Remember when, after two and a half hours of super-hero action, the credits were your cue to leave (or at least hit the washroom)?
Of course, Disney/Marvel ruined all that. Before the first Iron Man movie, the only reason to hang for the credits was if you had a friend who was a Foley Mixer – and he was sitting next to you.
But that film’s post-credits scene gave us our introduction to Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s “Avengers initiative” (and gave “credit nerds” an opportunity to be obnoxious to us impatient folk).
Since then, you’ve had to sit through all 3,000 credits to get your first glimpse of Thor’s hammer, the first hint that the super-villain Thanos is a player behind a lot of what’s been going on, and the revelation that shawarma is awesome!
So, let’s talk “credit scenes” in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And as they say in the fan-boy universe, SPOILER ALERT!
Halfway through the credits, after HYDRA has apparently been dispatched from within the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D., we hear Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) assuring that that isn’t the case. And we meet two apparent prisoners of Hydra – Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and the telekinetic Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). They are the harbingers, Von Strucker intones, of “the age of miracles.”
We also see Loki’s sceptre, which could hint at his return in a future Marvel film.
And there is yet another credit-scene to come, as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) comes across a Captain America museum exhibit and realizes his pre-assassin identity as Cap’s pal Bucky. Is it a hint that Bucky will reclaim the role of hero? Or are they even prepping him to eventually take over the role of Captain America himself (as occurred in the comics)?
How should I know? They probably turned the projector back on a half-hour after I left and answered all these questions.
Prior to the closing credits, Marvel teased a Doctor Strange spinoff when it was revealed that HYDRA has targeted “Stephen Strange.”
It’s been rumoured, but not confirmed, that a film focusing on the Master of the Mystic Arts is to be part of Marvel’s Cinematic Phase Three.