How much does Star Wars exist in Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how large? Here are some references to help viewers get an idea.
Star Wars is one the most famous film franchises. Its impact on pop the impact of science fiction and fantasy on culture over the past 44 year has been immense. Marvel Cinematic Universe is a franchise that has been as famous as Star Wars. It’s no surprise that it draws inspiration from Star Wars movies.
From Yellowjacket’s lasers using the same sound effect as the AT-ATs to nearly every MCU Phase Two film including a character’s arm being cut off, the influence of Star Wars is evident. Star Wars has been referenced multiple times. For instance, Steve Rogers has the film on his catch-up list in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and “Nick Fury” in Spider-Man: Far From Home (who is even played by Star Wars alumnus, Samuel L. Jackson) tells Peter Parker not to confuse a Shakespeare quote with Star Wars.
However, probably the most curious Star Wars reference in the MCU occurs in Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man devises a plan to defeat Ant-Man during the battle sequence at an airport by tying his legs with a web. The character quotes “that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back”His inspiration. It is a humorous moment that highlights the age difference between Spider-Man, and the other Avengers. However, the wording is a little strange.
Empire Strikes Back, although an old film, still features a significant Star Wars presence. pop Culture today. Captain America: Civil War came out in 2016. The series had seven films, plus a few animated shows. Because of this, it’s weird that Spider-Man treats the film as if it were a niche topic. Even at the age of fifteen, it seems like it would be common knowledge that most people are familiar with Star Wars.
However, there could be an even deeper explanation in the universe. No Star Wars reference in the MCU appears to refer to either the prequel or the sequel trilogies. All Star Wars references are rooted in the original trilogy. This means that they only exist.
While this could just be a coincidence, as the original trilogy is generally considered the most iconic set of films, the fact that there hasn’t been even one allusion to the franchise’s more recent outings comes across as a deliberate move on the part of the writers. If this is the case, then the original Star Wars trilogy might be the only one that exists in the MCU. This could mean that the franchise did not have the same resurgence in popularity that it did in the real world.
That’s not to say that Star Wars isn’t culturally relevant in the MCU. On the contrary, many of the references, such as Ned’s Lego Death Star in Spider-Man: Homecoming, imply that the MCU certainly has a devoted Star Wars fanbase. Its presence is however contextualized in pop culture might be very different, as George Lucas’s prequel trilogy did, for better or for worse, revitalize the franchise, as did Disney’s sequel trilogy. This could, at the very least, explain why Spider-Man spoke of Empire Strikes Back as if there was a chance someone might not be familiar with the franchise.
Of course, the line could have been little more than a reminder of how young Peter was. After all, he also referred to the film Aliens in the same fashion only a few films later. But even with that in mind, it is a bizarre choice to reference a film from a franchise as relevant as Star Wars as if it was obscure. As such, the MCU being a world without modern Star Wars movies could be a plausible theory.
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