Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Captain America: Winter Soldier After-Credits Explained

If you watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you might not have understood the after-credits, and I am going to explain it. *Warning spoilers are ahead. If you have not seen the movie, go watch the movie first.*
The After Credits scene opens with Baron Von Strucker with the Tesseract Staff. In the comics, Strucker is the head of HYRDA when the Red Skull dies. He plays a larger role in many Captain America and HYRDA storylines, and I believe he is going to be in the Avengers, which would make sense because of the next big reveal in the After-Credits scene.

Strucker from the comics

The ultimate reveal in the After-Credits scene are the twins. The twins are Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, aka Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. They are going to be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and in fact, Joss Whedon actually directed the After-Credits scene. In the comics, they are villains and what makes things complicated for Disney Marvel is that they are also Magneto's children. Long story short, the twins are mutants in the comics, and since Disney does not own the X-Men, the Disney Marvel movies can never reference mutants. From this short scene, we can see from what Strucker refers to as the "Age of Miracles" that the twins were experimented on as "volunteers" by HYRDA. Apparently, the twins' powers are derive from the Tesseract Staff or some other similarly powerful cosmic energy. As for my first impression of the characters, I have to say that I am sold. Quicksilver's super-speed powers look fantastic, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson looks cool in the role. Speed is a very difficult thing to pull well and I have to say that from the short clip, it looks great. But I love Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch! Crazy female characters are always something I like seeing and she looks insane and I can't wait to see her in Age of Ultron.
Johnson and Olsen on Age of Ultron set
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

The final after-credits scene briefly shows the Winter Soldier (aka Bucky), going to the museum exhibit and seeing a picture of himself. It was not particularly crucial to the overall plot, but it is a nice ending that somewhat sets up for Captain America 3.

What did you think of the After-Credits scene? Please comment below and let me know. Also, please do not forget to check out and comment on my review, which you can read here.

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  1. When I saw the staff, I just thought (and I think, whispered as well) 'Uh oh.' And, bonus, it's a bad guy I know! Well, thanks to watching Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, I know, but you know. I was really excited when seeing the 'twins' as well, and look forward to seeing them in Age of Ultron (I still love Scarlet Witch's outfit from filming, really...). They seem to be really cool, and they're the first heroes I've ever actually only seen in cartoons/comics before seeing them in a film, so I know what they're like (I've only seen Quicksilver in X-Men cartoons, but I've seen Scarlet Witch in both comics and cartoons). I'm really looking forward to Age of Ultron.
    It was a nice touch, and I like that for once, the main bad guy in the film wasn't killed off, or just left alive to be a villain again. Winter Soldier is far from redeemed I think (he is guilty of countless assassinations, ordered or not), but as you said, it may just well lead into Cap 3, which is be interesting, and I'm curious if Sam will be brought back.
    Excellent explaination, James!

    1. I really like her costume as well. Oh really, that's interesting. I can't wait to see what Whedon is going to do with the characters in Age of Ultron. Considering that the actor for the Winter Soldier is signed on for so many movies, I wonder if he will make a cameo in the Avengers 2. That could be interesting. I am mostly sure that Anthony Mackie is signed for a few more films, so expect to see him back in Cap 3 and maybe Age of Ultron!
      Thank you!


  2. I agree that Scarlet Witch looks totally off her rocker and I screamed because I was so excited about it!!! Insane characters are my absolute favorite. Like YES PLEASE!

    But that whole Disney not owning X-Men what the heck. Why.......Mutants are my favorite and that needs to be included......Please fix this.

    But that last scene with Bucky hit me right in the heart. So many feels.

    1. YES! Someone else who likes insane characters! They are basically my favorite too!

      Unless you happen to have several billion dollars to buy the X-Men back from Fox, Mutants and Disney Marvel movies are not going to happen for a long time. :/

      It was such a great way to end the movie!



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