Those new-fangled Galaxy Guarding upstarts may have snuck in and stolen some of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's thunder - but that doesn't mean it's time to leave the film be. It's practically overflowing with hints, teases and Easter eggs - most of which, admittedly, we've all already geeked out over.
One, though, is still shrouded in mystery. Which is odd, since it looks as though it might just be teasing a hero we're set to see in the near future...
It goes a little something (SPOILER-y) like this:
Remember that scene where Agent Sitwell rambles on while being interrogated, delivering piles and piles of Easter egg-y goodness?
Well, I'm sure you guys spotted the reference to Stephen (aka 'Doctor') Strange. You're all up on your Sorcerors Supreme, especially when they're not especially hidden...
The thing is, that wasn't the only hero Sitwell gave up some information on.
He also happened to mention that they were having some trouble with a man from Cairo.
Which, admittedly, is pretty darned vague - I mean, there are millions of people from Cairo.
So, presumably, there must be hundreds of Marvel characters who trace their origins back to there...
It's pretty much just the one? But who?
Teasing a man from Cairo can only really mean one thing in the Marvel Universe -and something tells me you Marvel fans out there are already way ahead of me on this.
That one thing is the dark, brooding (and quite possibly completely unhinged) Moon Knight.
Often referred to as 'Marvel's Batman', Moon Knight is an ex-mercenary, whose live was saved by the Egyptian moon God Konshu in exchange for becoming his avatar of vengeance. Returning to the USA, he sets himself up as a millionaire entrepreneur in New York and becomes one of Marvel's darkest, most troubled anti-heroes.
Who happens to look a whole lot like Batman.
This could all be a massive coincidence though, right?
That reference could just be a throwaway line from a screenwriter who thought Cairo was a cool place to mention. I mean, It's not as though Marvel have any plans to bring as dark (and potential DC-antagonizing) a hero as Moon Knight to the screen, surely?
No, wait, they totally do - Kevin Feige spoke about his desire to bring Moon Knight to the screen way back in 2010 - in an interview which also included teases for Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and the Marvel cosmic universe. All of whom we're about to see on screen. Really soon.
Which might just mean that Moon Knight is set to appear among them - either in one of the several upcoming Netflix series', or in his own movie.
Nicely played Marvel. Who wants to announce a new superhero by coming out and telling everyone, when you can just wait for us all to work it out for ourselves. Nicely played indeed...
[Moon Knight](movie:1070827) may (or may not) be on his way to a big (or small) screen near you sometime soon (or ages away).