‘Captain America: Civil War’: MCU Fans Can’t Unsee This Quick Continuity Error

Before Avengers: Endgame, one of the best team-up movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Captain America: Civil War.

Obviously, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and Age of Ultron were pretty good team-up movies, but Whedon left the MCU and Marvel needed someone to replace him. Then came Civil War, which capped off Captain America’s trilogy.

Unsurprisingly, Civil War was so good that the people who directed it, the Russo Brothers, ended up directing Infinity War and Endgame after the success of Civil War.

However, despite being a great film that fans rewatch all the time, those rewatches have helped reveal an error that MCU fans just can’t unsee. 

Why ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is awesome

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Since Civil War is a team-up movie that involves many characters from the MCU, some fans have called it “Avengers 2.5.” This is a reference to the fact that it premiered after the second Avengers movie but, since it wasn’t an official Avengers movie, is only half of a true Avengers movie.

While Civil War is ultimately Captain America’s story, it still features many hallmarks of an Avengers movie. 

For example, the movie introduces two fan-favorite characters, Spider-Man and Black Panther. On top of giving fans a glimpse into the backstories of both of them, the movie also features some great action scenes involving the Avengers fighting each other.

Plus, as with many Marvel movies, Civil War also had a handful of powerful dramatic moments. For these reasons and more, the film has become one of the best movies to rewatch for fans. 

The continuity error in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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As an observant fan on Reddit noticed, during one of the fight scenes in Civil War, the movie makes a small continuity error. During the fight scene on the stairwell, Cap is trying to stop Black Panther and the police from capturing his friend, Bucky Barnes. Cap is fighting with the police but, at the same time, he’s not trying to kill them. 

One of the cops almost falls over the stairs, but Cap catches him with his left hand. However, a split second later, the movie does a cut and it shows that Cap caught the cop with his right hand.

Obviously, there’s nothing that can explain this other than the fact that the filmmakers made a mistake. This type of quick continuity error isn’t uncommon, since, if nobody notices a continuity error, then no harm, no foul. 

Other continuity errors in the MCU

Another observant fan on Reddit on Reddit noticed a quicker, and even smaller continuity error in Civil War. In the movie, Vision says that it’s been 8 years since Tony Stark said, “I am Iron Man.”

While it’s true that, in real life, the time between Civil War and the first Iron Man movie has been eight years, things got complicated when fans looked at the details. 

For example, that fan said that ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’ had to have happened in 2010 or 2011. Additionally, ‘Iron Man 2’ took place about 6 months after the events of the first ‘Iron Man’ movie. So as a result, Tony Stark didn’t say “I am Iron Man” in 2008, and instead, he had to have said it in 2010 or 2011. This also means that what Vision said in Civil War can’t be true.

This kind of continuity error is also not uncommon in the MCU. As other observant fans on Reddit said, at the beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming, there was a flashback that made no sense at all. This flashback occurred 8 years in the past, which made no sense in the context of the rest of the MCU.

Some fans were simply frustrated that Marvel messed up simple math like that.