Even way back before Captain America: Civil War hit theaters and starting taking no prisoners at the box office, fans were scouring the internet for as much information about the film as they could find. And that hasn't changed, even in the aftermath of the movie's release.
So now it's our turn to count down our favorite trivia and fun facts about [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). And yes, there are minor spoilers in the list, so if you haven't seen it yet, then make like Bruce Banner and get outta here!
Alright, we good? Let's begin.
1. Move Over, Tony Stark
This is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film that begins with a cold open right off the bat, before the Marvel Studios logo — and it's a damn cold open indeed.
It's also the first film in the MCU to feature Iron Man/Tony Stark in a non-cameo role where Robert Downey Jr. doesn't have top billing on the credits. Well, it is a Captain America movie after all.
2. Charlie Cox Was Interested In Getting A Cameo
You might've seen a little thing called the Marvel Netflix TV shows, in which Charlie Cox portrays the Daredevil of Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil has a role and an epic put-down directed at Iron Man in the Civil War comics, but sadly he doesn't appear in the movie.
Not for lack of trying, though. Cox was interested in getting on board in a cameo role when he discovered that Daredevil appeared in the comic books, but he raised the question a little too late and "missed that boat," as he told IGN.
3. Black Panther-Man
In early drafts, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther/T'Challa was only supposed to appear in a very minor role and not even in that excellent Vibranium costume, as the writers wanted to put more focus on Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
But negotiations with Sony seemed like they weren't going to work out in time, so Spider-Man's larger role was cut and T'Challa's was fleshed out. When the deal went through, the Panther's role was already so important to the plot that it was left in, and we're pretty glad it was.
4. Chris Evans Was Injured In A Stunt
Co-director Joe Russo called the scene where Captain America (Chris Evans) stops Bucky from taking off in the helicopter with his bare hands "the most powerful shot of the film" — and it came at a cost, as Chris Evans injured his arm muscles while straining against the crane. According to the Cap actor:
"That was in the first week of filming. And I actually messed up my arm doing it, I really did. It's a fake helicopter, obviously, but it was drifting beyond the ability of control. I tweaked a little something. To this day, I'm still messed up."
Evans describes the scene as "a little bit of bicep porn," and his co-star Robert Downey Jr. jokes that the directors didn't mind the injury because of how great the final shot turned out. Sometimes you've just gotta sacrifice for your art.
5. Marvel's Kevin Feige Wanted Plummer For MCU Spiderman
By now we all know the face of young British actor Tom Holland thanks to his debut as the MCU Spider-Man, but he wasn't the only one shortlisted for the role. Final screen tests had the contenders down to Holland and the 16-year-old Charlie Plummer.
Casting decisions were divided, with Marvel's Kevin Feige wanting Plummer for the role and Sony Pictures co-studio chief Amy Pascal having her sights set on Holland. The 19-year-old Brit reportedly won out due to child labor laws applying to Plummer until he turns 18, which would've seriously restricted filming hours for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
6. Aunt May And Tony Stark Flirt
Speaking of Spidey, there's already been a bit of chemistry between his aunt May Parker (Marisa Tomei) and mentor Tony Stark, which isn't all that surprising.
RDJ and Tomei starred together in 1992's Chaplin and the 1994 romantic comedy Only You, and the two were romantically linked during this time. Watch out, Peter — you might be getting an Iron Uncle soon.
7. Birds Of A Feather
And speaking of coupling up, Captain America: Civil War is the second movie in the franchise to star both Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye/Clint Barton) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon/Sam Wilson).
The two appeared together in 2008's The Hurt Locker, and though they both appeared in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), Civil War is the first time the two heroes appear together in the same scene, as they both take part in the battle as part of Team Cap.
8. Oscar Nominee Makovsky Wanted Paul Bettany To Look Like Cary Grant
There was a lot of neat costuming in Civil War, but according to costume designer Judianna Makovsky, the character who was the most fun to dress was Paul Bettany's Vision.
You probably noticed the android rocking some stylish cashmere sweaters in the movie. Makovsky drew inspiration from 1940s style as she thought that's what J.A.R.V.I.S. would wear — but he's actually also wearing "the dandiest of all affectations, an ascot." Yep, even though it's not very visible most of the time, Vision is rocking a dandy neckerchief in his civilian scenes.
9. Robert Downey Jr As A Futurist
There was a ton of references scattered throughout Civil War, but one of our favorites has to be a comment made by Hawkeye to Tony Stark when he pays them a visit in the Raft lockup.
In this scene Hawkeye calls him the Futurist, which is the name of the first and only album of Robert Downey Jr.'s short-lived music career, released in 2004.
10. Sebastian Stan Holds Romanian-American Nationality
When we find the AWOL Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), he's laying low in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. In the first scene where we meet him as Bucky, not the Winter Soldier, he's buying some fruit from a street market and conversing in Romanian.
Stan didn't have to learn any Romanian for this scene, as he is fluent in the language. He was in fact born in Constanta, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania, and holds dual Romanian-American nationality.