I know, I know, we said we were doing a week-long of coverage on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but I didn't quite fit it all in, so today we are going to truly finish off Winter Soldier Week by enjoying some of the little Marvel gems we love to talk about.
Like any good Marvel film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was filled with easter eggs, cameos, and nods to the fans. Today we are going to take a quick look at the numerous moments fans of Marvel Studios have come to love over the last few years.
Obviously the potentially biggest easter eggs are the ones we can’t painfully analyze for hours yet, at least until the home release of the film. During the finale of the film we see Project Insight kick into full effect and start listing hundreds of targets, all possible threats to Hydra. Those screens are sure to be filled with interesting names and nods to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including potential clues as to the future phases.
Which brings us to our first easter egg, which includes Tony Stark and Avengers Tower. During the targeting scene, when the computer algorithm zeroes in on Tony Stark, we see he is located in New York at Avengers Tower, which we saw the beginning of at the conclusion of The Avengers.
Another target we saw quickly show up was located in Cairo, which had more than a few fans thinking of possible connections to the superhero Moon Knight, whose origin story begins in Egypt. This might just be wishful thinking, since we have wanted Moon Knight in the MCU for a while, but it could be a possible clue as to other Marvel heroes making their way to film in the next few years.
We previously discussed Arnim Zola, whose new digital state could definitely be considered as a comic reference. Zola created the algorithm that produced more than a few easter eggs, including the namedrop heard ’round the theater, Stephen Strange. We’ve known for a while that Marvel and Kevin Feige have been planning to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen. but this marked the first official connection to the MCU, and teases his possible arrival in phase three.
We’ve also previously discussed the mid-credits scene featuring Baron Strucker and “the twins,” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. That obviously leads us into Avengers: Age of Ultron, and serves as their first introduction to the MCU.
During the opening fight scene of The Winter Soldier, Captain America and Batroc the Leaper square off aboard a S..H.I.E.L.D. ship. That ship is called the Lemurian Star, which is a comic reference to Lemuria, an underwater society similar to Atlantis, which is of course where Namor the Sub-Mariner rules. It’s not enough to assume Namor might appear soon, considering his film rights exist away from Marvel Studios, but it’s still a nice nod to the greater world of Marvel.
The finale of the movie provided a very interesting easter egg, as we saw our heroes standing at the gravestone of Nick Fury, which read:
The path of the righteous man: Ezekiel 25: 17
This is a reference to Samuel L. Jackson’s iconic speech as Jules Winnfield from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which caused more than a few chuckles in the theater.
Black Widow also sported a small easter egg for part of the film, as she was wearing a necklace with an arrow on it. This is obviously in reference to her relationship with Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye, who we won’t see again until Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Finally, let’s talk about a few cameos we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Stan Lee made his required appearance as a security guard at the Smithsonian who is probably going to get fired. We also saw a quick cameo by Ed Brubaker, creator of The Winter Soldier and one of the most celebrated Cap writers in recent years. He appeared as a doctor in the room where the Winter Soldier was being kept.
We saw a cameo from director Joe Russo as well, which makes us assume Anthony made an appearance as well, though we couldn’t see him. Fans of other Russo projects, particularly Community couldn’t help but notice the cameo by Danny Pudi, who plays Abed on the NBC comedy. The Apple guy who admired Steve Rogers glasses was played by DC Pierson, who appears frequently on Community, as well as in the new viral Adam Scott and Alison Brie Smirnoff video.
That officially wraps up our look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This time we mean it.
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