Nashville, Tennessee, USA - November, 8th 2011: A black Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console with a controller and a copy of the widely popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video game leaning on it, photographed against a white background.
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How Modern Warfare 2 References The Original's Most Controversial Mission
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"
In "No Russian," the most infamous mission in the original "Modern Warfare 2," players go undercover in Makarov's crew as they massacre an airport full of innocent people. Makarov reminds his partners not to speak in their native tongue, warning them: "No Russian." The mission leads to World War III, and the newest “Call of Duty” has a curious reference to it.
At the end of the new "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," none other than Vladimir Makarov, one of the darkest villains in "Call of Duty" history, is named as the next bounty for Price. A post-credits scene shows an aircraft passenger putting together a gun as he gets a text from an unnamed "M" character, reading: "Ready?" The passenger responds: "No Russian."
Makarov didn't play a role in the two rebooted "Modern Warfare" games, but will likely play a role in the near-guaranteed sequel. Although there are no missions that copy the same beats as “No Russian” in the new "Call of Duty," it looks like Infinity Ward isn't avoiding its most notorious mission. It’ll be interesting to see what this means for the inevitable "Modern Warfare 3."