10 comic Easter eggs in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (spoilers)

captain_america_civil_war_whos_side_are_you_on Captain America: Civil War, the 13th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is finally out in theaters today in the States. The film is not only amazingly good but it has plenty of history to link to for hardcore fans. Here’re some of the Easter eggs that we found in Civil War. Needless to say, if you haven’t yet seen the movie yet, then stop reading as these Easter eggs will contain spoilers.

1. Redwing captain_america_civil_war_falcon_redwing It’s cute isn’t it? Redwing is Falcon’s trusty sidekick in both the comics and now in the MCU. However, in the comics, Redwing is an actual falcon that Sam is telepathically linked with. Whatever the falcon sees, Sam sees as well. Think Bran Stark’s powers in “Game of Thrones.” In Civil War, though, Redwing is a trusty drone that Sam send outs to scope the area. Like the comics, whatever Redwing sees, Sam sees as well through his goggles.

2. The Nigerian Witch Trials captain_america_civil_war_nitro Another aspect of the comics that Civil War adapts is the tragedy that leads the government to implement the Sokovia Accords, the MCU’s version of the Superhero Registration Act. In the comics, the tragedy started from the New Warriors’ attempt to apprehend a group of villains in a quest for better ratings. The plan backfired though as the supervillain Nitro used his explosive abilities to decimate several city blocks. This incident resulted in the deaths of 600 people, including 60 children. In the MCU, the tragedy stemmed from Scarlet Witch using her powers to prevent an exploding Crossbones from decimating a city block. Unfortunately, she moved Crossbones towards a building which in turn decimated an entire floor full of innocents. Both explosive incidents raised the support for the registration acts.

3. Captain America’s Most Iconic Quote Comes to Life captain_america_civil_war_captain_america_quote Although the quote doesn’t come from Steve Rogers himself, his iconic “no, you move” line from Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man #537 is realized on-screen. During Peggy Carter’s funeral, Sharon Carter’s eulogy contained some of the wisdom that her aunt gave to her when she was a child. It’s here when we hear Cap’s speech almost told verbatim as Sharon Carter looks at Steve Rogers sitting in the front row.

4. Love is in the Air captain_america_civil_war_vision_scarlet_witch If you’re trying to easily explain the relationship between Scarlet Witch (a human) and Vision (a synthezoid) to a non-comic book person then good luck to you. Yet Marvel Studios is beginning the foundation of their budding relationship that started in Age of Ultron and continues in Civil War. In the film, Tony Stark entrusts Vision to look after Scarlet Witch in the Avengers facility, which eventually leads to a bit of flirting coming from Vision.

5. Iron Man Armor Model 38 captain_america_civil_war_iron_man_bleeding_edge The Model 38, otherwise known as the Bleeding Edge armor, is one of his most powerful suits. In the comics, the suit is built entirely out of nano-machines that come out of Tony’s skin when mentally commanded. The comic iteration of the suit is so powerful it can go toe-to-toe with Thor and can beat down on Red Hulk. The MCU version isn’t remotely close to being as powerful as its comic book counterpart. Not to mention that it isn’t commanded the same way, no nano-machines here.

6. When Spider-Man met Iron Man captain_america_civil_war_iron_spider_spider-man Although Tony Stark doesn’t give Spider-Man the Iron Spider suit as he does in the comics, Tony Stark does supply the young Peter Parker with an upgraded suit of his own. Did we also mention that Tony Stark also supplied Peter Parker with his Spider-Signal? Crime doesn’t stand a chance.

7. “When Ant-Man and Hawkeye join forces… Somebody’s gonna get it!” captain_america_civil_war_antman_hawkeye Never doubt Marvel in giving the fans exactly what they wanted. When it was shown that Hawkeye and Ant-Man would join forces on Team Cap, Marvel fans wanted to see the iconic team-up of Hawkeye launching Ant-Man on one of his arrows. Marvel gave us exactly what we wanted when we see Hawkeye sends Ant-Man after Iron Man in the film’s climactic airport scene. The sequence echoes the cover of Avengers Vol. 1 #223 and the “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” animated series.

8. “You were picturing a redhead?” captain_america_civil_war_friday_tony_stark_iron_man Although this line is also a reference to a missing Pepper Potts, the comic book iteration of F.R.I.D.A.Y. was also a red head as well. I’m starting to think Tony has a thing for redheads. Only time will tell if we’ll ever see the psychopathic version of F.R.I.D.A.Y. on the big screen, though.

9. Dangerous People Live Here captain_america_civil_war_the_raft The Raft is Marvel’s version of Alcatraz, albeit for supervillains. In Civil War, The Raft isn’t an island nor is it used to imprison supervillains. It’s used to house those members from Team Cap unlucky enough to not get away: Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and Falcon. It’s run by none other than General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.

10. From the Comics Onto the Screen captain_america_civil_war_cap_iron_man_issue_7_cover Mark Millar’s “Civil War” story arc is one of Marvel’s most famous storylines. Although the cinematic version is loosely based on Millar’s arc, Joe and Anthony Russo brings the brilliant Civil War #7 cover to life at the end of the film. Battered and beaten, both Steve Rogers and Tony Stark face-off in a last-ditch effort to defeat the other. The shot recreates practically one of the most recognizable panels in the entire comic series.

Bonus Easter Egg: Dean-a-ling! The Dean is here. captain_america_civil_war_community_jim_rash It’s well-known that Joe and Anthony Russo directed plenty of episodes of NBC’s “Community” before taking on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Fans of the series cheered when they saw Danny Pudi (Abed) playing a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in The Winter Soldier, and now Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) appearing in Civil War as Tony Stark’s MIT liaison. The Russos clearly have an affinity for their friends at “Community” and their fans can’t thank them enough for all the cameos. Have you found any other Easter eggs? If so, tell us in the comments section below! Captain America: Civil War is now battling in theaters.

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