Captain America: Civil War After Credits Scene: What Does it Mean and What's Next?

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SPOILERS Ahead for the Final post-credits scene of Captain America: Civil War!

The credits rolled, and you were still flipping out over Black Panther's final line: "Let them try." Man, what a moment. But then there was one more thing for you to feast your eyes upon.

The final, final, final scene of the film, right at the end of the credits, features none other than your friendly neighborhood (new) Spider-Man. Actor Tom Holland sits in Peter Parker's room, quips with Aunt May about Steve from Brooklyn giving him a black eye (that's Captain America - come on, didn't you just watch this movie?), and sets off a spider signal from his web-shooter.

If you didn't pick up on the subtext of the film, yes, Tony Stark helped design an all-new costume for the all-new Spider-Man. With the lens-eyes and some web-shooter upgrades, it's clear that Spidey has some new tech.

Yes, the Spidey-Signal may have seemed a little goofy, and a little too much like a certain bat-vigilante, but believe it or not it dates back to Amazing Spider-Man #3, also the debut of Doc Ock, back in 1963. The gag was actually more of a joke referencing the classic Spidey cartoon, though, where the signal was a flashlight that shone out of - you guessed it - his web-shooters! What it was really for though was to show definitively that Tony Stark had a hand in its creation.

Spider-Man's next step is Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters in just 14 months, on July 7, 2017. We know that Robert Downey Jr. will be in the movie as Tony Stark once again, as well, so we may see some additional Spider-suit upgrades then. Spidey, like Black Panther, got to largely forego the origin story. Now that he has a mentor, has fought alongside (and against) major superpowered heroes, and has a spectacular, amazing new supersuit, Spider-Man will have what seems, from the context, will be his first solo adventure against a superpowered villain.