Agent Carter was unfortunately cancelled earlier this year after two, beloved seasons on ABC, and while fans are still trying to recover from the loss, it looks like the new audio commentary available for Captain America: Civil War has revealed one of the ways that the film’s creative team used the fan-favorite show to lay some groundwork for the rivalry between Captain America/Steve Rogers and Iron Man/Tony Stark.
As you can probably imagine, it all has to do with Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark, a prominent character who appeared multiple times in the TV series after his initial turn as the character in The First Avenger, and the long-cultivated resentment that Tony Stark felt towards the Star Spangled hero, even while Cap was still frozen in ice.
Film School Rejects noticed the tidbit recently in a list they compiled from the commentary track, with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explaining one specific line that they made sure was included in the Agent Carter season one finale:
“We wanted to make sure in the final episode of season 1 of Agent Carter that Howard said something to the effect of ‘Steve Rogers is the greatest thing I ever did.’”
Whether it be the clear regret that Tony expresses early on in Civil War regarding he and his father’s negative relationship, it doesn’t take long for it to become clear that Tony Stark very much grew up covered in the shadow of Steve Rogers.
The topic is then brought up again as well, during the small almost-signing scene between Steve and Tony, when the latter jokes sarcastically that his father only ever mentioned knowing Captain America about a million times growing up. It’s one of the more effective emotional throughlines of the film, and feels even more important when it’s then later revealed that the man who killed Howard and his wife, was none other than Bucky Barnes, Cap’s best friend that he’s also spent the entire film protecting from Tony and the others.
Captain America: Civil War is available on Digital HD now, and will be released on blu ray and DVD on September 13th.
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