For those who haven't seen Ant-Man in theaters quite yet, there will be SPOILERS for one of the post-credits scenes below, so read on at your own risk. There are actually two post credit scenes, one which features Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and another that helps set up Captain America: Civil War, which is currently filming in Atlanta. This is your last chance to avoid any spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.
The second post-credit scene features Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they have finally caught up with The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). The Winter Soldier's robotic arm is caught in some sort of device, as both Cap and Falcon try to figure out how to get him loose. Falcon says that he "knows a guy," as the scene ends, inferring that he will bring Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to help get the Winter Soldier free. During a recent interview with Buzzfeed, Sebastian Stan shed some new light on this scene, stating that someone else put him in that predicament, not himself.
"I think [what Bucky was caught in was] more of a vise. But it would never happen at his own hand, by his own doing. In terms of that scene in Ant-Man, I've seen some of the ideas people have about it and I would just say that whatever you're seeing on the surface, it's not as obvious as that. There might be a whole lot more to the scene. I would say someone would probably want to put him in a vise."
There were some who speculated that Bucky/Winter Soldier may have done this to himself, to get rid of his robotic arm, but it seems that isn't the case. We know that Paul Rudd's Scott Lang will be featured in Captain America: Civil War, and it seems likely that, after presumably being called upon to help free Bucky, he is then introduced to the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but it still isn't known how large a role he will play in the first Marvel Phase Three adventure.
In related news, Jeremy Renner offered even more details about Captain America: Civil War while promoting Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. With the exception of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), all of The Avengers will be present in Captain America: Civil War, but we still don't know how large his role will be. When pressed for details on the superhero adventure, the actor teased that there is "a lot of stuff happening."
"Yeah, yeah. It's more active. A lot of fun stuff happening in that one. I can't speak too much for it. They're still filming that sucker right now. But yeah, there's a lot of stuff happening in that one physically for me anyway. Then who knows in the future? I don't know what's going to happen."
The actor was also asked if he believes it's a better tactic to keep introducing new characters while eventually phasing out the older roles, or if franchises like the MCU should just stick to focusing on the characters they know the fans love. He responded that it should be a mixture of both honoring the previously-established characters while bringing new blood into the mix. Here's what he had to say below.
"I think it's probably both. It's always great to know that you are going have a job next year or something. That's a fantastic blessing for any actor. It's nice to be able to continue things and characters that you've kind of grown with. But it's always great to have new faces come in. They're not big on replacing people and characters so much, which I think is smart, because there's so many different characters. I think there's going to be a lot of new faces coming up in that world. I'm happy just to be a part of that big universe."