I was going to review Captain America: The Winter’s Soldier, but D-Rock pretty much gave it the same positive review I was going to give it. It might be the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s movies to date. However, I do want to write on it so here it this …
A SPOILERIFIC look at the Easter eggs and some explanations to those non-comic book readers in the audience.
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10 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Easter Eggs
In the movie, actor Frank Grillo played SHIELD agent Brock Rumlow. The name itself should have alerted the comic book readers to his identity, which might have spoiled the moment where he led the SHIELD agents in an attack on Captain America in the elevator. Well, in the comics Brock Rumlow is the Captain America villain Crossbones and he is the man who carried out the assassination of Captain America from the Civil War storyline. As you saw in the end of the movie, Rumlow survived but was burned severely, which should lead to him putting on the mask in the future.
2. Batroc the Leaper
A second villain was the hijacker at the beginning that Nick Fury hired to capture the SHIELD boat, so Fury could steal the HYDRA plans. The mercenary hired to do this was Batroc the Leaper, one of Captain America’s greatest enemies – portrayed in the movie by UFC star Georges St. Pierre.
3. Agent 13
The doctor neighbor of Captain America that Black Widow kept trying to get him to ask out – the one who turned out to be a SHIELD agent keeping an eye on him – is Sharon Carter. For those who don’t read comics, Sharon Carter is Steve Rogers’ longest standing on again-off again girlfriend. In the comics, she is also the niece of Peggy Carter, Steve’s World War II girl (the old woman with dementia in this new movie).
4. Baron Von Strucker
In the first post-credits scene, the man talking about SHIELD and HYDRA being two sides of the same coin is Baron Von Strucker, the villain who created HYDRA in the comics alongside The Red Skull. He was portrayed by Thomas Kretschmann, who will also appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron and has a multi-picture deal with Marvel, meaning he will be a major villain down the line.
5. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
Of course, the twins that he was keeping in the room were two of the new Avengers in the next movie, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. In the comics, they are Magneto’s kids but Marvel can’t use that information or the fact they are Mutants (they were called Miracles).
6. Nick Fury’s Tombstone
The tombstone for Nick Fury had “The path of the righteous man” on it, which is from Pulp Fiction and the line that Sam Jackson quoted in that movie.
7. Paul Newman cameo
Robert Redford and Paul Newman were friends and starred in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid together (as well as The Sting). That makes it cool that, inside of Redford’s fridge in the movie was a jar of Paul Newman’s spaghetti sauce.
8. Doctor Strange
In 2016, Marvel should be making a Doctor Strange movie. They hinted at that here. When they were talking about the names of the people that Arnim Zola should be targeted to kill, they mentioned Stephen Strange – who is Doctor Strange. They also mentioned Bruce Banner. Also, on the video screen, Tony Stark’s apartment is highlighted. Also, for those who don’t remember, Gary Shandling’s obnoxious senator from the first Iron Man movie was back here and proven to be a HYRDA supporter. It was a nice call back to that very first Marvel movie.
9. Ed Brubaker
The BEST Captain America comic book writer of our generation had a cameo in the movie as one of the scientists working on brainwashing The Winter Soldier. This is huge since Brubaker created The Winter Soldier.
10. The Final Post Credits Scene
A lot of people I talked to thought the last scene of Winter Soldier staring at the Bucky Barnes display in the Smithsonian was meaningless. I disagree. Chris Evans has a six-picture deal that should end after the third Avengers movie. Sebastian Stan, the actor who plays The Winter Soldier, has a nine-picture deal. I believe that his memory will return and he will take over the role of Captain America when Steve either dies or takes on a major government role in the future. In the comics, he took over when Steve died, and when Steve came back from the dead, he kept it as Steve became a black ops soldier in the Secret Avengers.
Did I miss any? Chime in the comments and let me know.