After a long, long wait, superhero films are once again widespread Wonder Woman 1984 international theater and HBO max.
And the return of superhero films can only mean one thing: the return of closing credits with Easter egg moments that may or may not make sense depending on your knowledge of the superhero franchise. So let’s dig into the middle of the credits of Wonder Woman 1984.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for Wonder Woman 1984.]
The short scene brings back an ancient Amazon warrior in more ways than one. We follow a figure in a blue cloak as it walks through an open-air market and prevent a heavy pole from falling on bystanders by simply putting up its arm and catching it. She tells a grateful woman that her name is Asteria – just like the heroic Amazon mentioned earlier Wonder Woman 1984
The scene also shows Asteria being played by Lynda Carter, the last actress to play Wonder Woman in live action before Gal Gadot.
Carter is an actress and musician, but she is without a doubt best known for playing Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in 1975 Wonder woman Television series. It was the first live-action adaptation the Amazon warrior had ever seen – and there wouldn’t be another live-action show about a superhero until 2002 birds of prey.
Asteria is a new role for Carter – and a new character for DC’s take. To be fair, there are a few Amazons named Asteria here and there in Wonder Woman’s 80 year history, but none of them are particularly noteworthy. According to Wonder Woman 1984Asteria turned against the whole world to give her sisters time to escape bondage. She wore a suit made of golden eagle armor made up of all of her armor. Her sacrifice was to walk alone in the human world forever. The credits of Wonder Woman 1984
Secret Amazons ???
The idea of even more women like Wonder Woman roaming around outside of Themyscira is no stranger to the DC Universe – Paradise Island wouldn’t be as idyllic if it were a prison (though it’s so annoying not to be able to go back if you can walk).
In comics from the 2000s, Lex Luthor had his own bodyguard of the Amazon heritage, based on the character from Mercy Graves Superman: The Animated Series
And then there is the Bana-Mighdall, a whole splinter tribe of the Amazons in the human world. When the gods gave the Amazons freedom from enslavement and the island of Themyscira, the Bana-Mighdall raised their middle fingers in the air – after all, the gods had allowed them to be enslaved at all. These mortal Amazons took bloody revenge on all the men they had clapped in chains and eventually, with the blessing of the Egyptian goddesses, founded a secret city in Egypt.
For 3,000 years they refined their mercenary culture and kidnapped local men to populate their breeding stables until Wonder Woman rediscovered them and helped them reintegrate into Amazon society on Themyscira. It doesn’t seem like Asteria is the sort to pair with the war-loving and cynical Bana-Mighdall, but who knows? Maybe they’ll show up in one Wonder woman 3.