Everything You Ever Need To Know About ... CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016)


Tom Holland commented on how intimidated he was when he came to screen test for Spider-Man, saying that Robert Downey Jr. took him aside and said, "Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It's nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we'll just start again. No pressure."

The finalists for the Spider-Man role did separate screen tests with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., with the intent of seeing whose chemistry fit the best with both Evans and Downey.

T'Challa had a much smaller role in the earlier drafts and did not even appear in costume, as the writers intended to put more focus on Spider-Man and save Black Panther's origin for his own movie. However, when it looked like Marvel would not be getting permission to use Spider-Man, Black Panther's role was beefed up significantly. By the time they did get to use Spider-Man, T'Challa had already become so integral to the plot that they decided to leave his role as it is and give Spider-Man a smaller part.

The film coincides with the 75th anniversary of Captain America. 2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the original Civil War comic book and Black Panther's 50th anniversary.

In the film, the Falcon utilizes a falcon drone called Redwing. In the mainstream Marvel comics, Redwing was an actual falcon, which was Sam Wilson's sidekick.

One scene shows Ant-Man being boosted by an arrow from Hawkeye. This is taken directly from the comics, specifically The Avengers #223.

The day before filming a fight scene with Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan sent him a video of himself doing intense bicep curls in front of the decapitated head of an Iron Man suit. He attached the message, 'Looking forward to our scene tomorrow Robert.'

The longest Marvel film to date, at 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Chris Evans revealed that he was hesitant to take the role of Captain America early on, but now considers it one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Co-director Joe Russo said that "the most powerful shot of the film" was Steve Rogers stopping a helicopter from taking off, with his bare hands. The shot was even featured in the first teaser trailer for the film. Russo said Chris Evans worked very hard in the gym to physically embody the character because they wanted to test the limit's of Steve's physical strength. About the shot itself, he noted, "On set, we had Chris straining against a crane, holding the helicopter to get this fantastic shot of his muscles bulging, and you can feel the energy and determination as he tries to stop it."

When the production of the film wrapped up, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie raced each other while in their super hero suits.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) remarks how attractive Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) is. Downey and Tomei actually had a relationship in the 1990s, and appeared in two other films together: Chaplin (1992) and Only You (1994).

Tom Holland is the youngest person to portray Spider-Man/Peter Parker on screen at 19 years old.

Spider-Man was very nearly removed from the film, as Sony Pictures originally rejected Marvel's proposal to allow them a cut of the profit if they could pull Spider-Man over, but Sony Corporation expressed disappointment in the financial returns and the critical reception of The Amazing Spider-Man series and decided to negotiate a deal again.

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans described the dynamic between Iron Man/Tony Stark and Captain America/Steve Rogers as a marriage, saying, "We love each other, but it's explosive. You're working toward the same goal, but you have very different approaches to it. It's blurry, and that's what makes it great; no one's right, no one's wrong. It's going to make it even harder for them to come to an agreement."

In an interview, Daniel Brühl said the budget for this movie was so huge that you could make twenty films from it.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's original idea for Captain America 3 was a vastly different and much smaller film without the other Avengers, but Kevin Feige suggested they adapt Civil War instead. Certain parts of their original idea still made into the movie, such as the emphasis on Steve and Bucky's relationship, as well as the use of Baron Zemo as the villain.

Chadwick Boseman underwent a vigorous training program to get in fighting shape for the character. While admittedly not a big reader of comics as a kid, Boseman read as many comics as possible for anything Black Panther-related. Boseman also visited South Africa to better incorporate cultural aspects of the country into his role.

When Steve and Bucky remember going on a double date in Brooklyn when they were younger, the Captain mentions Bucky's date was a redhead named Dolores, with the nickname Dot. That description fits with one of Peggy Carter's nemeses from Agent Carter, Dottie Underwood, also exploited as a weapon by the Soviets

Anthony Mackie described the film as "The Avengers: Part 2.5.". Jeremy Renner said it would be like an Avengers movie due to a lot of characters being involved.

The filmmakers describe Bucky Barnes as a divided character, saying, "He's not Bucky Barnes anymore, he's not the Winter Soldier anymore; he's something in between. There's a part of his personality that was under mind control, and he murdered a lot of people. So he's got a very complicated history. Who is that person? How does that character move forward?"

The Black Panther costume is a combination of a practical costume and visual effects.

Chris Evans injured his arm muscles while filming the iconic shot of Captain America holding back a helicopter with his hands. Evans said, "That shot is a little bit of bicep porn. 'Zoom in on the biceps' - that's what the script said. Kevin Feige didn't airbrush my biceps, that's me. It's not a utilitarian shot, it's a shot where you're trying to look heroic. That position (of holding the helicopter with one hand and the ledge with another) is actually a very unnatural position to use to stop something but we used it because I have to flex my bicep, you are trying to make the scene look great. And I genuinely messed my arm doing that shot because of the strain." Robert Downey Jr. joked that the film-makers didn't mind that Evans hurt himself because of how great the shot turned out and they have been using it to promote the film ever since. Anthony Russo revealed that the iconic shot almost did not happen because on the day of the film-making there was a miscommunication with the costume department and Evans came in wearing a thick jacket. They immediately sent him back to change because then they wouldn't have been able to film the shot of his muscles bulging as intended in the script.

This is the live-action debut of T'Challa, the Black Panther, one of the first black superheroes in American comic books.

Originally Iron Man was only going to have a small role in this movie. However, Robert Downey Jr. asked for more screentime and a higher paycheck. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter planned to have Iron Man written out of the film completely, in which case the Russos had backup plans to adapt another story in the event that happened. However, Kevin Feige persuaded Marvel Pictures/Disney that Robert was fundamental to the film and this in turn led to Ike Perlmutter no longer being involved in the feature film side of Marvel Pictures.

Chris Evans has stated that this film will set up Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Untitled Avengers Movie (2019).

Hope van Dyne was going to become The Wasp in an earlier draft of the script, but she was removed due to concerns that reducing her role to a cameo alongside the other characters would be a disservice to her as a character. The fact that Evangeline Lilly was pregnant at the time also probably influenced the decision. Kevin Feige has asserted that she will officially take on the Wasp mantle in a substantial role at a later point in Phase 3, which was later revealed to be in a new project entitled Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).

Costume designer Judianna Makovsky revealed that for all of Chris Evans's scenes where he is in civilian outfits (outside the suit), they purposefully make him wear T-Shirts which are many sizes smaller than his actual size so that his muscles pop on camera. Evans said all his T-shirt scenes are scheduled at the start of the filming because he loses a lot of weight over the months it takes to film a Marvel movie. He said specially that filming the action scenes wearing the Captain America suit makes him lose a lot of his size.

This movie marks the beginning of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the thirteenth film overall.

Robert Downey Jr. acted as the younger Tony Stark along with John Slattery and Hope Davis. Lola FX provided the "de-aging" visual effects on the face and hair of Downey Jr. with footage and photos of his early career as references.

The casting for the role of Spider-Man was down to two choices: Tom Holland and Charlie Plummer. While both of them scored good reviews in their respective screen tests, there was a split in the casting decision. Marvel, represented by producer Kevin Feige, wanted Plummer, but Sony Pictures (who owns distribution and film rights to solo Spider-Man films) co-studio chief, Amy Pascal, wanted Holland. In the end, Holland was cast as he had a slight advantage over Plummer due to the age factor. Being 17, at the time of casting (June 2015), both studios realized that Plummer is still bound by child-labor law and hence until he reaches 18, the filming schedule for Spider-Man: Homecoming involving Plummer will have to be limited to a few hours per day.

Tom Holland made audition tapes together with Jon Bernthal while filming Pilgrimage (2016), with Holland landing the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Bernthal the role of Frank Castle/The Punisher in Daredevil (2015).

Alfre Woodard, who portrays Mariah Dillard in Luke Cage (2016), appears in the film as Miriam Sharpe, the mother of an American citizen killed in the battle of Sokovia. Woodard was suggested for the role by Robert Downey Jr., before Marvel Studios learned of her casting in Luke Cage.

Marisa Tomei was in her fifties when portraying Aunt May, in contrast to Rosemary Harris being in her seventies in Spider-Man (2002) and Sally Field in her sixties in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

Spider-Man's suit design is based on his original look in the comics when he debuted in 1962. The goggles change size to reflect Spider-Man's expressive eyes in the comics, and also allow him to hone his senses and focus.

Franchise star Tom Hiddleston confessed that even though he did not star in the film, it contained one of his favorite moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - the helicopter scene. He enthused, "I mean Chris Evans does a bicep curl - with a helicopter! If you don't love that, we can't be friends."

After the 'Civil War' crossover event in Marvel comics was complete another big crossover event was 'Secret Invasion,' which revealed that the shape-shifting alien villains The Skrulls had been replacing key people in government and the super powered community for decades, and that they are at least partially to blame for leading to the events of the civil war as a means to soften human society for a full scale invasion. Since the Skrulls are villains of the Fantastic Four, Disney/Marvel most likely can not use them in future films at this time. Also the idea of a "secret invasion" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already very close to what happened when HYDRA revealed they grew inside S.H.I.E.L.D.

According to Lola VFX, the visual effects studio who have worked on all three Captain America movies, in order to create the "young Tony Stark" illusion: "Every feature of the face and body needed to be addressed in some fashion. One thing that happens to all of us is that the skin of the face gradually lowers in certain areas, and needs to be 'lifted' back to where it was at the age in question. But other changes are incredibly subtle, such as increase in the way light reflects off the sheen of the skin, a reduction in the appearance of tiny blood vessels under the surface of some parts of the face, or more blood flow in the cheeks giving them that familiar youthful 'glow.' The shot was nearly 4,000 frames long, with Tony Stark turning from one side to the other multiple times, physically interacting with other actors, and the set itself, and moving closer to the camera for a very long, uninterrupted close-up."

Marisa Tomei is the third Oscar-nominated actress to play Aunt May. Rosemary Harris is an Oscar nominee and Sally Field is an Oscar winner (Tomei won an Oscar as well).

The title of this movie was jokingly announced as Captain America: Serpent Society during the announcement of Marvel Phase 3.

Martin Freeman described Everett Ross as someone who "works for the American government...[and] works in conjunction with the superheroes, and certain agencies that help to tame the superheroes' power". In terms of whether Ross would side with Stark or Rogers in the film, Freeman said that Ross is "ambiguous" and "you don't know whether he's good or bad" so "you're not quite sure which side he's on. It looks a little bit like he's playing one game when actually he's playing another."

Costume designer Judianna Makovsky said her favorite character to design for was Paul Bettany's Vision. She said she dressed him very stylishly, with elegant cashmere sweaters and cardigans and gave him one of the 'dandiest accessories' - an ascot. She said that even though it might not be visible in the movie, he's wearing an ascot in most of his civilian scenes.

Ann Russo, the wife of co-director Anthony Russo, provided the voice of Helmut Zemo's wife in the message box of Zemo's phone.

The Spider-Man suit in this film is influenced by Steve Ditko and John Romita. The extra dark shading around the eyes and web cartridges on his belt are few of the minor updates.

Filming started on May 7, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. The cast was working in 90F/32C degree weather in costume.

In the film, when Bucky, Captain America, Falcon, and Black Panther are first captured Bucky is placed in a cell marked D23. D23 is the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company and the fourth D23 Expo was held on August 14-16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, where the first footage from the film was screened.

During the scene where Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier is in Bucharest, Romania, he is shown to be buying plums at a fruit market. Plums are actually beneficial in treating those with Alzheimer's disease (a form of dementia characterized by memory loss), which therefore is suitable for Bucky because he has been brainwashed and is trying to remember his life before the Winter Soldier.

When Friday shows Tony Stark the photos of Zemo (Daniel Brühl), he asks if she's run facial recognition, to which she replies 'what do I look like?'. He says 'I don't know. I've been picturing a redhead.' Kerry Condon, who voices Friday, is indeed a redhead.

While fighting the Winter Soldier, Black Widow asks him, "You could at least recognize me.". This is a reference to the Soviet Scientist she was guarding when she was shot by the Winter Soldier. This may also be a reference to a storyline in the comics where the two were romantically involved, or the story she told in Captain America: Winter Soldier of being shot by him while in a mission. Or from their scenes in The Winter Soldier when again he was trying to kill her.

According to the Russo brothers, the title for this movie has been in existence for over a decade.

The words Homecoming and Seventeen in Winter Soldier's Hydra command resembles to the title and date of release of the next Spider-Man film, Spider Man: Homecoming (2017). Both these words are only mentioned in the theatrical version of the film.

Unlike her previous Marvel films, Scarlett Johansson never appeared for interviews, premieres, press conferences or any other events to promote the film.

The second movie which reunited Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) after The Hurt Locker (2008). Although they are both in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), this is the first time they share scenes together.

Chris Evans refuted claims that his biceps were CGI enhanced for the film's famous helicopter shot. He instead prepped a lot in lieu of artificial enhancement saying, "That was really my arm, and you know what, I took a page of Anthony Mackie's book. When we were doing Avengers: Age of Ultron, for certain scenes, I worked out just before the take but there were a bunch of scenes where I was the only one out of the cast doing it and I'd be embarrassed and feel shame. So I didn't do it that often. And then we started Civil War and Mackie has no shame. Before each take Mackie's just curling weights non-stop and I thought, 'Yeah! What are you doing Chris? Just curl some weights! Who cares? I am not going to worry about 20 people judging me as opposed to 200 million people seeing the scene forever.' So before the helicopter scene, I lifted a lot of weights to get pumped. It's not like I woke up and I looked like that, that was me lifting weight for hours on end prior to filming that scene. There certainly was a lot of pressure. I was fully aware of what they wanted that shot to be. I wanted that shot to be great too."

The Vision's civilian clothing (slacks, sweater, Ascot) was inspired by 1940s actor Cary Grant's attire.

This is the 3rd film in the MCU to feature a pre-Marvel Studios logo 'cold open' scene. The first was Guardians Of The Galaxy and the second was Ant-Man

John Slattery who plays Howard Stark, is only 2 years and 7 months older than Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark, Howard's son.

Martin Freeman plays Everett Ross. His co-star in Sherlock (2010) Benedict Cumberbatch, who played alongside Freeman in Sherlock (2010), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) is also slated to play Doctor Strange (2016).

Co-director Joe Russo cited Se7en (1995) and Fargo (1996) as influences on this film.

Tony Stark warns Captain America's side that if they don't surrender to Stark, some "JSOC" guys will come after them instead. This is a reference to the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command. JSOC oversees elite units like the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team Six, the U.S. Air Force's 24th Special Tactics Squadron, and the U.S. Army's Delta Force and 75th Ranger Regiment.

Steve Rogers (Captain America) kissed a different woman, a single time each, in each of his three solo movies: Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Natasha Romanoff in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Sharon Carter in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

This will be the first theatrically released film featuring Spider-Man where the visual effects for the character are not being produced by another company affiliated with Sony, the rights holder to Spider-Man. Industrial Light & Magic, which handles much of the special effects for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series, will be producing the visual effects.

Tom Holland slightly damaged his nose while doing a flip when filming a scene.

This is the fourth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to gross $1 billion.

During the virtual reality scene at MIT, Maria Stark plays the piano and sings the song "Try To Remember" from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks. This song's lyrics link nostalgia for the month of September with the singer's lost youth: "Try to remember the kind of September / When life was slow and oh, so mellow / Try to remember the kind of September / When grass was green and grain was yellow / Try to remember the kind of September / When you were a young and callow fellow..." After Maria finishes singing and the VR presentation is done, Tony announces to the MIT students that he has given them grants for all of their research projects under the auspices of his new foundation--the "September Foundation."

On October 13, 2014, it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be joining the cast of this film, and that it would follow the Civil War storyline.

The working title that was used to create the film was "Sputnik". In the comics, "Sputnik" used to trigger the Winter Soldier's mind control, much like the sequence ""Longing, Rusted,Furnace ,Daybreak ,Seventeen , Benign,Nine, Homecoming, One, Freight Car" for his cinematic counterpart.

Ant-Man says the phrase "I'm your conscience, we haven't spoken for a while," the same phrase was used by Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003). These lines are both references to Pinocchio (1940), which Ultron also refers to in Avengers: Age of Ultron by quoting "I've Got No Strings".

Bucky's code name "Winter Soldier" could have multiple sources of meaning. Winter could represent his maintenance as he is kept on ice whenever he's inactive. It could represent that he is a relic from The Cold War or that his humanity was stripped to make him the coldest of assassins.

Hawkeye refers to Tony Stark as "The Futurist" when he visits him and the other captured in the underwater prison. "The Futurist" is also the title of Robert Downey Jr.'s (for far) only music album (Sony Music, 2004) where he sings and also plays the piano on some of the tracks.

Logan Lerman, Dylan O'Brien, and Asa Butterfield (among many others) were considered for the role of Peter Parker.

All the scenes where Chris Evans appears without his Captain America outfit, were the first to be filmed since Evans gradually lost his muscular weight while shooting the physically demanding/action sequences in the Atlanta heat.

Marks the sixth collaboration between Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in 12 years, following The Perfect Score (2004), The Nanny Diaries (2007), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

On "The Late Late Show" Paul Rudd admitted that much of Ant-Man's star struck reactions to meeting Captain America and his allies were greatly based on his own real first reactions upon meeting those cast members. He even owned up to the inappropriate 'arm fondling' bit, though it was in fact Sebastian Stan's mechanical arm he was so interested in, rather than Captain America's as depicted in the film.

Multiple references to different themes that aren't related to the MCU are made throughout the film: while confined, Sam Wilson/Falcon tells Tony Stark/Iron Man to bring Mark Fuhrman if he wants him to talk (Mark Fuhrman was a key part in the 1990's O.J. Simpson trial, having been thought to frame the football player because of his hatred towards black people), and during the final scene in Siberia, Iron Man calls Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier "Manchurian Candidate", referring to both films in which American soldiers are thought to be brain-washed.

Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross' first appearance in the MCU since his debut in 2008's "Incredible Hulk". To date, that is the longest gap between a character's appearances in the MCU (8 years). Despite the long absence, William Hurt reprised the role, though Ross is now Secretary of State, as opposed to General in "Incredible Hulk". This also makes William Hurt the first actor from "Incredible Hulk" to return in a later MCU film, aside from Robert Downey Jr and Stan Lee, who both had cameos in "Incredible Hulk".

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) wears a pizza shirt when he met Tony Stark for the first time. Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker worked as a pizza delivery man in Spider-Man 2 (2004).

The young "Tony Stark" at the start of his MIT presentation is not a cast of actor, but the result of months of CGI and modelling of the Robert Downey Jr. himself. This was confirmed by the actor himself on The Tonight Show.

The Raft in the comics is a facility in New York which is part of Ryker's Island Penitentiary that is designed to hold captured supervillains which is run by SHIELD. In the film it is located somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean and run by the US military instead as SHIELD had been disbanded. Notably the first storyline of the New Avengers series which started not long before the Civil War crossover event began involving the prison riot was actually the Raft's first appearance in the comics. While the Raft was not used in the original Civil War comic book storyline to hold the captured superheroes, it was mentioned though.

Chad L. Coleman was considered for the role of Black Panther.

The first film to be shot with the Alexa IMAX, featuring 15 minutes of footage. The Alexa IMAX was a collaborative development between Arri and IMAX in customizing the Alexa 65 6.5k camera to facilitate viewings in IMAX theatres without overhauling equipment.

Chris Evans is not the only cast member to play another Marvel super hero. Before Captain America, he played Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in the Fantastic Four. Ryan Reynolds who recently played Deadpool also played a version of Marvel anti-hero Hannibal King in Blade Trinity.

Robert Downey Jr's 7th appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man (counting his small, uncredited cameo in "The Incredible Hulk").

The Marvel video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009) was also based on the Civil War comic.

Every phase of the MCU starts with a film that stars Tony Stark / Iron Man as at least one of the main characters. Phase One started with Iron Man (2008), Phase Two started with Iron Man 3 (2013), and Phase Three started with Captain America: Civil War (2016). Tony Stark / Iron Man was the main character (or one of the main characters) in each of these movies.

Although Spider-Man's suit was composed of CGI for every scene, a physical prototype Spider-Man suit was built during production that Tom Holland wore on set during some filming. It wasnt until later that the film makers decided to scrap the suit alltogether, and replace it with a CGI version. The prototype suit differed from the final product on screen as it features raised webbing, and a classic spider symbol, which was very reminiscient of the symbol shown in the very first Spider-Man comic, released in 1962.

The first time Chris Evans does not appear with Samuel L. Jackson in a MCU movie. (with the exceptions of his cameos in Thor the Dark World (2013) and Ant Man (2015)).

Although Marisa Tomei only appeared for roughly two minutes in the movie, she still had an assistant on set.

When the film introduces Peter Parker in Queens, the introduction shot is behind him showing the character casually holding a DVD player against the side of his body. In The Amazing Spider-man, one of first few introductory shots of Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) has the character holding a skateboard in a similar manner with an almost identical frame composition.

Robert Downey Jr.'s other recurring role is Sherlock Holmes. Cast member Martin Freeman plays Doctor Watson on Sherlock (2010). Freeman co-stars with Benedict Cumberbatch who shares the role of Sherlock will star in Doctor Strange (2016).

On 23 June 2015, Tom Holland was reported to have landed the role as Spider-Man.

Earlier drafts of a third 'Captain America' film had Brock Rumlow/Crossbones secretly working as a mercenary for the Red Skull (just like in the comics), but these ideas were scrapped and re-worked when the film-makers decided to follow the 'Civil War' storyline.

According to Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers' mother's name was Sarah.

One of two comic book movies which sees two superheroes fighting each other in 2016. The other film is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Stan Lee's second cameo playing a delivery person. In this film, he plays a FedEx driver delivering a package to Tony Stark. In 2005's "Fantastic Four," he played Willie Lumpkin, a USPS mailman who delivered Reed Richards' ("Mr. Fantastic") mail to him early in the movie.

Peter Parker/Spider-Man mentions The Empire Strikes Back during the fight with Giant-Man. This is a very appropriate quote, as Marvel now has regained the rights to create Star Wars comic books (and has been doing so again since January of 2015).

Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Rudd have both worked with previous Spider-Man portrayer, Tobey Maguire. Rudd appeared with him in The Cider House Rules (1999) while Downey worked with him in Wonder Boys (2000) and a short scene at the beginning of Tropic Thunder. Wonder Boys also featured Michael Douglas, who played Dr. Pym in Ant-Man (2015).

During the fight at the airport, there is an airplane that says "Blauflug". This loosely translates as JetBlue.

This is the first movie in the MCU where Tony Stark uses only one Iron Man suit. In the first Iron Man (2008), Tony uses the Mark 1 to escape the cave, the Mark 2 to experiment with the tech and the Mark 3 to attack the Ten Rings and his final battle with Stane. In Iron Man 2 (2010), Tony uses the Mark 4 at the beginning, the Mark 5 during his fight with Vanko at the Grand Prix, and the Mark 6 in the final battle. In The Avengers, Tony uses the Mark 6 for most of the film and then utilizes the Mark 7 for the battle of New York. In Iron Man 3 (2013), Tony uses the Mark 42, the silver centurion armor, the Mark 40 and the "Heartbreaker" armor in his battle with Killian. In Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony utilizes the Mark 43 in the opening scene and in his initial battle with Ultron. Then Tony uses the Mark 44 otherwise known as the Hulkbuster armor against the Hulk in South Africa. Finally Tony uses the Mark 45 in the battle of Sokovia. In Civil War Tony only uses the Mark 46.

This is the third time Robert Downey Jr. and Alfre Woodard have been in a movie together. The first movie was Heart and Souls (1993) and the second was The Singing Detective (2003).

The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Marisa Tomei, and William Hurt, and four Oscar nominees Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, and Alfre Woodard. Jim Rash also won an Oscar for screenwriting.

Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spiderman) & Daniel Brühl (Zemo) were both previous co-stars of Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in films "In the Heart of the Sea" and "Rush" respectively. While Brühl's character may no longer have any significance in future MCU films, Holland will get the chance to co-star again along with Hemsworth.

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Paul Rudd have all guest starred in episodes of Robot Chicken (2005)

In Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon are arrested by Hydra posing as Shield, which they escaped having been freed by Maria Hill. In this movie Captain America, Falcon and Winter Soldier are also arrested by German Special Forces, and escape after Winter Soldier goes rogue, with help from Agent 13 Sharon Carter.

Hope Davis, who is only 1 year older than Robert Downey Jr., plays Tony Stark's mother, Maria Stark in Captain America: Civil War. Hope Davis and Robert Downey Jr. co-starred in the film, Charlie Bartlett.

The film takes place in 1991 and 2016.

The date December 16th is repeat from an event that occured in a previous film, Political Animals, invloving Sebastian Stan's character.

Tony Stark is modeled on Howard Hughes, who was also the subject of The Aviator (2004). Cast members Jude Law and Ian Holm have also played Dr. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins, respectively. Martin Freeman has played both of those roles himself. His cast mate was another MCU actor, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Ant-Man's helmet design has changed since the last movie. In Ant-Man (2015), the face-mask was in two parts. In this movie, the mask comes off as a solid piece.

This is the first time Robert Downey Jr. appears as one of the main character's in another character's film (Disregarding his uncredited role in The Incredible Hulk (2008)).

William Hurt previously appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008) as the on-screen father of Liv Tyler's character. That makes this film the second time that Martin Freeman has worked with Tyler's on-screen father. Previously, Hugo Weaving played her father in the Lord of the Rings films, and returned to play the role again in the Hobbit films. Weaving and Richard Armitage had previously appeared together in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

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Sebastian Stan revealed that the backpack that Bucky is seen wearing in the trailers contains journals that he has put together of his scattered memories.

The film reveals that Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier has been hiding out in Bucharest, which is the capital and largest city of Romania. Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a Romanian-American actor, who was born in Constanta, Romania. In the first scene set in Bucharest, Bucky Barnes is buying fruits on a street market. Stan, who is fluent in Romanian, speaks in this scene some lines in perfect Romanian.

Samuel L. Jackson was "surprised" to discover that Nick Fury would not be in the film after "the Russo Brothers told him he was." Executive Producer Nate Moore stated that Fury was not included "because he didn't add anything to the Civil War story they were telling."

In the post credits scene, Peter's web shooter emits a light which strongly resembles the 'Spider Signal' seen in the comics. This is the debut of the Spider Signal on screen.

The film shows a bond beginning to form between Scarlet Witch and Vision, who were actually married for a time in the comics.

The filmmakers describe betrayal as a crucial theme in the film: "We didn't want the movie to be just about politics and people arguing about platitudes. The final act is built around a personal act between Tony and Steve."

The first time Giant-Man is seen on the big screen.

The appearance of Giant-Man was kept secretive throughout production and marketing, evident from the absence of said character in all trailers and TV-spots, but Civil War's Funko Pop! figurines and a Lego set depicting the airport battle scene feature Giant-Man, which was released and advertised way before the movie's release date.

Mark Ruffalo was spotted on the set of the film, thus sparking rumors of a potential Hulk appearance in the film. But his role was ultimately cut from the final draft of the movie script

The film was going to feature the Incredible Hulk, but he was shifted to Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and so the filmmakers chose General Ross in the film as a substitute to illustrate the theme of destructive power: "We thought it would be interesting to use a character who had a fanatical anti-superhero point of view, built on experience. He's cornering the Avengers politically now, he's out-maneuvering them."

The image near the end of the film of Iron Man blasting Captain America's raised shield is an homage to the Civil War part 7 comic book cover.

Paul Bettany describes the Vision as exploring what it means to be human and what love is: "The only way one can guarantee one's loyalty is love."

In the mid credits scene, waterfalls are shown in the kingdom of Wakanda. These scenes were filmed at the Iguazú Falls in Misiones, Argentina.

During the airport fight scene a truck has the Bluth family logo. It is the same "stair car" (portable staircase for an airplane) that was the subject of many running jokes in the sitcom Arrested Development. The Russo Brothers, the directors of Captain America: Civil War, also directed the pilot for and many other episodes of Arrested Development.

In the Civil War comic book series Tony Stark builds Spider-Man an "Iron Spider" suit; it's gold/red and laden with armor and gadgets. In this film Spider-Man receives a suit in his normal blue/red cloth attire, but it does have gadgets.

The speech which Sharon Carter makes at Peggy's funeral, is taken from a speech which Captain America makes in the comic Amazing Spider-Man #537 - "Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world - No, you move."

Robert Downey Jr.'s personal trainer Eric Oram stated that the trick to pitting Captain America against Iron Man "is to show Iron Man using the minimum force necessary to win the fight, and not to look like he's trying to go wild and kill somebody."

In the film, T'Chaka is slain by Zemo and his son T'Challa joins with the Avengers to track him down. In the comics, T'Chaka was slain by Klaw and T'Challa joined with the Fantastic Four.

Towards the end of the film, Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier loses his left (cybernetic) arm. This continues the Marvel Cinematic Universe tradition of a character losing their left arm/hand started in the Phase 2 films, which pays homage to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Other characters who lost an arm in MCU films: Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3, Thor in Thor: The Dark World, Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Phil Coulson in Agents of SHIELD, and Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket in Ant-Man. This, therefore, also marks the second time Bucky loses his left arm in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ragnarok (Thor's clone) is an integral part of the comic version of Civil War but not the movie.

In the movie Rhodes' spinal column is severely damaged as the result of an accident while he was in the War Machine suit. As a result, Rhodes uses bionic supports on his legs to move around during his recovery. This is a nod to an incident in the comics when Rhodes was badly injured and had to receive cybernetic implants for his legs, arms, and part of his face making him part cyborg (similar to DC Comic's Cyborg, who is also a black superhero with cybernetic implants) which lasted until Marvel's Dark Reign event where Rhodes received a new cloned body for his mind to be transferred into.

When Zemo is talking to Bucky Barnes whilst in confinement, he mentions the places that Barnes might have once called home. Romania is mentioned, too. Sebastian Stan, who plays Barnes, was born in Romania.

Co-director Joe Russo portrayed the psychiatrist Theo Broussard, who was killed and replaced by Helmut Zemo during the course of the movie.

Mutants (such as the X-Men) play a part in the original comic book story as human society had always held a prejudice against mutant-kind while also being accepting of non-mutant heroes. When the tide turns against all powered people some characters view it as fitting since non-mutant heroes had it easy for so long and others view it as troubling. Since 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the Marvel concept of "mutants" this will not be a part of the film.

Cameo - Stan Lee appears towards the end of the film as a FedEx delivery man. He mispronounces Tony Stark as Tony "Stank".

Jim Rash was featured in a cameo appearance near the beginning of the film as he had worked with the Russo Brothers in the 2009 TV show Community. Both characters Rash played worked for a college. This is simular to Danny Pudi's cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Pudi was also a cast member in Community.

During the Battle of the HYDRA Siberian Facility, when Captain America is asked by Iron Man to stand down, he responds "I could do this all day". This is phrase is also said twice in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), when Steve Rogers is beaten by a bully in an alley and later by Red Skull. In both instances, as in this one, Bucky saves Rogers directly after the sentence is stated.

Spider-Man has two costumes in the film, his original makeshift one he's seen wearing in YouTube footage and which Tony Stark eventually finds in Peter's apartment, and his new costume, created with Tony's collaboration which more closely resembles the classic costume.

This is Spider-Man's first appearance in MCU played by Tom Holland.

In the comics, the second Giant-Man, Bill Foster, is one of the Anti-Registration heroes who was killed by Thor's clone Ragnarok during the first battle between both sides. The concept of Scott Lang becoming Giant-Man to fight back against Iron Man's team (who was incapable of enlarging himself in the comics) as well as War Machine being injured as a result of Vision's attack (though it was accidental) are similar to this.

In the comics, while Spider-Man started off on Iron Man's side, he later shifted over to Captain America's side after learning that the Pro-Registration Side was imprisoning the captured unregistered heroes in a prison built in another dimension known as the "Negative Zone" against their will without due process (as it is technically not on American soil) until they agreed to register. In the film he fights on Iron Man's side, before being sent home by Iron Man after the battle at the airport in Germany.

Alfre Woodard plays Miriam, the mother of a young man who was killed during the events in Avengers Age of Ultron in Sokovia.

In the Civil War comic book, Miriam's son (named Damian, who was in grade school in the comics) was killed when a battle that reached his school between the super hero team New Warriors and some bad guys, (including Nitro whose powers include him being able to explode and reconstitute himself after) destroyed a nearby school bus causing a large gas explosion that destroyed the school which caused hundreds of deaths and was the impetus for the Superhero Registration Act.

This is the first film featuring General Thaddeus Ross without Bruce Banner/Hulk.

The words to activate Bucky were,Longing, Rusted, Seventeen, Daybreak, Furnace, Nine, Benign, Homecoming, One, Freight Car". Most of those words had a meaning specific to him.

The reported six finalists for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man were Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matt Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Rowe before Holland was cast.

During the scene where Tony visits the captured heroes in prison, Hawkeye refers to him as a "futurist". Robert Downey Jr. released a solo album called "The Futurist" in the 00s.

When Redwing hits Iron Man in the head during the airport scene, a circle of 'feathers', possibly shrapnel, can be seen, as a reference to when characters are hit in cartoons or comics

During his meeting with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter (Tom Holland) tells him that he's only had his powers as Spider-Man for six months, hence clarifying the character's lack of involvement in previous MCU films.

The car Tony drives up to the compound in is an Orange Audi Samoa R8.

Part of Sharon Carter's eulogy for Peggy Carter was written as part of the Marvel Civil War in the Spider-Man comics by J. Michael Straczynski, writer/creator of Babylon 5 and credited for the story for the Marvel film Thor. The speech comes from an inspirational speech Captain America gives to Spider-Man during the Marvel Civil War to explain why he continues to fight against the Superhuman Registration Act when the country he represents are all for it. As a child Captain America memorized a monologue that influenced his understanding of what it meant not only to be a patriot, but what it really meant to be an American. The whole philosophy stems from the writing of Mark Twain, on a monologue known as, "In a Republic, who is the Country?".

The Wankandan language spoken by King T'Chaka and Prince T'Challa is a real African language called Xhosa. The language is a native language for John Kani,Miriam Makeba performed the popular click song with the language,Nelson Mandela native tongue and the daily show host Trevor Noah.

During the closing credits the song "Left Hand Free" by the band Alt-J plays. This song is significant due to the fact that Bucky loses his robotic left arm during his fight with Iron Man.

One of two films released in the same year which show the parents of a multibillionaire superhero being murdered. In Captain America : Civil War (2016) , Tony Stark's parents are Murdered in a Scene. Earlier this year , Batman v Superman : The Dawn of Justice (2016) had a scene where the parents of Bruce Wayne are murdered. Coincidently , both Bruce Wayne-Batman and Tony Stark-Iron Man share a lot of common characteristics. Both are Extremely Intelligent superheroes with no Super human powers other that their Gadgets and Suits. Tony Stark is the CEO of Stark Industries (founded by his father) whereas Bruce Wayne is the CEO of Wayne Corp (founded by his merchant ancesters).

This is the second film featuring Don Cheadle in which a "pinch" is used to set an electromagnetic pulse that interrupts the electrical grid. In Ocean's Eleven (2001) Cheadle's character, rogue explosives expert Basher Tarr, uses one stolen from a research lab to shut down Las Vegas' electrical grid while his partners in crime robbed three casinos. In Civil War, the villian Zemo ships a pinch to unwitting workers at a substation. The workers unwittingly trigger the pinch, and Zemo, posing as a psychologist sent to examine Bucky Barnes after he was captured in Germany, uses the ensuing blackout to interact with Barnes unobserved and trigger Barnes' Soviet "Winter Soldier"programming. Nothing good comes of it.

In Knocked Up (2007), Paul Rudd's character argues with his wife about having snuck out to see Spider-Man 3 (2007). In Captain America: Civil War, Paul Rudd's character (Antman/Scott Lang) fights Spider-Man.

All three movies in the Captain America trilogy involve Captain America falling into a water body: The Arctic in The First Avenger (2011), Potomac River in The Winter Soldier (2014) and possibly River Spree in Civil War (2016).

Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and John Slattery (Howard Stark) are both in The Adjustment Bureau (2011).

The bombing in Vienna results in 70 injured and 12 dead. The same numbers as the the Aurora Theatre shooting.
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