23 Easter Eggs You Didn't Catch In 'Captain America: Civil War'
As with all Marvel films, Captain America: Civil War Easter eggs are all over the place. Not only are the Easter eggs in Marvel's cinematic Civil War giving shout-outs to stuff that happened in past films, but they’re also nodding to famous comics of the '70s on through to the iconic visuals from the actual Civil War comic series. If you didn’t catch any of the references while watching the film, don’t worry about it, this list is here to make sure that you understand every weird reference that happened in Captain America: Civil War.
At a nearly three-hour running time, Civil War provides a lot of footage to jam archaic references into. And while it’s obvious that crafting a film full of information that also moves at a brisk pace was important to the filmmakers, they made sure to allude to everything from Arrested Development to the Falcon’s first comic book appearance. You would have to be crazy (or have a lot of time on your hands) to catch all of the Easter eggs in this film, so spare your sanity and take a look at all of the Marvel references in Captain America: Civil War.These certainly aren’t all the Easter eggs in Captain America: Civil War, so if you noticed any other references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the original Marvel Comics, or anything else, point out as much in the comments.
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The Final Fight Mirrors An Iconic 'Civil War' Comic Book CoverPhoto: Marvel ComicsMuch has already been said of the way that Civil War pulls visuals from the comics, but one of the biggest moments of the film - Cap using his shield to stop Tony's Plasma blasts (which if you think about it is basically Tony still not being able to be better than his father, even after his death - bummer) - is actually the cover to issue 7 of the original Civil War comic event.
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Ant-Man Rides Hawkeye's Arrow References 'Avengers #223'Photo: Marvel ComicsPretty much every hero gets a super cool moment during the big airport fight scene, but the coolest might be Paul Rudd's Ant-Man hitching a ride on one of Hawkeye's arrows. This particular stunt was a reference to the cover of Avengers #223 where the very same thing happened. And if you're wondering about what happened in the comic, yes, somebody (Taskmaster) did get it.
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The Cap/Iron Man Fight Directly Recreates Panels From The ComicsPhoto: Marvel ComicsA lot of the shots from the the final slugfest between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are recreations of combat that was illustrated in the comic, often right down to the panel. So despite vast changes from the printed story of the same name, the Civil War filmmakers were dead-set on making sure fans knew that they'd at least looked at the comic.
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Spider-Man Steals Captain America's Shield In The Comics, TooPhoto: Marvel ComicsOne of the biggest reveals from the final Civil War trailer was seeing Spider-Man steal Cap's shield with his webbing (that somehow took six movies to get right). The scene is a visual nod to a showdown between the wallcrawler and Captain America in the Civil War comic series.
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Bucky's Trigger Words Are MCU Easter EggsPhoto: Disney
The trigger words that turn the affable Bucky Barnes into the murderous Winter Soldier hold the key to Bucky's past, while also providing some little treats for the MCU as a whole:
- "1917," Bucky was born in 1917.
- "Freight Car," Bucky "died" falling off a freight car in WWII.
- "Homecoming," as in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Stan The Delivery ManPhoto: Gramercy PicturesStan Lee is a living breathing Marvel Easter egg, and when it comes to Mr. Lee you either fall into one of two camps. You can't wait to see him appear, or by the end of every MCU film, specifically Civl War, you've been lulled into a sense of false security, and then Stan Lee shows up and destroys any imaginary world you were able to create by pretending to be a USPS delivery person and saying the phrase "Tony Stank."