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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Easter Eggs, Secrets, and Trivia

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Captain America The Winter Soldier Easter Eggs

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters this weekend to amazing fan reaction and rave reviews. Many are calling it Marvel’s best superhero movie ever. Personally I’m still partial to Avengers, but I have to admit, The Winter Soldier is a really close second.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the movie three times now and noticed a lot of amazing hidden secrets and Easter eggs throughout the entire film that the casual audience member may not at all recognize. The filmmakers did a tremendous job tying in past movies and hinting at upcoming ones. Here is a list of the really cool Winter Soldier Easter Eggs and Secrets.



If you have not seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, then some things will be spoiled. Only read if you could care less about spoilers or already seen the film.


Steve’s notebook is different depending on which country you see the movie in.

Captain America's To Do List

In the beginning of the movie, Steve Rogers is jogging around Washington D.C. when he meets Sam Wilson. They swap old war stories and Sam asks Steve how he adjusting. This leads to a conversation about Marvin Gaye so Steve tells him that he’ll put it on his list of things to do. But depending on what country you see the movie in, the list will vary. Above is the list if you see the movie in the United States. Below is the list if you see the movie in the UK. Notice the regional differences? I love that Steve has watched Star Wars before watching Star Trek. I guess because Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm now, they want their superheroe mascots to watch their own movies first.

Captain America Notebook To Do List UK


The head pirate on the Hijacked ship is Batroc the Leaper played by a UFC Champion.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Batroc The LeaperIn the comics, George Batroc is known as Batroc the Leaper. He is a mercenary and a master of the French form of kickboxing known as savate. So who would be badass to play the character on the big screen? How about a French Canadian mixed martial artist? That’s right the movie got Georges St-Pierre, the former 3-time Welterweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Notice how the movie did a great job with Batroc’s costume to emulate the one in the comics? Below is the fight being filmed.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Batroc Fight Scene


Agent 13 could have been Steve Rogers’ Niece instead of just his neighbor.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Baron Agent 13

Throughout the entire movie, Natasha/Black Widow is trying to hook Steve up with a date. She suggests a lot of co-workers, but also his neighbor named Sharon. You eventually find out the neighbor who claims to be a nurse is actually Agent 13 who was assigned by Nick Fury to protect Captain America. What the movie doesn’t say at all is that Sharon’s last name is Carter. The same last name as Agent Peggy Carter who is Steve’s number one gal. That’s right, Sharon is Peggy’s niece. If Steve wasn’t frozen for seventy years, it’s safe to say that he would have married Peggy, thus Sharon would have been Steve’s niece through marriage.


The Nick Fury Story arc is loosely based on the Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. miniseries

Captain America The Winter Soldier Nick Fury Vs SHIELD

Before Secret Warriors, Bob Harras’ prestige format mini-series, Nick Fury vs. SHIELD was probably the most dramatic change to the world of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., as Harras had Fury discover a vast conspiracy involving Hydra, AIM and S.H.I.E.L.D. Branded a traitor, Fury had to fight his own comrades.

In the movie, it’s obvious that Nick Fury knows that something is wrong with S.H.I.E.L.D., especially when he tells Captain America that the organization is compromised. Eventually Captain America is branded a traitor by Alexander Price. I couldn’t help but see the story arc mirror the comics, just with modified character swaps.


Black Widow’s necklace has an arrow on it.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Black Widow Arrow Necklace

The action in The Winter Soldier is quick and there’s barely a slow down, but did you notice Natasha’s necklace? I don’t think she’s a fan of The Hunger Games or the Arrow television show. This necklace may speculate what a lot of others have and that is that Black Widow and Hawkeye may become romantically linked in future movies. I wonder if Clint bought her this fine piece of jewelry.


Dr. Arnim Zola finally became a computer.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Dr Arnim Zola

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Tobey Jones plays Dr. Arnim Zola. Many fans were upset that he wasn’t the hybrid computer robot as he is in the comics. In the Winter Soldier, Dr. Zola finally takes his proper form complete with a video camera for a head.

Of course let’s not fail to mention the obvious War Games movie reference that was dropped. When Natasha is booting up the computer, it asks her if she would like to initiate system. She types in Y-E-S. In a computer voice, she asks Steve, “Shall we play a game? Steve recognizes the movie quote. I guess he already checked that movie off his list.


Iron Man’s biggest opponent has been a HYDRA agent all along.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Senator Stern

In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is subpoenaed to testify in front of a congressional hearing led by Senator Stern portrayed by Gary Shandling. In the movie, you think he’s just a bureaucrat trying to take the Iron Man suit from Tony Stark with the presumption it’s for national security.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Senator Stern makes a cameo having lunch with Agent Sitwell. As Stern leaves, he leans over and whispers “Hail HYDRA” in Sitwell’s ear. So Senator Stern wasn’t just a scumbag politician, he was an agent of HYDRA all along trying to steal Tony Stark’s technology. I always knew he was a prick.


Agent Sitwell’s interrogation name drop.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Dr Stephen StrangeOnce Steve realizes Jasper Sitwell is up to no good, he interrogates him with Natasha and Sam on the roof. Sitwell starts explaining exactly what Dr. Zola’s Insight Algorithm is all about. He mentions that anyone who is a threat will be targeted. He mentions Bruce Banner who everyone knows is the Hulk, but he also name drops Stephen Strange. For those who do not know, Stephen Vincent Strange is better known as Doctor Strange and one of Phase III films in development by Marvel that will release along side Captain America 3, Ant-Man, and Thor 3.

Agent Sitwell dies after the Winter Soldier grabs him and throws him into a semi truck on the highway. I wonder how this is going to affect ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?


Will Bucky eventually replace Captain America in the movies?

Captain America The Winter Soldier Bucky Holding Shield

In the comics, Captain America is assassinated. Reluctantly, Bucky continues his friend’s legacy. He uses Steve’s shield, but wears a different costume. In the fight that reveals to Steve who the Winter Soldier actually is, Bucky disarms him of his shield. The movie makes a huge pause so that Sebastian Stan can pose with it just like in the comic book cover shown above.

Another thing to note is how many movies both Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan have signed up for. Evans signed up for six, while Stan signed a nine picture deal. This movie still may be a prediction for future movies.


Abed from NBC’s Community Makes a cameo.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Abed Community

Before directing this amazing blockbuster, Anthony and Joe Russo directed a lot of television shows including Animal Practice, Happy Endings, Arrested Development, and LAX. But most notably, they directed 21 episodes of NBC’s Community. In the show Danny Pudi plays Abed who is obsessed with Batman and Inspector Spacetime. I highly doubt Pudi was in The Winter Soldier as a mere coincidence.


Captain America always knows how to deliver a motivational speech.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Baron Speech

Before the final assault on the three Insight Helicarriers, Captain Rogers reveals that Alexander Pierce, the Strike Team, and Insight Team are all HYRDA agents. This speech is really powerful which results in a huge battle within S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.

“The price of freedom is high. But it’s a price I’m willing to pay.”

If you have ever read a Captain America comic, you know he believes in always doing what’s right, no matter the cost. If people are unsure of the cause, Cap always has a speech that he delivers with conviction.

Below is an excerpt from Captain America #7, volume 3 written by Mark Waid and drawn by Andy Kubert and Dale Eaglesham. Captain America knows how to pump patriotism better than Lee Greenwood.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Speech


Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow eventually becomes Crossbones.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Crossbones

At the beginning of the movie, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team helps Captain America rescue the hostages on the ship in the Indian Ocean. The team is led by Brock Rumlow portrayed by Frank Grillo. Eventually you learn that He’s actually part of Hydra. In the finale, Rumlow gets severely injured in his fight with Falcon when one of the Insight Helicarriers crashes into the Triskelion. Above you see Rumlow badly burned. Notice the cross on his chest? Eventually he becomes the character Crossbones who usually appears as a henchman of the Red Skull. He carried out the assassination of Captain America at the end of Marvel’s “Civil War.”


The quote on Nick Fury’s Tombstone is a Pulp Fiction Reference.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Nick Fury TombstoneEveryone knows that Samuel L. Jackson is a “Bad Ass Mutha F@cker!.” There is no movie that personified that more than Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino. Whenever Jackson’s character would recite Ezekiel 25:17 you knew you was dead as fried chicken. “You will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” When you really analyze the quote, it actually makes a ton of sense that it would be Nick Fury’s mantra.



As with all the movies in the Marvel Cinema Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has two scenes in the credits. One is midway. The other is at the very end.

End-credits Scene with Bucky aka The Winter Soldier

I show this scene first, because it really doesn’t take much to explain. Bucky goes to the museum to learn who he is and about his past.


Mid-credits Scene with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

The mid-credits scene is directed by Joss Whedon who is currently directing Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the scene, both HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secrets are exposed and posted all over the internet. We see a character played by Thomas Kretschmann. The character is Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a former Nazi officer and one of the leaders of HYDRA. He has been physically augmented to be nearly ageless. He has been seemingly killed in the past only to return to plague the world with schemes of world domination and genocide, time and time again.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Baron Von Strucker

It is absolutely perfect for Thomas Kretschmann to portray Strucker as he has played a Nazi before in Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise. In the movie Kretschmann plays Major Otto Ernst Remer who was the officer that played a decisive role in stopping the 1944 plot against Adolf Hitler.

In the scene he is talking to an unknown character about the world-changing once they meet “The Twins.” You then see side by side prison cells. On the left is Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. On the right is Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen.

Captain America The Winter Soldier Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch

In the Marvel Universe. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are the twin children of Magneto. The problem for Marvel/Disney is that they cannot at all reference Magneto, because 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the Marvel “mutants.” This is why Baron von Strucker references them simply as “miracles.” In the upcoming movie X-Men: Days of Future Past, the character of Quicksilver portrayed by Evan Peters is also in that movie.

Fun fact about both Quicksilvers is that both actors were in the original Kick-Ass movie. Johnson was Kick-Ass and Peters was Kick-Ass’ high school buddy Todd.

Quicksilver Kick-Ass

Here is a sneak peek at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you ask me, I am really digging the Ultron version of Quicksilver.

Avengers Age of Ultron Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

What Easter Eggs did you catch? What did you think of the film?

Let me know in the comments below.


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  • Beverley Davis

    Uh I did not know the relationship between Marvel’s playa Hawkeye and Natasha when I saw this necklace. Being a mythographer I thought of St. Sebastian and true love. You are probably correct it’s Hawkeye (he does impress the ladies) but I can make an argument for Winter Soldier….just saying.

  • Daniel Cole

    – Avengers Tower in the scene where the Algorithm is picking targets.
    – The algorithm being the cause of Howard and Maria Stark’s deaths.

  • Pancho Villa

    Why is quicksilver and witch (X men characters) in the avengers (Disney/Marvel) but cannot be referenced by name in winter soldier (which is Disney/marvel too)

  • HairyBackJoe

    Konami Code easter egg: in the scene with Agent 13 at the console (near the end) just prior to the Hydra team storming the room you can see one of the techs entering the Konami Code:

  • Zohan Solo

    You mentioned the War Games reference was dropped. I saw the film on opening day and it was in there. Have they since removed it?

    • i actually didn’t know it was a War Games reference (the Do You Want to Play a Game Thing…). I thought it was from the Saw franchise lol

      • Zohan Solo

        With the old computer technology and Widow’s interface with a keyboard / green-screen, it had to be a War Games reference. The computer in war Games asks the user “Would you like to play a game?” after greeting the user (usually its creator) in computer-voice. If you haven’t seen War Games, I highly recommend it. Just keep in mind the time in which it was produced (I don’t know your age). It’s actually a bit insightful.

      • Zohan Solo

        I just noticed your “lol.” So, I’m not sure if you just making a wisecrack. Sorry for condescending if you were.

  • Zohan Solo

    Also, they showed Bucky holding the shield in the first Cap flick. I think that’s two allusions to the future of Steve Rogers. Sorry if anyone has already pointed that out.

  • Zohan Solo

    I don’t know if anyone brought this up already, but did you notice Maria Hill wearing her badge at Stark Industries? That must have been a little nod to Iron Man 3.

  • Thegreenmercenary

    The only easter eggs here are the Black Widow’s necklace and Nick Fury’s tombstone (that was a really cool catch, by the way). Everything else you mention is just restating the plot, or mentioning characters. Danny Pudi and George St. Pierre are in it…yeah, they were both on screen for a while and had multiple lines, not exactly a catch (GSP is a two time champ, by the way, not three). The story is based off a story in the comics…um, yeah, it’s a comic book movie. I hope I don’t sound too nasty, I’m just disappointed based on the title of the post. I was thinking it was going to be stuff you saw that the audience wasn’t supposed to notice, not stuff like ‘Zola is a computer now,’ which can only be missed if you are out of the theater for that entire crucial scene.

  • Kieran Renouf

    In the movie, Black Widow says something to Captain America along the lines of you’re getting good at stealing cars. I’m pretty sure this is a reference to the 1990 Captain America film because in that film he kept stealing peoples cars.

  • Annika-Leia
  • Annika-Leia

    Update: Both Scarlett Johansson and the Russos have confirmed that the necklace is a nod to Hawkeye, chosen by Scarlett herself. Thanks for including it in the article 😉

  • Tenacious_EJ

    So I missed the second secret clip, the one at the end of the credits? What the hell was in THAT clip?!? I have to say, I don’t understand bringing in Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch if they don’t “exist” in name in this “universe.” I liked the film, but I missed Hawkeye- as Black Widow’s boyfriend and a SHIELD guy, the fact that he is absent when “all our friends are trying to kill us” seemed like a gaping hole, as did the absence of Dumdum Duggan, who should have been a SHIELD higher-up as well.

    • The very end credit scene, was Buckey going to the Smithsonian and reading the memorial of him. It shows that his brainwashing is wearing off and he shows potential of being a good guy now just like in the comics.

      Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch very much so belong in the Avengers universe, more so that the X-Men world. But Marvel/Disney just can’t say the word mutant. They can add them because they are core members, especially Scarlet Witch in the comics.

      Hawkeye was not in this movie, because according to the filmmakers, it would have been overload, and he would not have been done justice.

      Dumdum is probably dead by now.

  • Mr. Met

    I can’t wait for the DVD to see the names on the list of the targets at the end of the movie. In a quick flash, I saw Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, and Pepper Potts’ names. I’d love to see who else is added.

  • Anneli

    Did anybody notice the guy standing behind Sharon Carter/Agent 13 at the CIA indoor shooting range? I swear, if that’s not Eric Bana, it’s his doppelgänger.

    • I will look into that as well

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  • Jeff Quayhagen

    I think it was Nick holding a picture of Andrew Price allegedly from a Senate hearing; if I’m not mistaken it is a movie still of Robert Redford as Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men…another great government conspiracy movie. I also believe there was an external shot of the Watergate Hotel.

    • I will look into that

  • Tony Snead

    While it might not even be an Easter Egg, and even if it is it’s related to the MCU, but during the rooftop scene with Stillwell he makes a reference. He says that the new Helicarriers can find out all of your information instantly. He says it can even find your SAT scores. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans starred in a movie called The Perfect Score about a group of high school students who steal the answers to the SAT’s.

  • Rigo Vega

    i tried to share this on my fb page but keep getting an error. i tried on both my ipad and my android phone. does anyone else get an error :-

    • Rigo, thanks so much. The problem with facebook is that for some dumb reason, the URL is blocked. Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ all works no problem.

      If you would like to share, you can use this link through Zergnet.

      • Rigo Vega

        thanx a lot. i really want to share this. i noticed a couple of these myself, so i really want to make sure everyone sees this 🙂

        • I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support. I worked really hard on the article for readers just like you.

          • Rigo Vega

            its no problem. i just started following you on FB, btw. i tried Anneli’s option (the thread bellow this one) and it works fine. it takes you to a link that eventually leads you here. kudos on your work 🙂

      • Anneli

        I tried the zergnet link and that’s also blocked.

        • I apologize for the headache. I’ve been fighting with Facebook to get the URL from being blocked, but they have zero customer service.

          Anyway, if you go to my Facebook page: you can share the links I posted there. I posted both the zergnet link and twitter status links. Hope that helps and thanks for the support.

        • Don ND

          Anneli If God struck me blind, your beauty I’d still see.

  • Annika-Leia

    – Nick is referencing to Tony’s adventures with the Helicarrier turbine in The Avengers, explaining he took a “close look” and delivered new tech then. It should also be noted that if the Helicarrier plan would have succeeded, Tony would have had a hand in killing of millions unknowingly.
    – When Nick is revealed alive and talked about how he survived, he references a serum that reduced his heartbeat, revealing that Bruce Banner developed it for stress issues and pointed out that it didn’t work so well.
    – Natasha is wearing an arrow necklace throughout all the movie, save when she’s in her black uniform, which can’t be mistaken for anything but a Hawkeye reference.
    – The sequence with Zola also reveals that Tony’s parents have been killed in the course of HYDRA’s plans. In that picture sequence we also see the Winter Soldier and it’s to assume, he assassinated them.

    – Natasha in Sam’s house remarks that she traded the “KGB for HYDRA” which is the first glimpse of her comic Red Room past that we get in the MCU.
    – Natasha’s birth date is named 1984 in Zola’s bunker, just like her phase 1 blu ray SHIELD file says, which confirms officially that she’s not enhanced and born in WWII like her comic self.

    • Fantastic! Thanks for the extra info!

    • So Black Widow worked for the KGB when she was a toddler? Damn she was precocious.

    • Clair

      Unfortunately, if you take that route, you get Natasha working with the
      KGB as a toddler. In the avengers she says she started around the age of
      eight, but that wouldn’t exactly fit with all the targets ad missions
      she’s carried out. I stand with the born in 1941 version, the one where
      she was enhanced with a Soviet Super Soldier Serum (alliteration!).
      After all, Pierce says “Are you ready to show the world who you truly
      are?” well, who says that doesn’t include her full history? Honestly,
      I’d prefer it if people thought I was born in 1984 so I didn’t get
      awkward questions every time someone had to do some paper work. She
      probably had something other than Dec. 22, 1941 entered in her file,
      just to avoid people calling her a fossil (Yes, reference!) every time
      she got debriefed.

      • Annika-Leia

        That’s pretty much wishful thinking at this point, though. The filmmakers have long confirmed, MCU Natasha is a younger and not comic!Nat. In fact it’s on the Iron Man 2 extras mentioned already. I get that some fans prefer their own headcanons (heck, I have my own), but as for official movie canon, there’s no doubt left.

        • Clair

          I guess. I hope it’s not wishful thinking, though, because it would be pretty cool to see her whole back story. Maybe they’re trying to keep it secret, I dunno. No one ever knows what goes on in Feige’s brain, maybe they are going to do a born in the forties Natasha. You can tell by the way she acts in the movie (I think, at any rate) that she knows the winter soldier and doesn’t know whether or not to say anything. I hope that they do it, take that road, but they may not, and we won’t know for absolutely certain until all the movies are out.

  • sidolin

    During the scene the Helycarriers target these thousands of people, the “Avengers tower” is visible.

    • I did notice that as well, but I couldn’t find a good pic. Someone also mentioned to me that Pepper’s name was the one who was highlighted at the tower. I wanted proof before I posted instead of just speculating.

    • Rinzzler_

      Looks like we have to wait until the Blu-Ray/DVD is officially realease, just to take a good screenshot.

  • Andrew Gross

    Another name I saw on a different version of Steve’s notebook was Vasco Rossi.

  • Andrew Gross

    WOW Craig…this is awesome! I picked up on some of these items but it’s nice to have all of them in one handy place. Thank You!!!

    • You’re welcome!

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