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Guess who saw the new Captain America movie? Well… millions of people, sure, but me specifically. I’ll leave the review up to the good people at Entertainment Fuse movies, but since it’s become something of a habit I feel it’s my duty to clue you in on some comic book easter eggs.
I think it’s fairly obvious, but to be a gentleman: SPOILER WARNING! I REPEAT! SPOILER WARNING!
Did you forget to read the spoiler alert? Well sorry, turns out Hydra has been compromising SHIELD since its beginning in order to achieve their goal of world domination. Spoiler.
Agent Sitwell, the bald headed SOB who’s not Phil Coulson, is a secret Hydra agent who spills a great deal of beans. Releases a good many cats from their respective bags. The main point being an algorithm that reads most of the world’s data and is able to compute who would be a threat to Hydra.
Included among these people were “…a valedictorian from Iowa City… Bruce Banner… Stephen Strange.”
Dr. Stephen Strange, or Doctor Strange as he’s commonly known, is Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme — the most powerful magic user on the planet who defends humanity against magical adversaries.
It has been rumored that he’ll be included in Marvel’s Phase Three line of movies, so it’s deliciously perfect that he gets teased now.
Toby Jones plays Arnim Zola, a mad scientist who in the comics became a robot with a camera for a head and a face for a torso. No need to explain, comics are weird.
In the first movie he was just a pudgy Hydra scientist who was eventually caught by the Allies.
In The Winter Soldier we find that Zola’s mind has been active inside a vast computer array from the 70s. The main interface of which features a camera on top of a big screen showing, you guessed it, Zola’s face. Sort of. A direct reference to his weird body in the comics!
This isn’t so much a comic book Easter Egg, I guess. But it’s interesting. You’ll notice throughout most of the film, Black Widow wears a necklace.
What’s on the necklace?
Yup. A lil arrow. It seems to hint at some kind of romantic connection between her and Hawkeye. Maybe we’ll see that more developed in Avengers 2 where she might die, but not before confessing her confusing, scary love.
There have been a lot of Nazi-ish Barons in Marvel, chief among them being Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (not the cool Baron), the monocle-wearing head of Hydra who was able to prolong his life by stealing youth from people via a magic-but-sometimes-science gauntlet called The Satan Claw. Really.
Anywho, in the mid-credit stinger we get a look at Loki’s staff — now with Hydra — and “the twins”. Who shows us all this? WHY BARON VON STRUCKER!
So it looks like we’re getting the full Hyrda treatment here, a full on Baron. We’ll most likely see a little of him in Avengers 2, when the Maximoff twins get sprung, but this thread will most likely get tied up in Captain America 3.
And yes, he was wearing a monocle in this.
As I said above, we get introduced to two people in cages referred to only as “the Twins”. A man zipping around his cage, nearly teleporting, and a woman levitating blocks.
These are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch — one runs fast and the other can change reality, you figure out which — the mutant children of Magneto.
Since they can’t use mutants or Magneto, their origins are up in the air. Everything from Inhumans, Extremis, and magic from Loki’s staff have all been hypothesized. One thing’s for sure. Scarlet Witch is crazy.
SO THAT’S WHAT I FOUND. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.