SPOILERS FROM ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.’ YOU’VE BEEN WARNED…
Captain America: Civil War has FINALLY hit theaters in the United States. The most epic superhero battle of all time can be seen in this movie. Each and every character is handled extremely well. The Russo brothers have done it again. After their first Marvel Cinematic Universe hit film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s CEO Kevin Feige asked them to continue developing the character of Captain America, and boy did they knock it out of the park yet again!
There’s plenty to love in the newest MCU film, but there’s one scene in particular that steals the show. If you’ve seen this movie (and I’m assuming you have since you have continued to read at this point), you will remember the infamous airport fight scene.
‘Epic’ doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing fight choreography that the Russo brother’s created here. This is perhaps the greatest superhero battle of all time. Every single character had a chance to shine. However there were two characters that stood out more than the others; Spider-Man and Ant-Man.
The ‘Star Wars’ Reference
To the surprise of everyone in the audience, Ant-Man grew many times his size turning him into his other comic book counterpart, Giant-Man. Much applause was heard throughout the theater as we finally saw Ant-Man grow larger. The fight between Spider-Man and Ant-Man was truly special. How special you ask? Since Disney is now the proud owners of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe AND Star Wars, it should have been a surprise to no one that the Russo brothers were able to slip in a Star Wars reference.
The reference comes directly out of the mouth of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. He quips, “Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?” As soon as this line was delivered, fans immediately knew what Spider-Man was about to do to Giant-Man. Spidey was referring to a scene at the Battle on Hoth when the AT-AT walkers arrive to destroy the Rebel base.
Fortunately, the Rebels are able to bide some time and slow down some of the Imperial Army when Luke is able to find a weakness to the walkers. “Rouge Group, use your harpoons and tow cables. Go for the legs. It might be our only chance of stopping them,” shouts Luke at the Battle of Hoth. This battle stuck in the mind of a young Spider-Man as he uses a famous Star Wars battle to take down Giant-Man.
Spider-Man is able to weave his web around the legs of Giant-Man, which makes him trip and fall to the ground. Spider-Man is successful in bringing him down. Much needed knowledge from a Star Wars film certainly paid off for the webslinger.
As obvious as it was for a Star Wars reference, it worked well for the scene. It’s exactly what a young teenage Spider-Man, who’s a big fan of Star Wars would mention in that situation. But most importantly, it worked. Spider-Man definitely had the right amount of charm with plenty of laughs and quick one-liners to go along well with the character. The Russo brothers handled both Spider-Man and Ant-Man well for the scenes they were given.
What did you think of the Star Wars reference in Captain America: Civil War? Did you find that it worked well in the film or did it feel forced? (no pun intended) Also, what were your thoughts on Captain America: Civil War? What was your favorite part specifically in the airport scene? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!