In every Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 movie, a character has an arm or a hand cut off. A small tribute that the producer Kevin Feige wanted to pay to the Star Wars saga, known for its multiple amputations.
Whether it’s Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, C-3PO in A New Hope, Mace Windu in Revenge of the Sith, or Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, there are many characters in the Star Wars saga who lose an arm or a hand during their adventures, often during a lightsaber duel.
Completely assumed by George Lucas to the point that he wanted to reproduce it in his prelogy, this visual and scriptwriting motif has therefore become one of the many distinctive signs of the franchise. So much so that to pay tribute to him in Phase 2 of his Marvel Cinematic Universe, producer Kevin Feige said he too had slipped an amputation in each film.
“I am obsessed with Star Wars. Initially it was not intentional, but it has become (…) “, “, he had thus declared in inteview for Cinema Blend in April 2015, when the journalist referred to this severed hand gimmick.
“It happens in every Star Wars movie, but I kind of looked at it and thought, ‘Is Phase 2 our Empire Strikes Back?’ It’s not exactly the case, but the It’s a little different tone in there. Someone has their arm cut off in every Phase 2 movie. Absolutely every one. “
In order to verify this statement, let’s go back in detail to each of the 6 feature films that make up Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3)
During the final fight between Tony Stark and the scientist played by Guy Pearce, the latter has his forearm cut off by a blade hidden in Iron Man’s costume. His severed limb, glowing from the serum he injected himself with the Extremis treatment, then melts the metal of the oil rig where the confrontation takes place.
Thor (The Dark World)
After stabbing Thor when he arrives at his side in the Dark World, Loki slices off his hand with his dagger as the God of Thunder attempts to retrieve his precious hammer, all in front of Malekith’s eyes. . It is actually a ruse scaffolded by the two brothers in order to deceive the leader of the Dark Elves.
Bucky Barnes (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Unmasked following his fight against Captain America in the streets of Washington, the Winter Soldier lets us glimpse his true identity (that of Bucky Barnes, childhood friend of Steve Rogers who died during World War II) and his memories under form of flashback. Following his accident in 1943, we can see that his arm was severed, before being replaced by a cybernetic prosthesis developed by Zola, the evil genius of HYDRA.
Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Before allying and teaming up, Guardians of the Galaxy begins by battling it out on Xandar to get their hands on the Orb stolen by Star-Lord at the start of the film. To seize the precious object, Gamora does not hesitate to cut the two branches that serve as Groot’s arms. Luckily for Rocket Racoon’s gentle wooden companion, its limbs grow back in just a few hours.
Ulysses Klaue (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Having disrespected Ultron by recklessly comparing him to his inventor Tony Stark, this arms and vibranium trafficker played by Andy Serkis immediately had his arm cut off by the dreaded robot. Luckily for him, the Avengers make their entrance right after to take care of the supervillain.
Darren Cross (Ant-Man)
At the end of the film, after a merciless fight against the wearer of the Yellowjacket, Scott Lang finally defeats his foe by shrinking down to the subatomic scale to penetrate Cross’s armor. As he begins to shrink to disintegration, the latter first loses … his arm.