At the end of Batman Begins, the newly promoted Lieutenant Gordon questions Batman about the wisdom of donning the cape. He points out that when cops wear body armor, the bad guys get armor-piercing bullets. Gordon asks what will happen when the good guys start to wear costumes and holds out an evidence bag with a playing card, saying that the man who uses these has a flair for the dramatic.
|A guy who likes playing cards must be mentally stable, right?|
Because we're nerds and it's just how we roll, my husband and I decided to take a look at those battles and decide if they really were the Avengers' fault.
Battle of New York (Marvel's The Avengers):
|Even alien invaders can't find parking in downtown New York.|
Avengers Good: 1 ; Avengers Bad: 0
Triskelion/Helicarrier Crash (Captain America: Winter Soldier):
|In retrospect, maybe we should have stuck with actual boats.|
Avengers Good: 2 ; Avengers Bad: 1
Sekovia (The Avengers: Age of Ultron):
|"That's no moon..." "Not the time, Tony."|
Avengers Good: 2 ; Avengers Bad: 2
Nigerian Hospital (Captain America: Civil War):
|There goes my performance review for this quarter...|
So here are the questions: Did the Avengers need to be the ones chasing the HYDRA agents? Should the Scarlet Witch be held accountable for killing people when she was trying to save them? Is she responsible for the deaths or is it the responsibility of the HYDRA agent who triggered a suicide vest in a crowd? After careful discussion, our little mini-poll decided that this one was another draw. Results count, but so do intentions.
Final count: Avengers Good: 3 ; Avengers Bad: 3
But I think, at the end of the day, these are the wrong questions to be asking. When Spider-man joins Team Iron Man, he explains why he became a superhero. "When you can do the things that I do and you don't and then the bad things happen, then that's on you." (In other words, with great power comes great responsibility.) Bad things happen and those who can help, should help, regardless of whether they wear a cape, a uniform or jeans and a t-shirt. It's not always going to go the way we would want and sometimes we aren't going to be able to stop the horrible things from happening. That's real life as well as the comic book universe. But effort and intention count.