The Flag-Smashers were the villains of Falcon and Winter Soldier, but Karli Morgenthau’s super soldiers were fighting for a cause like Steve Rogers did.
Even if The Falcon and the Winter SoldierThe Flag-Smashers are terrorists, Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) and her gang of Super Soldiers are the true successors to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in spirit. Karli had a withering vision of Captain America and the oppression of disenfranchised people represented by his star shield, but in essence, the Flag-Smashers and Steve Rogers fight for many of the same ideals.
Like the Flag-Smashers years later, Steve Rogers became an enemy of the state and was even commonly known as a “war criminal” later Captain America: Civil War. Rogers and his loyal Avengers team rebelled against the signing of the Sokovia Accords, which Cap felt were driven by political agendas and restricted the Avengers’ freedom to choose who to save and when. Rogers not only ended up facing Team Iron Man led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) but he became an international fugitive wanted by every government on Earth (except Wakanda). Morally, Steve was right in his views on the Sokovia Accords, but even Captain America was powerless against the governments of the world rallied against him. Ultimately, Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half the life in the universe, followed by the Avengers who resurrected them and saved the universe from Thanos to fully restore Steve Rogers’ heroic standing as Captain America in the public eye.
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Similarly, the Flag-Smashers weren’t really evil or true supervillains in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Rather, they were desperate people who were driven to oppose the Global Repatriation Council and the governments of the world who were enforcing new laws that they considered unjust. Karli was one of millions of people welcomed into countries that opened their borders after the Thanos Snap, only to be expelled from their new homes and arrested as criminals five years later, after Blip brought the billions back to life. Thanos killed. But at the heart of the problem, Karli Morgenthau wants the refugees who were displaced by the GRC to regain their freedoms and the right to choose is no different from Steve Rogers’ stance against the authoritarian slant of the Sokovia Accords.
Like Rogers, Karli and a handful of her closest allies were enhanced with the Super Soldier Serum. While Morgenthau resorted to terrorist acts like kidnapping GRC members and killing Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett), the Super Soldier Serum didn’t necessarily bring out latent evil in Karli or her friends like it did in Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Morgenthau’s tragic mistakes can be explained by the fact that she was a wrong teenager: “just a child” – which was sadly on his head. Like Steve Rogers, Karli even turned to her longtime ally Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) for help, though the Flag-Smashers betrayed Carter and stole the super soldier serum.
However, the cause of Karli and the Flag-Smashers was inherently strong, so much so that even Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) understood Morganthau’s point of view and agreed with her, but not in the way that she chose to fight for. its cause. The best indicator that Karli was right is that Sam, as Captain America, tried to save Morgenthau. Wilson then took up the Flag-Smashers cause and successfully argued the mistakes that the GRC was perpetrating with the Patch Act.
Steve Rogers’ Team Cap and Karli Morgenthau’s Flag-Smashers took on the world’s most powerful governments because they felt they were right, even though they all knew it was a lost proposition that would cost them dearly. In Karli’s case, he paid with his life. And yet in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Morgenthau did something even Steve Rogers couldn’t: Karli and the Flag-Smashers found millions of followers to join their side and fight for their cause, and that included Captain America Sam Wilson.
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