Tons of movies use working titles. What is a ‘working title’ you ask? Simple, its a way for movie productions to hide the actual movie they’re making. The concept can be traced back to the early 1980s when films like E.T. had the working title A Boy’s Life and Blade Runner had the working title Dangerous Days. Most infamously, Star Wars was called ‘Blue Harvest.’

Marvel has used these since Iron Man (2008) and continues to do so. These were thought to get press and snoopy people away from the productions, but with working titles now being revealed…we can just look for those too. Its quite a mess, but the newest working title for Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has been unveiled.

Sputnik. Thats right, just “Sputnik.” What implications does this have? We can look into Marvel’s comics history for a little bit, just like the other films had some clever way to allude to a scene in the movie. Lets take a look at previous working titles and their films.

  • Rasputin – Iron Man 2
  • Manhattan – Thor
  • Frostbite – Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Group Hug – Avengers
  • Caged Heat – Iron Man 3
  • Thursday Mourning – Thor: The Dark World
  • Freezer Burn – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Full Tilt – Guardians of the Galaxy
  • After Party – Iron Man 2
  • Bigfoot – The Incredible Hulk

As we see here, the working titles allude to something in the film, like Rasputin was for the Russian ties with Whiplash, Freezer Burn was of course the Winter Soldier. Now if we look at “Sputnik” (the first non-cold working title for a Captain America film), we may start to think a little deeper.

Sputnik is of course a Russian spacecraft. The Winter Soldier was trained and operated in Russia for HYDRA during his time and we know he’ll be back. Along with this, the word ‘sputnik’ was a one-time only shut down code for the assassin, implanted by his Russian ‘creators.’ This could be a scene in the movie or adapted for the Civil War use.

We’re not sure honestly, but if you see someone making a movie called “Sputnik,” go check it out.


Source: Production Weekly

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