‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ End Credits Scenes Explained: Future Marvel Movie Revelations

Published 8 months ago by , Updated November 3rd, 2014 at 5:56 pm,

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now in theaters, earning both critical acclaim (read our review) and securing another box office win for Marvel Studios. While we have a separate article breaking down all of the many Captain America 2 Easter eggs that fans are buzzing about, as always we want to break down the mid-credits and post-credits button scenes included in the film. Thor: The Dark World had button scenes revealing much about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and The Winter Soldier did much the same.

Our discussion is going to be full of SPOILERS from here on out – not just for The Winter Soldier, but every Marvel movie and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode we’ve seen so far. READ NO FURTHER unless you’re all caught up. Even though most of our discussion will be speculation, a lot of it could be considered FUTURE SPOILERS for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You have been warned.

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Mid-Credits Scene: ‘The Age of Miracles’

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The Winter Soldier mid-credits scene was a direct lead-in to The Avengers: Age of Ultronand was directed by Joss Whedon. In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse and the revelation of HYDRA’s infiltration, we find ourselves in the underground bunker of one Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann). The Baron is heard chatting with an underling, assessing HYDRA’s situation in the aftermath of Alexander Pierce and Project Insight’s failure.

Strucker’s dialogue reveals that HYDRA has many bases still in operation, but this particular one is special: here they are housing Loki’s mind-controlling scepter from The Avengers, a weapon that Strucker confesses has taught them much, even though they’ve only “scratched the surface.” One big thing they’ve accomplished is some kind of experimentation on human beings that has resulted in a tremendous success: And with that, we meet “The Twins.”

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Casual viewers may have been left wondering who the two crazy young people in the Silence of the Lambs-style holding cells were, but Marvel Comics fans surely recognized twin characters Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Quciksilver still has super-speed abilities (which he needs to learn to control, from the looks of things), but Scarlet Witch’s reality-altering “hex” powers seem to have been re-imagined as telekinesis. (Remember, telepathy, telekinesis – and even clairvoyance – aren’t phenomenon that exist in the MCU, as mutants, the characters who possess these gifts, are legally the property of Fox and can’t be used in Marvel Studios films.)

WHY IT MATTERS: This mid-credits scene is quick, but it sure is loaded:

  1. We are introduced to a major Marvel villain (READ MORE on Baron von Strucker).
  2. We are introduced to the next phase of threat, with HYDRA now operating as the foe “Captain America and his colorful friends” will have to battle across the globe.
  3. We meet two major characters from Avengers mythos (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch).
  4. We learn that Loki’s scepter (that still undefined MacGuffin) is still very much in play – and still in the wrong hands.
  5. Most importantly, we officially enter “The Age of Miracles”.

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Up until this point, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has consisted of a “superhero” team membered by a science-created super soldier (Captain America); a science-created super-soldier failure (Hulk); a tech genius (Iron Man); a “godlien” (Thor); and some highly trained operatives (the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). That doesn’t leave a lot of room to explain the wide array of Marvel Comics superpowers, like flight, super-speed, energy projection, psychic abilities, invulnerability, etc. That won’t be a problem going forward, since Strucker’s experiments on “The Twins” have successfully opened the door to explainable super powers in the MCU. How he achieved that success remains to be seen – but there have been clues.

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Interestingly enough, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DTV series has been the most likely forefront for developing this aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; a fact recently evidenced by revelations about that mysterious blue corpse in the “Guest House” facility (CLICK the IMAGE above to learn more). Along with films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Easter eggs like a Doctor Strange name-drop in Captain America 2, it’s clear that Marvel Studios is opening the floodgates to a whole universe of super-powered possibilities – from the extraterrestrial to the supernatural. We’re looking forward to seeing how “The Twins” change the game in The Avengers: Age of Ultron - and which characters we could see in the MCU thereafter.

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Post-Credits Scene: Captain America II

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Comic book fans who read writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting’s “Winter Soldier” story arc – and beyond – already know what the future holds for Bucky Barnes; however, movie fans have only been given teases they may not have even picked up on. Especially when the main tease came in the form of a vague post-credits scene viewers sat an extra five minutes to see in the theater.

In the scene, we head back to the Smithsonian Museum for one last visit to the Captain America and The Howling Commandos exhibit. This time, instead of Steve Rogers it is Bucky Barnes visiting the site, finally coming face to face with his own memorial as a fallen American hero. As The Winter Soldier starts to read his own lost history, Steve Rogers’ words start to click into place, and Bucky Barnes seemingly starts to find his way back from the darkness.

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WHY IT MATTERS: This post-credits scene (or a random shot of Winter Solider holding Cap’s shield in the middle of the film), may seem like small matters to the uninformed – but they’re definitely a big deal. In the comics, when Bucky regains control of his own mind, and Steve Rogers eventually falls in battle, it is Bucky who honors his friend’s memory by taking up the Captain America mantle. The same thing could very well happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Here are some real-world facts: Captain America star Chris Evans is stepping back from acting after his Marvel contract is up (6 films in total). He’s done three of his six (Cap 1&2 and Avengers Thor 2 doesn’t count) and the last three are presumably Avengers 2Captain America 3 and Avengers 3. Winter Soldier/Bucky actor Sebastian Stan has a 9-film contract with Marvel; he’s only done two films so far. With the source material paving the way, and real-world factors providing the incentive, how do you think Marvel could eventually get the most out of those seven films they have left with Stan – while still getting the most out of the Captain America brand? Yeah, the writing is definitely on the wall…

Don’t be surprised if Thanos finally brings down The First Avenger in Avengers 3. And if that film ends somewhere with Bucky Barnes taking up the Captain’s shield, you’ll be able to look back at The Winter Soldier‘s final moments and know that the epic transition began with this small step.

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SEE ALSO: Future Plans for the Marvel Movie Universe

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Awesome! Looking forward to captain America 3!

    • The Winter Soldier was NOT holding Cap’s shield in the post-credits.

      • Nobody said he was. I said “This post-credits scene OR a random shot of Winter Soldier holding Cap’s shield…”

  2. So basically, thanos (aka the lord of contract negotiations) will kill: steve rodgers, tony stark and thor (at least this thor). it will be as unexpected as fury not being really dead on cap 2.

  3. If Cap 3 is anything like this movie then I would be tempted to say that the Russo’s have control over Avengers 3. Let’s see how Age of Ultron goes though

    • Definitely looking forward to Bucky taking over. I love Evans as Cap but I’m very interested in seeing how different Sebastian’s portrayal would be. Plus that arm was just awesome lol.

    • You sir just won comment of the day! LOL That is a great thought and the same one I have. I wish Avengers 2 is as awesome as Cap 2.

  4. Might want to peruse this before stating definitively that he is quitting acting.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/chris-evans-means-planning-retiring-acting-article-1.1740525

    • Exactly.
      +1

  5. This is why I think Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet should be saved for Avengers 4 and the Civil War story line should take up Avengers 3. The story would make sense as people would likely be freaked out by the “Age of Miracles” and super powered humans after Avengers 2. Let Evans’ Rogers end the film by being shot (then never show his body to leave it open for a recast Steve Rogers to return later) and let Bucky Barnes take up the Cap mantle for a while. Feige has talked about being able to recast Tony Stark like they do with Bonds so I can’t imagine Stark is the only character they’ve thought about needing to do this with. Hell they’ve already seamlessly done it with Banner.

    • I have been feeling a similar way. Have 3 big avengers movies lead up to Thanos then have the big thanos payoff movie. Perhaps a trilogy would be worthy for this. Such an important foe should have something special.

    • If people aren’t too freaked out by roided out green dudes smashing cities I imagine they’d be pretty numb to a guy who can run fast

  6. if this article is right and I tend to agree with everything here, and the fact Stan has a 9 film deal which I didn’t know, does that mean Avengers three will be the civil war arc. I would be so stoked if they had the balls to go through with this instead of just rebooting everything. Not sure they do, but I’ll try and remain optimistic as the Civil war mini series is one of my favorite Marvel arcs ever.

    • I bet all Marvel’s actors are going through 9-picture deals now. Marvel had to go through a lot of trouble with that whole Robert Downey Jr. 4-picture deal fiasco, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel is making actors sign 7,8,9-picture deals with Marvel. Hell, Falcon could have 8 for all we know.

  7. So… is Loki’s scepter an Infinite Stone yes or not? Looks like the Mind or Soul…

    • I think if Loki’s sceptre is an infinity gem, I think it’s the soul. I think the Tesseract is the mind, because in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, when Red Skull was about to fire the Tesseract-cannon thing on the three Nazis, he said “I have harnessed the power of thoughts.”

      Thoughts = mind = mind gem ???

      • So in my mind it’s
        Tesseract – mind
        Aether – power
        Loki’s sceptre (only maybe) – soul

        Who knows what “The Orb” will be in Guardians of the Galaxy. Probably space though.

        • I think it’s:

          Tesseract – Space Gem (transported Loki to shield headquarters, transported red skull to some other realm, transported the chitauri to earth….

          Loki’s Sceptor – Mind Gem (since it altered people’s brains, aka Dr. Selveig saying a god was in his head)

          Aether – Power

          GOTG orb – time gem

          Adam Warlock – soul gem

          Dr. Strange – reality gem

          • By your logic, that would mean the Eye of Agamotto is an Infinity Stone. By your logic, that would contradict what Sif said in the mid-credit scene to Thor: The Dark World about not wanting to have two of the stones together. If you are correct, she should of said three.

            Also seeing that The Collector has the Warlock cocoon, wouldn’t he know that he has the Soul Stone?

            • Than by your logic wouldnt the collector have said “2 down 4 to go.”

              • Exactly my point. Therefore Warlock doesn’t currently have the Soul Stone.

      • Watch it AGAIN Anton…

        what he actually says is “I have harnessed the power of the GODS”

      • The Tesseract is the space gem. This has been confirmed by the big wigs at Marvel. It opens portals, and transports people throughout the galaxy.

        • Hawkeye even said “it’s a doorway right? Doors open both ways”

  8. So did Von Strucker “create” the twins or did he just capture them? I’d rather they just left their origin open so we can pretend they’re mutants.

  9. I do not agree – IMO – Thanos will not kill Cap – in Cap 3 Crossbones will kill Cap and Bucky will then take the mantle, leading into Avenger 3 for the Civil War story arc. They will not take the Cap stories and mix the multi Marvel Universe – I feel they will remain in real life acceptable tones, as in the last 2.

  10. Seems clear now that the “age of miracles” are humans that are altered by alien energy/tech. So that puts the terragen mists out of play etc. so if strucker can use the alien tech and “make” mutants, same process then can easily explain the inhumans wheneve they are introed (with the diff being the kree did the experiments). Now whenever the inhumans are an isolated secret culture or hiding in plain sight a as a secret society of sorts.. Will have to see how the MCU plays it.

  11. Where is the Easter egg article? I’ve been waiting for that one.

    • It’ll be up in the next hour.

      • @kofi, that’s the reason I keep hitting the refresh button for site.

      • It’s been two hours….

  12. Did Abed die in CA:TWS?

    • Nope. Troy and LeVar Burton show up in a boat at the last minute and save him.

      • Thank goodness. That had to be the post-post post-credit scene, right?

  13. The Winter Soldier is NOW my Favorite character in the MCU…. But a very close second is The HULK.

    Not sure I want to see him as Captain America BUT I would love to see more of his story! the years leading up to CA:TWS I really think that could be a very interesting movie, more so than a Loki movie.

  14. I’m a huge fan of Sebastian. Chris plays Cap perfectly, but if he does end up leaving the role I’d love to see what Sebastian brings to the character. Wonder if they have any plans for a winter soldier solo film or one shot.

  15. Its not a guarantee that Evans is stepping away from acting after these 6 movies as we have not crossed that line yet. Marvel wanted him for 9 and if they still have a story line that has a Cap covering 9 movies they may well offer him mucho dinero to sign on for the last 3 though they may wait some time before offering it so as not to make him feel boxed into a uber lengthy contract. What Evans did reveal is that these movies, more than anything else has given him the dinero and status to direct (his passion). I am sure the occasional stint as Cap beyond 6 movies would not cramp his style once you take into account what these movies are providing him in his non-acting life.

  16. The more I hear the word MacGuffin, the more I think people don’t understand what it really means.

  17. Thoughts…

    1. I think the twins were born with powers. I saw the movie twice and saw the after credits twice. It seems they are calling people born with powers miracles instead of mutants.

    2. It seems like Von Strucker found the twins and he is monitoring there powers and also using Loki’s scepter to mind control them.

    3. At the end of SHIELD, Rumlow is seen getting saved so he will become Crossbones.
    Agent 13 is taking target practice and is an accurate shot. This is alluding to assassination of Cap

    5. I think, in Cap 3, they will have the famous scene where Crossbones and a mind controlled Agent 13 assassinate Cap. Probably in front of the world via broadcast while Cap is being honored.

    6. I could see a button scene in a movie maybe specifically Dr. Strange movie where Strange resurrects Cap or is asked to resurrect Cap. Strange did have a stone that could do that in the comics. He even tried to bring his brother back to life but was unsuccessful.

    7. Fury says he is heading to Europe. I think he is going to meet with Hawkeye who has been monitoring the twins via spying.

    8. Cap 3 seems like it will be about he and Falcon going after Bucky or going after the people responsible. I could see Bucky going to seek revenge on those who made him that way. The file Steve got

    • Oops #8 got cut.

      8. Steve got the file from BW at the end. Falcon asks if he is going after him and when do we start. I think Cap 3 is about the hunt for Bucky to bring him to justice while also Bucky is assassinating the people who made him that way.

    • I like your theory about hawkeye spying on the twins. I’ve seen a lot of people speculating what he’s been doing since the avengers, it would make sense that Nick Fury sent him to scout out bases and potential threats. Especially if he “noticed” hydra was still around and had been infiltrating SHIELD

  18. Whenever contract talk pops up, I hear about the re-boot possibility. I hope the MCU avoids this for as long as possible. With so many characters to use, and the ability to re-cast existing characters, they can and should use the same universe indefinitely.

  19. Does anyone think there will be more team-up movies, things like Scarlett witch and hulk, in between Avengers films? Winter Soldier was mostly a Cap + Black Widow movie

    • You mean Cap+ Nick Fury+Black Widow+ Falcon+ Maria Hill right? Oh, no I guess not. No I do not think there will be those team-up movies…it would be awful.

    • I sure hope so.

      I’m still wishing for a Iron Man/Hulk team-up.

      • i would like a Black widow solo movie with The Punisher which will serve as her mission

  20. Forgive me I’m not a comic fan , but what I don’t get is Fox supposedly have the Xmen mutant rights, yet Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch are in Winter Soldier/Avengers 2 , and from what I read they are Magneto’s offspring??

    • Fox owns the rights to the X-Men but Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were also Avengers in the comics. They joined Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants for a time but left when they disagreed with his methods. They were more apart of Avengers than the X-Men for a while. The X-Men films and the Marvel Universe are not connected at all. So in order for fans to not be confused, Fox has the exclusive legal rights to anything that has to do with mutants which means the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch characters in the Avengers film CANNOT be called mutants and can’t be connected to the Magneto character. Being that Quicksilver is being played by two different actors, they determined that it would confuse audiences. It’s all just legal stuff and shows how Fox is unwilling to cooperate with Marvel/Disney for the sake of the original storyline concepts.

      • I fully expect a “daddy issues” joke in AoU…

      • Thanks for that Champ, I guess they have their reasons for using the twins rather than other characters, maybe keeping to a strict comic storyline? there were quite a few avengers weren’t there?

  21. Did anyone notice how Sitwell mentioned Stephen Strange on the roof when he was being interrogated by Cap, Widow and Falcon. He was explaining the HYDRA’s plans and mentioned a few names of the people who would be eliminated because the Hele-Carriers would target them as threats. I thought that was a dope easter egg, alluding to the fact that Dr. Strange already exists in the MCU and that he will be introduced very soon!

  22. I would love to see Winter Soldier in Age of Ultron. Which will show he is willing to accept his past, and help the Captain. Or if he will get his own stand alone movie would be so cool!

  23. Great report! Love the break down!

    I said this in the other report but this seems like batter place to post it:

    So the Infinity Stones have mostly been revealed now imo.

    Space Stone – Tesseract
    Time Stone – Quicksilver’s Empowering Source
    Reality Stone – Scarlet Witch’s Empowering Source
    Mind Stone – Loki’s Staff (for me, the mid-credit scene kind of made it more clear)
    Power Stone – Aether
    Soul Stone – The Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy.

    • Better*** place… (iPhone has the worst auto words)

  24. I never followed any comics as a kid, but I have been following all the modern comic book movies.

    Had to ask a buddy at work today what significance the ‘Twins’ are and his response was: Essentially Quicksilver just has super speed, but to keep my eyes on that little girl playing with the cubes.

    His words, not mine: “Think of her as on the same power level of Phoenix/Dark Phoenix from the X-Men. Basically, she will become a God with a capitol “G” whereas Thor is a God with a lower-case “g” and if you locked her in a room with the entire Avengers team, she would be the only one to walk outta there…”

    Really? How can this be, if my buddy is right? Movies & TV have a really hard time translating any real God-like beings to the screen; and how would this play out if she went toe-to-toe with Ultron and/or Thanos.

    I have been trying to wrap my mind around how this would work within just about every MCU storyline in the future. Unless he is completely wrong, of course. I need some serious thoughts/help from the geek community out there. Thanks!

    By the way, this website is second-to-none when it comes to geekin’ out on these types of topics & discussions. First place I now go to after most movies. Excellent work to those writers on this site. Keep up the good work!

    • Scarlet Witch is definately one of the most powerful characters cause she can re-arrange (so to speak) reality.

      In the comics she wiped out nearly the entire mutant population and depowered most all of them.

      However, I believe, her powers are being toned down a lot for this movie. I think her powers will be most psychokinesis/telekinesis and not reality changing. Still though, an individual that can move objects, levitate, and possibly teleport is still cool!

  25. I would love to see at least one or two of sebastian stan’s 9 movie deal include a team up between The Winter Soldier and Black Widow. It worked well in the comics and it could be the perfect way to finally give Black Widow a movie. This could work out if they had him become cap for a movie or two and then revive cap as a chris evans replacement.

  26. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Thanos Infinty Gauntlet portion takes two Avengers movies. One movie to get all the gems together and destroy everything and the second part will be the avengers re-uniting and destroying the gauntlet. Thanos banished Hulk in the original 6 part comic series. So if he did that in Avengers 3 it could open up a Planet Hulk movie.

  27. Von Strucker looks like what happens when Col. Klink from Hogan’s Heroes mates with Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp)!!!

  28. Read on superherohype that the introduction scene with Cap running circles around D.C. is a poke at Marvel Studios running circles around WB/DC. It’s because Marvel’s planning and creative integrity that this is so. Happy to reward a studios for taking risks and being true to the sources rather than imitating which is why I see Marvel films in IMAX 3D and other CBMs in standard if that.

  29. Love Captain America 2 can’t wait to see ,The Avengers and looking forward to see Cap 3 I like the Winter Soldier, but would not like to see him to be the Cap . I love Chris Evans he is perfect for Captain America I also like to see more interaction of Cap and Black W :))