My, long-winded, thoughts and possible discussion about Agent Carter and how it may foreshadow the future of the MCU...
((Spoilers for Agent Carter / Civil War / Captain America))
((If anyone hasn't seen the finale of Agent Carter or they don't want possible spoilers for Cap's future in, or after, Civil War... Then stop reading!))
I finally caught up on [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765) and I am impressed. Not only did this show prove that a woman can carry a show/movie in this universe, just as well as any man can, it also let us see the "Black Widow" program, in a grounded way, and introduced Dr. Feenhoff/Faustess to the MCU.
I have seen several reviews of the final episode(s) as not really setting up anything for the future, or not, overall, fitting in to the MCU. To me, these are completely incorrect, but to realize it, takes a bit of "comic book" knowledge...
As I watched the final episode, the comic nerd in me smiled as the scene at the courthouse played out. To me, this is a direct foreshadowing of what is to become of our dear Captain Steve Rogers.
To set this up you need to know/remember a few things from Winter Soldier.. The girl across the hall from Steve, that Black Widow tries to get him to ask out, is "Agent 13" (Sharon Carter, Peggy's neice). The mercenary type Hydra guy (Rumlow) that Falcon fought in the film's finale, becomes the villain Crossbones.
In the comics, if my memory serves, in the aftermath of Civil War, Steve is on the courthouse steps and is shot by a sniper (Crossbones) in the shoulder. The sniper shot is just a distraction, (just as the rifle shots were a distraction in the final episode of Agent Carter) and as everyone chases him, Steve is "fatally" shot by Sharon Carter, who is brainwashed by Dr. Faustess (Agent Carter's Dr. Feenhoff). After some time, the mantle is picked up by Bucky (Winter Soldier) and he becomes the new Capt., for a while, at least.
So my theory is we will see the courthouse death scene, in some form, at the end of Civil War. Then during Cap 4, Bucky picks up the mantle and becomes the next Captain America. Then Steve returns for the final battle vs Thanos.
My rational: Chris Evans has 2 more pictures in his contract (after [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035)), and Sebastian Shaw signed on for 8 more pictures. So if they kill off Evans at the end of Civil War, then, I believe, they'll bring him back with the Time or Reality gems in [Avengers: Infinity War - Part II](tag:2390833). Then, after Thanos is stopped, Steve can either return to death or get to live out his life as a normal citizen, knowing that the world is in good hands with Bucky as Captain America.
Now who knows if the MCU will follow the comics or how they would explain keeping Dr. Faustess alive for the next 70ish years, but the fact that Agent Carter seems to go a long way to bring this character into the universe, to me, means that he's meant for much more than a setup for Bucky's brainwashing or the brainwashing we saw on Agents of Shield.
As much as I was enjoying Agent Carter, realizing that this show may have just foreshadowed a defining moment in the MCU, makes me all the more impressed.
Those are my thoughts. Let me know what you think down below. And, as always, thanks for reading.