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

Published 5 months 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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Crossbones

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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Conclusion

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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. Awesome list! I absolutely loved this movie and am planning to see it again!

    • Thanks! Same here. Going to see how Cap and Widow react when Sitwell drops that ‘SATs’ line (see: The Score). ;)

  2. Just leaving a quick comment to note that in the UK, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will now open two days early on April 16th. Didn’t think it was newsworthy enough to send in since the May 2nd date hasn’t changed for US release.

    Anyway, now to read this article….

  3. You miss dr strange name when captain america intergorate jasper on the roof..
    He does said name like banner, stark etc but strange is a big one for the upcoming movie!

    • He didn’t miss Dr.Strange….read the bloody article

  4. Stern didn’t appear in Iron Man 3, the scene you’re alluding to was the closing of Iron Man 2.

    • Yep yep, fixed. Guess it was my desire to see him in IM3 talking… :’(

      • The article still says “third appearance” when it was Shandling’s second appearance.

        And a great appearance it was. The bit about his bad knee was hilarious. And when he whispered “Hail Hydra” I almost lost it – first, now we know Sitwell is bad, and we know just how far the corruption has spread.

        While the Nazi’s would have yelled “hail Hydra!” proudly with their double arm salute, having an American senator smile, hug, and whisper it makes it sound so much more sinister.

        • Agreed – that was certainly a chilling comment especially with the deep water politics of the movie. Targeted Kill Lists, Preemtive Warfare/Assassinations, Terrorism etc.

  5. Have to admit, I knew about the notebook stuff because Empire posted images of the various regional versions on their website and Facebook page a few days after UK release but what isn’t mentioned here is the “blink and you’ll miss them” images and names when HYDRA started to pick out targets before the Helicarriers were stopped.

    My brother noticed Stark’s image, I wonder if anyone will be able to capture that scene and freeze frame at parts to see if any other pictures and names come up?

    • Yup, I would like to see that freeze frame to. I’m trying to confirm the P. Parker rumour.

      • Yeah, that’s going to be the first scene people skip to when readable copies start being released.

        • I can confirm that in the Avengers Tower, there was the name “Anthony Stark.” How can I confirm this? Well, I saw the movie three times (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and each time, I made it my goal to read as many names as possible. Of course, the only name I could make out, out of all of them, was “Anthony Stark.”

          • I spoke to my brother as we walked out of the screening and when he saw Tony, I noticed someone called Adam I think, it flew by too quickly to really register.

          • You are talking about the part where the targets are being located on the Insight Helicarriers right? If so then yes, that is correct. I wanted to see ALL the names so badly…also when it is showing the random people as the targets I spotted a few easter-eggs too. I can’t remember what they were but they were awesome.

  6. I just checked, and Garry Shandling as Senator Stern wasn’t in Iron Man 3, he was just in Iron Man 2. The end scene of Iron Man 2 was him giving the medals to Tony Stark.

  7. **COMIC SPOILERS** Say, Dyce, During the wrap-up montage we’re shown Sharon Carter at a gun range hitting the ‘heart’ of a target with pretty insane accuracy – this might be hinting at the eventual onscreen death of Steve Rogers since in the comics, after the Civil War, Sharon Carter was the one who shot him (in the heart) when she was brainwashed. Might be worth mentioning since it was during Ed Brubaker’s run and led to Bucky taking up the Shield for a while, which seems almost like a definite at this point with Evans stepping down soon

    • That thought crossed my mind too (would have been even better if she was standing with the gun pressed directly up against the target). And with SHIELD gone, the scene seems primed for the US government to make a public stand on superpowers…Civil War down the line?

      • There’s a lot of rights issues with some key characters from the Civil War storyline though, right? I feel like if they did a Civil War film with the characters that Disney already owns they’d really undercut the potential for how cool the thing could be. Maybe they’ll kill Rogers in Age of Ultron or maybe Cap 3 will be the official Death of Captain America adaptation and will deal with the aftermath of Ultron and be something similar to Civil War(we can probably predict this by how many films remain in Evan’s contract).

        I mean by the time Age of Ultron happens it’s like what, the 4th major world disaster in the Cinematic Universe? What’s the breaking point for the world governments? hahah

        • During Civil War the X-men (except for kinda Wolverine) stayed neutral.

          Spider-man was pretty integral.

          The only other main person that MCU doesn’t have rights to is Mr. Fantastic.

          Either way, there are many many characters that were integral and MCU owns their rights…

          • Plus people have to remember, they don’t want to make panel-by-panel remakes of the comics, as we saw with the brilliance of The Mandarin twist in IM3 and the changes from the original Winter Soldier story for Cap 2.

            They could easily substitute some integral characters and only the comic book fans will notice.

            • brilliance??

              They promoted the Mandarin as a villain.

              Turns out, we haven’t even met the Mandarin.

              That my friend, is a cop-out.

              But it was a decent movie.

              • Guy Pearce was the Mandarin…?

                • Cmon..you know what I meant.. The movie was sold to us as iron man up against the Mandarin..right..?

                  And the movie didn’t have a Mandarin.

                  That’s what I meant. We haven’t even met the guy…yet sir ben was sold to us as mandarin…and guy pierce does shout that he’s the mandarin. (“You said you wanted the Mandarin, You’re looking right at him”)
                  And neither of them are.

                  So..that’s kind of a cop-out/mess. Two people claiming to be mandarin, kingsly publicly and guy pierce…for some unexplained reason as marvel most likely changed their mind for the one-shot.

                  However..it was a decent movie.

                  • In the Thor: the dark world DVD there is a mini feature with Kingsly in prison, and the seven rings show up. Its worth a watch.

                    • Umm… seven? What happened to the 3 others?

            • You’re right, people always forget that the MCU has switched things up quite a bit already, so no reason we should expect a page for page recreation of any event comic like Civil War or the Infinity Gauntlet.

              Especially once we get the street-level heroes in play, there will start to be quite a few characters to choose sides.

              Still, if they decide to kill Cap in Cap 3 and bring him back for Avengers 3, how does the Civil War fit in? They might not kill him, but it seems like there’s a good setup for it.

  8. Senator Stern has only appeared twice. Both of those scenes were from Iron Man 2 (The court scene and the medal pinning scene). Cap 2 is Shandling’s second appearance in the MCU.

  9. Garry Shandling, AKA Senator Stern, is forced to give Tony Stark the medal at the end of Iron Man 2, not Iron Man 3.

    • Haha jeez guys, you are eagle-eyed! ;)

  10. german version of the film has “OKTOBERFEST” on the notebook list

    • the Florida version of the film says “Gasparilla Day” on the notebook list

      • The “Utah” version of the list had “The Osmonds and Gary Coleman killed by Mormom Wife”

  11. did anyone happen to catch any names (other than Stark) when the targeting system went online and started seeking out threats to HYDRA?

    • I didn’t catch it, but another poster pointed out “Michael Korvac”.

    • Man I saw so many! It was really annoying they didn’t let it on for a few screens longer. I saw lots of Marvel references. Some may not mean anything though. Awesome movie btw. Definitely one of Marvel’s best. Only problem was Black Widow. Her character actions and personality has changed drastically from IM2…

  12. Wow, you guys really did your homework because of these I had no clue about. I was only excited for the reference Jasper Sitwell made about Dr. Strange. I’m very excited to see how they adapt that storyline on screen and it would be even better to see Nick Fury in a post credits scene approaching Strange for a “team up” LOL.

  13. When the ships/algorithim were targeting people, in the upper right corner of the screen were photos of individuals being targeted. Tony Stark was one of them…

    I made a point to look at the photos during my second viewing even though they were going quick.

    Not sure if its an easter egg but Agent 13 was at the shooting range and was an excellent marksman. This could be alluding to her possible involvement in Caps assassination.

  14. Loki’s staff was in it and could hold the key to bringing back Red Skull.

    • My friend and I believe that Loki’s scepter is holding the mind gem he could control people’s minds in te avengers. THAT WOULD GIVE US 3 gems so far. Space(teseract) mind(avengers), and power (aether,Thor 2). Three more to go

      • The tesseract is not the space gem, it is the cosmic cube.

        • http://geektyrant.com/news/kevin-feige-discusses-infinity-gems-in-marvels-movie-universe

          “he mid-credit’s sequence for Thor: The Dark World featured Sif and Volstagg handing over an Infinity Gem to The Collector, who is a main character in the upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy. In a recent interview with CraveOnline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says that both the Tesseract and the Aether are Infinity Gems. When asked which gem they represent he revealed that they represent he revealed,

          “I don’t know when we’ll actually divulge that necessarily, but it’s the Space stone.”

          So if the Tesseract is Space, that leaves us with the Soul, Time, Mind, Reality and Power stones. When asked if the gems would be the focus of Guardians of the Galaxy, or if it would play throughout the third Phase of Marvel’s plan he said,”

          tesseract is space gem

          • Tesseract = Space Gem
            Aether = Power Gem
            Guardians of the Galaxy = Time Gem (Why Starlord is trying to steal it in the trailer. To get back to the 80′s where he comes from.)
            Dr. Strange = Soul Gem (Just makes sense).
            Avengers 2 = Reality Gem (Could provide an explanation for Scarlett Witches “probability” powers or enhancing them.
            Thor 3 = Mind Gem (Enchantress anyone…)
            Avengers 3 = Infinity Gauntlet

  15. Nothing about how HYDRA killed Howard and Maria Stark using The Winter Soldier and made it look like a car wreck?

    • Not really an Easter egg though because it’s stated in the plot.

      • Yeah, that was our thinking as well. Certainly changes things, but is outright stated.

        • Valid point. Wasn’t so much stated specifically though. Zola talks about taking out high profile targets that threatened HYDRA’s infiltration and as he was saying it, shots of papers talking about Howard’s death are shown.

          • Given that Stane also took credit for cutting their brakes… Could he have been a HYDRA man as well?

  16. French version of the notebook list has “france 98″ (soccer), and “louis de funes”

  17. The senator pinning the medal on stark was in IM2 not IM3….other than that good Easter egg catches by you guys!

  18. I could be grasping at straws here, but there was definitely one scene in the film where they were talking about Zola’s algorithm ‘evolving’ (or something along those lines). I haven’t seen this come up on many message boards or news outlets, but to me this seemed to be a very clear reference to Ultron. I could be wrong, but did anyone else pick up on that?

    • Also, I saw a fan theory recently that during one of the helicarrier bridge scenes in Avengers, the device that Tony used to hack into SHIELD could partially explain the origins of Ultron. Basically it would be an early sentient AI (not Jarvis) that gained access to all of SHIELD’s (and technically Hydra’s) secrets. Food for thought.

    • Good call.

      Remember how the US military tried to make their own Iron Man tech and failed, with Justin Hammer being embarrassed by it during the court scene in IM2 and Stern demanding that Stark gives them his secrets?

      Maybe Ultron is a spare suit from those tests that downloaded the HYDRA/SHIELD info into itself too?

      • Not bad Dazz, would be nice to bring Hammer back into the fold (aside from the brief cameo in All Hail the King). Something still doesn’t quite sit right that Stark is the inventor of Ultron, I’m sure we’ll get a better explanation next year but I’d like it to be a little bit more complicated than a rogue Jarvis.

        • Maybe that rogue JARVIS only happens because someone at HYDRA noticed the code after Stark put it in to see what SHIELD were up to in The Avengers and decide to corrupt it for their own ends in the hope they learn more about Stark himself and his own tech too?

          • Good theories. Any one of them would work. I especially like the Jarvis/Shield one. I have a theory also after watching Cap 2:

            When Cap and BW are in the bunker talking to Sola and are getting ready to escape, they clearly show, and I forget who, pull out the flash drive. Maybe Sola embeds himself onto the flash drive hoping to save himself as well. In Avengers: AOU maybe upon finding out that Hydra killed his parents, Tony tries to access the hard drive, since all of his brain/memories would be on it, and Sola corrupts or merges with Jarvis and steals one of Tony’s suits. Maybe a new self healing prototype?

            • AIM and HAMMER Industries had access to Iron Patriot and War Machine respectively.
              Now Hydra has access to Zola’s algorithm via USB transfer and the power of Loki’s scepter to fuel it.
              Toss in a little bionics via the Winter Soldier and you have one nasty killing machine.
              Stark created it only because his tech was stolen and used as as underframe to bring it all together.
              Oh, I almost forgot, Tony left about 3 dozen suits worth of blown up tech at the shipyard in IM3 for people to look through.

              • Yes! I would love to see a little backround as to how Hydra created that bionic arm over the last 40 years or was it a new addition since finding Starks tech? Also, I think Loki’s scepter contains the “Soul Gem”. He uses it to control people. In Avengers 1, Hawkeye says to BW, when he’s in the healing room, after she knocks him out, “have you ever had someone pull your brain out and play,…pull you out and stuff someone else in?”. Soul Gem capabilities. They said in Thor 2 credit scenes that it’s better to keep all the gems separate.
                Space Gem: The Teseract. Which has the power, among other things, to open portals through space and time. Is now in Asgard.
                Power Gem: The Aether as in Thor 2. The power to, among other things, enhance a beings powers to super human capabilities. The collector now has it.
                Soul Gem: Loki’s Scepter. The power to steal, manipulate,and alter souls.Is now on Earth.
                3 more to go and a crazy ass build up to what is to come…. Major geek out!

                • One of the remaining two gems will surely be a main point in Guardians of the Galaxy.

                  • it is

                • If anything it would be the Mind gem, but being the mind gem contradicts the prior statements that the scepter is powered by the Tesseract.

                • The Tessaract is back in Asgard… where Loki is now in power pretending to be Odin. Has Loki now finished his task and delivered the Tessaract to Thanos. What has Thanos given in return? He promised ruling the earth, did he not, in Avengers.
                  Does Loki still play a part in the next Avengers movie?
                  Can the Soul gem give the inanimate life (Ultron, Vision)?
                  Does Loki use Ultron to rule the Earthlings?

                • The Tesseract is not the space gem. The Tesseract is the Cosmic Cube.

    • I agree. This is what I was thinking. It would be interesting to see the algorithm that makes up zolo be downloaded from all those old data banks onto a nice new flash drive, and viola! Zolo meets the internet and evolves. Funny how a very accessible hub of some sort was already connected to zolo’s main comp, meaning someone already took zolo before the missiles struck. Ultron is born

    • I’m thinkining the algorithm is going to be “the clairvoyant” from shield.

      • oh that’d be a great tie in, then let Coulsons crew be the start of Fury’s Secret Warriors?

      • The algorithm they were talking about was the Insight Protocol that enabled the ships to target all potential HYDRA threats.

        But the thing that’s got me thinking is… another word for ‘Insight’ is… ‘Vision’.

        • This is the best detective work I’ve seen in ages. I kept hoping they were going to turn Agent Coulson into Vision, which makes sense only if you follow Agents of Shield. Until the blue alien showed up I was convinced the Coulson that was ‘alive’ was a LMD.

    • I thought that the algorithm is the actual clairvoyant they’ve been after in AoS.

  19. pity Wu-Tang Clan and View Askew Universe didnt make his list =P

    • His notebook references were only meant for things that are good and relevant. ;)

  20. Latin american version included Shakira and Octavio Paz.

  21. I also read in another article there was a mention of USAgent. Did anyone else catch that?

    • Definitely not. Any more details?

      • No. I missed any mention of him in the movie. I was hoping someone could confirm what another poster had claimed.

    • Not sure how they will pull off a character named ‘Johnny Walker’ or his alias ‘Jack Daniels’. Not sure how Marvel didn’t get sued in the first place!

  22. I read from another site were at some point theres a poster thats says “Coulson Lives!” or something of that nature.

  23. Not to be too nerdy but I’d like to add that Sharon is the niece of Peggy, not daughter. Its slightly less weird that way.

    • Actually, Sharon was originally the younger sister of Peggy, then retconned to be her niece. Since Cap was unfrozen “ten years ago” in perpetuity, she’ll eventually wind up being her great niece.

  24. President Ellis (of Iron Man 3 fame) is mentioned twice in the film that I can recall – his name is printed in the Smithsonian exhibit next to a quote and his name also shows up as an Insight target in the White House.

    I thought it was the President narrating that exhibit but it turns out it was Gary Sinise.

  25. The end of Winter Soldier opens up the potential for Black Panther to FINALLY appear in a Marvel Studios. Sam Wilson is going to need another pair of wings, and who better to supply them than the very person who built them for him in the comics…?

    MAKE MINE T’CHALLA!!

    • Could be a stretch, but I thought the slow-mo image of Cap falling into the water with Bucky up on an exploding piece of aircraft (hellicarrier) was meant to mirror the iconic scene in the comics of Bucky’s “death” on the exploding bomb drone and Cap falling into the icy waters where he was frozen.

      • I thought that too. Good catch.

    • What about Cap’s Shield? it fell in the water. In the comics, Vibranium is in Wakanda..
      Cap needs new shield.

    • I think Stark built Falcon’s wings in the movies. I thought I saw a Stark logo on them, plus they were US military and Stark is the top military supplier.

  26. Don’t suppose anyone will care, but Cap’s regionally adjusted list reminds me of the List Song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado (a list of people who, if executed, would not be missed), which has traditionally been revised to make the list relevant to the time and place of the work’s performance.

  27. How many outfits of captain America was in this movie?

    • Two.

      Secret Avengers suit for most of it and he stole his old 1940s suit when he found out SHIELD had been corrupted from the inside by HYDRA.

      You’ve asked this several times before, if the film’s not out where you live, maybe have some patience. It’s not really that important anyway, knowing how many outfits he changes into.

      • Cap’s 1940s suit (vs anything else that he might have worn) also had the advantage of being the exact iconic uniform that Bucky would most recall seeing his friend Steve wear during their SSR missions in WWII.

  28. Sharon also talks about her aunt, and references something about her stories or her memory or something along those lines, when she and Steve are talking in the hall.

  29. I think another actor from community was also in the movie. The shield employee held at gunpoint and refusing to launch insight seems to be city colleges star debater Simmons

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