“Captain America: Civil War” contains, like all Marvel films, winks and references to previous feature films of the saga or to the comics from which they are drawn. Here they are together.
Captain America: Civil War marked the history of the superheroic genre in cinema by offering for the first time heroes divided around a case of conscience. Should people with superpowers be left free to act or have to obey rules and reveal their identities?
So many questions answered by this third installment of Steve Rogers’ adventures, while teeming with secrets, winks and other hidden details, to be discovered below.
At the start of the film, the Winter Soldier types a code: 17826 which transcribes on a keyboard (since the 1 does not correspond to any letter) gives “STAN”. The exact meaning of this encrypted message is unknown, but it could be a tribute to famous comic book writer Stan Lee or to Sebastian Stan, who plays the Soldier.
The supervillain Crossbones played by Frank Grillo is armed with offensive bracelets that we will see again at work in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and which will be the subject of a black market. To the detriment of Peter Parker, who will undergo a rather violent discharge. Grillo had signed a contract for seven films in the MCU, but his character was ultimately shelved after Civil War.
The ally of Crossbones played by Damion Poitier is a face already known from the Marvel universe so to speak, since it is he who, under a thick make-up, had lent his features to Thanos in the post-credits scene. of Avengers. He will only be replaced by Josh Brolin for the needs ofAvengers 2. The latter will reprise the role in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In this film, Falcon first uses Redwing, which here is a security drone. In the comics, Redwing is a very real hawk with whom Sam Wilson maintains a telepathic connection. He first appeared in the comics Captain America # 117, released in 1969.
In Wanda’s room, we can see a photo of a little boy with hair a color that looks a lot like the one his late brother Pietro wore. Died during the events of Avengers 2, we will never see the character played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson again, except, in another face, in the WandaVision series.
Replica of a distant past
During the Stark family scene with Tony (digitally rejuvenated Robert Downey Jr), Howard (John Slattery) and Maria Stark (Hope Davis), the latter asks her son to say goodbye to his father, which he doesn’t do not. This will torment him to the point that in Iron Man, he will confide to Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) that it is one of his great regrets.
After his lecture is over, Tony Stark meets Miriam Spencer, who lost her son Charles in Sokovia following the events of Avengers 2. She is played by Alfre Woodard, who also played in the Netflix series Luke Cage the role of Mariah Dillard. . At the time, the fact that she played two different characters meant that Marvel’s cinematic and Netflix universes were narratively distinct.
The crying office
Behind Steve Rogers, as he watches the King of Wakanda say that superhero justice kills innocent people, we can see the drawing of the monkey on a tricycle, which we saw in the first Captain America movie. Steve drew this figure there after being booed on stage and portrayed the monkey wearing the Captain America costume.
A premonitory table?
Chance or, on the contrary, completely desired situation, during the presentation of the Sokovia chords, the table is divided: on the right are characters who will be reduced to dust by the snap of Thanos’ fingers in Infinity war, and to the left of the characters who will survive it. As for Tony, he is already isolated as he will be during this event.
At the funeral of Margaret “Peggy” Carter, her niece Sharon Carter speaks in the pulpit to make a moving speech about her aunt, the text is partly taken from the comics Civil War, and more precisely borrowed from … Captain America himself! Note that the similarities are especially present in original version and erased by the French version. Sharon will return in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
At the United Nations, T’Challa and his father T’Chaka exchange in Wakandan, an obviously fictitious dialect which is however based on a real language, Xhosa, mainly used in South Africa. The Wakandais will be truly in the spotlight in Black Panther, the solo film about T’Challa and his seizure of power in Wakandais, following the events of Civil War.
Baron Zemo imprisons Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier in a cell marked with the letter “D” and the number “23”. It is a nod to the D23, an event intended for fans of the Disney universe, and to which the Marvel team very often goes to announce their future projects, films and series, often with a pleiad of actors on stage.
Truck for series fans
This staircase truck comes from the Arrested Development series, for which the directors of Captain america 3 Joe and Anthony Russo directed 5 episodes including the pilot. The Bluth family often travels thanks to this truck, which is placed here in a nod to Mitchell Hurwitz’s series with Jason Bateman and Portia de Rossi.
Ant-Man is an arrow!
In Avengers # 223, Hawkeye arched a shrunken Scott Lang, a moment that we find in the mythical battle of the airport of Captain America: Civil War pitting Steve Rogers’ supporters against those of Iron Man. We find in this comics the supervillain Crossbones, also present in Civil War !
In the prison keeping the superheroes in captivity, Clint Barton alias Hawkeye calls out Tony Stark who came to visit them by calling him the “visionary” (“the futurist” in VO), a term by which he is often referred to in comics. Besides, Robert Downey Jr. released a musical album called … The Futurist. The album will be a commercial failure which will hurt the actor a lot.
When Bucky arms himself when he arrives in Siberia, he opens a compartment of the Quinjet on which is written “Romanoff”, we can therefore deduce that he seizes the weapons of Black Widow to fight in the last part of the film.
When they cite their past exploits, Bucky and Steve recall an operation in which the Winter Soldier called himself “Dot”. This can refer to the character of Dottie Underwood, Soviet opponent of Peggy Carter in the series Agent Carter and this, in the two seasons that this series lasted (which deserves to be rediscovered).
The voice of the answering machine
Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) was behind it all and manipulated superheroes without them knowing it. Listening to his wife’s voice on his answering machine, he actually hears the voice of Ann Russo, the wife ofAnthony russo, co-director of the film. This is not her first appearance in the Marvel Universe, as she played a member of the anti-terrorist organization STRIKE in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Iron Man vs Captain America
The moment of the confrontation between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is one of the most striking of the film, and the culmination of the “civil war” which strikes the superheroes around the Sokovia accords. The Russo brothers then resume the cover of volume 7 of the Civil War comics, which shows a Captain America rushing forward with a shield raised against the attacks of Iron Man’s armor. Iconic!
All day !
In this epic fight, Steve Rogers lets go “I would do this all day”, and rises after being severely beaten by Iron Man. This refers to two scenes from the first Captain america (that of the alley and that of the confrontation against Red Skull), in which this sentence is pronounced to affirm the determination of the Super Soldier.
Stan Lee’s cameo
Co-creator of most Marvel heroes, Stan lee makes his traditional cameo at the very end of the film, delivering a package to Tony Stark. In the original version, he is mistaken in saying that it is intended for a certain “Tony Stank” (Tony Puait). In the French version, so that the movements of the lips correspond, he says he has to give the package to “Tony Trash”.