In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve has a list of things people have recommended he catch up on.

Cap's list

On the American, and presumably most canon, version, "Star Wars" appears to be crossed out. It also appears to be the only thing crossed out on the list. It isn't crossed out on any of the other international versions.

Has anyone associated with the movie commented on why this is?

  • Did Steve decide Star Wars wasn't worth watching?
  • Has Steve already watched Star Wars and thus checked it off?
  • Is it just a random, unintentional pen mark?
  • Is it something else?

Additionally, do we by any chance know why it wasn't crossed out on the other versions of the list?

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    @CreationEdge In The Avengers he understands a Wizard of Oz reference.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Apr 18 '16 at 1:20
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    I just want to know if The Winter Soldier's had a Trekkie Agenda the entire time.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Apr 18 '16 at 1:23
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    The stroke is lighter than the one used for the slash between Star Wars and Trek and I would expect a deliberate line to be more horizontal. With that plus the fact that the other versions don’t have Star Wars crossed out, I’m guessing that it’s an unintentional pen stroke.
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 18 '16 at 2:38
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    I think it was a joke, and the joke being, "EVERYONE (even those frozen in Ice for decades) has seen Star Wars. :)
    – user64875
    Apr 18 '16 at 9:38
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    He crossed it out to avoid the Samuel L Jackson paradox.
    – ibid
    Apr 18 '16 at 13:02

There appears to be no official sources, but it's likely a nod to the fact that Disney owns Marvel and Star Wars. It would make sense to have it be the only thing crossed off the list as presumably having been done.

The fact that it's one of the few things that's in all the international lists would support this.


I saw an article that Cap was a Star Wars fan and didnt like Star Trek, besides the obvious that Marvel is owned by the mouse it would be logical for him to watch Star Wars first because at the time there were only 7 movies compaired to the 10 Trek movies and all the series he would have to watch to catch up.

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    Where did you read this article regarding Cap not liking Star Trek...? Assuming it was online, adding the relevant link to your answer would greatly improve it. Jun 14 '21 at 1:07

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