Last April, Cinema Blend reported that Marvel’s Phase Two movies all share a common trope:
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.
Since most of us have probably forgotten seeing these movies, and because that article was published before Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, here’s a nice little chart depicting each moment.
Here’s CinemaBlend’s video compilation:
Phase Two checklist:
|Iron Man 3|
|Thor: The Dark World|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier|
|Guardians of the Galaxy|
|Two instances:Gamora prunes Groot’s limbs (as seen in the above video)Nebula fights Gamora, then catches her hand on a spike, cuts off her mechanical hand, and hijacks a spaceship.|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron|
Klaue loses his hand to Ultron.
|[SPOILER] Yellowjacket loses his right arm just before being quarked by Ant-Man near the end of the movie.|
Any other examples?
And who do you think will lose a limb in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
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