Captain America: Civil War was one of the milestones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a definitive moment in the life of the whole Avengers’ team. Heroes were divided on the lines of ideologies and were forced to fight their own allies in a winner takes all death match. Zemo did what no other villain before him could – he broke the Avengers and most important of all, he made sure Tony Stark and Captain America, whose friendship was the stuff of legends, could never look face to face again.
But was it all that Civil War did? Or are we missing something? In the grand scheme of the MCU, we know there are a few knots we always fail to notice and untwine. And this is one such knot. Presenting – Captain America: Civil War had a Captain Marvel reference that everyone missed!!!
Captain Marvel is set in the 1990’s, when technology was just about to take off and the word ‘superhero’ was still in its nascent stage with most of the world being unaccustomed to the concept. In the 1990’s, Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers gains the power to manipulate energy and is sucked into the position of becoming the world’s only hope of stopping the planet from becoming a slave to an evil alien race known as the Skrulls.
The story of the movie will also see Captain Marvel take to space and help the Kree end the Kree Skrull war and nip the problem in the bud. Maybe that is why we see no Captain Marvel in the present MCU timeline. She is busy ending the Kree Skrull war once and for all.
Guess which other movie is set in the 1990’s? At least part of it is. Captain America: Civil War showed us glimpses of a three decade old MCU. Remember the CCTV footage of the Winter Soldier while he beat the living shit out of Star’s parents? That is just one of the many we have seen in the movie. And the movie also has reportedly a dialogue that could link the movie to the origins of Captain Marvel herself.
In the Civil War movie, when Spiderman aka Peter Parker first meets Tony Stark, he is caught off guard when the latter claims the former is Spiderman. When Parker vehemently denies the claim, Tony Stark replies with the statement that – “Like UFO’s over Phoenix.” This basically translates to the fact that Peter Parker not being Spiderman is as true as UFO’s not appearing over Phoenix. This means that both the statements are true.
And this, my friends, is a clear reference to Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel.
The Phoenix Lights were a strange phenomenon that was explained as aliens visiting the Earth. The incident is based on the real world and the MCU, we reckon, is going to take a leaf from it. Marvel will probably use the Phoenix Lights incident to make it look like it was a secret Skrull invasion in the 1990’s. And hence, Starks statement holds so much more water than before. The movies are linking up events and dialogues like pearls in a necklace.
Captain America: Civil War was released on May 6, 2016. The official synopsis of the movie reads:
Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.
The latest movie to be released under the Marvel banner with reference to Captain Marvel was Infinity War. The official synopsis of the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.