Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Captain America: Civil War.
In your Thursday night (or later if you”re reading this later) hardcore fan-packed screening of Captain America: Civil War, there was probably a moment when the whole theater inhaled in a collective gasp.
Or it might have not been so collective – some fans figured out earlier, whether earlier in the movie or two years ago, that the Winter Soldier (Bucky!!) killed Tony Stark”s parents.
Civil War“s big heart-shattering reveal was actually right there in 2014″s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
If you missed it, here”s where it happens: In Winter Soldier, Cap and Black Widow, on the run from a compromised S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to kill them, discover a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker in New Jersey. In that mysterious bunker is a supercomputer that houses the preserved consciousness of the supposedly-long-dead Arnim Zola (Toby Jones).
Zola monologues at them, revealing Hydra is alive and well. “The new Hydra grew,” he says, “a beautiful parasite inside S.H.I.E.L.D. For 70 years Hydra has been secretly feeding crisis, reaping war. And when history did not cooperate” – at this point images of the Winter Soldier flash across Zola”s screen – “history was changed.”
The very next image we see on Zola”s screen is a newspaper clipping reporting, “Howard and Maria Stark Die in Car Accident.”
The implication seemed to be that Hydra was responsible for the Starks” death. Some fans also picked up on the truth of who specifically was behind the kill, way back in 2014.