As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown in the past decade, there have been so many memorable moments, it can begin to be difficult to catch when the filmmakers call back to them in the newest films. Earlier this year, Avengers: Infinity War was a rare release that promised to be a major milestone of the entire franchise, bringing together most of the Avengers with the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat the towering Thanos as he sought to gather the Infinity Stones into his Infinity Gauntlet. One fan, who was likely re-watching Avengers: Infinity War on homed media noticed that the score playing when Tony Stark speaks to Pepper Potts on Ebony Maw’s ship is the same one that plays when Steve Rogers spoke to Peggy Carter aboard Red Skull’s plane in Captain America: The First Avenger.
The unforgettable and heartbreaking moment between Cap and Peggy in Captain America: The First Avenger as Steve Rogers crashed the Hydra aircraft into the iceberg had the hero demonstrating the ultimate sacrifice. The pivotal moment left Agent Carter to continue S.H.I.E.L.D. adventures of her own as Steve chilled out for 70 years or so. The brief exchange between Pepper and Tony in Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t as iconic of a moment, but it’s a welcome callback to The First Avenger, (via Reddit). After the puzzling ending to Infinity War, the fate of Iron Man and Pepper Potts’ relationship is anyone’s guess, but I have a feeling it’s not the last exchange between the couple. Check out the scene from The First Avenger to see if you can spot the comparison:
Although The First Avenger‘s conclusion marked the end to Cap’s chances to spend a life with Peggy, he was still able to get closure with her in subsequent films. Let’s hope Pepper and Tony are afforded the same chance. Even though Captain America has been named the “first Avenger” Iron Man is the hero who started it all, as his titular film was the first MCU entry in 2008. This makes the romance between Tony and Pepper an important and iconic one. After it was revealed in Captain America: Civil War that Tony and Pepper were struggling with some conflicts, the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming surprised us with news that the couple would finally be tying the knot. With Avengers 4, we may also see Tony and Pepper become parents too, if Gwyneth Paltrow’s past comments ring true.
Avengers: Infinity War additionally threw it back to Captain America: The First Avenger when the Red Skull showed up for a brief moment. Also, in Captain America: Civil War, Steve Roger’s first movie was also referenced during the fight between Iron Man and Captain America. In the scene, Captain America repeats the line “I can do this all day” that he said prior to getting an upgrade and becoming a hero, showing an emotional parallel to Cap’s journey. As Avengers 4 approaches on May 3, 2019, more revisits to the Avengers: Infinity Wars are sure to arise as fans look for clues about what’s next for the beloved heroes.