Being under the House of Mouse certainly has its perks, from the distribution chain to the extra resources at one’s disposal, and it seems only right for corporate siblings to reference one-another. Hence why it seems Marvel has been paying homage to ‘Star Wars’ throughout the movies of Phase 2, and somehow, inexplicable, none of us have noticed. Here’s the scoop according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige:
“So is this a spoiler for Ant-Man… not really. I’m obsessed with Star Wars. Who’s not? I’m 40 years old. I’m in the movie business. I went to USC. So I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional, including that beat that you referenced. It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one.”
Let’s examine. In ‘Iron Man 3,’ we see villain Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) lose his arm during his battle with Tony Stark at the end of the film (though it is quickly regenerated due to the Extremis in his system.) In ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ we see Thor lose his arm due to Loki’s blade, which is quickly explained away as a ruse by Thor and Loki to distract Malekith. In ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ we have the flashback to where Bucky fell off the train during his final mission with Cap, wherein it is revealed that he lost his arm. Lastly, in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ early on in the film, when the team first meets up while chasing Peter Quill, Groot loses BOTH arms to Gamora’s blade, though he can easily regrow them. Seems the only real arm lost was Bucky’s, fortunately for him, he ended up with the much cooler robotic arm (as well as 70 years worth of traumatic memories).
And it seems we’re in for some more dismemberment in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ant-Man,’ which is just fine with me, I always appreciate a running gag. I love that in the midst of these major movies and the push for every film to be top notch, Marvel still finds a way to inject another level of fun and entertainment into the MCU.
Did you notice the trend in Phase 2? Let us know in the comments below!