As is tradition, the latest MCU movie (it is a small film called Civil War, maybe you have heard of it) has a couple of post credits scenes setting up more of what is to come in future installments. There were only two (for some strange reason I had it in my head that there were supposed to be three). Beware, there are spoilers for Captain America: Civil War so please do not read on if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
Starting with the End-Credits, which just gives us more of Peter Parker and Aunt May. Parker is attempting to explain away why he has a black eye. He tells May a kid from Brooklyn named Steve hit him, which is not a complete lie. It is a nice little preview of how the relationship between the two is going to be. Also we see Stark has given Parker a watch like device. When the watch is activated, it shows the Spider-Man face symbol (something seen many times in the comics, but never in the movies) along with a command interface marking the young hero as a member of the Avengers. I’m thinking this device is how Stark and Peter will communicate with one another before and during the events of Homecoming. After the scene is over, there is a title card stating “Spider-Man will Return.”
The Mid-Credits scene helps to not only round out the end of Civil War, but it also establishes Wakanda a bit more. We see Bucky, who has yet to replace his arm that was blown off while trying to rip out the ark reactor in Iron Man’s suit, getting looked over by a couple of medical doctors. Steve asks Bucky if this is something he is okay with doing and Bucky responds with a yes. He is going back into cryostasis while the others look for a way to deprogram his Winter Soldier training. Bucky feels no one is safe as long as the information on how to control him is out there and probably in government hands. After Bucky is back on ice, we see Steve and T’Challa looking at a window and Steve telling him Iron Man and others will come if they find out Bucky is hiding out with T’Challa. The king responds “Let them try” as the camera pans out to reveal a giant metal panther statue in the jungle. T’Challa has taken in Steve and Buck and possibly even the rest of Team Cap since Steve broke them out of the underwater Supermax Prison.
The scene shows Wakanda as a country with advanced medical technology which is important because many people think all of Africa is stuck in the dark ages. This is not true of many REAL African countries and in the Marvel universe Wakanda is a very wealthy and advanced country. It is also a very isolated country as stated before in the movie. The Wakandans have chosen not to interact too much with the outside world because they house Vibrainium and the precious and practically indestructible metal can be used for nefarious means. Even though the look outside is very brief, it does show lots of lush jungle and it gives us as an audience a sense that it is not an easy country to navigate your way thru without help. Anyone who comes to the country looking for trouble will most likely get lost or killed by the elements along the way.
The Mid-Credits lets us know the team doesn’t have to live on the run. They have a base of operations established in Wakanda where various doctors can try and find a way to deprogram Bucky. This also means that Steve, Bucky, Wanda, Sam, Scott, and Clint (maybe Natasha?) could have a role in the upcoming Black Panther film. I doubt all of them will be in the movie, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them is a part of the story. Black Panther is to serve as a standalone for the character and fully introduce Wakanda into the MCU. Having all those people involved would become too distracting. I’m sure by the time we get Black Panther in 2018, the four MCU movies that come before will establish the goings on of Team Cap.
Do you think members of Team Cap will be in Black Panther? Are you excited for the newest Spider-Man reboot? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.