As “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” gets screened around the world in advance of international release dates – and the U.S. release of April 4 – spoilers are getting out.
Online this week, dozens of movie news sites repeated realistic-sounding spoilers about end-credit scenes included in those early prints.
You know, of course, the end-credits scenes I’m talking about. Marvel has specialized in them since Nick Fury told Tony Stark about “the Avenger Initiative” at the end of “Iron Man” in 2008.
News broke today that Joss Whedon, mastermind behind “The Avengers” in 2012 and also director of the 2015 summer blockbuster-in-the-making “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” directed one of the “Winter Soldier” credits scenes.
Some of the reports about Whedon are being careful about just what’s in those “Winter Soldier” scenes. Others are not.
Based on early reporting and some conclusion-gathering, here’s what I think we can expect to see during the end credits of the “Cap” sequel.”
The first end-credits scene by all reports takes us to the lair of Baron Von Strucker, a longtime second-tier Marvel villain who we’ve already heard figures into “Avengers: The Age of Ultron.” It makes sense to introduce Strucker and his prisoners – Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch – somewhere in advance of all three appearing in “Age of Ultron.”
And that somewhere is at the end of “Winter Soldier,” apparently.
The scene reportedly shows Strucker watching Pietro and Wanda, brother and sister, in cells in some remote location. Quicksilver is speeding around his cell; Scarlet Witch is making objects move with her mind/”hex power.”
Strucker reportedly calls them “miracles,” which makes sense considering Fox and the “X-Men” movies have the market cornered on the use of the word “mutants.”
In the second scene, according to spoiler accounts, Bucky Barnes – the Winter Soldier – sees an acknowledgement of his role as Captain America’s World War II sidekick and not only confirms who he is – was – but perhaps gains a better appreciation of Cap, his partner-turned-enemy.
I like how both expand on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in different ways. I’m working on a quick overview of how the past double-end-credits scenes have taken a two-pronged approach. More on that later.
In the meantime, can anything make us look forward to the April 4 opening of “Winter Soldier” more?