While we still have a long way to go before 2015 is over, arguably two of the most anticipated movies of the year are next month's Avengers: Age of Ultron and December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Aside from the fact that Disney owns both franchise, one would think these superhero adventures and movies set in a galaxy far, far away have very little in common. While doing press for Avengers: Age of Ultron, producer Kevin Feige revealed that each Marvel Phase Two movie has a very specific but subtle nod to the Star Wars franchise: someone gets their arm cut off. Take a look at what he has to say below.
"So is this a spoiler for Ant-Man... not really. I'm obsessed with Star Wars. Who's not? I'm 40 years old. I'm in the movie business. I went to USC. So I'm obsessed with Star Wars - and it didn't start out as intentional, but it became intentional, including that beat that you referenced. It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, 'Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?' Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one."
While it remains to be seen whose arm gets cut off in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, the site has amassed a "supercut" of every arm being cut off in Phase Two so far. In Iron Man 3, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) lost his arm when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) starts heating up his Iron Man suit. In Thor: The Dark World, Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) arm gets cut off by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), except it wasn't real, just a trick used to deceive Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). Captain America: The Winter Soldier has the most obvious nod to Star Wars, since we saw in a flashback that Bucky (Sebastian Stan) had his arm cut off when he fell off the train in Captain America: The First Avenger, and he spent the rest of the sequel using a powerful robotic arm. And finally, in Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is seen chopping Groot's (Vin Diesel) arm off, but, of course, it does grow back.
Who do you think will lose their arms in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man? What do you think about this subtle nod to the Star Wars universe in the Marvel movies? Chime in with your thoughts, and check out the video below.