WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Captain America: Civil War. It’s best to read after you’ve seen the movie.
References to The Empire Strikes Back are nothing new when it comes to Marvel movies.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige is such a fan of the second Star Wars movie (or Episode V) that he’s squeezed references into a bunch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Ever notice how someone’s hand gets cut off in every one of the Phase 2 Marvel movies? That’s a direct nod to Empire’s climactic scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. In fact, Feige has referred to the entirety of Phase 2, which includes everything from Iron Man 3 through Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the “MCU’s Empire Strikes Back.”
Civil War takes…