers. He is in a situation where this quote from his former girlfriend helps and serves him immensely as the motivation for what he does later in the movie I.e. going against his allies and standing for what he thinks is right.
     I dont read comics. I am one of those people who ‘google’. From some thorough research (which involved Googling ‘Civil war’ quotes) I discovered that this quote is a modified version of a quote from comic ‘Civil war’ and  is spoken by Captain America  himself. The original quote from the comic goes as follows-

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right.
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — No, YOU move.”

    What I love about the quote is that how the writer adapt the quote from comic into the movie through Peggy Carter’s death. It serves several purposes.
       Firstly, we get a awesome quote which helps us understand the motivation behind what Rogers is doing.
     Secondly, It shows how Peggy plays important role both in Steve’s life and in the movie even after she is dead. (Which is a nice parallel to the museum scene in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’, where Peggy is seen talking during a interview how Steve saved the man who would become her husband and she admits that steve was changing her life even after his death.)
   Another thing I loved about that quote, it tells us more about Peggy Carter as a person. I have been following ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’, a Mini-Series which focuses on Peggy’s life and her adventures after Captain America’s Supposed death in 1940s and how she faced obstacles being one of the first female spies. because of this, when I hear that quote in that church scene, it has much more added impact.
  And last but certainly not the least, as Youtube critic Jeremy Jahns said in his review, everyone, at some point of their life has faced or eventually will face a situation where it is absolutely necessary to ‘plant yourself like a tree’ for what you believe is right and that makes the quote so much relatable and memorable.

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6 thoughts on “That quote from ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

  1. Wow! What a versatile observation! A beautiful life lesson was taught in the movie just from a quote, yet i bet 90% of the viewers missed it. Your writing gives those people a chance to catch up on the most important life lesson from the movie. Loved it man! Great blog!


    1. Thanks a lot man!! That was surely some great dialogue writing from the writers of the movie. Who says superheroes movies are for kids? Right??!!


    1. thanks, man! No I haven’t shared it on any website. What do you suggest? By the way, read your post about ‘unfilmable books’. Very insightful!!

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