First things first: there are SPOILERS ahead in this article. If you don’t want to know what happens in the after-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, turn back now. Seriously, there will be details. I will not be held responsible if you scroll the page down any further. I’ll give you another moment to leave if you’re feeling trepidatious…are they gone? Check around the corner just in case. Okay, they’re definitely gone. All right, SPOILER time!
It’s been known for awhile that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the Phase 2 movie most connected to Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was also rumored last month that the Captain America‘s after-credits scene would introduce Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Well, rumor confirmed. The film has started screening internationally, and Brainfreeze.be posted a review of the movie. More importantly, however, is their detailed description of both after-credits scenes and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will introduce its first mutants. Did I say mutants? I meant to say “miracles.” Take a look at the English translation below to see what I mean.
After the fall of both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA we see Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in his underground lair. Loki’s scepter can be found here, as well as two special prisoners: the “twins”. These are of course Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Quicksilver is bouncing from one end in his cell to another while Scarlet Witch is stacking some building blocks with her mind. Watching them, Von Strucker announces “The Age of Miracles” is upon us. And with that we learn the new name for mutants in the Marvel movieverse.
The Winter Soldier is visiting the Captain America exhibit in the Smithsonian museum. Here he finds the information on James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, his real name. It appears the Winter Soldier now knows who he really was and remembers that Captain America spoke the trut about him.
At least now we know how Marvel’s getting around not being able to call the twins “mutants.” Instead, they will be “miracles.” Given the “mutant” term being tied up at Fox, it’s not a bad name to fall back on. I’m looking forward to seeing the MCU’s interpretation of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, but it looks like they’ve got their basic essence down.
We also get our first look at Baron von Strucker. We knew that Thomas Kretschmann signed a multi-movie contract with Marvel, but I wasn’t expecting to see him this soon. The (hopefully) monocle-wearing German has also gotten ahold of Loki’s mind control scepter, which many fans have speculated is one of the Infinity Gems/Stones. My original theory for why the twins were working for Strucker was that he somehow recruited them, but now it looks like he’ll have them directly under his control. I expect the scepter will be confiscated when the Avengers free the “miracles” in Age of Ultron, and it will play a role in the creation of a certain robot.
As for the second scene, it looks like the film is following the original story by having Bucky get his memory back at the end. With the Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) in the hands of The Collector, Steve Rogers will likely reignite Bucky’s memory through more conventional means. Ideally Bucky will return in a future movie, whether it’s Captain America 3, another Avengers movie or even his own film. He’s too good of a character to just drop on an ambiguous note.