Superhero Frenemies: The Biggest Brawls Between Captain America & Iron Man


April 2, 2017

These two heroes may be the founding members of the Avengers, but that doesn’t mean that they would be BFF as well. The third Captain America movie, which is loosely based on the Civil War story line, shows only a glimpse of how bad it can be between those two. Both of them are standing for truth, justice and the American way, but they are the two sides of the same coin. Oftentimes, Steve and Tony find themselves on the opposing sides of the conflict. In fact, “IT’S ON!!!” mode was activated between Iron Man and Captain America after the slightest disagreements. So, let’s take a closer look at the most memorable brawls between the much beloved superheroes:

Civil War vol. 1 (2006-2007)

After low-level team of superheroes went to capture a villain called Nitro things went south pretty soon. During a fight, the villain blew himself up taking an elementary school full of kids with him. Understandably, these tragic events made the government rethink their attitude towards super-powered humans. The authorities decided to put restrictions on the heroes, unveil their secret identities and act in accordance with the protocol. Steve was all about the superheroes’ personal freedom and Tony though that everyone should be put in check. Their fight was forcing the others in the superhero community to pick a side until the conflict went out of proportion and more people died.

Avengers vol. 5, #44 (2015)

Long story short, the world’s most powerful heroes decided to form a secret team they called Illuminati to deal with various threats. Captain America was one of the members of this Illuminati organization. At some point, the team cross the line and was about to decide the faith of the universe without telling anyone. Obviously, Steve was against it and the team erased Steve’s memories with the help of Doctor Strange’s spells. After, Captain America regained his memory he went really mad. At Tony (for some reason). Sure, Iron Man was also involved, but the rest of Illuminati were equally responsible. In any case, that fight was really intense!

Tales of Suspense #58 (1964)

The Chameleon, one of the most iconic villains in Spider-Man’s rouges gallery, was the architect of this brawl. He disguised himself as Captain America and went to Tony Stark’s office to tell him that there’s villainous shape-shifter that duplicated none other than Steve Rodgers. Tony believed him right away and launched himself to the Avenger’s Mansion to fight the “imposter”. Neither of them could get the upper hand. Luckily, the Wasp showed to say that Tony and Cap were set up. The other avengers captured Chameleon and Tony apologized to Steve. Although, Tony couldn’t forgive himself for believing Chameleon’s story so easily.

Civil War vol. 2 #1-5 (2015)

In an alternate future, we can see what would have happened if the Civil War event of 2006 didn’t end. Simply put, the fight went on and things got worse. The war that divided the superhero community had dragged for years and, eventually, divided the country into two states – the Blue and the Iron. Steve become the president of the Blue, and Steve was the leader of the Iron. The series pick up at the moment of a fragile cease-fire and peace talks that can potentially stop the war. Unfortunately, a very important person to both Steve and Tony gets killed, which sets them off and provokes them to wage a war against each other.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

It’s not a comic book, but it’s a good one. While the comic book was Spider-Man centric, the live action version of the arc was focusing on Steve’s sidekick Bucky aka the Winter Soldier. The third movie picked up where the Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron left off. In the chaos of the battle in Sokovia a lot of people died no matter how hard the Avengers tried to save everyone. Baron Zemo’s family was amongst the ones who did not survive in these tragic events. So, he wanted to avenge his loved ones and came up with a convoluted plan to destroy the Avengers from the inside.


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