Iron Man vs. Captain America - The 11-Year Character Arc

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, also known as the Infinity Saga, features multifaceted, three-dimensional characters. In particular, Iron Man and Captain America have compelling and complete arcs that span the series’ impressive run. This video dives into those arcs to examine how they're introduced as flawed characters, demonstrate how they're forced into extreme and opposite positions at the midpoint of their journeys, and explore how the completion of their character arcs leads to balance and closure for both heroes.
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  • Hope you enjoyed the video! Which do you think is the best movie in the MCU?

    Lessons from the ScreenplayLessons from the Screenplay11 tháng trước
    • @Thomas Mook oh yea, if you had to do something independant, bucky barnes ftw

      Brandon SchneiderBrandon Schneider13 ngày trước
    • Endgame and winter Soldier

      SidSid17 ngày trước
    • Thor Ragnarok

      AnarchistAnarchistTháng trước
    • Howard the Duck

      MinecraftBoi27MinecraftBoi27Tháng trước
    • Guardians, or deadpool since it's kinda now apart of it

      Brendan KoepkeBrendan Koepke2 tháng trước
  • Kevin Feige: "All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them; all of them have a deep humanity to them" Captain Marvel: "Is that like a personal attack or something?"

    Michael BrownMichael Brown21 giờ trước
  • And people say theres no human element to these films

    Reel-Films 1998Reel-Films 19982 ngày trước
  • This was just made beautifully. Nice work.

    SeannightwalSeannightwal2 ngày trước
  • What a fucking video hahahaha

    No Pants SteveNo Pants Steve2 ngày trước
  • Love love love this !

    Mary Susan MMary Susan M3 ngày trước
  • that was one of the best analysis ive ever seen

    InflixctInflixct4 ngày trước
  • God, I loved the screenplay of your video too. 😂😂 You've got a great way man! Awesome video.... Just made me fall in love with the MCU all over again!!

    Prathamesh GandhiPrathamesh Gandhi5 ngày trước
  • What an outlook..💙 1 min silence for Martin Scorsese

  • This has to be the single BEST synopsis I've seen on just what made the Infinity Saga so special. Well done 👍 I just feel like pointing out that in his final moments, Tony got to wield what he had said was the best weapon: The kind you only have to fire ONCE.

    Timikaze1980Timikaze19808 ngày trước
  • I'm happy that you still make an Avengers video. Thank you.

    andika hilmanandika hilman9 ngày trước
  • What a great video. I really enjoyed that!

    unknwnunknwn10 ngày trước
  • Its atleast 15 years..marvel messed up a little in the timeline..homecoming or civil war is after 8 years of avengers 1..then i suppose its 2 years after civil war when infinity war happened or its 1 year minimum and then 5 years to endgame

    Shraman SantaraShraman Santara10 ngày trước
  • An allegorical commentary on the stresses within our democratic republic, perhaps?

    Joseph FooteJoseph Foote11 ngày trước
  • I'm fascinated by Captain America's change from Steve Rogers (war-time bonds salesman, to questioning legitimacy of power to handing over symbol), to John Walker (corruptibility and loyalty without questioning), to Sam (a new collective power). Keen for your take! "The only power I have is that I believe we can do better. We can't demand that people step up if we don't meet them halfway. Look, you control the banks.... You can knock down a forest with an email; you can feed a million people with a phone call. But the question is, who's in the room with you when you're making those decisions? Hmm? Is it the people you're gonna impact? Or is it just more people like you?"

    Robert ChanRobert Chan12 ngày trước
  • Now, all due respect, I love Goodfellas and taxi driver and Scorsese is one of the best to ever do it, But I don’t think he really understood the lengths these movies went to to tell a whole arc for characters over the span of almost 30 films.

    Marcelo 888Marcelo 88813 ngày trước
  • This is probably one of the best video essay's I've ever watched

    John TheofanidesJohn Theofanides13 ngày trước
  • Shield didn't call the Avengers to sign the Accords, it was the wrold council

    Samrit ChakrabortySamrit Chakraborty13 ngày trước
  • This is why marvel’s movies are such a a success and DC always flops.

    Jayzee31519Jayzee3151913 ngày trước
  • Yeaaaaaa iron man still shoulda won the fight tho

    Dakota StepeDakota Stepe13 ngày trước
  • what a good video

    MCcreedMCcreed14 ngày trước
  • I remember when I first went to the cenima to watch Captain America the First Avenger. When I saw the teaser for the Avengers I thought this could be something big. But nobody expected it to be quite like this 😭

    Ziolek2000Ziolek200014 ngày trước
  • MCU is just a TV show but with immense budget. Each Phase is a season and each Tv show is 1 episode but has a week long commercial brake within the 6-9 hour episode. XD.

    CodePlaysGamesCodePlaysGames16 ngày trước
  • Well done!

    Charles CCharles C16 ngày trước
  • well crafted video

    Ahmed Al habsiAhmed Al habsi16 ngày trước
  • I hope the next stage of the MCU can hold a candle to this, I really do. But even if it doesn't, even if it crashes and burns, the fact that we got what we did will always be incredible to me.

    Spo8Spo816 ngày trước
  • Anybody notice how in infinity when stark says “stick the time down the garbage disposal “ strange says it may be our best chance vs him . Where as Tony says “conversely may be his best chance against us “ And the time stone ends up being how thanos gets his last stone and wins . Also how they start endgame and ultimately win

    Maurice JohnsonMaurice Johnson17 ngày trước
  • This needs more views. Great job!👏

    Ski SkoSki Sko17 ngày trước
  • I feel like you've made that video before.

    WatcherWatcher18 ngày trước
  • Every revisits, tears every times.

    Jenwit RamangkoolJenwit Ramangkool18 ngày trước
  • After 10+ times watching Endgame- tear up Discovering a youtuber analyzing the final scenes- still tear up

    K FujK Fuj18 ngày trước
  • This brought a tear to my eyes...

    ARC ProductionsARC Productions19 ngày trước
  • Caps ending was so satisfying for me, because i remember feeling gutted at the end of the original Cap America movie in cinemas cos he missed his date, End game finally he get's that dance. Cpt. America: "You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you." When Stark Sacrificed himself in 'End Game' this was the only bit i could think of :'( Civil War -- Hawkeye: We haven't met yet. I'm Clint." Black Panther: "I don't care. " Endgame -- Black Panther: "CLINT! Give it to me." "I got that reference"

    NauseousNauseous20 ngày trước
  • RDJ's dying scene was so painful.. so deeply painful... like the man could not utter a word. He's literally dead but somehow still hanging on.. If it were a lesser actor, they'd still find strength to utter some words.. But here, he's so weak even no say one word is impossible. Brilliant

    Peter OnuigboPeter Onuigbo20 ngày trước
  • Plot Twist: Cap goes back in time and return the stones with mjolnir... Cap then misses his return point and meets Hulk, Bucky & Sam with a sheild.... Thanos broke caps sheild in that last battle..... where did Cap get the sheild? 🧐🤔

    The MetatronThe Metatron20 ngày trước
  • #teamironman

    Henrik GuemoesHenrik Guemoes20 ngày trước
  • The writing, casting, directing, and acting for the Infinity Saga are unmatched throughout film-making.

    SHMOUSEY86SHMOUSEY8620 ngày trước
  • damn it, this video just reminded me of the sadness and happiness at the end of endgame, good job! :D

    somesarcasticboysomesarcasticboy20 ngày trước
  • Why does old steve Rogers look like joe Biden? 😂

    Shashank KumarShashank Kumar21 ngày trước
  • What I took from their arcs is that: Cap made all his sacrifices to get his reward in life in the end. While Stark got all his rewards in his life and sacrificed that to protect them in the end

    Mason McQuaigMason McQuaig21 ngày trước
  • 6:48 Anyone else finding this quote insane? Tony gives up power to a government entity: automatically deemed selfless Steve stands by his principles of freedom and the separation of powers for all: considered selfish (or self-interested) Maybe Tony is blindly selfless? But unless the only entities outside of the self is the government, these definitions make little sense.

    J LupusJ Lupus22 ngày trước
  • Even with commentary, i still cried out loud at both Tony and Steve's end

    pogiterpogiter22 ngày trước
  • what i always loved about this conflict is it was never really about who would win in a fight like how people discussed batman vs superman(The idea of them fighting not the movie). it was about who was right

    kevinkevin22 ngày trước
  • the flaw is in end game ... time travel? really? the script got lazy. I think they backed themselves into a corner and didn't know how to get the good guys to win after Thanos actually won in infinity wars. If the solution was time travel all along they should have introduced it somewhere in the other films that Tony or SHIELD or whomever was already working on it, they then can could have taken Dr. Pimms quantum technology as the missing piece and gone from there. Cinematically End Game is spectacular, especially the end battle, the script falls too flat and eye rolling for me with the time travel as the solution.

    Freedom RingFreedom Ring25 ngày trước
  • Hey you forgot age of ultron which is the set up of the story

    Doge IndonesiaDoge Indonesia25 ngày trước
  • This was amazing. No matter how many times you watched the movies, no matter how much you know the characters, this was so well dissected and explained, I'm amazed at the characters and character arcs all over again. Thank you.

    KerstinKerstin27 ngày trước
  • I believe in the next phases captain america and doctor strange will have a relationship just like tony and steve

    raiden starkraiden stark28 ngày trước
  • Meanwhile they just completly forget about hulk. And sort of like kill off thor in endgame

    jeff 69jeff 6928 ngày trước
  • I guess you can say that watching this video makes us all... arc reactors. haha.

    Jake CohenJake Cohen29 ngày trước
  • i’ve watched this vid 3 times

    TristanTristan29 ngày trước
  • I hate Steve's ending.

    Valhalla's GuardianValhalla's GuardianTháng trước
  • see kathleen kennedy? this is story telling.

    Nawwaf HuseinNawwaf HuseinTháng trước
  • It started in 2008 and in 2020 it was 12 years from the start

    BlueBoy20BlueBoy20Tháng trước
    • @HLH Studios My dog ate my keyboard... 😶

      BlueBoy20BlueBoy2027 ngày trước
    • The last film was in 2019.

      HLH StudiosHLH Studios27 ngày trước
  • That.... Was beautiful.

    Nicholas MickoNicholas MickoTháng trước
  • When Tony makes the decision to do the snap and kill Thanos, he is put in the exact same place that Captain once was, when he dove that plane into the ice. I believe that the main arc for Tony throughout the whole series was exactly that: make him do that choice, the choice Steve made 70 or so years ago. Even the consequences of the choice were the same: Steve sacrificed his whole life together with Peggy, and so does Tony with his life with Pepper. if that isn't just poetry and awesome screenwriting, I don't know what is.

    Vinicius FerrariVinicius FerrariTháng trước
  • I always hated the idea that Steve did that after a three solo movie arc but this made me re-examine that idea. Thanks for this!

    Dave BadanoyDave BadanoyTháng trước
  • its so amazing to see that they become polar opposites to find that for them to be whole they need a part of each other to be better. to understand freedom while allowing some oversight while also being selfish enough to have what you want because it is your life

    Joey HuynhJoey HuynhTháng trước
  • The Captain America walking up to Thanos's army scene is the most underrated moment

    AMUAMUTháng trước
  • I’m curious... what do think think would ultimately happen if A. Steve signed ( other than the obvious where others followed and signed as well) B. Tony refused to sign ( other than having others like Rhodes follow along as well as likely making it so everyone else had a LOT less legal trouble.) C. Tony signed while Steve refused but they had an understanding and respect for each other’s decisions and continue to trust each other. E.g. Tony asks Ross to go bring them in and at the airport just puts on a show but let’s them escape sorta deal.

    Nick JonesNick JonesTháng trước
  • 6:45, turns out Tony was bloody right.

    Shaun NjaziShaun NjaziTháng trước
  • Thor the dark world is a sore thumb to the mcu

    Dan ManDan ManTháng trước
  • Someone send this to Kathleen Kennedy, she needs to learn this lesson.

    hammerhiem75hammerhiem75Tháng trước
  • And then there's Thor

  • Steve's ending always gives me chills. Reminds me back when I watched it in the theatre.

    Domestic Ole RasyidDomestic Ole RasyidTháng trước
  • The conceptual framework of thesis, antithesis, synthesis is a philosophical tool called dialectical materialism.

    RizRizTháng trước
  • Well done

    Salvo OcelloSalvo OcelloTháng trước
  • Never before realised the story's that good...

    H Harijon SinghH Harijon SinghTháng trước
  • How many adds can be in one video? jeez

    BraydenBraydenTháng trước
  • I haven't watched the video yet but the best thing is just how much of a nobodies in the eyes of the mainstream Captain America and Iron Man where and how beloved and inspiring they are now.

    WinterfangWinterfangTháng trước
  • the explanation itself, the great video editing while the mcu scores playing in the background makes this a beautiful video. i love it, thank you so much

    muffinatedmuffinatedTháng trước
  • Everything special about you comes out of a bottle..... lifts up Mjonir Only thing you fight for is yourself, you are not the guy who make the sacrifice..... snaps.

    Shabab Haider SiddiqueShabab Haider SiddiqueTháng trước
  • How did u do this...

    NeSuNeNeSuNeTháng trước
  • It's gonna be so hard to not have these 2 in the MCU. However their endings were fantastic

    Dylan ReaDylan ReaTháng trước
  • Sooooo good!! Great video :)

    Alexis AtkinsonAlexis AtkinsonTháng trước
  • This is one of the main reasons I always bring up when talking about why the DCEU is struggling. They don't seem to have any plan on their universe along with trying to play catch up. If all they did was take the time and release their movies correctly, they would be doing a lot better.

    Trevor MurphyTrevor MurphyTháng trước
  • This is one of the best videos I've ever seen

    NpulsiveNpulsiveTháng trước
  • well done👏👏👏 this analysis is a masta piece

    phliipphliipTháng trước
  • Saying that Steve pushed Tony to make the sacrifice diminishes him as a character. Tony stark always had that in him whether or not he knew it

    J Mo1505J Mo1505Tháng trước
    • Tony took his advice to make the sacrifice play when he took the nuke in the portal. Both of them learned from each other despite their differences. Tony became a team player because of Cap.

      Peter MJPeter MJTháng trước
    • I disagree. He would never ever become the person he was at his final years without Steve and the team. Or Peter, Yinsen, Pep, Harley..

      liav hanegbiliav hanegbiTháng trước
  • I love the mcu, but it's definitely overrated. Some of the movies are absolutely amazing, but most of them are average and some are absolutely horrible.

    hmmm hmmmhmmm hmmmTháng trước
  • Great video!

    Noah AdamsNoah AdamsTháng trước
  • This video was written and edited like butter -- absolute bliss. And there's so much truth behind it. Thank you so much!

    William GordonWilliam GordonTháng trước
  • Who else is tearing up while watching this?

    Peter JonesPeter JonesTháng trước
  • None of the most satisfying moments in the Infinity Saga: “You wanna tell me about her?” Steve looking in the distance “No. I don’t think I will.”

    Patrick O'RourkePatrick O'RourkeTháng trước
  • It's crazy how Tony's ideals and Steve's ideals literally flip by Civil War. Tony doesn't like to follow orders, doing things his way, and Steve likes to go by the book and do as he is told, and by civil war these ideals are same but held by opposite characters. Tony believes they should be forced to follow orders after their recklessness cost lives, and Steve believes they are sacrificing their rights to choose by signing for that. Absolutely crazy how Marvel pulls that off and hardly anyone really notices. Expertly done writing.

    HotshotPCHotshotPCTháng trước
  • This was so Good. Thank you

    Eric TaverasEric TaverasTháng trước
  • Man I love this video (and all your work)

    Mike FurthMike FurthTháng trước
    • Thank you!

      Lessons from the ScreenplayLessons from the ScreenplayTháng trước
  • Alternate title: Why I Love the MCU

    Kevin FitzsimonsKevin FitzsimonsTháng trước
  • The most depressing comment from Steve ever was cut from Civil War as he limped away from iron man: “MY FATHER MADE THAT SHIELD! YOU DONT DESERVE IT!” Tony exclaimed unable to move. Steve thought back to the man he was before this, before he chose to refuse to register and felt an enormous guilt drop on his shoulders. “You’re right.” He said dropping the shield to the ground as clattered and caused Tony to become silent again.

    Alexandra DanielsAlexandra DanielsTháng trước
  • It’s interesting because I have always said that the Infinity Saga is a story of Tony and Steve swapping views on the world. Somehow people think this is a “Hard line conservative and Super Liberal” No, it’s not like that at all. The most conservative of the two of them, would not be allowed in the Republican Party today (which I guess is a low bar but still).

    Alexandra DanielsAlexandra DanielsTháng trước
  • Tony and Steve, a dialectic

    Steven SSteven STháng trước
  • I’m not the biggest fan on Caps ending, but I can see why they chose it. This is a great video btw!! It’s interesting to see their arcs

    Maddy PersonMaddy PersonTháng trước
  • Man...I’ll never forgot my movie theater experience while watching Endgame.

    REPTARREPTARTháng trước
  • Love Civil War

    Mid KnightMid KnightTháng trước
  • i dont know why but at 08:07 i started crying a little but at 11:39.... oh boyy, this is a great analysis, and im way to sentimental with this characters its quite dumb

    Karupé MaKarupé MaTháng trước
  • I’ve always wondered why (in my opinion, at least) it seems like Marvel movies are better than DC. This video essay explains it so well. Also, did you HAVE to include the script lines from Endgame? The wounds left by Tony’s death had just finished healing, and how they’re ripped open again. And this is the first time I’ve cried over Cap’s ending. The script is so beautiful. He really and truly did deserve his Happy Ending. 💛

    Life With the MoaksLife With the Moaks2 tháng trước
  • Marvel cares so much about its characters and spends time and effort crafting them very carefully. This makes respect and care for them too. DC is the complete opposite of that, and the Synder cut Justice League is still shit but twice as long, which is a shame cause I really want to like DC heroes. DC needs their own Kevin Feige who understand and respect comic characters. Now Disney is leverage Kevin Feige and Jon Favorea to save Star Wars. I've never been a Star Wars fan and hated the two prequels I've seen but Mandolorian got me completely hooked. Can't wait to see what Kevin and Marvel's going to do next.

    Maiming YinxingMaiming Yinxing2 tháng trước
  • I am still amazed at the thick headedness of the members of the academy for not rewarding these films any Oscars. The day when winning an Osvar became meaningless.

    Aquila MxpAquila Mxp2 tháng trước
  • I think the iron man movies each have a different villain as opposed to the captain America movies which all have hydra as the main issue.

    Ryan PeetRyan Peet2 tháng trước
  • 4:30 Holy crap nice editing

    That Guy BobThat Guy Bob2 tháng trước
  • I love how he puts Civil War as the true midpoint and not Age Of Ultron lmfao Even though I like Age of Ultron even I feel it wasn't as consequential or impactful as Civil War. Though, it does seem like both of them are more of a part 1 and 2 since one directly follows the other.

    Naruke0NickNaruke0Nick2 tháng trước