Captain America: The Winter Soldier Easter Eggs, Secrets, and Trivia
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.
***** SPOILER WARNING *****
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.
** YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! **
Steve’s notebook is different depending on which country you see the movie in.
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.
The head pirate on the Hijacked ship is Batroc the Leaper played by a UFC Champion.
In 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.
Agent 13 could have been Steve Rogers’ Niece instead of just his neighbor.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once 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?
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.
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.
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.
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow eventually becomes 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.
Everyone 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.
***** END CREDITS SCENES *****
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Easter Eggs did you catch? What did you think of the film?
Let me know in the comments below.