Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War follow…
With Captain America: Civil War in theaters, audiences have had the opportunity to see the film and, for weirdos like us, zero in on the minute details.
There is one element in particular that struck me as more significant than may initially meet the eye.
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Tony Stark introduces a piece of technology early in the film that taps into the amygdala to access painful memories, ushering the user into a virtual reality realm where they can relive traumatic experiences and find closure by making the choices they wish they would have at the time.
In terms of Civil War, the tech serves to A) Remind us that Tony lost his parents and was left with great damage as a result. Which of course plays a key role in the larger conflict between Tony and Bucky, who as the Winter Soldier, slaughtered the Starks. And B) Show off a much younger Robert Downey Jr..
It's possible that Marvel introduced the technology simply to push the Civil War plot forward, but that's not very Marvel-like, frankly. So how might this tech be used in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
There are a couple of possibilities that present themselves.
Save The Winter Soldier:
When last we saw him, Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Soldier, was tucked safely away back on ice in Wakanda. The very man who has the ability to assist him to recover and heal his memories is the last one who'd ever volunteer to help: Tony Stark.