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  • Actor-Shared Background: Dr. Zola says that Natasha was born in 1984 as Scarlett Johansson was in real life.
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  • California Doubling: Cleveland doubles for Washington, D.C.. You see a lot of Cleveland landmarks during the police chase that Fury is lured into early in the movie (even a directional sign for US 6 appears). Furthermore, there are a lot of tall skyscrapers seen during the police chase and in other parts of the movie. You will never find such buildings in real Washington, D.C. because the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 prevents any building in D.C. from being more than 20 feet taller than the width of the street that said building sits on (the Washington Monument is in fact the tallest man-made structure in the city). The buildings seen in the chases are much too tall for this city to actually be Washington, D.C.
  • Cast the Expert: Batroc's moves are pretty convincing — and that's probably because his actor Georges St-Pierre is one of the pound-for-pound greats of MMA: a long-term welterweight champion of the UFC with nine title defenses.
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  • The Danza: Georges St-Pierre plays Georges Batroc.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • One of the first revealed deleted scenes was a short, painful conversation between Natasha and Fury about his decision not to bring her in on his survival plan. Scarlett Johansson suggested it be cut because it disrupted the momentum of the film, and the basic gist of the scene is still conveyed without being needed to spell it out. Albeit, this scene also introduced the photo-veil, the high tech mask that allow Natasha to impersonate the female councilwoman and enter the Triskelion.
    • One scene reveals a pragmatic reason why Steve ditches the S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the Captain America uniform, even for the final confrontation (putting aside the symbolic reasons for using the WWII outfit). After he escapes the assassination attempt in the Triskelion, HYDRA is able to track his location through a tracker installed in the suit. However, Steve appeared to know about it, and leaves it behind at a public gym for a set of sweats. The STRIKE team comes across it stuffed in someone's duffel bag.
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    • Another deleted scene was one of Maria Hill and Sitwell conversing after Cap's escape, ending with her being put under investigation because of her mild taunt that Rogers tends to inspire loyalty.
    • The dialogue between Pierce and Natasha about potentially leaking her past alongside the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. database ran longer, with a mention that Pierce isn't doing anything to stop it because HYDRA's existence being known to the public won't matter once the Helicarriers are fully operational.
    • A deleted scene that wasn't filmed was one of Hawkeye being sent to hunt down Steve, catching up to him and the two of them fighting. Steve wins, but finds Hawkeye whispering to him to make his defeat look real, revealing Hawkeye deliberately lost because a Quinjet is recording the whole thing overhead. He also alerts Steve about the tracking device in his suit.
    • Another unfilmed scene was one taking place after the reveal of HYDRA and computerized Zola. In it Zola would have explicitly been shown to survive by transferring his mind to a robot body, which promptly flees before Pierce's missile strike. It was cut out because the Russos felt uncertain about leaving such a major loose end hanging by the end of the film; however, the finished scene is ambiguous enough that Zola could indeed return if they wanted to.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Besides playing a villain, Robert Redford reportedly wanted to experience the new style of film-making that utilised high technology to bring its characters to life.
    • During the highway battle between the Winter Soldier and Cap, the villain does a knife flip to try and catch Steve by surprise. Reportedly, during all the days before the scene was shot, Sebastian Stan was seen flipping a toy knife until he could perform the action effortlessly.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Georges Batroc is supposed to be Algerian. He's played by French Canadian MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre. It is conceivable that he speaks French, as Algeria used to be a French colony, but even then, he does so without even trying to conceal his accent from Québec.
    • Councilman Singh is Indian. His actor Bernard White is Sri Lankan-American.
  • Inspiration for the Work: In making the film a conspiracy thriller, the writers cited Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View and Marathon Man as influences.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The TV spots show a scene where Steve tells Sam that Natasha can be dramatic.
    • One of the trailers features a completely unmasked Winter Soldier in heavy Guyliner picking the shield up from the floor.
    • The film ends with Sam asking Steve when do they start searching for Bucky. The TV spots included an extra line where Steve responds "We just did."
  • No Stunt Double:
    • Cobie Smulders performed some of her own stunts in the film, explaining:
    I try to do my own stunts whenever I can. You're only allowed to do certain stunts. There is an amazing team of stunt people that do most of the work in this film. But, I studied a lot of tae kwon do. I also did a lot of training just with weapons because I'm not very comfortable around guns. I had to get comfortable because that's my character's thing... I like to get really physical so I feel empowered when I am on set and even though you don't see it on screen, maybe I am taking people out that you don't see off camera.
    • For the scene where Councilwoman Hawley takes out a room full of mooks before revealing herself to be Black Widow in a Latex Perfection mask, they were going do the fighting with a Stunt Double. Jenny Agutter lobbied to do it herself, citing her ballet training.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • The Russo brothers are predominately directors of comedy, particularly episodes of cult favorites Community and Arrested Development, and aren't exactly the obvious first choice to direct a superhero movie, especially one that is noticeably more serious and intense than usual superhero films.
    • Robert Redford joining a superhero film is not the kind of thing one would generally expect from him. He also uncharacteristically plays the villain of the film. Heck, the directors have commented that, in an earlier age, the idea of Redford playing Captain America himself would not have been all that far-fetched. The directors' commentary notes that the style of the movie was inspired by '70s political thrillers, even referring to Three Days of the Condor, in which Redford was the protagonist. In a way, The Winter Soldier is Redford redoing the movie as the guy running a conspiracy instead of the agent being hunted, making this also an example of Playing with Character Type.
  • Production Posse: Danny Pudi, from the Russo brothers-directed Community, cameos as a S.H.I.E.L.D. technician. The firm who did all the openings for the Russos' shows was responsible for the end credits. Alison Brie was also in the mix to play Agent 13.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Anthony Mackie is a huge fan of the Falcon, and has gushed multiple times about how lucky he's been to get the role. He even expressed disappointment that his costume wasn't the character's classic red and white spandex. It's also heartwarming that one of the things he was emphatic about when joining the project was that he was playing Marvel's first African-American superhero.
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  • Real-Life Relative: The woman speaking at the counsel meeting Cap visits? That's the sister of the directors.
  • Reality Subtext: Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have worked on three other movies together and their natural friendly chemistry and close working relationship applies very neatly to Cap and Widow. Likewise, Evans and Anthony Mackie were both in two movies previously, but never worked together. According to Evans, they later ran into each other at the library, struck up a conversation, and just clicked as friends, which probably lends a little verisimilitude to Steve's and Sam's first meeting, too.
  • So My Kids Can Watch:
    • Anthony Mackie did the film so that his son and other African-American children can see that there are superheroes who look like them.
    • Robert Redford said that the first thing that got him interested in the film was that his grandkids liked the movies a lot.
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  • Uncredited Role: Joss Whedon directed the post-credits scene uncredited.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page
  • Word of God:
    • During his interrogation, Sitwell mentions Stephen Strange as one of the potential threats that Hydra was targeting. Kevin Fiege would later state that while Strange was certainly not the Sorcerer Supreme at this point, he was a brilliant neurosurgeon who is very opinionated and a little arrogant, which is the Hydra perceived as a potential threats.
    • According to a commentary from the filmmakers, the mask that Black Widow uses is based off the mask that Red Skull used in The First Avenger.
  • Written By Castmember: Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrote their own dialogue for several scenes they had together.


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