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The Wonder Woman 1984 Post-Credit Scene Is a Loving Tribute and Possibly a Sequel Tease

Here's what those final moments mean for the future of the DC franchise.
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Wonder Woman 1984 may be far from perfect, but at least we get to see a montage of Chris Pine trying on some delicious '80s fits. What's there to complain about?

Perhaps the most satisfying moment of the film comes in the post-credit scene. We see a woman with black hair walking through a market when something causes a giant beam to start falling right over a little girl. The woman catches the beam, saving the kid. She turns around, revealing this superpowered woman is not Gal Gadot's Diana, but another Amazonian who identifies herself as Asteria.

Fans of Wonder Woman will be excited to see Asteria in the live action film, but also the actress who plays her. Asteria is played by Lynda Carter, who famously stared as Wonder Woman in the TV series that aired from 1975 to 1979.

In the DC Extended Universe, she is not Wonder Woman but another character from comic book lore known as Asteria. As the DC wiki explains Asteria:

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When Zeus created Themyscira, Asteria, alone, stayed behind holding back the attacking waves of man so her sisters in arms could flee to the safety of what would become their permanent home.At some point after Diana left the island, she sought the warrior of legend, but could only find her golden armor. She eventually stashed it in a secret room in her home in Washington, D.C.

Diana briefly explains this backstory earlier in the film to Chris Pine's Steve Trevor. As this post-credit scene reveals, the reason Diana only found the armor is because it appears Asteria is alive and well, and has possibly been acting as a protector to Earth for hundreds of years.

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It's unclear what this means for the Wonder Woman film franchise going forward. Director Patty Jenkins has described this scene as "kind of" a button on the film. So, this could either be just a moment of fan service or a tease of what could come in Wonder Woman 3. Fans certainly would be delighted to see Gadot's Wonder Woman and Carter's Asteria team up in another movie. But, plans for a Wonder Woman 3 are on hold right now.

As Gadot recently told Variety, a third movie would provide "nice closure" to the series.

“We have no idea,” Gadot said. “You never know. I would love to do another one if the story is great and with Patty [Jenkins] of course. But I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”

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Jenkins, meanwhile, has said she'd only direct a third Wonder Woman if it opens in theaters.

However, with Carter's Wonder Woman series landing on HBO Max conveniently timed to the release of 1984, that might be an indication that Warner Bros. has big plans for the 69-year-old actress going forward.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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