Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back Easter egg in Phase Two films deserves a (one-handed) round of applause

You have to hand it to Marvel film supremo Kevin Feige – he knows how to keep a secret. That goes double for the brilliant The Empire Strikes back Easter egg that has been in every Phase Two film.

In Iron Man Three, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, someone has their hand cut off, just like Luke Skywalker.

Speaking to Cinema Blend, Feige said: “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?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different.

“Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one.”

Thor and Luke Skywalker share the Marvel Phase Two Easter egg

Thor and Luke Skywalker share the Marvel Phase Two Easter egg

It is brilliant that no-one gave this scheme the elbow, because it is a low-rist strategy (That’s enough hand puns – ed).

But with some films still to come, there are some more appendages still to be sent flying. Could it be one of Ultron’s arms in The Avengers? The Vision? Or someone else in one of the Scarlet Witch’s fever dreams? And when you have six legs – as some of Ant man’s buddies will have – it’s a bit easier to lose one I guess.

Time will tell, but well played Marvel, well played.

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