The 'Wonder Woman 1984' Post-Credit Scene Is a Loving Tribute and Possibly a Sequel Tease
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Wonder Woman 1984 may be far from perfect, but at least we're seeing a montage of Chris Pine trying on some delicious 80s fits. What is there to complain about?
Perhaps the most satisfying moment in the film is the post-credit scene. We see a woman with black hair walking through a market when something drops a huge beam over a little girl. The woman catches the beam and saves the child. She turns to reveal that this overpowering woman is not Gal Gadot's Diana, but another Amazonian who identifies as Asteria.
Wonder Woman fans will be thrilled to see Asteria in the live action film, but so will the actress she plays. Asteria is played by Lynda Carter, who was known as Wonder Woman in the 1975-1979 television series.
In the DC Extended Universe, she is not a Wonder Woman, but a different character from comic history known as Asteria. As the DC Wiki explains Asteria:
When Zeus created Themyscira, Asteria was left alone, holding back the attacking waves of man so her sisters in arms could flee to the safety of their permanent home. Sometime after Diana left the island, she looked for the warrior of legend, but could only find her gold armor. She eventually hid it in a secret room in her Washington, D.C. home.
Diana briefly explains this backstory to Chris Pine's Steve Trevor at the beginning of the film. As this post-credit scene shows, Diana only found the armor because it appears that Asteria is alive and well, and may have acted as the protector of Earth for hundreds of years.
It is unclear what this means for the future Wonder Woman film franchise. Director Patty Jenkins described this scene as "some sort of" button in the film. So this could either be just a moment of fan service or a taste of what might be coming in Wonder Woman 3. Fans would surely love Gadot's Wonder Woman and Carter's Asteria to work together in another movie. The plans for a Wonder Woman 3 are currently being put on hold.
As Gadot recently told Variety, a third film in the series would give "a nice finish".
"We have no idea," said Gadot. "You never know. I would like to do another, if the story is great, and of course with Patty [Jenkins]. But I don't know. We'll have to wait and see."
Jenkins has since said she would only direct a third Wonder Woman when it opens in theaters.
Given Carter's Wonder Woman series landing on HBO Max, which is conveniently slated for release in 1984, it could be an indication that Warner Bros. has big plans for the 69-year-old actress.
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