[Potential Spoilers] Did Hasbro just reveal a major plot twist for Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Taylor Landine July 29, 2013 7


At Comic Con 2013 Hasbro revealed a first look at their upcoming Marvel Legends Toy line, and with it some new action figures with designs from both the Comic and Cinematic Universe, one such reveal has now been not only raising some questions, but causing many to wonder if a MAJOR plot point for Captain America: The Winter Soldier had been revealed.



During the Hasbro Marvel Panel at the San Diego Comic Con slideshow, the new Marvel Legends & movie action figure line’s alignment was revealed.

During the 2014 toy line Sneak Peek, Hasbro showed a Marvel Now “comic” Captain America, a “comic” Baron Zemo, then the next slide appeared with both a “movie” Red Skull and A.I.M. Soldier.

The Website Toyark.com was able to snag a photo of this slide,


 Now while it could have been a simple typo, or a reference to a future “Animated Movie” and not Captain America: The Winter Soldier, if it is legitimately accurate and is in reference to the life action film line it could have some major consequences.

First off, lets address the lesser of the two, The A.I.M. Soldier.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe should instantly recognize that A.I.M. was a major plot point of Iron Man 3, with its head Aldrich Killian/The Mandarin being the major villain.

While its likely that A.I.M. could continue to cross over, and rumors are even stating that there will be MAJOR aim references in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man film, its interesting to see that not does this figure imply that A.I.M had full on Soldiers now, but that they are garbed in the same design as their comicbook counterparts.

Now to the second, and bigger  implication from these figures.  The return of Red Skull. While his apparent demise at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger at the hands of the Cosmic Cube was accepted widely as he was transported out into the unknown it is possible that somewhere after his transport and during the 70+ years that Captain America was frozen he could have returned back to Earth.

While it is being speculated that his reveal could be actually possibly supporting the theory that Robert Redford’s character is the Red Skull in disguise. A closer look at the figure itself and what the Red Skull is wearing may yield even more startling developments.



What if the Red Skull is posing as Nick Fury? Its not outside the realm of possibilities that Red Skull could have returned sometime in that 70+ year gap of time, and we know from the first film that he is very capable at making realistic looking rubber faces.

Now I would be irritated if it turns out that Nick Fury was Red Skull the whole time, and I doubt that would even happen. But if this is true, it would be an interesting development and could even create a “lets go find where Red hid Nick” plot for future films.

But there are a few things to keep in mind, first off, this is Hasbro making this toy. Hasbro is notorious over the years for using the same sculpt for multiple toys, and just changing some minor details. However one could argue against the idea due to the fact that Hasbro has stated in the past that this new line would be featuring entirely new sculpts, but then again that could just be Hasbro trying to regain some credibility after so many mistakes on their part.

Admittedly this could just be a huge coincidence or a big mistake on Hasbro’s part, but either way, given that this figure was labeled as “Movie,” and that this Red Skull toy is a 6″ version while the Sam Jackson/Nick Fury one is only 3″ its leading many to assume its not a mistake and it was intentional. Either way, fans will know for sure in the coming months.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to hit April 4th 2014.


  1. taquito July 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    2 things.

    First, buck bodies. It’s just something Hasbro and all major toy companies do. This is akin to saying Red Skull is Ben Affleck Daredevil because they shared the same body sculpt in the early Marvel Legends line. There’s just as much merit in that claim based on the evidence presented.

    Secondly, we saw how the cube transports people with Thor and Loki at the end of Avengers. It’s worth noting that they just went in a brilliant flash of light, whereas Red Skull was slowly, painfully, disintegrated. Seems like kind of a pull to say it was “accepted widely” that he was transported, considering that based on the actual appearance of the transportation process, Skull didn’t quite get such a quick and jolly ride.

  2. Ryan July 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    that is bull the only reason the two figures look alike is because hasbro is being cheap hasbro is not smart enough to do that

  3. Cheryl July 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Or it just means that like always Hasbro is super cheap and re-uses molds 9 times out of 10. 😛 Nice try though.

  4. Jesse Baker July 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Not a spoiler; it’s the new way Hasbro is doing their lines: IE cramming them full of comic themed characters to actually freaking get the comic centric figures to customers who have been complaining for YEARS about the big chain trend where they REFUSE TO CARRY a toy line if it’s not a movie line.

    With stores shunning Marvel Legends and the Marvel Universe lines to double down on crappy movie figures no one wants, Hasbro has announced that they are going to make upcoming movie lines be all about comic figures. Hence why Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have Boomerang and Black Cat and Ultimate Green Goblin and Beetle, the Wolverine line having Cyclops and Emma Frost, and why they have promised that the upcoming DOFP X-Men line will have fan demanded characters like comic version Rogue instead of movie Rogue

  5. Trebzz July 30, 2013 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Imagine if Captain America dies but then returns as the Human Torch hahahahahah

  6. Markus The Viking July 30, 2013 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Well, the AIM soldier would support one of my Origin of Ultron Theories.

    Bare with me, So, In the MCU, Red Skull returned Shortly after his apparent demise. He found Bucky and Trained him to become the winter Soldier.

    Agents of Hydra have Since Infiltrated A.I.M.

    Now, AIM, after having come into contact with Iron Man, and Salvaged some of the Destroyed Armour (as at the End of Iron Man 3) found traces of JARVIS’ code, This AI is the Basis for Ultron. BUT The Red Skull’s mind is used as a Template to complete the Ultron code. By Arnim Zola. (Who is still alive, btw.)

    So, Ultron turns AIM into a militaristic organisation, Much like Hydra Was in WWII.

    It is entirely Possible that between the Events of Iron Man 3 and Winter Soldier that Nick Fury goes Missing (as he has many times) And Red Skull infililtrates SHIELD posing as Fury. Which is how SHIELD stays blind to the Actions of AIM.


    At least, that would be my Crazy Theory, If it Turns out to be accurate, I really should Apply for a job at Marvel Studios 😛

  7. HappyMark July 30, 2013 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Well the plot twist in Captain America 2 is not gonna be a problem like Iron Man 3 just as long as Marvel DOES NOT keep doing the same crap like they did to ruin Mandarin in Iron Man 3

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