It’s one of the reasons I’m hesitant to see Captain Americ 2a. The idea that he won’t be betrayed by his government – not a rogue element, but the very thing for which is fighting – seems inconceivable these days. Someone, probably Robert Redford, will make a cynical speech and smile while he says it. The movie’s getting good reviews, and I have a difficult time believing it’s because Captain America sends the audience out with any sort of pride or patriotism.
The revelation of fallibility is no longer a revelation at all; it ought to be a given at this point in story-telling, but people still think it’s novel to retell Goldilocks from the Wolf’s point of view. I remember the first time I realized this was not only tired, but said something wrong about the people making movies: Mission Impossible, when they revealed that Jim Phelps was the bad guy. Wouldn’t it be great if the hero of all those old TV shows was shown to be corrupt? Wouldn’t it be great if he wasn’t.