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  • Big Name Fan: Hideo Kojima considers the film a masterpiece.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) gets higher billing than Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) despite the latter having more screentime and plot relevance.
    • Chadwick Boseman gets relatively low billing on the poster, despite playing one of the most important characters and having a bigger role than most of the other heroes. Actors like Jeremy Renner and Don Cheadle get much higher billing despite their characters, largely because they're bigger stars (and long-time MCU veterans). A similar situation happened with Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson got higher billing than Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Johnson despite Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver having much larger roles in the plot than War Machine or Nick Fury.
  • California Doubling:
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    • The scenes set in Lagos, Nigeria, were actually shot in Atlanta, Georgia; and Berlin is filling in for Vienna and Bucharest.
    • The Avengers' new headquarters in Upstate New York is a composite of the Porsche Experience Center in suburban Atlanta, Georgia and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, England.
  • The Cast Showoff: Sebastian Stan gets to speak his native Romanian in the scene set in Bucharest.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • An early report claimed that Daniel Brühl would be playing Baron Mordo, with plans to have him appear in a larger role in Doctor Strange (2016) after being set up in Civil War. Turns out some wires were badly crossed, as Bruhl ended up playing Baron Zemo, while Mordo was played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and didn't even appear in Civil War.
    • Total Film made a slight mistake in their coverage of the movie when they called War Machine "War Hammer" instead. Multiple websites (including credible ones that should have known better) reported the error as fact and stated that Rhodey would be taking on the new identity of War Hammer in the movie.
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  • Creator Backlash: Hayley Atwell was not happy about Steve and Sharon's relationship in the film.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Tom Holland, who was 19 years old at the time of the movie's filming, is playing a 15-year-old.
    • Chadwick Boseman was 39 when the film was released, but Kevin Feige said Black Panther is younger and less experienced than his comic counterpart. This works out fine since Boseman is much Older Than He Looks.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • In the original animatrics, Hawkeye is shown to appear much earlier in the story, assisting the transport of Bucky to Berlin. In this sequence, he had dialogue with Barnes about being brainwashed, telling Barnes the story of when he was brainwashed by Loki in The Avengers (2012).
    • Tony mentions to Steve that he "missed his Lamaze classes", implying that Pepper Potts was pregnant in an early draft of the movie.
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    • The Joint Counter Terrorist Centre was originally meant to be an Interpol facility.
    • Natasha tells Steve about her visiting her parents graves at Peggy Carter's funeral.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Apparently, Mark Millar is not a fan of the film adaptation. Ironically enough, given his own uses of Darker and Edgier including in the original story, he felt the film was too dark.
  • Doing It for the Art: Chadwick Boseman was very insistent on T'Challa not having an American or European accent, feeling it wouldn't convey the character's purposeful African isolationism. To that end, he created a very specific accent based off the region Wakanda would be in and maintained it even when off-camera.
  • Dueling Works:
    • With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films have two of their franchise's most iconic heroes getting into a conflict, with the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist vigilante (whose powers come from external custom-built weaponry, including power armor) deciding the true blue, all-American boy-scout hero (whose powers of super strength/toughness/speed are internal and inherent to them) can't be allowed to continue to be unaccountable after the collateral damage of his last engagement, with the events manipulated by an (unpowered) evil mastermind plotter with a grudge trying to make them fight, and ancillary superheroes appearing in secondary roles. While both were commercially successful, Civil War was substantially better-received by critics and audiences and took less than three weeks to blow past the worldwide gross of BvS. Both films also featured climaxes revolving around the characters' mothers. The one in Civil War was much better received than the one in Batman v Superman.
      • In fact, the rivalry got so heated that when this film got better critical reviews and audience reception than the other, many DC fans thought that either Marvel or Disney were paying critics to rate the film higher than the other to the disbelief of others.
    • Also with X-Men: Apocalypse. At this stage, Civil War has a much better reception with critics than Apocalypse, and Civil War has made over $1 billion so far, while Apocalypse has made around $526 million so far, which, while being decent, is nowhere close to Civil War's total gross.
  • #EngineeredHashtag: The advertisement campaign asks the audience to choose between #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • In a positive way: Sony Pictures originally rejected Marvel's proposal to allow them a cut of the profit if they could pull Spider-Man over, but Sony Corporation expressed disappointment in the financial returns and the critical reception of The Amazing Spider-Man Series and decided to negotiate a deal again. This turned out to be a good call, as the result of the deal is that Sony still retains the rights to the character, Marvel now has access to one of its most popular heroes and several other characters, and both companies get to make money off of each other's movies.note  That being said, there were still some legal headaches regarding the character's integration into the setting — most notably in the ad campaign, which Spider-Man has been absent from any visual media for months before the film's release in spite of playing a substantial part.
    • According to some rumors, the second trailer was originally set to drop on March 3, 2016. However, Marvel delayed the trailer by a week in order to accommodate for Sony's request to unveil the Ghostbusters that day. Sony's meddling made a degree of sense in hindsight, because they knew that Spider-Man would finally appear in that very trailer.
    • The meddling done by the Marvel Creative Committeenote  caused so much tension in the MCU (such as Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man and Joss Whedon becoming disillusioned with Marvel after Avengers: Age of Ultron) that Disney stepped in and split Marvel apart so that Marvel Studios became a separate entity. Kevin Feige, the man who brought the setting together, now officially has the producer's equivalent to an Auteur License. As a sign of just how welcome the change was, Joss Whedon has said that he is now willing to return to the MCU and Chris Evans is willing to consider extending his contract (he was previously set on leaving the role due to Ike Perlmutter's constant interference and penny-pinching).
  • Fake American: Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross) are both English actors playing American characters.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • American Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa, ruler of the fictional African country of Wakanda.
    • American Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda Maximoff, a refugee from the fictional Eastern European country Sokovia.
    • German-Spanish Daniel Brühl plays Helmut Zemo, also from the fictional Eastern European country Sokovia.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The movie itself is often referred to as Avengers 2.5, both positively and negatively, due to featuring all the Avengers even though it's a Captain America movie.
    • In a similar vein with Apocalypse getting compared to Ivan Ooze, Black Panther's costume is compared to the Jungle Fury Rangers' costumes, earning him the nickname "Jungle Fury Panther Ranger".
    • "Aunt Bae" for Aunt May, who is portrayed as much younger and more attractive than her comic book counterpart.
    • "Finding Zemo", for the part when Cap and Bucky were going to Siberia to find Zemo.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: Steve, Bucky, and T'Challa run through Berlin ZOB, the orange-tiled transportation station that's previously popped up in action scenes in Hanna and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Everett Ross was the most popular guess for Martin Freeman's character since it was announced he would have a part in the film, long before his character was confirmed.
    • Black Widow helping Cap. It was such an obvious move given that, not only has she worked with Steve more, but that even in the comics, she only sided with Tony AFTER the war was won.
    • Bucky killing Howard and Maria Stark, to the point that many, many people didn't even know it was supposed to be a reveal; it was kinda just assumed after the montage Zola showed in The Winter Soldier and soon became an extremely popular Fanon theory.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: The Russos likened the film to a psychological thriller, citing 7, Fargo, and The Godfather as influences, along with westerns and Brian De Palma's films.
  • Jossed:
    • A number of fans incorrectly guessed that the film would reverse Iron Man and Captain America's stances from the comic, with Captain America being in favor of oversight and control and Iron Man being in favor of freedom, rather than vice versa.
    • Due to some misinformed reporting, some people thought that Daniel Brühl would be playing Baron Mordo rather than Zemo.
    • A huge number of people assumed Black Widow would be siding with Captain America, due to their closeness in the previous Captain America movie. Though she does aid him and Bucky at escaping during the airport battle.
    • Many fans believed that Edwin Jarvis died with the Starks in the fatal crash, with some even thinking he was the driver. The movie, however, reveals Howard was the one driving and Jarvis was not present, nor is he even mentioned or alluded to.
    • When it was announced Spider-Man would be in the film, many suspected that Black Panther's role would be reduced to accommodate him. In reality, Black Panther's role is significantly larger.
  • Method Acting: Chadwick Boseman spoke in his character's accent throughout the entire production so he wouldn't lose it.
  • Milestone Celebration: The film coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Captain America franchise. 2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the original Civil War comic book and Black Panther's 50th anniversary.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • Well, Missing Trailer Quotes, to be exact. Two of Iron Man's prominent lines in Trailer 2 are: "I was wrong about you. The whole world was wrong about you." and "You just started a war!", all of which are seemingly directed at Captain America, are not present in the film itself.
    • There are, of course, many examples of the trailer using dialogue from different parts of the movie in different contexts.
    • The trailers also use alternate takes that aren't used in the film. While the spoken lines are the same, the versions used in the final film use different inflections, changing the nuances of different scenes.
  • The Other Darrin: Since Peter Parker was retconned into Iron Man 2 as the masked boy who "helps" Iron Man (portrayed by Max Favreau), Tom Holland is retroactively an example of this trope.
  • Production Posse: For the Russos again, tying up with their previous work in Community. Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) makes a cameo as a MIT faculty member, following Danny Pudi's cameo as a S.H.I.E.L.D. technician in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
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  • Short Run in Peru: In several west European countries such as the UK, Netherlands, France and Germany, as well as in several countries in Latin America, it came to theaters over a week earlier than in the US.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: Hasbro released a Marvel Legends Spider-Man figure as part of a three-pack, as well as a 2.5 inch Spider-Man figure that was part of a Civil War box set. Neither figure was screen accurate, as they both featured sculpted webbing and a different spider symbol on the chest. This is because both toys were based on the preliminary Spider-Man suit Tom Holland wore during filming, rather than the finalized costume that was created with CGI. The Lego Spider-Man figure released for the movie featured the same inaccurate chest symbol.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise:
    • Before the movie was out, Giant-Man was featured in the LEGO set of the airport battle, got his own oversized Funko POP! figure, and was the subject of a Build-a-Figure wave from Marvel Legends. At New York Toy Fair 2016, it was said that Marvel was putting pressure on toy companies to not solicit any further Giant-Man merchandise until the film was closer to release.
    • Surprisingly averted with Spider-Man. Despite all the buzz around what his costume would look like, not a single piece of merchandise or concept art showing his likeness was released until after his debut in the second trailer. In fact, in a rarity for a Cash Cow Franchise like the MCU, there weren't even any Spider-Man action figures released until after the movie was already in theaters.
  • Star-Making Role: For Tom Holland, who made the absolute most of the ten minutes that he appears in the movie.
  • Throw It In!:
    • From the scene in Queens, Tony Stark asking Peter Parker to move his leg so he can sit next to him was because Tom Holland forgot his blocking. Still, they both stayed perfectly in character, so it was kept.
    • T'Chaka and T'Challa's one-on-one scene at the UN was originally in English but T'Chaka's actor John Kani (a South Africaner) thought it made more sense for the pair to speak in a native African language and translated the lines into Xhosanote 
    • The "can you move your seat up?" scene cuts away just as Sebastian Stan starts to smile/laugh. It was kept in, as it works as an in-character moment of loosening up for Bucky.
  • Toyless Toyline Character:
    • Variation for Spider-Man. There were no Spider-Man figures available in stores when the movie was released, and though there were figures solicited for a later release, they were all parts of sets that featured other heroes. Yoko McCann from Funko has stated that the company was unable to release any Spider-Man figures except as part of a boxed set, implying that there may be some sort of licensing issues with Sony.
    • Played straight with Zemo. Despite the fact that he's the movie's Big Bad, he's not featured on any merchandise and no action figures were made of him. Presumably a result of Zemo being a non-action villain.
  • Troubled Production: While the production itself seems to have gotten by without much issue beyond the movie going overbudget, and they were able to fit Spider-Man snugly into the plot just as it seemed as though it was too late to include the recently re-acquired character into the film, the story was different behind the scenes at Marvel corporate. The tension between MCU Producer Kevin Feige and Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who had been on bad terms with one another, finally came to a boiling point. Perlmutter threatened to fire Robert Downey, Jr. when he was officially signed-on to take part in the movie (due to the actor's high salary). Feige, having none of that, objected and got Disney involved. The end result is that the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Creative Committee — a group that Perlmutter was involved with that a history of being an Obstructive Bureaucracy — was removed from working on further movies and that Feige was given an Auteur License by Disney, separating Marvel Studios from Marvel Entertainment.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bryan Cranston was considered to replace William Hurt as General Ross had Hurt chose to decline the offer to reprise the role.
    • Quite a bit concerning the involvement of Spider-Man.
      • He was very nearly removed from the playing field of this movie, as Sony apparently refused the first offer that Marvel Studios gave them. However, due to the Executive Meddling mentioned above, a deal was made and Spider-Man was included in the movie.
      • Furthermore, Sony originally had a contingency plan for The Amazing Spider-Man Series in which Andrew Garfield's version of Spider-Man would appear in this movie while Chris Evans would show up as Captain America in Sinister Six or The Amazing Spider-Man 3, officially merging the TASM continuity into the MCU. However, both companies decided that it would be better to give Spider-Man a clean slate, especially considering that Sony was planning on replacing Andrew Garfield anyway.note  It should be noted that Sony intended this to be the only crossover between the TASM-verse's Spider-Man and the rest of the MCU.
      • Many young actors auditioned for the role of Peter Parker with the final three being narrowed down to Tom Holland, Charlie Rowe, and Asa Butterfield.
      • Apparently, Spider-Man was supposed to be revealed at the end of the Super Bowl ad, but he was taken out at the last minute (presumably to save his debut for the trailer that would be attached to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).
      • The Russos had toyed with the idea of giving Spider-Man organic webs like in the original Sam Raimi movie, but they ultimately felt Peter building his own web-shooters was more interesting.
      • Giving Spider-Man the Iron Spider suit was also considered.
    • Originally Iron Man was only going to have a small role in this movie. However, Robert Downey Jr. asked for more screentime and a higher paycheck. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter planned to have Iron Man written out of the film completely, in which case the Russos had backup plans to adapt another story in the event that happened. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige persuaded Perlmutter to accept Downey Jr.'s deal.
    • Charlie Cox has said he would have jumped at the chance to be in the film after joining the MCU got him interested in the comics, and he was excited to discover that Daredevil was part of the original Civil War story. Unfortunately, it was too late to change the plan to include him. (Oddly enough, Cox's contract mandates that he is required to show up in a movie if it is requested of him.)
    • While there was always intended to be a third party hero who wouldn't be aligned with Captain America or Iron Man, it wasn't necessarily Black Panther at first. A number of potential candidates were apparently suggested before Kevin Feige decided that Black Panther made the most sense.
    • A scene focusing on Scott Lang's personal life was cut, as it was scripted before the writers had even seen Ant-Man.
    • Hope van Dyne was going to become The Wasp in an earlier draft of the script, but she was removed due to concerns that reducing her role to a cameo alongside the Loads and Loads of Characters would be a disservice to her as a character. The fact that Evangeline Lilly was pregnant at the time also probably influenced the decision. Kevin Feige has asserted that she will officially take on the Wasp mantle in a substantial role at a later point in Phase 3, which was later revealed to be in a new project entitled Ant-Man and the Wasp rather than an existing Phase 3 movie.
    • Similarly, Joss Whedon had wanted to introduce Captain Marvel as a member of the New Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron. Had he gotten his way, Captain Marvel presumably would have been one of the heroes featured in Civil War as well.
    • Likewise, Whedon confirmed that he shot an alternate ending for Age of Ultron where Quicksilver survived the final battle and became an official Avenger, just in case Disney didn't want to kill off the character. Had that happened, Quicksilver would have appeared here as well.
    • At one point, Mark Ruffalo was going to appear as the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk was cut from the script when Marvel decided to keep his post-Age of Ultron fate under wraps until Thor: Ragnarok. In addition, Hulk was planned for a post-credits scene, but the writers decided against it entirely because it didn't contribute to the story at hand.
    • Thunderbolt Ross' alter ego, Red Hulk, was also considered for inclusion, but the Russos felt that part of the character would need a proper backstory which they could not afford to give in the already crowded film.
    • Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's original idea for Captain America 3 was a vastly different and much smaller film without the other Avengers, but Kevin Feige suggested they adapt Civil War instead. Certain parts of their original idea still made it into the movie, such as the emphasis on Steve and Bucky's relationship, as well as the use of Baron Zemo as the Big Bad.
    • T'Challa had a much smaller role in the earlier drafts and didn't even appear in costume, as the writers intended to put more focus on Spider-Man and save Black Panther's origin for his own movie. However, when it looked like Marvel would not be getting permission to use Spider-Man, Black Panther's role was beefed up significantly. By the time they did get to use Spider-Man, T'Challa had already become so integral to the plot that they decided to retain his role and give Spider-Man a smaller part.
    • Related to that, Spider-Man's role in the second act was deliberately written to be non-integral to the overall story just in case Sony didn't grant them permission to use the character. Markus and McFeely have said that had they been unable to include Spider-Man, they simply would have used another new hero as the sixth member of Team Iron Man.
    • A planned fight scene between Captain America and Black Widow was cut for time.
    • Early concept art of Zemo showed the character wearing a costume and his trademark purple mask. This idea was presumably jettisoned very quickly.
    • There was an idea for Cap to sport a black stealth variant of his costume for the opening Lagos scenes. There's also concept art of Hawkeye wearing his face mask from The Ultimates 3.
    • There's concept art of Sharon Carter wearing a combat uniform and fighting alongside Team Cap at the airport battle. This never happens in the movie, but the uniform was heavily featured in the merchandising and marketing art for the film.
    • According to that same concept art with Cranston and some animatics, Clint Barton would've shown up much earlier in the movie rather than showing up by the second act.
    • Based on this concept art of Ant-Man fighting Cap, he was Team Stark at one point.
    • Likewise, there's concept art showing Vision phasing his hand through Iron Man's arc reactor in order to stop him from attacking Wanda, mirroring a similar scene where Vision shut down Iron Man's armor in the original Civil War comic. Presumably, Vision was going to be part of Team Cap, or at least would've betrayed Team Iron Man at a key moment in order to rescue Wanda.
    • On the off chance that Robert Downey Jr. refused to return for Civil War, an alternate storyline was pitched that involved the Madbomb.
    • Wakanda was going to be featured in some capacity instead of just a brief shot of the jungle at the end with concept art of a Wakandan city even being drawn up. This was presumably abandoned in order to give Ryan Coogler more creative freedom with the solo Black Panther movie.
  • Word of God: With their first official statement regarding Spider-Man's integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel confirmed that he would make his debut in this film, that he would be Peter Parker and not another incarnation of the character, and that this version of the character would not be connected to either of Sony's previous film series.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • Before the movie's release, Mark Ruffalo confirmed definitively that the Hulk would not be in the movie, despite multiple rumors to the contrary.
    • Word of God from the Russo brothers states that they included Thunderbolt Ross in the film to assure audiences that The Incredible Hulk is still canon. However, William Hurt commented that he sees the Civil War version of Ross as a different character than the one he played in The Incredible Hulk, which, while it could be taken as Ross undergoing Character Development especially since the character himself states this in the film itself, also leaves that film still the Oddball in the Series.
    • Sebastian Stan's own interpretation of Bucky saying he remembered killing Tony's parents was that Bucky really didn't remember all the acts he did while under HYDRA's control, the death of Howard and Maria included, and so lied about it because he figured he was going to die and that's what Tony wanted to hear.
  • You Look Familiar: Crossbones's Dragon is portrayed by Damion Poitier, who portrayed Thanos in The Stinger of The Avengers (2012).

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