WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Captain America: Civil War. You have 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. After the success of their first Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers were asked by Marvel CEO Kevin Feige 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 reading up to this point), you will remember the infamous airport fight scene.
Epic doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing fight choreography that the Russo brothers crafted here. This is perhaps the greatest superhero battle of all time committed to film. Every single character had a chance to shine. However, there were two characters that stood out more so 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 himself into his 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 owner of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe AND Star Wars franchises, it shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone that the Russo brothers were able to slip in a quick Star Wars reference.
The allusion 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 of Hoth when the AT-AT walkers arrived to destroy the Rebel base.
Fortunately, the Rebels were able to bide their time and slow down the Imperial army after Luke is able to think of a weakness to the walkers: “Rogue group, use your harpoons and tow cables! Go for the legs! It might be our only chance of stopping them!” This long-fought clash clearly stuck in the mind of a young Spider-Man, who uses it as inspiration in his takedown of Giant-Man.
Spidey is able to weave his web around the legs of Giant-Man, making him trip and fall to the ground. A little bit of knowledge from a Star Wars film certainly paid off for the Web Slinger.
As obvious as it was a Star Wars reference, it was true to the character. I feel it’s exactly what a teenage Spider-Man, (who’s apparently a big fan of Star Wars), would do in that situation. And most importantly, it worked.
Spider-Man definitely had the right amount of charm, with plenty of laughs and zingers in keeping with his 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? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below!