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Avengers: Endgame isn’t done giving up its secrets. In the wake of the Marvel flick’s home release, fans are beginning to scour every frame for Easter eggs they may have missed in the theater. In fact, a big one has recently come to light, involving a villain who just seems to keep popping up.
You’ll remember that in Endgame’s second act, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are forced to use their last Pym Particle to travel back in time to the 1970’s in an attempt to secure the Space Stone, after their attempt to do so during their trip to the Battle of New York goes pear-shaped.
The pair infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where the Infinity Stone is being housed, and in the course of the mission, Stark is thrown for a loop when he runs into his father Howard.
During their conversation, Howard mentions Arnim Zola, the HYDRA scientist who was captured by the agency that would become S.H.I.E.L.D. during the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Zola was pressed into the service of S.H.I.E.L.D., but of course, the nefarious scientist had a hidden agenda to assist in spreading HYDRA’s influence within the organization.
We subsequently learned in Captain America: The WInter Soldier that this effort was a smashing success, and that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA scum to its very highest levels. We also learned that Zola, who had long since died, had digitized his consciousness, uploading it into a massive bank of old-school computers as a way of making sure that he would continue to have influence over S.H.I.E.L.D.’s inner workings. Keep watching the video as we show how you totally missed the big Endgame cameo from this villain!
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