‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Easter Eggs, Trivia & References

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2014 at 1:21 pm,

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Marvel has made it clear with their superhero filmsthat they aren’t just looking to please movie audiences with epic blockbuster action or a sprawling shared universe – they also want to keep the comic book diehards entertained with a wealth of inside jokes, easter eggs, and direct references to the source material. And Captain America: The Winter Soldier is no exception.

Captain America’s most recent outing may not be as jam-packed with easter eggs as his last one, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few worthwhile inclusions snuck into the finished film by the writers and directors. Even eagle-eyed fans are sure to have missed a few, but they are more than worth a second viewing. Needless to say, there will be plenty of spoilers in our list of Captain America: The Winter Soldier trivia, so read at your own risk.

Cap’s List(s)

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One of the largest nods to Steve Rogers’ shift from the past to the present comes in his list of cultural events and figure he’s singled out for later investigation, glimpsed when told by Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to have a listen to Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man. But what moviegoers may not realize is that the exact contents of the list vary from region to region.

For instance, the American cut of the film features significant events like the ‘Moon Landing,’ ‘Steve Jobs (Apple)’ and ‘Disco,’ while the Korean version references director Chan-wook Park’s Old Boy (2003) and Korean footballer Ji-Sung Park.

Secret Avenger Suit

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When Captain America made his costumed debut in The Avengers, his ‘old-fashioned’ costume wasn’t a hit with every fan. With a move towards realism for The Winter Soldier, the directors turned to Cap’s Super Soldier costume – the uniform worn by Steve Rogers during the “Secret Avengers” storyline. The directors explained the shift from red, white and blue to something darker as a sign of Rogers’ changing role within S.H.I.E.L.D., and a more believable suit for his covert operations.

Early set photos show that The Avengers: Age of Ultron will bring a more patriotic suit into the fold, as Cap returns to his roots.

Who Needs a Parachute?

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The first full international trailer for The Winter Soldier showed that Cap hadn’t lost his sense of humor in the time since The Avengers, referring to his relatively open social calendar given all his friends being… well, dead. While the exchange between he and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) ended with a leap from the rear of a plane, the fact that Cap found no need for a parachute proved he hadn’t lost his edge.

But devoted fans will recognize that the line is actually a direct reference to the first issue of Marvel’s Ultimates in which Cap’s distaste for parachutes is shown to go all the way back to World War II.

The ‘Lemurian Star’

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The action sequence which kicks off the film shows Captain’s combat effectiveness as he takes down an entire squad of mercenaries who have taken control of a S.H.I.E.L.D. freighter. It also happens to be home to not one, but two references to the comic book source material. For starters, the gifted martial artist known as Batroc (played by UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre) is based on the comic book villain ‘Batroc the Leaper,’ with his clothing keeping the purple and gold color scheme intact.

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However, the fact that the freighter is named ‘The Lemurian Star’ is also a nod to the comics that Marvel fans won’t miss. In the world of Marvel comics, the Lemurians were a race of sea-people with possible ties to the Deviants, a race created alongside the Deviants by the otherworldly beings known as Celestials. Whether this easter egg is a sign of what’s to come or a nod to fans, it shouldn’t be missed.

Alexander Pierce, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Marvel earned serious credibility for their claim that The Winter Soldier would be a political thriller more than a superhero movie when they announced that Robert Redford would play the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.. But the role of ‘Alexander Pierce’ wasn’t entirely new, even if the original character to bear that name was a very different type of soldier. Pierce was actually one of Nick Fury’s top covert agents in the comics, skilled in hand-to-hand combat to rival Widow or Hawkeye.

The Helicarrier’s New Tech

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When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) first reveals the results of Project Insight – three cutting-edge Helicarriers – to Steve Rogers, he notes the improved propulsion engines, courtesy of Stark Industries. The resemblance to Iron Man’s signature weaponry is clear, but it’s how Stark managed to come up with the new designs that is of interest to movie fans. Specifically, once he got “a closer look” at the turbines formerly used to raise the ship from ground level.

Fury is referring to Iron Man’s journey into (and out of) the Helicarrier’s massive turbine when it was attacked by a mind-controlled Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in The Avengers. It’s hard to believe that Stark had time to think about improving the system while he was being chewed through it, but we suppose you can’t stop brilliance.

Widow’s Necklace

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The Avengers did a good job of implying that there was more between Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow than a love of their country, and comic book fans know that the pair have long been romantically linked. Although the films never confirmed that they were anything more than friends, eagle-eyed fans will notice that Widow keeps Clint – or his signature weaponry, at least – close to her heart in the form of an arrow necklace.

Shield Punch

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Those who have read the comics upon which The Winter Soldier is based will know that Steve and Bucky don’t cross paths until well into the plot, but when they do, sparks fly. Their first encounter kicks off with penciller Steve Epting’s iconic image of the Winter Soldier’s metal arm slamming square into Cap’s shield with a resounding ‘KLNNG!’. As testament to just how much the studio kept to Brubaker’s original comic run, one of the very first images ever released showed a recreation of that same scene, and it remains intact in the finished film as well.

If The Shield Fits…

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Many casual movie fans who weren’t aware of the Winter Soldier’s true identity before entering the theater were likely confused at a few points in the story, but Bucky Barnes’ role in the comics was far more than a villain. Casting aside his brainwashing and embracing the man he used to be (something also alluded to in the film’s final post-credits scene), Barnes would go on to become a force for good alongside his old friend Steve.

In fact, Barnes would eventually take up the red, white and blue shield as Captain America himself – a fact first alluded to in the movie when Barnes wields the iconic weapon in combat against its rightful owner. With Chris Evans stepping away from acting in the years to come, and Sebastian Stan signed for seven more Marvel movies, it’s possible this quick reference could be a certified foreshadow of things to come.

Newman’s Own

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It’s strange to think that Paul Newman and Robert Redford are often seen as two sides of the same coin, despite only starring opposite one another in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973). Besides establishing the two as certified leading men, the films began a friendship that would last until Newman’s death in 2008. Never one to forget his partner in crime, a glimpse into the refrigerator of Pierce reveals a jar of ‘Newman’s Own’ sauce – the charitable food company founded by Newman in 1982.

Zola’s Transcendence

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The return of (Swiss) scientist Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) may not have been in exactly the way comic book fans had hoped, but it did manage to keep some semblance of his comic book incarnation intact. With Zola’s brain and face generally set into a mechanized suit when doing battle with Captain America, it’s no coincidence he’s depicted as essentially the same when facing off against Cap and Widow.

Shall We Play a Game?

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After Widow cues up the computer in the basement of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s defunct New Jersey base (and informing us all of how ‘yes’ is spelled) she questions whether Steve Rogers would “like to play a game?” Movie buffs of the 1980s will immediately recognize the line as taken from the film WarGames (1983), where Matthew Broderick also converses with an intelligent supercomputer. Impressively, Rogers understood the joke, meaning global thermonuclear war has been on his mind for some time.

Creator Cameo

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Marvel had weathered a few attacks in the past of not giving proper credit to the creators and writers of the comics being adapted. But that is most certainly not the case with The Winter Soldier. When directors Joe and Anthony Russo first signed on for the film, one of their first orders of business was a face-to-face meeting with Ed Brubaker, the author of the original “Winter Soldier” comic book series.

But their reverence didn’t stop there, as viewers will notice a goatee’d, bespectacled technician brainwashing the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in the bowels of S.H.I.E.L.D.. That’s Brubaker, in the flesh, getting a chance to see his creation brought to life from the front row.

Director on the Set

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Directors Anthony and Joe Russo didn’t limit their work to that done behind the camera, but in front of the lens as well. Viewers will notice that the doctor coming to Widow’s aid in Nick Fury’s underground “cave” is none other than Joe Russo himself. We’re still waiting to see if his brother Anthony managed to do the same at another point in the film.

Senator Stern

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As evidence of just how successfully HYDRA has infiltrated the American government, Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) makes a second appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after previously attempting to acquire the Iron Man armor from Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, and being forced to pin a medal to Stark’s chest in the closing scenes. Now, his antagonizing makes a bit more sense.

It’s unclear if Stern’s whisper of ‘Hail HYDRA’ is a sign that he is one of the group’s longtime members, or simply one that has been brought into the fold (since it seems a bit on-the-nose for such a secretive organization). Hopefully it’s the latter, but either way, fans now know that it wasn’t the US Army seeking to use “the Iron Man weapon” for their purposes, but rather the remnant’s of Red Skull’s forces.

Sits Well, Drops Names

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When Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernandez) is being given a (brief) rooftop interrogation by Cap, Falcon and Widow, he reveals HYDRA’s plan to target and eliminate all men and women who could one day pose a threat to their organization. Among the likes of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, Sitwell also refers to Stephen Strange. The name drop sticks out like a sore thumb to anyone even remotely familiar with the comics, as Doctor Strange is a pivotal character in Marvel’s supernatural realm.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has maintained that Doctor Strange is one of his personal top priorities, but we would recommend fans don’t put too much into this mention, and take it as the continuing promise to get to the ‘Sorcerer Supreme’ adapted that it likely is.

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Stephen Strange isn’t the only character alluded to in Sitwell’s rambling, making mention of “a valedictorian in Iowa City” and a man located in Cairo, Egypt. It could be assumed that these are mentioned to show that S.H.I.E.L.D. (and HYDRA) have eyes around the globe, but Marvel fans know that whatever the context, mentioning Cairo alongside the heroes of the comic book universe points to only one man: Moon Knight.

A former mercenary transformed into the Egyptian Moon-god’s physical avatar, Marc Spector would go on to become a vengeful spirit, referred to many within the comic book community as ‘Batman… with issues.’ There were rumors some years ago that a Moon Knight TV series was being developed, so it’s possible that this could simply be a vague reference to a character fans were already robbed of. But with Doctor Strange mentioned in the same breath, it could certainly be more.

Stan Lee Cameo

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As Marvel fans have come to expect, comic book creator Stan Lee once again makes a cameo appearance as a night security guard at the Smithsonian who is only hours away from looking for a new job. It could be argued that given the fame and influence of the comic book characters he created, there may one day be a wing-sized exhibit at the Smithsonian dedicated to Lee himself. So hopefully allowing Captain America to steal his suit (back) can be forgiven.

Community Alums

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There was a time when it seemed like the Russo brothers may not be the only Community alums involved with the Captain America franchise. But even if Alison Brie fell out of contention for the role of Agent 13, that didn’t mean the directors couldn’t include at least some of their usual cohorts – namely Danny Pudi, Community‘s Abed Nadir who appears as a S.H.I.E.L.D. tech prior to Cap’s assault on the organization’s hub (D.C. Pierson, the Apple Store employee has also appeared in both credited and uncredited roles on the NBC series as well).

Avengers Tower

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With Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) explicitly stated to be a target of HYDRA, it’s no surprise to see him targeted by Project Insight’s weapons system. But when ‘Anthony Stark’ is found, an image is displayed of what appear to be Stark Tower in downtown New York City, still sporting the ‘A’ from the aftermath of The Avengers‘ Chitauri invasion.

But according to the directors, this is not Stark Tower being shown, but the fully-fledged Avengers Tower from the comic books. We don’t know who would be living in it at the time of the film to make it live up to its name, but this is technically the first fans have seen of the location on film.


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It was heavily implied that Captain America’s allies would become foes when Frank Grillo was cast as Brock Rumlow a.k.a. Crossbones, a hired gun in the comic canon. Although moviegoers never got to see Crossbones’ signature mask or contract killing on display in The Winter Soldier, the directors left the doors wide open for future appearances.

Specifically, the film left Rumlow with significant facial scarring, and one heck of a grudge. Much focus is placed on the crossed straps alluding to his ‘crossbones’ moniker, and it’s possible that the scars will necessitate his signature mask, should Rumlow surface in future films.

The Carters

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Fan speculation spun out of control when the word broke that Emily VanCamp had landed the role of Agent 13, the longtime professional and romantic partner to Captain America. While her role was kept to a minimum in The Winter Soldier, Widow made a point of telling Steve Rogers her real name: Sharon. But what wasn’t revealed was that she is, in fact, Sharon Carter – niece of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).

It’s easy to see why learning that his neighbor and potential love interest is the niece of his former love might be something Cap needs time to digest – but it’s certainly something that he’ll have to deal with, sooner or later. Especially if Agent 13 starts leaping into battle alongside he and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agents.

Ezekiel 25: 17

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Nick Fury’s death may all been a distraction, but it was also a brilliant opportunity to pay homage to one of Samuel L. Jackson’s most iconic roles. So when Steve Rogers is shown visiting the “grave” of Fury, his headstone bears a single epitaph: “‘The path of the righteous man,’ – Ezekiel 25:17.”

Jackson fans will recognize the passage as the same one spoken by Jules Winnfield, the hired gun featured in Pulp Fiction (1994). It’s one reference that may go largely unnoticed by the uninitiated, but is impossible to miss for fans of that actor’s eclectic resume.

Wolfgang von Strucker

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The first half of Winter Soldier‘s mid- and post-credits sequences is not just a pleasure for fans of the Captain America comics, but may have massive implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The scene shows that the death of HYDRA’s head still has only resulted in two more taking its place; specifically, the work conducted under the leadership of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann).

How large a role Strucker will play in the future films is unclear, but an actor of Kretschmann’s talent is sure to be sought after for more than a mid-credits scene. And even if Strucker is absent from sequels, his experiments certainly won’t be…

Gifted Twins

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Also revealed in the film’s post-credits sequence is a direct tie-in to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the first appearances of both the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The two characters will be playing a significant role in at least one Avengers film, but the reality-bending powers exhibited by Scarlet Witch in both the comics and the brief scene hold serious ramifications for all realms of the movie universe.

Hopefully the troubled siblings will gain a better hold on their mental health before they’re entrusted with the responsibility of saving the day, but we’re just as interested to see how they’ll escape from Strucker’s grip. For a full analysis of the ramifications of these short sequences, be sure to read through our Winter Soldier end credits scene explanation.


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Those are all the easter eggs, bits of comic book trivia, and subtle references fans can look out for on repeat viewings, but if you have any that have been missed, please share them in the comments.


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  1. FYI – Cap’s list for the Latin American release:

    Chilean Miners’ Rescue
    Maradona’s Hand of God
    Neri Vela (1st Mexican Astronaut)
    Octavio Paz (Nobel Winner)

    I think the next five are the same for all releases (Thai Food, Star Wars/Trek, etc.)

  2. Is the third picture on the wall with Tony Stark’s Dad and Peggy Carter Tommy Lee Jones?

    • Yep. He was also in Capt. America 1.

  3. when Arnim tells the captain and the widow about the hydra’s actions during the last decades, the image of hugo chavez, one of the worst evils that latin america has suffered over the last decade shows

    • Dude!! i don’t remember was there an image of Hugo Chavez in that scene? I got to see the movie again.

      • I saw the movie at the theater. In Venezuela. And never saw a clipse of Chavez face. I saw the blu ray version last night and there was no Chávez again. I think that online video of Chávez on youtube is forged. A fake. We know how cuban intelligence works. Cut off one head, two more shall take its place.

        • I saw the movie in the cinema in the UK. 5 times. Chavez was most definitely there, but it seems to have been edited out in the blu ray version. On the one hand I don’t like it when they edit the movies for home release, on the other I’m glad I don’t have to suffer that bastard’s ugly face on one of my favorite movies.
          And for the record, I’m Venezuelan.

          • I’m glad they removed it for home media. Chavez absolutely does not deserve to be insulted like that. Then again, the movie was written by a libertarian nutjob.

  4. As much as I would love to see Moon Knight on screen, the Egypt reference might not be him. He was never in Cairo, or Egypt for that matter. His origin story is set in Sudan.

    • Maybe but his powers do come from an egyptian god. Also, it would be best for Marvel to simply change his origin to Egypt. Otherwise things might be a little too confusing for the masses, as Marvel would have to educate people as to why an egyptian tomb would be found in Sudan, and I just don’t think there’s room for such convoluted historical details in a cinematographic origin story.

        • True. However, when you think “Marvel + Egypt,” the one character that comes to mind first and foremost is Moon Knight. Also, considering Marvel is currently expanding their ground-level roster with the Netflix shows, seeing Moon Knight show up in a second batch of shows is a strong possibility. Anyway, as of now this is all speculation.

        • Considering Apocalypse is featured at the end of X-Men Days of Futures Past and the title for the next xmen is X-Men Apocalypse, I assumed it was a reference to Apocalypse as well. The first time I saw it I didn’t, since the mutant story lines and superhero story lines have been kept mostly separate… At least until the mid credits scene of this film. Who knows.

          • The issue with it being anything mutant is that Fox and the core MCU don’t play well with their properties. Sure we get Spider now on loan from Sony, but I don’t see Fox eagerly loaning out more mutants to the core MCU. They can’t even call Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch proper mutants.

  5. When Cap reminisces about training at Camp Lehigh as his skinny self, doesn’t that contradict the fact that he was rejected all the times he tried to enlist before being picked for the super soldier program?

    • In the first movie, he was enlisted and already training before he learned he was to be chosen for the Super Soldier Program. So he was “skinny rogers” for a while, before getting the Super Soldier serum

  6. “The Avengers did a good job of implying that there was more between Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow than a love of their country, and comic book fans know that the pair have long been romantically linked.”

    Do you perhaps mean: “Comic books fans know that the Black Widow has long been using Clint Barton’s infatuation with her into manipulation him to steal things for her while she continues her on again, off again, romance with Matt Murdock?”

    If you’re going to post what we comic fans know, maybe you should make sure to know what we know.

  7. When Zola starts mentioning the people Hydra has already killed, Howard Stark’ picture pops up, right before Nick Fury’, who they think is dead.

  8. The Australian List from the start of the movie had ‘Skippy the Bush kangaroo’ listed which made many an Aussie crack a smile! There were also Tim Tams! But the Star Wars/Trek was the same.

  9. Super nerdy that I know this, BUT the “valedictorian in Iowa City” could be a reference to Jack Monroe, aka Nomad.
    In the comics, after the original Cap and Bucky seemingly died in WWII, a teacher named William Burnside and his student Jack Monroe took up the mantles of Cap and Bucky, respectively, to fight the communists in the 1950s.
    Jack grew up in a town in Iowa with abusive parents that were Nazi sympathizers. When the Monroe family was found out, the FBI took the parents into custody and Jack was sent to New York and attended the Lee School where he was taught by Burnside. When Red Skull attacked the U.N., the two took a faux-super soldier serum Burnside had made and defeated him. They had various adventures together until that serum they took started to backfire and made the go crazy. The government put them in cryogenic suspension, but they frequently broke out and gave Cap trouble. Eventually, Jack was rehabilitated and the real Cap took him in as a sidekick for a while under the name Nomad.
    Things didn’t go so well for Jack after that, but those are the basics and possibly the explanation behind the “valedictorian in Iowa City.”

  10. Watergate apartments shown in aerial shot just following Robert Redford scene, referencing “All The President’s Men”.

    • Other Redford reference: the room that the Winter Soldier is being mind wiped in is a safe deposit vault, which could be a reference to Redford’s heist caper “The Hot Rock”. I was hoping he would say “Afghanistan Bananistan”, which was the code word Redford used to hypnotize the safe deposit clerk, but that might have been too much.

  11. When jasper Sitwell is babbling on about zola’s algorithm he mentions the SAT’s which I believe was a reference to the movie ‘The Perfect Score’ featuring scarlett johansson and Chris Evans as the main cast

  12. Not sure if this counts, but when Fury and Hill are explaining their plan, Fury mentions that the drug he used to slow his heart to 1 bum was invented by Bruce Banner, but it didn’t work for him. He’s using a prototype cure for the Hulk!

  13. Top gun reference: negative, the pattern is full

  14. Fury tells Cap that the satellites can read a terrorist DNA before he steps outside his “SPIDER” hole. Anything to this statement?

  15. Anyone else notice that when it flashed back to Bucky being experimented, that when it shows him being frozen that someone’s frozen hand actually freezes him who would that be ????

    • Pretty sure that’s Buckys arm reaching out and he’s looking at his reflection.

  16. I think Crossbones will appear in Captain America 3 where he will assassinate cap and bucky becomes the new captain america

  17. if you look at the exact moment where it shows the avengers tower on the targets acquired list on the insight helicarriers, Tony Starks face is shown on the right. Which proves that it’s him in either the Stark Tower or the Avengers tower!

  18. I didn’t see anyone mention this yet… in the mid-credits teaser with Von Strucker, did you notice that they paid particular attention to his hands? The scene opens with a close-up of his hands clasped behind his back. I thought this was strange at first until I realized that he didn’t have his Satan’s Claw. So I wonder if he’ll get it or use it in AOU or otherwise need it later (i.e., he loses part of his hand). In the comics, it’s just an amplifying gauntlet, though.

    Something to look forward to…

  19. When the Winter Soldier kills the pilot, rips the window off, and takes off in the aircraft(about 1h45m in), the number on the side of the plane is 42, a tribute to Douglas Adams’, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

  20. “You may fire when ready”. Star Wars reference. Also the helecarrier captain kind of looks like the death star commander

  21. In the post credit scene with Von Strucker we see a Hyrdra weapon (rifle) that looks exactly the same as the rifle being wielded by the unknown female character in the Avengers 2 trailer. Who could this be?

  22. Why am I the only one who cares to notice TWO shields for cap in this movie? And no, it’s not a quick paint job from silver and blue to red white and blue. This is easily the biggest either plot hole or Easter egg. First reference to more vibranium, Wakanda and BLACK PANTHER! C’MON PEOPLE!

    • I noticed that also, but thought that possibly there were two shields – one each for tactical and garrison environments. But, who knows?

      • It’s all there in the movie. Cap keeps his old WWII shield at home so S.H.I.E.L.D. must have issued him the grey one for missions.

        Also, it sort of makes sense from a technology perspective. Cap’s original shield (According to Howard Stark) is 100% unalloyed vibranium. Cap’s grey shield is probably some sort of “improved alloy” developed in the last 60 years – possibly vibranium mixed with adamantium because it can be held in place by a magnet built into Cap’s suit.

        I have to watch the movie again to see where cap “loses” the grey shield but I’m pretty sure its in there.

  23. So who is thd valedictorian?

    • For some reason, my money’s on Amadeus Cho.