Howard Stark accidentally caused the "Mutant Problem"If we assume that the x-men movies and the Avenger movies take place in the same universe than it is possible that the cosmic cube caused the surge in mutations seen between X-men: First Class and the other movies. In First Class, Shaw claimed that mutants were the children of the atomic bomb. Now, of course there were mutants before that but most likely not as many (if there were, than the government would have known about them before Charles revealed himself). In Iron Man it is mentioned several times that Howard Stark worked on the atomic bomb. At the end of Captain America, Howard recovers the cube from under the sea. Red Skull thought the power of the cosmic cube was meant to be seized by superior men. Put it together and what do you get? Howard Stark used Cosmic Cube technology to create the atom bomb and the atom bomb acted as a sort of catalyst to bring out the powers of the ‘superior men.’ And in the X-men universe what is the scientific name for mutants? Homo Superior.
The people who designed the Captain's "convalesce room" belong to the same group who would order a nuclear strike on ManhattanBy playing an archive recording of a baseball game (and one in May 1941 at that, sheesh!) they managed to unnecessarily hurt some of their guards (Captain surely showed no mercy at them even though he did not aim to kill) and more importantly, freak the poor hero out: an American agency would never cheat him with a DATED radio program, so maybe the GERMANS dug him out and were attempting to brainwash him later?! The Captain would still have found out that the room was dodgy since it was part of the final plot — by realizing the "view" outside was a cardnoard cutout, for instance, which is another bit of proof that his senses were a lot better than normal people, while he radio thing was just stupid: if they wanted to "Take it slowly", they could've placed a radio that proclaimed the surrender of Japan, telling him that he ENTIRE world war is over so as to relax, then let Agent Coulson or sb tell him that his coma was. in fact, more than a couple of months.
Gabriel Jones of the Howling Commandos is a young Nick FuryHe's smart, skilled, and one of the most badass of the Howling Commandos. Its clearly implied that the SSR would later form the basis for the organization S.H.I.E.L.D.. And, they have access to blood samples from Steve Rogers with which to attempt to recreate the super soldier serum. So, my theory: like the rest of the Commandos, Gabe goes off with the 107th and the SSR to form SHIELD. He becomes one of the best of their operatives, if not the best. Good enough for two things. One, he's chosen as the recipient of one of the attempts to recreate the SSS, that doesn't work particularly well (aside from retarding aging, probably only discovered later). And two, when Gen. Chester Phillips dies or retires, he becomes his successor as Director of SHIELD, taking on the alias used by the director, "Nicholas Fury." (Try envisioning Tommy Lee Jones with an eyepatch if it helps.)
The ARC Reactor Howard Stark builds in the 60s is the result of studying the Cosmic CubePerhaps the Cube is a perfected Vibranium ARC Reactor. Tony's father spends 2-3 decades studying it before building the massive prototype.
The woman that tried to fool Steve at the end was Sharon Carter.The setup is just too elegant: the first person he sees when waking is his next Love Interest. Plus her actress, Amanda Righetti, seems a little too big of star for such a small role- and she's already listed as filming The Avengers, and listed as Sharon Carter. Admittedly, the IMDB can be edited by the public, but not quite as easily as a Wiki.
Peggy Carter is Tony Stark's mother.Perhaps after the war she and Howard did end up "fonduing". This would give Steve a reason to dislike Tony, as Tony has his daddy issues for not warming up to Steve right off the bat.
This movie, and all the other Marvel movies in this series, take place in the same universe as Indiana JonesBecause of all the shout outs to it. And they're both owned by Walt Disney now. And then we can make Cross Over WMGs.
The Boss Herself taught Steve Rogers how to fight.Because physical perfection notwithstanding, there is no other plausible way that an inexperience boy who has never seen actual combat before storming Zola's Lab can become such a fearsome warrior and skilled martial artist in a window of time that is months, if not mere weeks at best.
The Red Skull cut off his own face in a fit of madness when he first injected himselfThe side-effect of the early super-soldier serum wasn't physical deformity, but a temporary bout of agony, hallucinations and madness, similar to the DTs. Red Skull mutilated himself while he was undergoing a "bugs under the skin" sensation common to substance-abusers. Since the serum might have given him something like a healing factor, the redness was the result of him clawing the skin off repeatedly and it growing back as bright red scar-like tissue. Something like this happened to Ultimate Red Skull.
The Skull wasn't disintegrated, but rather transported to AsgardWhere he met up with a certain God of Trickery and gave him the genesis of a verrrry bad idea, which plays out in The Avengers.
Cap is actualy the third to last AvengerHe is called the first beacuse he was born first but this makes him the oldest.
SHIELD was backronymed to honor Captain AmericaThat's why they bend over backwards to come up with something decent for that acronym—they're paying homage to the weapon of the man who started it all.
Steve will yet have that last dance with Peggy.Let's do the numbers. Suppose Peggy Carter was, say, 28 in 1943. That means she'd be 97 in 2012. Hence, not necessarily dead.
The montage of hunting down HYDRA bases involved large amounts of fighting regular NazisJust for Rule of Cool and opportunity for exposition and characterization in later films and fan-fiction.
Zola is still alive, and a cyborg.Well in the comics he's a geneticist, and put his brain in a body with a camera for a head, and his face on a big screen on his chest. Sorta makes more sense if that body is the resualt of cybernetic modification. Zola would have been highly desirable by any number of nations for his research after the war, like many German scientists in real life.
HYDRA had/has Mind Control technologyAlthough it was limited. It involves big expensive machines where someone is strapped in and indoctrinated, and while they do render the poor saps involved into HYDRA fanatics, it generally compromises creativity to a severe degree. Said system is too expensive to use on Labourers and to destructive to use on agents or administrators (who are for the most part fanatically loyal) but is useful for producing soldiers.
HYDRA will be the/a villian in The AvengersNot that bad, Loki needs Mooks, after all.
Cap was left in the ice for seventy years on purposeIf Skull returned from wherever the hell the Cube sent him anytime prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, The Government wouldn't have given (insert offensive language here) over his war crimes - only his knowledge of HYDRA technology. He (like the other ratliners like von Braun and Strughold) would get a pardon and a new identity faster than you can say "Herr Doktor". And given that both "died" fighting each other, the government would probably decide it best to leave Cap where he is, having enough of Erskine's notes to realize that Cap would stay a Human Popsicle as long as necessary. Skull will pop up again in the second Avengers movie, running the American mutant death camps.
Bucky Barnes survives his fall off the train.Firstly, they Never Found the Body. Secondly, when Cap rescues Bucky in the HYDRA base, he's strapped to an operating table, possibly having been experimented on with the imperfect Super Soldier Serum, enough to make him durable enough to survive the fall.
The Cosmic Cube is an Asgard artifactNot Asgardian, Asgard.
Jim Morita was a member of the 442nd Infantry Regiment before he was captured by Hydra.Because it makes him a badass.
The movie takes place in the Fallout universe.Following the 'death' of the Red Skull, the 'defection' of Zola, and the acquisition of the HYDRA bases, the US military claims the technology developed during the war, particularly the laser-based weapons and body-armor. Reverse-engineering creates a more portable, more replicable, not quite as powerful power-source, allowing for mass production until the entire military is outfitted. In the face of an America with unprecedented military and technological might, the rest of the world stays silent when China begins its rise in hopes that the two countries will check each other; unfortunately the conflict turns hot, eventually plunging the globe into thermonuclear devastation. Remnants of HYDRA were assimilated into the US government for their expertise, but many retained their loyalty to their deceased leader and indoctrinated their descendents: The Third World War provided the pseudo-HYDRA agents with the opportunity to take control. They rename their new organization the Enclave, abandoning mysticism altogether in favor of extreme science (note all the 'subjects' in Raven Rock). More-or-less inspired by the fact that the suited-up HYDRA soldiers, with their glowing-blue weapons, reminded This Troper of the Enclave's laser/plasma weapons and sparking Tesla Armor... plus the Enclave evoking Nazis.
Red Skull isn't dead and will reappear as the villain...of Thor II, not Captain America II.It's a no brainer Red Skull isn't dead and wasn't disintegrated by the Cosmic Cube. Rather, it seems that he was transported somewhere, to another world connected by Yggdrasil. This will be important in the second Thor film, where Red Skull will come out of whatever world he's been hiding on to make trouble for Asgard. This will also be the first time a villain from one movie has crossed over into another hero's movies. Given Red Skull's obsession with the powers of the gods, it'd make sense he'd try to get his hands on more Asgardian tech. By the end of the movie, however, Red Skull will be returned to modern-day earth (but it will free Cap up to have another of his villains take center stage for the second Cap film).
Cap's shield only absorbs frontal attacks.If the shield truly absorbed all energy, it would be useless as a weapon. Its impact against an enemy would be absorbed, so the enemy wouldn't be hurt and the shield wouldn't bounce back. Also, there's the question of what happens to the absorbed energy? It can't just keep absorbing energy forever, can it, until it has like fifty tonnes of TNT worth of energy sitting inside it, perfectly neutral? The answer: the shield is designed so that any blow from front-on gets absorbed, but any blow to the edge causes a certain amount of the absorbed energy to be released — so that an enemy hit with the flying shield will actually be impacted with a great deal of kinetic energy, and the shield will (given the right trajectory) rebound all the way back to where it started.
Agents of the SSR founded SHIELDIRL, the OSS was WWII-era spy organization that was decommissioned after the war, but several of its agent went on to found the CIA. Something similar happened in the MCU with the Strategic Scientific Reserve and SHIELD. Both have Strategic in their titles (as did the OSS) and have a spread-winged eagle against an oval as their logo, also like the OSS/CIA. Possible SHIELD founders are Dum-Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Peggy Carter and Howard Stark.
Steve wasn't the only Captain AmericaAfter Erskine was killed, the Super-Soldier program was continued by Dr. Joseph Reinstein, who in the MCU is a completely separate entity from Dr. Erskine, and reverse engineered the serum in Steve's blood to create his own version. The serum he created eliminates the need for vita-rays and creates a more powerful super-soldier, but also drives subjects insane after a while. Someone volunteered for the experiment and Howard Stark created a shield for him made out of powerful plastic. //The shield is the one seen in Tony Stark's workshop. And the serum is the one given to Blonsky.
Cap's posse came together due to sympathy magic from Thor's posse forming in Asgard at the same time, or vice versaBoth posses include:
Hydra (or by the time whats left of it) where in volved in summoning Hellboy.The camera takes a close shot at a Gas Mask Mook when Red Skull explains that he and Hitler share an interest in the occult. The Gas Mask look very similiar to Karl Ruprecht Kroenen'S Gas Mask.
Bucky killed Howard Stark.After he felt off the train, Bucky was rescued by a Soviet unit and turned over the years into the Winter Soldier. As revenge, some Renegade Russians sent him after Stark, one of the top men at SHIELD, which had played a hand in the end of the Soviet union, to kill him back make his death look like an accident.
Dugan receives the Infinity Formula.In the 616 comics (mainstream universe), it's stated that the Infinity Formula keeps Nick Fury from aging and it's been implied that Dugan received it, too. So it's possible that he could still work for SHIELD in the MCU if they state this outright, since Fury is no longer a Howling Commando in this 'verse.
Not only did Bucky survive his fall, but he was also on ice for a number of years (possibly continuing into the present) because of Hitler's vendetta against the Russian Front.Hydra's experiment wasn't to use the Red Skull formula on him, but rather to prepare him as the perfect soldier to fight their neighbors to the East. Part of the experiment was to make a soldier who could survive freezing. They were only in the beta stage, so they managed to make him immune to death by frost, but not to cryopreservation. He's barely stronger than any other non-Super soldier, but he can survive freezing and take a lot of punishment due to the strengthened bonds of his cells and tissues that allow them to survive the crystallization of the water within them.
The movie takes place in an alternate universe of A Matter of Life and Death.There's the fact that Cap attempting to land the plane in the Arctic looks eerily similar to Peter Carter attempting to escape the burning Lancaster plane in Life and Death. And also how Peggy Carter from CA:TFA looks very much like June from Life and Death, and perhaps Peggy is an alternate gender-flipped version of Peter Carter, who's on the different end of the situation? Consider the fact that both Peggy & Peter are British and share a surname, while we never learn June's (who's an American, by the by...) last name. Who's to say that her surname is "Rogers"?
The english city names written on the flying bombs were just for propaganda purposes, filmed or photographed before flight.Seemingly obvious enough conclusion to draw, though some reviewers seemed to take issue with that bit. Huh.
The lady from the end IS Sharon, but...She'll be recast in the sequel. Or if they want to bring back Hayley Atwell, she'll have been just some random SHIELD agent.
Loss of the super serum led to the Weapon X programEven without the super serum used on Cap, the government wanted to keep making super soldiers. Unfortunately, the scientists weren't able to recreate the original serum and came up with their own procedure. Namely, overlaying or replacing the skeleton with adamantium and introducing the regenerative ability in the subjects who didn't already have it (like Deadpool). Therefore, Cap is in the same universe as the X-Men movies.
Arnim Zola helped found SHIELDAfter the war, the Government offered him the full Von Beaun deal.
Red Skull ended up as a joke in AsgardAs any Nazi, Red Skull is a racist and white supremacist. Heimdall in the MCU is black. If Red Skull ended up at Bifrost while Loki was around with a recorder, he probably made him a memetic joke in Asgard by making public his reaction.
Sue and Johnny Storm are close relatives of Steve Rogers.If the Fantastic Four movies do take place in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe, this could explain Steve and Johnny's resemblance.
That waitress who's grateful for Cap saving her in The Avengers will appear in Captain America The Winter Soldier as a potential love interest or confidant.Which would present an interesting situation should they have Sharon Carter appear as a supporting character for Cap.
Maria Hill will end up as a love interest for Cap.Was anybody slightly reminded of Peggy by her competency and general badass-ery? Maybe if she defrosts herself a little.
That kid with the garbage can shield at the end is a young Phil Coulson.This Tumblr posting gives a pretty damn good theory on possibly why.
Agent13 will be in the next movie, but instead of being Sharon Carter...She'll be Sharon Coulson, Phil's daughter. Sure Coulson isn't married, but he could be divorced or widowed. She'll have been raised to admire Captain America, but will slightly betrayed that Cap couldn't save her father in the end.
Since Hugo Weaving expressed unenthusiasm to return, Red Skull will get a new mask in a sequel.It'll be the face of whoever is playing him.
The Red Skull didn't end up in Asgard
The Villain for Captain America:The Winter Soldier will be Aleksander Lukin
Steve always had a good eye, but the Serum improved it to superpowered-levels.That's why he's able to memorize maps after single viewings accurately enough to make useable copies, and why he only has to perform the Captain America sales pitch once before he has it perfectly memorized, and why he has such perfect accuracy with what is essentially a huge, heavy discus. Before that, he was going to art school, and probably had an artist's sharp eye, but since the Serum amplifies all of a person's traits, it gave him an eidetic memory and perfect depth perception!
Captain America's shield doesn't absorb vibrations, it reflects them.If it absorbed vibrations, then all impacts would fall flat, not just when Cap defends himself, but when he attacks too. The shield wouldn't knock anyone down, it wouldn't bounce when he throws it, it wouldn't blow up a forest in Avengers when Thor hits it. But if it reflects force, that would explain why it destroys a forest and sends Thor flying, why it sends mooks flying when Cap hits them, it even explains how it can be ricocheted off of numerous corners. Or: it does both, the outside is coated with adamantium, allowing it to bounce off of walls and reflect Thors hammer blow, while the inside is made from vibranium which allows him to absorb the impact of jumping out of a plane.
The Red Skull lost his face because he didn't receive Vita-Ray saturation at the same time as the serum.Suppose that, between the time when the tissue starts to enhance and when the healing factor kicks in, the serum causes irreversible, bright red scarring. The Vita-Rays' main (or only) purpose is to mitigate this damage.
Connie is Clara Oswin Oswald.One of her "impossible" appearances through time and space.
All the Captains America from before Steve's awakening exist in this continuity, and one of them killed T'Chaka. They will all appear or at least be mentioned in the third movieLike in the comics, Isaiah Bradley was one of the experiment subjects for the Super Serum. His survival without ill effects showed that the serum was complete and could be used for mass production, but due to rampant racism Erskine was forced to prove it again with Steve. Bradley fought in various covert missions and freed at least one lager, and destroyed the Reich's (as opposed to HYDRA) abilities to produce super soldiers. The latter mission was unauthorized and involved stealing some of Cap's equipment (including one of Stark's prototype shields), so he was imprisoned.
Before Steve, a general Saunders tries to impose the use of soldier Clinton Mc Intyre to be the first Super Soldier, but is rejected by Erskine and Philips for murdering a super officer. Saunders gives him the serum and the Vita Rays anyway, but has an heart attack and apparently dies. Saunders is sacked, Philips gets control on the project, and Steve, who has a fully healthy heart, is used as subject, while Mc Intyre's still alive body is placed in a refrigerator and, upon discovering he's still alive, left there. William Naslund and Jeffrey Mace joined the Howling Commandos after Cap's disappearance, with Naslund taking the Captain America codename for propaganda purposes. Naslund dies when a rocket explodes in his face as the Commandos finish off the last HYDRA remnant under Baron Zemo. Mace takes the codename for propaganda purposes, and retires after the war.
In the fifties a new Red Skull emerges, this time being a renegade Soviet agent who took the codename for terror purposes. To fight him the US and the Soviets form a joined squad including the Winter Soldier and a new Captain America, William Burnside. Differently from Naslund and Mace, Burnside has received a version of the Super Serum, derived from the Nazi one and perfected under the Weapon Plus project. Later Burnside went mad and started believing himself the original, and after he caused a diplomatic incident with Wakanda (namely killing the local superhero Black Panther not knowing he was king T'Chaka) to get the vibranium needed to recreate 'his' shield the military reactivated Mace and Bradley to take him down. Mace is killed, but Bradley successfully subdues him to be placed. Burnside is placed in the refrigerator alongside Mc Intyre, while Bradley is pardoned. There are no more experiments with the super serum after this, the codename Captain America is not used anymore, and the Winter Soldier later takes down the Commie!Skull.
Years later (and the third Cap movie), Dell Rusk (come on, guess!), a member of the World Security Council, decides they need someone to replace Captain America after Steve retires in protest for their interference and Fury's less than moral actions, and he unfreezes of need power loss on the refrigerator frees Burnside and Mc Intyre. The first gets back the Captain America codename and his replacement shield (Steve kept his), and the other is given a pointy shield and the codename Protocide. And, given that the new Cap is mad, Protocide isn't too sane himself and who Dell Rusk actually is, the results are less than happy. Steve and Bradley come out of retirement, and are soon joined by the Black Panther, actually T'Challa, who has come to take down the mad Captain America. The final battle sees Black Panther versus Fifties!Cap, Bradley versus Protocide, and Cap versus you know who.
Peggy Carter eventually went on to run MI-6Her service during the war led to a career with the British Secret Service, and was eventually promoted to the head office. After all, Peggy is a diminutive of Margaret, and Daniel Craig's James Bond mentions in Casino Royale that her name starts with an M. No other reason for this than Rule of Cool, though. (Inspired by this fanficiton))
Schmidt's appearance is due to the loss of his skin.Erskine tells us that the performance enhancing serum wasn't ready when Schmidt took it. Maybe, in that formula, it increased muscle size and dexterity, but didn't prepare the rest of the body for such a change. Schmidt's muscles grew, burst through his skin, and eventually his body was able to adapt and heal in such a way to give his exposed muscle a sort of skin-like outer layer.
The little boy Cap saved from the Nazi spy was Coulson's father.A lot of people want him to be Coulson himself, but that would make Coulson at least eighty years old.
Howard Stark is this Universe's Walt DisneyImagine if instead of a genius in the area of creative enterprise, Disney had instead been a genius in technological enterprise. In our universe, Walt Disney pretty much made animation what it is today with his smart business sense and inventiveness. Howard Stark is the same in many respects in that he achieves leaps and bounds, closing the gap in technological advancement decades ahead of our time. This WMG overlaps with Iron Man 2 when you consider the way he is depicted in that film. So much of his style and charisma matches that of the late Walt Disney. He developed a theme park around his inventions. And then there's the matter of Captain America. He is used to entertain children as a part of American propaganda for World War II. In our universe, Walt Disney cartoons played this role, but in the Marvel Film Universe, cartoons never elevated much higher than a niche form of expression without Disney, so a real-life "cartoon character" was used to sell war bonds and entertain the public.