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Marvel properties have always featured Easter eggs referencing other iconic movies and television series; Captain America: Civil War is no different. By now, many eagle-eyed fans have come to the realization that the Bluth Company stair car from Arrested Development makes a quick appearance during the awesome airport scene. It’s undeniably awesome, but sort of weird compared to the other more obvious Easter eggs we have seen from these films. As it turns out, the stair car appeared because the Russos have a very personal connection to Arrested Development.
That’s right; as you can see from the above tweet, Joe and Anthony Russo actually directed several episodes of Arrested Development back during its original run on FOX. They seem to have cherished their time on the series, because they managed to find a way to put the iconic stair car into the background of the airport sequence. In all fairness, that location is probably the most normal place we’ve ever seen the stair car go.
Joe and Anthony Russo really cut their teeth in the world of TV prior to moving to film. Before their big break with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, the work they had become best known for came in the form of comedy series like Arrested Development, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, and Community – which they also alluded to by including actor Jim Rash as an employee at MIT in Civil War. This resume made them a seemingly odd choice to replace Joss Whedon as the directing headliners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they have clearly proven that they have the chops to carry this franchise forward at least through Infinity War.
Those of us who managed to see the Bluth Company Stair car all collectively cheered with nostalgia upon first seeing it. The only way Civil War could have been improved was if the Russos had "Thunderbolt" Ross tell Tony Stark that the Sokovia Accords were for British eyes only, or feature Europe’s "The Final Countdown" playing as the two separate teams of Avengers squared off against one another.
If you didn’t get a chance to see this particular Easter egg in Captain America: Civil War, you can still check it out in theaters. The Russo’s latest Marvel adventure is absolutely killing it at the box office right now, and we cannot wait to see what else they bring to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the very near future.