As expected, there’s a post credits scene in “Wonder Woman 1984” but what exactly did it mean? Let’s discuss it and needless to say spoilers ahead…
“Wonder Woman 1984” opened this past Friday in theaters and on HBO Max as Diana Prince once again teamed up with Steve Trevor, this time in order to stop Maxwell Lord from wishing his way to world domination while also going up against an apex predator named Barbara Minerva.
After Diana is able to save the day, the credits roll but as we’ve become accustomed to with most superhero movies these days, there was a post-credits scene.
This one involved the revelation of Lynda Carter — the original Wonder Woman from the 1970’s TV series — as Asteria, a character that was previously mentioned in the film but only realized in that post credits scene.
To understand the history of that character, you don’t need to go searching through back issues of Wonder Woman comic books because no one named Asteria exists.
Instead this particular origin story only goes back about an hour into “Wonder Woman 1984” when Diana is at home in her apartment searching for a way to stop Maxwell Lord without rescinding her own wish from the Dreamstone and that’s when Steve Trevor spots a giant artifact hidden beneath sheets in her office.
Diana then explains that this is the Golden Armor that once belonged to Asteria — one of the greatest Amazon warriors of all time.
It seems in ancient times, the Amazons were enslaved by man but Diana’s mother was finally able to free them. In order to escape, the Amazons took pieces of all of their armor to build one great suit that could protect Asteria as she stayed behind to stave off man from hunting them down while the rest escaped to Themyscira. Asteria sacrificed herself in order for the Amazons to survive.
When Diana arrived in the world after leaving Themyscira, she searched and searched for Asteria but only found the armor that once belonged to her.
Towards the end of the movie, Diana actually wears the Golden Armor when she battles Cheetah as she seeks to stop Maxwell Lord from essentially bringing about the end of the world through a nuclear apocalypse.
In the post credits scene, Lynda Carter is revealed as Asteria, which means that the greatest Amazon warrior in history is still alive and saving people even to this day.
What does that mean for the future now that we know “Wonder Woman 3” is on the way?
Well, that’s tough to say. Lynda Carter appearing is certainly a great nod to the past considering she portrayed “Wonder Woman” on screen before anyone else but her appearance as Asteria could just be paying tribute to her contribution to the character. Then again with a third “Wonder Woman” film coming soon, Asteria’s return could play into some kind of bigger plot involving Diana.
“Wonder Woman 1984” is in theaters now as well as HBO Max for the next month.