You’re in my world, now I’m in yours. Crossing over among movies in the world of Marvel seems to be as easy as slicing through a jet plane with your super strong shield.
The much-anticipated premiere of Captain America: The Winter Solider in Hollywood Thursday at the El Captain Theatre came with the blocking of streets, the screaming of fans and a nearly complete turn out of the cast. (Only Robert Redford was absent) But we’re hoping we’ll see him again, in another Marvel franchise, and until then, here are five crossover flashes direct from the red carpet.
1. Scarlett Johansson is the queen of Marvel movies. We were first introduced to her character Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2 and later as full-fledged Black Widow in The Avengers. Now, she’s jumped into Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She plays a major role in the film, much more than her subplot in Iron Man 2. We know she’ll be in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with news of a Black Widow spin-off circulating last month, it’s clear she’s almost as ubiquitous as Cap himself.
2. The post-credit scene makes the movie. Or post-credit scenes, that is. Buzz from not one, but two post-credit scenes at the end of Cap 2, as those in the biz call it, proves more crossover to come. As if you were doubting it? SPOILER WARNING. The first post-credit scene takes viewers into what looks like an underground lair where we find twins with “miracle” aka mutant powers. Confined to two cells are Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Clearly, this is a kickoff to what we can expect from Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the scene was directed by its director Joss Whedon. The second scene sets up what looks to be Cap 3. We likey!
3. Falcon wants to fight Wolverine. Newcomer Anthony Mackie stars in his first Marvel film as the Falcon. This whole sidekick thing is fine for him now, but he’s not afraid to challenge other Marvel characters to a duel. When asked which world he’d like to pop up in, he says, “I would definitely crossover into X-Men. I feel like it would be cool to fly around with Wolverine and let him know who’s boss. Hugh Jackman, you heard that playboy.” After seeing that post-credit scene, he might have a chance.
4. What happens in Cap 2 will impact Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yep, Agent dead-not-dead Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was rumored to have told many a person on the carpet that the storyline of Cap 2 would eventually affect what’s happening on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We knew it! Somehow someone’s got to explain the mysteries abounding on that show and not only that, more crossover fun is in store, as we hear there are a few guest stars planned for future episodes. Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye, confirmed the connection. “A lot of it will make sense after seeing Captain America. There’s quite a bit of a tie-in which is awesome.”
5. Guardians of the Galaxy looks awesome! And funny, too. Chris Pratt did it with his voice in The Lego Movie, so here’s hoping he’ll do it with his face, too, in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Parks and Recreation funnyman stars in the upcoming summer action movie as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. While Pratt wasn’t on hand to chat last night, we did talk to co-star Michael Rooker who plays Yondu in Guardians and he says he’d love to see some crossover. And how could Guardians connect to Cap 2 you ask? Benicio Del Toro. His character, the Collector, makes an appearance in the trailer for Guardians. You saw him first in the post-credits scene from Thor: The Dark World, where he took the Aether, which caused all the problems in Thor, and says, “One down. Five to go.” See what they did there? Connect. Connect.
At this point they’re just trying to confuse you. But you love it, as do we!