Captain America: The Winter Soldier laid out a lot of hints regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what is to come from within. While many I’m sure were just nods to the universe as a whole, some were likely larger hints. In fact certain aspects were downright teasers of certain things we know will undoubtedly come. Let’s go through some of the things and the implications that they have for the MCU.
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
One of the more obvious nods that the film made was the first tag in the movie which introduced Baron von Strucker, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. Baron von Strucker is still tied closely with Hydra as he’s one of the few HYDRA agents that survived the events of the film. It makes sense considering he was tucked away in some unknown facility, god knows where, experimenting on who knows how many people to essentially craft their own super powered people. As he moves through the facility speaking of how HYDRA will rise again and he wasn’t worried about the loss of SHIELD, we get a good look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is zipping around his cell. The effects in this small section look fabulous. While we don’t get a good look at the costume, considering he was in hospital style clothes, Taylor-Johnson looks the part. He’s clearly muscular and looks strong. He doesn’t seem to be coping well with being locked up. As for Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, she is sitting floating a group of blocks in front of her. She comes off as far more content being locked up, but there is something twisted about her. The segment ends with Scarlet Witch making an abrupt change in her floating blocks with the flick of a wrist. They are only referred to as “the twins” and clearly this experimentation is allowing Marvel to avoid using the word mutant.
His classic computer set up in the NJ building may have been destroyed, but I’d be surprised if HYDRA didn’t have a back up of their genius somewhere. In fact, I think that Arnim Zola will make his reappearance this time in his more traditional form: a headless robot monster with a projection of his face on his chest. Yes, it’s bizarre, but I could see it coming easily with Marvel. Arnim Zola knew the ballistic missile was coming for him, hell he even stalled, but I don’t believe for a minute that Arnim Zola is self sacrificing. I’m sure his 1s and 0s are living on elsewhere until he can manifest again.
Once the betrayal and infiltration of HYDRA was revealed in the film there was a mention of various people who were being monitored and had necessary precautions they would use to attempt to subdue those who opposed HYDRA plans. Those people included: Captain America, Bruce Banner, and Stephen Strange. While the first two are already well known, not everyone may actually know the doctor turned wizard Doctor Strange. Stephen Strange has always been a proponent of good on as many dimensions that he has reach. Doctor Strange is a fascinating character and while there was no mention of his base of operations in New York, the nod to the man was nice. Considering there are so many other heroes out there that would oppose HYDRA its curious why they would include the mention of Strange. It has been long rumored that Doctor Strange would be one of the other Phase 3 films joining Ant-Man and Captain America 3. Could this be a little tease that Doctor Strange may in fact be another film to look forward to.
For many fans of the comic it may have been very strange to see Brock Rumlow and Captain America working together. While that quickly changed, it was create seeing this villain. For those who don’t know, Brock Rumlow is a mercenary named Crossbones. Crossbones has had an interesting role in the Marvel Universe since his introduction in 1989. He even had a stint in the Thunderbolts. While me may never see anything amount to Rumlow, the fact that he survived the attack indicates that we could see him again. With any luck it will be as Crossbones rather than as plain old Rumlow.
What things did you notice in the films.