The logic here is completely and utterly flawed. From Marvel's perspective, not yours. Captain American was someone who stood for an ideal. An ideal of what American should be, not the reality of "Celebrities treated like royalty, and teachers like dirt." That's why he resigned his role after the fallout from Watergate. That's why he's opposed the government. That's why he stood toe-to-toe with Thanos realizing that he had absolutely no chance of winning. What Marvel's just done is tell readers "Captain America is now no longer relevant at all, nor are his ideals." It used to be "People put on a costume and fought villains because they thought it was the right thing." Now it's "People are all cynical, whiny, self-centered people who want a paycheck." America the reality is imperfect, and everyone knows it. That's why America the ideal exists. But Marvel just went and said "The ideal doesn't work today either, and neither do all of our characters that were made to reflect that ideal." I don't think this is political so much as it is the pervasive cynicism that American comic book publishers have been wallowing in long since before Shounen Jump began outselling their titles infiltrating every aspect of the industry and its stories. I think there's definitely a time and place for cynicism, snarkniness, etc, but stuff like this makes you wonder why people even read comics in the first place. Quite frankily, Civil War is such a compounded, out of character, and just plain horribly written mess that everyone involved has had their character permanently destroyed, and just maybe might be fixed somewhat by a retcon 2 or 3 years down the road. Maybe. In closing...this sums up Civil War. This is why I don't read comics from the big labels anymore. At least Udon is still making Street Fighter... EDIT- And one more thing. Isn't making superheroes the sole force in society a bad thing? Wasn't that the entire point of Squadron Supreme?