Captain America: The Winter Soldier has more than one hidden detail for the observant viewer. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming to a screen near you this week. If you look closely, this sequel offers many references to the other Avengers, as well as a few hints to what might be coming next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Steve Rogers’ list of pop-culture
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) woke up after missing decades of the world, so what is a man going to do? In his case it seems, make a big list of things to catch up on. It also looks like the list was (weirdly) changed specifically for each country that the film is playing in, as other entries in the Australian screening were “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo” and “Tim Tams”, while the UK screening featured “the England World Cup win in 1966″ and “The Beatles.”
An insight into ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
If you stayed around for the two extra scenes during the Captain America: The Winter Soldier credits (and at this point in Marvel history, you should know to stay), you would have been treated to a very special look at Age of Ultron. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were the twins in the creepy cages, as Avengers newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. It is also important to note that Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon directed this bonus scene.
The future of ‘Captain America’’
During the first fight scene between the Cap and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), there was a significant pause on the image above. The Winter Soldier’s stance and pose with the Cap’s shield could be a hint into the future of the Captain America franchise. After all, Stan has a nine-picture deal with Marvel (as opposed to Evan’s six, which is even more interesting), and in the comics Bucky does replace Rogers as Captain America at one point.
Hello, Doctor Stranger’
It seems all but certain that a Doctor Strange movie is on its way. When the Cap (or more to the point, Black Widow) managed to convince Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) to spill HYDRA’s secrets, he listed off some of the targets who would be taken out by the helicarriers that are geared up for, you know, mass murder. But the name that stood out? Steve Strange, aka Doctor Strange. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement of this new installment any day now.
‘Captain America’ meets ‘Pulp Fiction’’
Even though we know Fury has survived, our favourite characters took a moment to visit his supposed resting place at the end of the film. And the quote chosen for Fury’s grave stone? “The path of the righteous man.” If that sounds familiar, it is because it is the famous line uttered by Jules Winnfield in cult hit Pulp Fiction. Which is funny, because Winnfield was played by none other than Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson.
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