Marvel’s the Avengers: Civil War
Since the emergence of Iron Man in 2008, countless superheroes (and super villains) have entered the public eye. After the Avengers attempt at creating a world-protecting robot fails spectacularly, and “Scarlett Witch” accidentally kills 26 people, the international community has decided that they have had enough of rogue vigilantes. World leaders are drafting the Sokovia Accords, a set of regulations that aim to put superhero activity under government jurisdiction. In this committee, you will debate how to respond to this legislation. Is this a necessary step to protect the world from immensely powerful, yet unaccountable beings, or a gross overstepping of boundaries that places the decision of the moral use of power in the hands of possibly untrustworthy legislators? Additionally, opportunistic villains are lurking in the shadows, ready to use this distraction to their advantage. As Earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers must decide whether to assemble or divide.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: The Sokovia Accords
Topic B: The Fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference! My name is Spencer Abrohms and I am very excited to be serving as your chair for the Marvel’s Avengers: Civil War. Get ready for an action-packed weekend full of debate, discussion, and surprises!
I am originally from Newtown, Pennsylvania, which is a suburb of Philadelphia. In high school I was a member of my school’s model UN team and absolutely loved my experience, so I know how exciting it is whether you are participating for the first time or the tenth. I am currently a senior at Hopkins double majoring in International Studies and Economics. I am interested in possibly going into international business or international development and I am fascinated with how nations interact and solve conflicts. Outside of JHUMUNC, I am involved with several other activities around campus including marketing consulting, tour guiding, planning homecoming, and Fraternity and Sorority life. Additionally, in my free time I love to run, scuba dive, and play soccer.
During my freshman year, I was a dais for JCC Olympians, and during my sophomore and junior years, I was a chair for JCC France and JCC York, respectively. I had never participated in a crisis committee in high school; I loved my freshman dais experience so much that I have stayed in that arena ever since. I love that in crisis committees, the situation changes rapidly, which forces you to think creatively in order to adapt to the situation.
It is important to really gain a full understanding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and your character’s place within it, so that you can respond to changing circumstances and maintain the support of the people. If you have any questions about the committee or JHUMUNC itself, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with all of you.
Chair, Marvel’s the Avengers: Civil War
JHUMUNC Session XXII