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SPOILERS: Captain America: The Winter Soldier easter eggs you may have missed

April 6th, 2014 by Edwin Torres Jr 4 Comments

Like all of Marvel Studios’ movies before it , Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled with Easter eggs and references that fans of the comics will appreciate.

Such is the case when you create a well thought out universe.

Different Lists

Steve Rogers’ pop culture to do list varied from country to country. Above you will see the US version on top, with the UK one below it. We have some more examples here.

Sam Wilson aka Falcon

The average movie goer may not know, but Falcon is a longtime ally of Captain America. Sam Wilson aka The Falcon was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan, and introduced in Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969), the character is known as mainstream comics’ first African-American superhero.

Stephen Strange

When being questioned by Captain America. Black Widow, and Falcon, Agent Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) mentions a list of potential future threats and on that list is Stephen Strange. He already exists in the MCU! Though Kevin Feige says he’s probably not a Sorcerer Supreme yet.
Moon Knight

Stephen Strange isn’t the only character hinted at in Sitwell’s rambling, making mention of “a valedictorian in Iowa City” and a man located in Cairo, Egypt. The mentioning of Cairo points to only one man in the Marvel Universe: Moon Knight.

A former mercenary transformed into the Egyptian Moon god Khonshu’s physical avatar, Marc Spector would go on to become a vengeful spirit. Many refer to him as Marvel’s Batman… with issues.

A Marvel Netflix series would be great in my opinion.

Ezekiel 25:17
The inscription on Nick Fury’s tombstone cites a very particular bible passage that should be familiar to any Quentin Tarantino and/or Pulp Fiction fans.
Say what again!

Agent 13

Not so much an an Easter egg as something you may have missed. Agent 13’s name is Sharon Carter… as in Peggy……yeah awkward.

Avengers Tower

During the targeting sequence for Project Insight, one of the cross-hairs points to the redesigned Stark Tower in Manhattan, still sporting the “A” from the end of The Avengers.

Senator Stern

Tony Stark’s Congressional nemesis makes a cameo appearance. I guess Congress wasn’t an evil enough an organization to be a part of, he’s HYDRA too. They even get him to say Hail HYDRA, well whisper it.


SHIELD agent Clint Barton aka Hawkeye wasn’t in the film, there was something hinting at his relationship with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow

Ed Brubaker

The writer responsible for bringing Bucky Barnes back to life in his hallmark run in the Captain America comics, as the silent, machine-like Winter Soldier, makes a cameo as one of the scientists working on the brainwashed assassin.


Brock Rumlow is the S.T.R.I.K.E. team leader and a HYDRA sleeper agent inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. who fights Falcon at the end. He manages to survive the big helicarrier crash into Triskelion, but not without some serious facial and body scarring that could eventually cause him to wear a mask like his comic counterpart.

Agent Carter

Peggy Carter was instrumental in establishing S.H.I.E.L.D.


A classic ’80s movie about an evil supercomputer that could destroy the world. Referenced by Black Widow, who says the film’s key line: “Shall we play a game?”

Baron Von Strucker

He doesn’t get mentioned by name, but Strucker is one of the villains from Avengers: Age of Ultron, seen in the mid-credits scene played by Thomas Kretschmann.

The Twins

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, are mentioned by Strucker’s assistant as the only two to survive the experiments they’ve been conducting with Loki’s staff. From the way Quicksilver is bouncing off the walls, it’s safe to say they’re being held against their will.

Loki’s sceptre

In the same scene featuring Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver we catch a glimpse of something a little more familiar – Loki’s sceptre. The Avengers never explained what exactly happened to this staff, so it seems that HYDRA has it. But is this confirmation that Loki could return in Avengers: Age of Ultron?

Familar faces

The nerdy Triskelion soldier and Apple genius are both connected to Community, the cult-hit NBC comedy that brought directors Joe and Anthony Russo to Marvel’s attention. Danny Pudi (above) stars in the series as Abed, his buddy Donald Glover is part of the Derrick Comedy group, which also includes D.C Pierson (above).

Isn’t Abed Batman?


This is another one that isn’t so much an Easter Egg as a nod to the comics. Batroc and Cap have a long history.

He’s known as Batroc the Leaper in the comics:

“Batroc has no superhuman abilities, but is in peak physical condition in every respect. He is an Olympic-level weightlifter and has extraordinary agility and reflexes. His leg muscles are particularly well developed enabling him to leap great distances with the equity of an Olympic athlete. He is an expert hand-to-hand combatant and specializes in Savate (French-style kickboxing). He is also a skilled military tactician, having formerly been in the French Foreign Legion.”


In Marvel Comics lore, “Lemuria” is actually the name of two different nations. One of them is an undersea nation, similar to Atlantis, which factors into the mythology of the Sub-Mariner. The other is a subterranean country which is home to a race of monstrous people called Deviants. The captured ship at the start of Winter Soldier is called the Lemurian Star. The name could just be a reference, although it’s worth pointing out that Iron Man 2 contained a couple of to Atlantis and the Sub-Mariner as well.
Namor would be a cool villain in a Hulk movie, though I don’t think Marvel has the rights.
Arnim Zola
The nefarious henchman played by Toby Jones in Captain America: The First Avenger. Zola only has one scene in Winter Soldier, the long-dead scientist reveals that he downloaded his personality into some pre-internet computers, and tells Cap the truth about the HYDRA takeover. While his head appears onscreen, a camera above the screen points at Cap and Black Widow, a nice sly visual reference to the character’s appearance from the comics.
The infamous scandal named after the Watergate Hotel, which is actually seen a few times in the movie. Apparently, they built the Triskelion right across the Potomac from the Watergate, since you can spot it outside of the glass elevator outside the SHIELD headquarters. It seems Hydra has a sense of humor.
SHIELD’s headquarters in the movie. The Triskelion was introduced in The Ultimates, a 2002 series which rebooted the Avengers into the modern age (and which much of the MCU is based) The comic Triskelion was located in New York, but Winter Soldier‘s Triskelion overlooks the DC skyline.
References to other Avengers

Iron Man got two mentions. The first is when it is revealed that he was responsible for the helicarriers upgrade, having had an up close and personal look at their engines in The Avengers. This refers to the scene when Iron Man had to manually start one of the engines – almost getting sucked into it in the process.

Then, in return for a favor, Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) demanded that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) ensures that Iron Man attends Pierce’s niece’s birthday party. “And not just a flyby,” said Pierce, “he’s got to mingle.”

The Hulk also got a mention, or at least his alter ego Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) does. Explaining his ability to survive death, Fury mentioned a toxin that Banner had developed to help with his slight anger management issues. Unfortunately it didn’t work for the green hero, but Fury was able to use it to help fake his own death.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee appears in his customary cameo as a Smithsonian security guard who doesn’t really do the best job, as Cap manages to snag his old costume withou getting noticed.

Future of Cap

During the first fight scene between the Cap and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), there was a bit of a pause on the image above. The Winter Soldier’s stance and pose with the Cap’s shield could be a hint into the future of the Captain America franchise. Don’t forget Stan has a nine-picture deal with Marvel. Chris Evan’s deal is for six, meaning after the Avengers 3 it might be time to pass the shield. In the comics Bucky does replace Rogers as Captain America after his death.


Comic book fans will already know artist David Mack’s work on titles such as Daredevil and Kabuki, his creator-owned project. He’s also the one responsible for Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s stylish graphics during the film’s closing credits. The names of the film’s cast and crew are complemented perfectly by Mack’s streamlined, minimalist art.


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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool

  • OogaChaka

    Thank you for this! I’ve seen some of these on other sites, but not all of these. Hopefully you’ll keep them coming.

  • Doug

    This movie was amazing. Thanks for the great list!

  • Janie

    Another one – in the “Turn, Turn, Turn” episode of Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., Coulson and crew escape the plane using a high powered cutter that Fitz developed and submitted to S.H.E.I.L.D. for production, but it never was distributed. Fitz says that the higher-ups always keep the cool things for themselves. The cutter was what Fury used to get out of the overturned car at the end of the chase scene.

    • followingthenerd

      Oooooh… that’s a good one, nice catch :)

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