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‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ post-credit scenes explained

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
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The third Marvel Cinematic universe film for Phase Two, “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” is finally here! The movie arrived to theaters on Friday, April 4, and, like all Marvel movies, it featured exciting post-credit scenes. “The Winter Solider” showed two scenes, a mid-credits clip that teases the future of the Marvel Cinematic universe, and a second one after all the credits have rolled that will be leading into the third Captain film. If you are a comic newbie like me, below are explanations for the scenes. Note that spoilers are ahead if you haven’t watched “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Scientists are doing experiments at a Hydra lab in the first clip, the object in focus is Loki’s staff (which is one of the Infinity Gems). Comic fans will recognize the leader there as Baron Strucker, who is one of Captain America’s greatest foes. While talking with an assistant, Strucker tells him that it may be time to unleash “the twins.” The camera then shows two small enclosed rooms with glass walls, each room contains a person. In the first, a tall man that appears to be frustrated is quickly trashing and crashing around the walls. The other contains a woman; she is sitting on the floor levitating some blocks and looking completely out of it. This is our first look at Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

In the comics, they are mutants and part of Magneto’s “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.” But of course, Fox has the right to the term “mutants” and the storyline, so I’m curious to see what backstory the twins will receive. Judging from the clip, they might be Hydra’s experiments. While they don’t seem to be good guys in this clip, they will reform and join the Avengers later on – as they have been spotted on the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and The Scarlet Witch is working together with Hawkeye.

The second clip is a scene that might be leading the plot for the third Captain film. It features Bucky, or now known as The Winter Solider, wandering around the Captain America exhibit. It looks like what Steve Rogers told him might have stuck and he now wants to learn more about his past. At the end of the film, Rogers sets out to search for Bucky, so it’s a safe bet that we will see him again in “Captain America 3.”

The Bucky feature is interesting, since in the comics, Bucky eventually takes over the role of being Captain America. So with Chris Evans announcing that he wants to retire from acting (and pursue directing), keeping Bucky around makes perfect sense.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is up next, hitting theaters August 1. Followed by the conclusion of Phase Two, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” out May 1, 2015. Phase Three will then begin on July 17, 2015, with “Ant-Man.” And “Captain America 3” has been confirmed for May 6, 2016.

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