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Captain America - Winter Soldier

Updated: May 6, 2020

I found the two following excerpts from the dialogue of the movie quite interesting. I thought they might be worth some discussion, especially since they are obviously addressing the society we are currently living in.

For reference: HYDRA is the evil organization that is working against the Marvel Heroes. Zola's Algorithm was a program written by Arnim Zola (a bad guy) to help HYDRA's evil plot. The organization that the Heroes belong to is called S.H.I.E.L.D.

Dr. Arnim Zola: HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. After the war, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded, and I was recruited. The new HYDRA grew, a beautiful parasite inside S.H.I.E.L.D. For 70 years, HYDRA has been secretly feeding crises, reaping war. And when history did not cooperate, history was changed.

Natasha Romanoff: That's impossible. S.H.I.E.L.D. would've stopped you.

Dr. Arnim Zola: Accidents will happen. HYDRA created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. Once the purification process is complete, HYDRA's New World Order will arise. We won, Captain. Your death amounts to the same as your life, a zero sum!


Jasper Sitwell: Zola'a algorithm is a program for choosing Insight's targets.

Steve Rogers: What targets?

Jasper Sitwell: You! A TV anchor in Cairo, the Under Secretary of Defense, a high school valedictorian in Iowa City, Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, anyone who's a threat to HYDRA. Now, or in the future.

Steve Rogers: In the future? How could it know?

Jasper Sitwell: How could it not? The 21st century is a digital book. Zola told HYDRA how to read it. Your bank records, medical histories, voting patterns, emails, phone calls, your damn SAT scores! Zola's algorithm evaluates people's past to predict their future.

Also thought this video essay was very interesting.

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