Warning! Spoilers ahead. So many spoilers. Do not continue if you don't want to be spoiled.
2. Doctor Strange is totally happening.
Marvel is still tight-lipped on whether or not Doctor Strange is getting his own movie but after his name was dropped during a good old-fashioned roof interrogation, it's basically official. With S.H.I.E.L.D. in shambles Marvel is able to prop open the door to other sides of their vast library, including the occult. With Strange comes Magick and Damion Hellstrom and Satanna and Doctor Voodoo and the demon realms. Who knows, during the helicarrier targeting sequence any number of Easter Egg names could've been dropped as marks lit up but we'll have to wait for the DVD release to find out.
6. Brock Rumlow was burnt but not defeated.
One of the only 'regular' humans who can go toe-to-toe with Captain America, actor Frank Grillo managed to make Rumlow so charismatic and likable you almost forgave him for constantly trying to murder all the heroes. Salvaged from the wreckage of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Rumlow is on the road to his true identity, the super villain Crossbones. Whether he'll turn up in Age of Ultron or is being stabled for a later date, it's nice to see Marvel isn't killing off all the bad guys in one go anymore. Supervillains don't grow on trees you know!
7. Natasha and Steve's strained sexual tension.
In the fan community, there is a phenomenon called 'shipping' which is when you wish for two characters to become an item, sometimes giving the couple a cute nickname, in this case the Cold War. Whether or not the coupling seems possible is beside the point. However, should a fandom 'ship' turn into a reality, it comes 'canon.' For those shipping Cap and Widow, Winter Soldier does a solid job of setting up their on again/off again relationship. They might not live happily ever after but there's still hope their son James Rogers will exist in the Marvel universe. LET ME HAVE THIS HOPE. GIVE ME THEIR ANGSTY BITTERSWEET LOVE STORY. (OP note: The caps thing is actually on the article lol @ this anyway)
8. Sharon Carter set up as Cap's other love interest.
Agent 13 is actually the niece of one Peggy Carter, and you can hear her apologizing about her 'insomniac aunt' on the phone when we first meet her. She might not have been given too much to do in Winter Soldier but the case was the same for Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2' and Hawkeye in 'Thor.' Considering Steve and Sharon have a serious relationship that almost cultivates in marriage several times — if she'd just stop dying long enough to get down the aisle — she'll certainly be back. But seriously, this chick dies so frequently she needs a loyalty program punch card at the morgue.
9.Maria Hill joined Stark Industries.
Sneaky, Maria. Very sneaky. It makes sense. Joining Stark at the end of Winter Soldier shows her willingness to 'move on' in a way that just places her closer to running the Avengers mission briefs while appearing to distance herself from the remains of S.H.I.E.L.D. And in the comics, Maria became the Interim Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the wake of Nick Fury's 'death' and most likely that role will transfer over in the movies. As it should because did you see how annoyed she was having to break her focus to casually assassinate those henchmen?
What are your MCU predictions ONTD?