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In 1991, James "Bucky" Barnes is sent from a HYDRA base in Siberia to attack a car carrying vials of the Super Soldier Serum. In the present day 2016, it has been a year since Ultron's destruction. Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson and Wanda Maximoff stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon in Lagos. Rumlow attempts to kill Rogers by exploding himself but Maximoff accidentally sends him spiralling into a building, causing many casualties.

The Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross displays the Sokovia Accords to Tony Stark and the Avengers, which have been passed by the United Nations and says that the United Nations will control the team. Stark, Romanoff, James Rhodes and Vision agree with it while Rogers and Wilson disagree. Meanwhile, Helmut Zemo kills Barnes' old HYDRA commander and steals his brainwashing book. At a United Nations conference in Vienna, King T'Chaka is killed by a bomb while giving a speech. Barnes is spotted in the security footage and T'Chaka's son T'Challa adopts his Black Panther mantle and vows to kill Barnes. CIA agent Sharon Carter informs Rogers of Barnes' location so he and Wilson attempt to bring him into custody but T'Challa arrives and tries to kill Barnes. The four are taken away by police and Barnes is placed under arrest.

Zemo disguises himself as a psychiatrist and while interviewing Barnes he uses the book he stole to brainwash Barnes and send him on a rampage. Rogers and Wilson stop Barnes and go into hiding with him. Upon regaining control of his mind, Barnes revealed that it was Zemo who bombed Vienna and he is seeking the location of the other Winter Soldier assassins. Rogers hires Clinton Barton to break Maximoff, who has been placed under house arrest by Stark, out of Avengers Tower and also recruits Scott Lang. Stark, Vision, Romanoff and Rhodes hire T'Challa and Peter Parker. The two teams battle at Leipzig Airport until Romanoff allows Rogers and Barnes to escape. Vision accidentally blasts Rhodes, fatally wounding him, and Rogers' faction are imprisoned in the Raft. Stark discovers Barnes' innocence and is given his and Rogers' location by Wilson. There, he strikes a truce with the two of them and discover Zemo has murdered all of the Winter Soldiers. They then discover footage of Barnes' 1991 mission and see that he killed Stark's parents. Stark angrily attacks the two of them from keeping the information away from him and emerges as the winner, severing Barnes' robotic arm, although his armour is disabled in the process. Stark judges Rogers unworthy of his shield, so he leaves it behind as he departs with Barnes. Zemo feels he has fulfilled his mission of fracturing the Avengers and attempts suicide, but T'Challa, having followed Stark to Siberia, stops him and has him arrested by the authorities.

Stark gives Rhodes exoskeletal leg braces so he can walk again and Rogers breaks his allies out of the Raft. In a mid-credits scene, T'Challa provides Barnes asylum in Wakanda and puts him in cyrogenic sleep until he can find a cure for his brainwashing. In a post-credits scene, Parker explores the capabilities of the web-shooters given to him by Stark.


Additionally, John Kani makes an appearance as King T'Chaka. John Slattery and Kerry Condon reprise their roles as Howard Stark and F.R.I.D.A.Y., respectively. Hope Davis portrays Maria Stark. Alfre Woodard makes an appearance as Miriam Sharpe.[16] Gene Farber portrays Colonel Vasily Karpov. Stan Lee and Jim Rash[17] make cameo appearances. Co-director Joe Russo appears briefly in the role of Theo Broussard, and Anthony Russo's wife, Ann Russo, provides the voice of Zemo's wife in an audio message. Damion Poitier, who previously portrayed Thanos in the mid-credits scene of Marvel's The Avengers, portrays one of Crossbones' mercenaries.


  • The title of the film was made public during Marvel Studios' event at El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014. Kevin Feige at first announced "Captain America: Serpent Society" as the sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, before eventually revealing the true title of the film after the rest of the planned Phase 3 movies had been unveiled during the same event.[18]
  • With a worldwide total box office gross of about $1.15 billion, this film became the highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time.[19][20]


  • Filming began on April 27, 2015; the same day as 20th Century Fox's Marvel film, X-Men: Apocalypse.[21]
  • In Sharon Carter's eulogy for Peggy, she quotes her Peggy's "No, you move," philosophy, which is actually a direct quote from Captain America's speech in Amazing Spider-Man #537, which is part of the Civil War event in the comics.
  • The assault tactic of Ant-Man riding Hawkeye's arrow is an explicit homage to the cover of Avengers #223.
  • Tony refers to Bucky as "Manchurian Candidate," a reference to the film and the novel of the same name, which features a brainwashed assassin in a Communist conspiracy.
  • The climax of the fight between Captain America and Iron Man is an homage to the cover of Civil War #7.
  • Before Robert Downey Jr. accepted the offer to reprise his role of Tony Stark / Iron Man, whose presence was essential for adapting Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo considered a plot of which its third act revolved around Helmut Zemo making use of a Madbomb. The main challenge for Captain America in this climax would've been finding a way to stop the antagonists, which would've been a horde of mindless, yet innocent, civilians.[22]
  • In a draft of the movie before Spider-Man's addition into the script, Iron Man was going to travel to San Francisco and recruit Ant-Man into his side instead.[23]
  • Early into the development of the movie, Hope Van Dyne was set to make her debut as Wasp. The idea was scrapped because she wouldn't get enough screentime to do her justice.[24]


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  21. Evans, Chris (27 April 2015). Dear beard We had a good run, but this is where I leave you. Thank you for braving the Boston winter with me. I miss you already #Cap3Begins. Twitter. Retrieved on 27 April 2015.
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  24. Why Ant-Man and the Wasp Were Left Out of Avengers: Infinity War - IGN Video. IGN (29 June 2018). Retrieved on 1 July 2018.
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