20 Best Hard-to-See Easter Eggs In MCU
The MCU has spawned the greatest box-office hits of the past decade and create an amazing saga with a story that connects its characters in many ways, but the makers of the films have also included special bits and pieces that only true fans might have noticed. We have gathered that best MCU Easter Eggs every made, so let’s take a look.
1. Iron Man – Blackbird
The first Iron Man, which heralded the MCU, was a huge risk for Marvel, and we saw a bunch of cool Easter Eggs in it. This one involved a test run for Iron Man Mark II, which can go as high as the SR-71 Blackbird, a real aircraft that was also the inspiration for the jet of the X-Men in both the comic books and the films.
2. The Incredible Hulk – Rick Jones
This film was a fairly successful hit for Marvel, but not for actor Edward Norton, who decided to leave, and the part was given to Mark Ruffalo who had been Louis Leterrier's first choice for the character. The Easter Egg in this movie is the name of Rick Jones, which was seen in the opening credits. He was the Hulk’s friend and also a sidekick for Captain America, Captain Marvel and more. He later becomes a sort of Hulk.
3. Iron Man 2 – Wakanda
This movie might not have been as successful as the first one, but we did see a bunch of fun Easter Eggs, and when Tony and Nick Fury are at S.H.I.E.L.D., you might have noticed a map in the background with several things marked. One of those markers was place on Africa, possibly indicating Wakanda, and the other marker might be Namor and Marvel’s Atlantis.
4. Thor – Donald Blake
When Thor goes to Earth, he encounters a bunch of different things that he not used to, and people look at him strangely because of his attire. Jane Foster gives him a T-shirt that belonged to an ex-boyfriend, and it had a name tag with the name “Donald Blake”. In the comic books, this was the human who later became Thor, and it was later retconned to state that Donald Blake was originally Thor, who had his memories wiped by his father Odin.
5. Captain America: The First Avenger – The Red Button
Tommy Lee Jones plays the character of Colonel Chester Philips, who chases Valkyrie in a car, and he accidentally pushes a red button that says “do not push”, which hoists the car to the track. Jones was also in Men in Black, and in a scene with Will Smith, he tells him to push the red button, so it’s a fun little nod to an iconic movie.
6. The Avengers – Hugin and Munin
The first team-up of the Avengers had some pretty interesting stuff that only fans could stop, but this one was particularly hard. When Thor and Loki are on that mountain at night, we hear something in the background, which creators revealed to be Odin’s ravens, Hugin and Munin. The god uses these creatures as his eyes to other worlds.
7. Iron Man 3 – Star Wars
This might have been the least successful movie with Iron Man as the beginning of Marvel’s phase two, but it is always fun to spot the Easter Eggs. Director Kevin Feige is a big fan of Star Wars, so he decided to add a little something. In the fight between Tony Stark and Aldrich Killian, the later gets his hand chopped off, and it’s a nod to The Empire Strikes Back.
8. Thor: The Dark World – X-23
Erik Selvig went a little insane, and there is a scene where he talks about Convergence in a home for old folks. In that blackboard, we can spot a bunch of different things from the Marvel Universe. One of them is a reference to Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, creators of X-23. We also see 616 Universe, and the dimension Doctor Strange imprisoned the Hulk.
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Ezekiel 25:17
The Winder Soldier was also a commentary on the political climate of the time, according to Joe Russo, who decided to include hot topics like civil rights, drones, and analytical technology. There are also many Easter Eggs like the one where there is a quote from the Bible on Nick Fury’s gravestone referencing Pulp Fiction, and Samuel’s Jackson’s famous line.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy – Cosmo the Dog and Howard the Duck
The scene where they visit the Collector is a treasure trove of Easter Eggs, and as the heroes go through his museum we can spot Cosmo the Spacedog, and who later appears in the post-credits scene as a free dog. You might remember that he became Head of Security at Knowhere in the comic books. We also see Howard the Duck.
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron – Betty and Veronica
We see many new characters in this movie and the Hulkbuster suit which was first seen in Iron Man #304. In the MCU, Tony, who has many secrets, and Bruce made this armor and launched it from a platform called Veronica, and we know that Bruce is in love with a woman named Betty, so those are both references to the Archie comic books.
12. Ant-Man – Tales to Astonish
There is a scene where Cross talks about the possibility of Ant-Man working during the Cold War and says that it’s just “Soviet propaganda” and “tales to astonish”. The latter is a direct reference to Tales to Astonish #27, where Hank Pym made his first appearance. The movie also discusses the Avengers and the Quantum Realm.
13. Captain America: Civil War – The Futurist
Civil War finally brought to light the differences between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, but it also had a bunch of much more interesting Easter Eggs like when Hawkeye calls Stark “the futurist”. This a reference to Robert Downey Jr.’s 2004 jazz record called The Futurist. It’s clear that movies not only include tidbits from the comic books, but also from pop culture.
14. Doctor Strange – Black Knight
During Doctor Strange’s fight with Kaecilius in the Sanctum Sanctorum, eagle-eyed fans probably spotted a helmet that used to belong to the Black Knight. This character was introduced in Avengers #47 in 1967, and he has a sword called Ebony Blade which holds a lot of power. He later becomes an Avenger, so we could see him later on in the MCU.
15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Adam Warlock
During the second installment, the Guardians are hired by the Sovereign, but when Rockets steals their batteries, they get chased down by the leader Ayesha and her army. In the post-credits scene, we see her looking at a weird golden cocoon and says the name "Adam". Fans are expecting that this is a reference to Adam Warlock, who needs to be brought into the MCU. Sadly, James Gunn shed some light on this.
16. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Silk
In this new Spider-Man version, we saw a bunch of beloved character from the Spidey storyline. One of them was Cindy Moon, a girl in Peter’s academic decathlon team. This girl was also bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter and became Silk. She was seen once again at the beginning of Infinity War when Spidey in the school bus.
17. Thor: Ragnarok – Beta Ray Bill
In the Champion’s Tower at Sakaar, we saw a bunch of Easter Eggs as it featured the heads of previous champions like Ares, Man-Thing, Bi-Beast, and Beta Ray Bill. The most beloved one is Beta Ray Bill who is a Korbinite and was once capable of lifting Mjolnir and became Thor. He later received his own weapon called Stormbreaker, which we saw getting made in Infinity War, although we don't know if it's the same one.
18. Black Panther – The White Wolf
This movie was incredibly successful, proving that a black superhero could headline a major motion picture, and we got to see Bucky Barnes once again in the post-credits scene. Some kids called him the White Wolf, but in the comics, the White Wolf is T’challa’s adoptive brother, Hunter.
19. Avengers: Infinity War – The use of the Reality Stone
There are many Easter Eggs in this movie, so it was hard to pick on, but there’s a scene where Thanos used the Reality Gem to turn Drax into blocks and Mantis into ribbons. This is a reference to the scene in the comic books where he does it to Nebula and Eros. It’s nice to see something taken directly from the source.
20. Avengers: Infinity War – The Red Bands of Cyttorak
When Tony, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and the Guardians face off against Thanos on Titan, the magician uses the bands of Cyttorak to stop the villain. This is a spell that Doctor Strange commonly uses in the comic books. Furthermore, Spider-Man also decided to web the Mad Titan’s face, which a reference to the printed work too.
What did you think of our favorite MCU Easter Eggs? Did you spot them all before reading this list? We love how the creators of the films really study their craft and give fans little nods along the way. It makes all the more exciting. If you liked this article, share it with your friends while talking about your favorite scene in this franchise. See you next time!
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