[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is finally upon us, and in typical Marvel Studios style, there's a number of interesting end-credits scenes for fans to sink their teeth into, or in the case of this 150-minute caper, allow their backside to become even more numb. Without any further ado, let's take a closer look at the end-credits scenes of Civil War, and - quite obviously - be aware that spoilers are going to be heavily prevalent throughout. If you haven't seen Civil War, I can't stress enough how much you need to avoid this article (for now).
In the first scene, which takes place halfway through the credits, we see the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) at a secure location in Wakanda, as Black Panther pledges his loyalty to Winter Soldier, explaining that people are probably coming for him, leading to the Winter Soldier returning to cryosleep.
Fairly straightforward in its plot, it's the ramifications of this scene that are particularly intriguing. Unlike throughout the majority of the film, where the Winter Soldier was the one Black Panther was especially looking to take out (he even specifically targets Bucky in the fantastic airport face-off scene), it's clear that his grievances towards him have faltered as the truth behind the manipulation of Zimo (Daniel Brühl) have been revealed.
What's the most curious is who T'Challa is referring to: a decent guess is that it's HYDRA agents - we know that the organisation still exists to some extent - but it could really be anyone. We can gauge that these oncoming forces probably don't have any ties to Iron Man, because Captain America's letter in the film's closing seems to have calmed the tensions between the warring heroes.
Finally, if we're speaking in terms of 2018's Black Panther solo film, my guess is that this could be the forces of a villain such as Ulysses Klaue, who we saw in Age of Ultron, and maybe the Ryan Coogler-directed adventure will feature Bucky and T'Challa teaming up on Wakandan soil against Klaue.
In the second scene immediately as the credits end, we see Peter Parker (Tom Holland) recovering from the injuries he endured in the airport battle, fiddling with his web-blasters, hiding them, and resultantly telling his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) about the man called Steve that attacked him, and Steve's 'big' friend, a clever nod to Ant-Man's incredible growing powers in that scene. It ends with him revealing his blasters again, this time projecting the Spider-Man logo.
This scene is probably a bit more for fan-service than particular advancement of the story, but this still gives us some clues about next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming. It shows us that Spider-Man has something of a playful vendetta against Team Cap, and his allegiance still remains with Iron Man, and judging from that blaster shot right at the end, it's going to take some persuasion indeed to get him away from Iron Man's side. It somewhat qualifies why Iron Man is appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming as opposed to any other Avengers (as far as we know), but mostly secures that Spider-Man is finally here. And boy, is he great.
What did you make of the end-credits scenes? Anything we missed, or have a different take on the scenes? Feel free to drop a comment - I'll always read and reply - and don't forget to follow us if you enjoyed this article and want more like it!