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Analyzing the post credit scenes from MCU Phase 2


 

With Marvel Cinematic Universe’s phase 2 finally coming to an end with Guardians of the Galaxy and Age of Ultron on the way I decided to take a look back on the mid and post credit scenes all the movies of MCU phase 2 and how they are different than the ones in phase 1.

How are phase 2 mid and post credit sequences different from the ones in Phase 1. During phase 1, Marvel was a relatively unknown franchise, taking risk with some relatively unknown characters and was building a momentum for Avengers at the same time. Each of the post credit scenes in the phase 1 was a tease for the next movie. Until Iron Man 2 most of the fans didn’t even know about the cohesive cinematic universe that Marvel was planning to build so the post credit sequences had two roles 1 to make the audience aware about their next movie, and 2 To set foundation for their first Avengers movie. And this worked well.

From what I have observed, the after credits only come into play when Marvel is going to introduce a new character or a new movie THAT IS NOT A SEQUEL is on the way. Let me explain how.

Before reading the post you need to assume that from Phase 2 the movies are divided in two directions. The movies that take place on Earth are the only ones leading to Avengers 2 while the cosmic movies are leading directly to the final act in 3rd Avengers movie and Phase 3.

Iron Man 3 – The end credits reveal that the whole movie was running in flashback as Tony was narrating his story to his science buddy Dr. Bruce Banner, sitting in the building that once used to be Stark towers and now is The Avengers Mansion.

Implications – Tony was planning to build Avengers mansion by the time Avengers ended, now we have a fully functional building made for the members of team and Dr. Bruce Banner is already living in it. This can either mean that Dr. Banner finally found home he was looking for or may be Tony is secretly keeping a watch on him (we know that Hulkbuster is going to show up in Age of Ultron.) This scene serves as an epilogue for Avengers as well as a prologue giving a mild tease for next Avengers movie.

Thor: The Dark World – The mid credit scene of Thor’s sequel introduced us to The Collector leading directly to Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The end credit sequence of Thor: TDW shows that Thor has returned to Earth after seeking permission from Loki/Odin. This post credit sequence was a direct tease for Avengers 2 and declaring that Thor now has truly become the protector of Midgard.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The mid credit scene introduced us to the new members of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Avengers is also going to serve as an origin story for these two characters along with a possible hint on the Inhumans movie that will be a part of MCU’s phase 3 slot. The end credit sequence however was probably setting route for Bucky’s path and Captain America 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy – This was one of the most confusing after credit sequence that many fans thought was underwhelming. Well, let’s look upon it in this way. This sequence firstly teases Avengers 3 that will probably feature The Collector who is also on a quest for infinity gems along with it what I can guess is that the Howard the Duck cameo was not about Howard the Duck but instead what was behind him. An empty cocoon inside which Adam Warlock was charging himself and is now gone. The same cocoon showed up in Thor: TDW as well. These end credits are setting stones for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and then to Avengers 3.

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Whatever be the meaning of these scenes for one thing I am sure is that now 4 of the key members of Avengers have united on Earth under one roof. Captain America has left SHIELD and shifted to Avengers mansion, Thor will probably find home at the same place where Bruce Banner is already residing. At the same time Guardians are now on a new quest that will probably lead them to Thanos by the time phase 3 concludes.

Winter Soldier: The Movie Origin


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In the comics it is well-known that the Winter Soldier is Bucky brought back from “death” by the Soviets and brainwashed to be their assassin. While the Winter Soldier in next year’s Captain America sequel seems to be the same character from the comics Marvel Studios is infamous for making changes to either characterization, or origin. These are my theories about who exactly the Winter Soldier is.

Brainwashed HYDRA soldier: Arnim Zola survived World War II and is somehow still alive to this day. There is also the fact that Arnim is responsible for Bucky’s “death” in Captain America: The First Avenger. He could have easily gone back to the place where Bucky fell to take him back to some lab in order to revive him and then brainwash him to be a HYDRA assassin.

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Rogue SHIELD agent: Since Captain America, Black Widow, and Nick Fury seem to be fighting a rogue SHIELD led by whatever villain Robert Redford is portraying, it is also possible that Winter Soldier is working with them. In Avengers Tony Stark says that Nick Fury’s “secrets have secrets.” I believe that SHIELD may have secretly found Bucky and kept him a secret from Steve as they did whatever was necessary to save him. With a villainous Robert Redford leading SHIELD now leading SHIELD he could have chosen to unleash the Winter Soldier to destroy Captain America, Black Widow, and Nick Fury.

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The only reason this seems to be a possibility is because there is the red star on Winter Soldier’s arm. This is true to source material and will open room for more stories in Captain America’s storyline.

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I also have to wonder about the Winter Soldier himself. Unlike in the comics, Bucky does not “die” from an exploding drone plane, but falls to his doom in a fight with HYDRA soldiers on a train. This begs the question of whether the arm is the only thing done to him, or if other measures were taken to save Bucky’s life and that’s why he covers up everything except his hair.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2: What we know so far.


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Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 1 ended with blockbuster of 2012 called The Avengers with turned out best superhero movie of the year 2012. 2013 is coming and MCU Phase 2 begins with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World in 2013 along with SHIELD TV series on TV in same year, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of The Galaxy in 2014 and then Avengers 2 finally in 2015 with Ant Man in the same year. Let up see what we so far about MCU’s phase 2.

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Thanos was revealed to be the villain behind the curtains in the End Credits of The Avengers so it’s clear that he’ll be pulling the strings in the upcoming movies, also according to the sources SHIELD’s role will be not as large as it was in MCU’s phase 1 and will be focused more towards heroes personal adventures.

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Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3 comes out in May 2013 and many fans are speculating it to be the best movie of the year 2013, the stakes are higher than any of the films in MCU phase 1. Iron Man 3 focuses on Tony’s personal battle when his old enemy who were pulling the strings in his first two films The Ten Rings return and the man behind the organization The Mandarin finally reveals himself to make his l                 ife hell. This movie is based on highly acclaimed Extremis saga where Tony gives up his Iron Man suit to something better and comes up with Extremis suit that becomes part of his body and then the virus takes over.

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Guy Pearce plays Aldrich Killian the mad scientist who release the virus and War Machine get a new suit which in comics is known as Iron Patriot used by Norman Osborn at times. This might be a possibility that Marvel someday moves for Dark Avengers Storyline with Mandarin in-charge in case they don’t get Spider-Man back. Also AIM is going to be a part of this movie, in comics AIM is an evil organization and has a lot of intresting storylines related to Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and even Punisher. We can speculate that Mandarin will be connected to AIM and it is going to be the part of Ten Rings in the film.

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This film will also focus on Tony’s life after Battle of New York, that start disturbing him on a personal level and he becomes concerned about people near him. This movie is something everyone is waiting after Avengers. Tony almost lost his life in the battle and learned the lesson of heroism and sacrifice and since no Hulk movie is coming so we can assume that we’ll learn about his whereabouts in this film.

Thor: The Dark World

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Thor: The Dark World comes out in Nov 2013 and is said to be an experiment by Marvel Studios if they can go ahead with two summer and a winter movie in future. Thor sequel will focus on what happens after Thor and Loki leave for Asgard. This movie will feature Dark Elves and the king of Dark Elves Malekith The Accursed played by Christopher Eccelston the former Dr Who. While Dark Elves have connection to Surter the Demon it is safe to Assume that they are also going to have links with Thanos, after all Asgard is the place where his infinity Gauntlet is. Also this movie is rumored for a Dr Strange cameo wonder how they’ll pull it off.

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This movie may lead us to Guardians of The Galaxy and Iron Man 3 to Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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In Captain America: The First Avenger, Bucky falls from the train but unknown to Captain America he was captured by the Russians and in the movie he’ll be returning as The Winter Soldier who was kept in Suspended Animation. It is said that What Black Widow and Hawkeye were talking about Budapest it is related to The Winter Soldier. This movie introduces The Falcon played by… and SHIELD is going to be a part of the film. Chris Evens did an unexceptional job as Captain America in TFA and Avengers and it would be interesting to see how he’ll face his friend from the past.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the first solo movie in MCU Phase 2 has direct ties with introducing Thanos in his full force. For those who don’t know this team it consists of Drax The Destroyer, Star Lord, Groot the talking tree, Rocket Raccoon, Adam Warlock, Major Victory, Gamora, Quasar and many non- Earth based heroes teamed up with responsibility to battle alien threats. This movie may be the mode to introduce Miss Marvel in Avengers and a reply to DC what they could have done with The Green Lantern. All we need is to wait till 2014 and some proper casting news to come out before assuming anything.

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This movie is already something everyone is waiting for and it comes out in 2015. It is said along with big 6 this movie will introduce Ant Man aka the genius Hank Pym and his girlfriend Wasp in the team along with Miss Marvel and few other big names. Another speculation is that Clark Gregg who played Agent Coulson in Avengers will return as Vision. Lets see how much these rumors come true with time.

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Ant Man

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Ant Man is another first part movie that’ll come out in 2015, Ant Man and Wasp were the original Avengers and have a long storyline and history with them. Hank Pym made Ultron who is one of the best villains that is a must in an Avengers movie. His girlfriend and wife Janet aka The Wasp is supposed to debut along with him. The question is if Ant Man will be a part of Avengers 2 or is going to starting point in MCU’s Phase 3

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