We might have already seen the exact scene where Cap finds out.
(Warning: Spoilers for Captain America:Civil War. I will detail a very crucial plot point essential to the climax of the movie. Please do not read if you have not watched it.)
The final act of the movie sees Ironman, Captain America and Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier, exploring the remains of a long dormant russian facility where the Winter Soldier program was created and carried out.
Baron Zemo shows Tony video footage of the night his parents were murdered and it is revealed that they were actually assassinated by Bucky himself. Tony is immediately engulfed with anger but before he acts, Steve Rogers holds him back in defense of his friend Barnes. This prompts Tony to ask Steve: “Did you know?” After dodging the question several times Captain America finally answers in the affirmative. This throws Tony into a murderous fit of rage, kickstarting the final battle of the movie.
This whole thing begs the question though: How did Steve know about Tony’s parents?
The answer lies in the previous movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Remember that scene when Black Widow and Cap confront the living computer, Arnim Zola?
Well part of their exchange went a little like this:
Zola:” …The new HYDRA grew, a beautiful parasite, inside SHIELD. For 70 years, HYDRA has been secretly feeding prices, reaping war.”
“..And when history did not cooperate..
..history was changed.”
Black Widow: That’s impossible, SHIELD would have stopped you.
….. will happen.
That right there is Tony’s dad. Howard Stark himself albeit much much younger.
This might’ve been exactly where Cap first found out about the events and later decided to withhold this information from Tony.
You can also see from the newspaper clippping that the date eerily matches up with the one in Civil War. Zemo wanted to debrief Bucky about the December 16, 1991 mission, which we found out was the one where he assassinated Howard and Maria Stark. The newspaper was dated December 17, 1991 when the public presumably found out about the tragic “accident”.
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