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The Future Of The MCU, Seen Through Captain America 2 Easter Eggs

Ross Lincoln | 8 Apr 2014 15:30
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This is a small thing, but cool nonetheless. In a blink and you'll miss it moment late in the film, when HYDRA helicarriers are targeting millions of potential enemies for extermination, we see Stark Tower has clearly been renamed Avengers Tower. Assume then that with SHIELD out of the picture, the Avengers will, at least, continue without having to hide. Since the group's public face is one of the world's richest military contractors, that makes sense, of course.

But speaking of that scene, it's packed with references, most of them happening so fast we'll need to pause when TWS is released to home video. But we clearly see the Baxter Building (home of the Fantastic Four) listed as a target of HYDRA's weaponry. Obviously, so long as Marvel/Disney do not have the rights to the Fantastic Four, they'll never appear in the MCU, but we do know that there were plans to throw Oscorp Tower, from The Amazing Spider-Man, into the New York skyline of The Avengers. It would seem that we might be able to expect such shout outs to actually happen next time out.

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Finally, like almost all Marvel films this one has two stingers, one that that sets things up for a future movie, and another that caps the emotional tone of the film. The latter has Bucky sneaking into the Smithsonian Museum to check out the Captain America exhibit, presumably as part of his quest to find out who he used to be. One more hint that his ultimate fate will be redemption rather than death.

The former gives us our first look at Baron von Strucker, the secondary villain we'll see causing trouble at the beginning of Avengers 2. Here, he is revealed as yet another HYDRA man hiding within SHIELD, though clearly uninterested in pretending he isn't an evil genius. His plan is to split off entirely and hide out, feeding information about other HYDRA cells (it's implied there are a lot of them) to "Captain America and his colorful friends" in order to keep the heat off of whatever his evil plans are. He's also in possession of three very important weapons: Loki's magical mind control scepter, and the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

What's interesting about this scene is his comment that "It's not a world of spies anymore. It's not even a world of heroes. This is the age of miracles, doctor. There's nothing more horrifying than a miracle.". It's widely speculated that he's using Loki's scepter to control the twins, but whatever his reasons for having it, he seems to indicate a shift in direction for the MCU. With the exception of Thor, who is still largely treated as a Clarke's Third Law-compliant alien, the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are largely the products of science fiction science. In the comics, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are mutants, and while Marvel is contractually unable to use the term mutant, thanks to not having the rights to the X-Men, there's nothing stopping them from introducing characters who have powers by birth. Considering we're also getting into outright magic with Dr. Strange, it looks like we can expect far weirder things to come.

Hooray for that.

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