The promotional machine surrounding the modern-day blockbuster has been known to spoil some major plot points, and it sounds like a huge Winter Soldier spoiler just leaked. Seriously, it’s a doozy.
Potentially huge spoilers ahead for Captain America: The Winter Soldier ahead!
Seriously, this is pretty huge, so don’t read ahead unless you want a massive plot point potentially spoiled. Still here? Glad to hear it. Let’s dig in.
The soundtrack title listing has reportedly leaked, and there’s one song title that gives away a pretty massive reveal a few months ahead of time. The track? “Alexander Pierce Is the Red Skull.” Pierce, in case you need a refresher, is the top-level S.H.I.E.L.D. exec played by Robert Redford. Of course, the Red Skull was the main baddie in First Avenger, played by Hugo Weaving at that time.
As if that weren't a smoking gun, some early photos of the toy line for Winter Soldier have also leaked. A strange addition to the sequel’s toy line? Air Raid Red Skull, which is a pretty surprising component for a film that is apparently supposed to focus on the Winter Soldier. Who knows, perhaps Red Skull will play a role in the Winter Soldier’s origin?
Though we have all these threads pointing toward Pierce being Red Skull, it should be taken with a grain of salt at this point. There’s always a chance the soundtrack leak is fake, and the toy could always just be a fluke tossed in to cash in on the first film. But, considering both of these landed at the same time, it’s extremely hard to ignore.
What do you think? Is this a huge twist that Marvel has been keeping under wraps, mass confusion, or misdirection?