As always every MCU movie has to include a fair-share of Easter Eggs. Some are interesting to look; some are extremely intriguing to the point we have to ask: “Why did they put that in?” Enjoying movies aside, finding these fascinating Easter Eggs is also a fun thing to do (which we sure many of us really like to). And just as Avengers Infinity War is coming near, it is time to check out some of the best MCU Easter Eggs!
*This list is subjective only, if there is anything we miss or you don’t agree on, feel free to share with us.
1. The Incredible Hulk (2008): The purple pants
Starting off we have a fun Easter Egg from The Incredible Hulk back in 2008. During the early minutes of the film, Bruce Banner got a new big, elasticated purple pants, which would clearly stick to his entire life. Otherwise, not much to discuss since… we know that our big green guy loves wearing these purple pants.
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008): The Leader
This Easter Egg is in this original Hulk film and in fact, it can be quite sad for Hulk’s fans. For those who have watched the film, probably you will remember a scene by the end of the film when Samuel Sterns seemed to transform into a “thing” called as The Leader. And for those who don’t know, he is among the biggest Hulk’s nemeses even to this day.
According to his original comics story, Samuel Sterns was not exactly an… intelligent individual. He was discriminated by his family due to his more intelligent and successful brother. In his adulthood, Samuel got a night shift job at a chemical research plant. “Unfortunately”, one night Samuel got bathed in gamma radiation due to an incident. Miraculously he did not die, but rather, becoming hyper-intelligent. Soon after, with his newfound intellect, he casted aside his human identity and assume a new one as The Leader – a genius criminal mastermind. The Leader has crossed paths with Bruce Banner/The Hulk numerous times, which makes him quite a great antagonist in a Hulk movie. However, with the reworked Hulk/Bruce Banner from The Avengers movie in 2012, it is less likely that we will get to see The Leader in MCU soon.
3. Iron Man (2008): Fin Fang Foom
2008 is the first time we see Iron Man in proper live-action by Robert Downey Jr. It is also the first step to bring the all-famous Iron Man – Tony Stark to the world as we know today. Interesting enough, there is an Easter Egg which is a bit difficult to find at first as it only appeared in brief moment when Iron Man zoomed down on the road. If we pay attention, we will see a poster on the right side’s building. This poster features a dragon-like head, which is actually reference to Fin Fang Foom – an alien dragon-like creature and also one of Iron Man’s nemeses.
In the original comics, Fin Fang Foom is a Makluan, a dragon-like alien race with the ability of shapeshifting. In Foom’s case, he possesses tremendous power with the body resembling Chinese dragon. Long ago, Fin Fang Foom and some of his kin left their homeland and desired to conquer other planets. The group eventually came to China of Earth and transformed into human in order to blend in the human’s society until they could finally begin their plan. However, Foom was appointed to be the back-up member in case something went wrong. Foom actually awoken and he has fought with Iron Man several times and also with other Earth heroes like The Hulk. Despite being quite an interesting antagonist, we doubt that Fin Fang Foom will appear in MCU anytime soon.
4. Iron Man 2 (2010): Namor?
Coming to Iron Man 2, fans get to see quite an interesting scene when Tony Stark talking with Nick Fury by the end of the film. In this scene, there was a S.H.I.E.L.D’s map showing all countries in the world with various red hotspots highlighted. Among those spots, we have seen a location indicating Wakanda – homeland of Black Panther, and a location indicating the middle of Atlantic Ocean. Since we already had Black Panther movie just recently on February 2018, could it be that we will get to see Namor in MCU one day?
But who’s Namor? In certain degree, we can compare him to DC Comics’ Aquaman. Namor is the son of a sailor named Leonard McKenzie and princess of Atlantic – Princess Fen. Just like Aquaman, Namor is the prince of the sea and eventually, he became the king of the water world under many aliases: Prince of Atlantis, Emperor of the Deep, or Lord of the Seven Seas. Namor makes lots of appearance in many important events throughout Marvel Comics timeline like Avengers vs X-Men, Secret Wars, and Secret Empire. For such a cool character with cool background, it will be extremely fun to see him in MCU.
5. Captain America the First Avenger (2011): The original Human Torch
This Easter Egg will be difficult to spot out for those who haven’t read Marvel Comics before, or did not know about Marvel Comics back in 1930s – 1940s. In Captain America the First Avenger, there is a particular scene when Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes enter the exhibition of future technologies. In this scene, audiences can clearly see a red figure wearing bright red jumpsuit in glass cage. This actually refers to the very first Human Torch character created in 1939.
This original Human Torch was an android and he did not relate to the later Fantastic Four in anyway. But when Jonathan Storm’s version of Human Torch came, along with the Fantastic Four, this original Human Torch android was quickly forgotten. However, with this Easter Egg, we may actually see this guy back in action some days.
6. Captain America the First Avenger (2011): Hitler punch
This Easter Egg is probably more popular especially for Captain America’s fans. In the first Captain America issue released on 1941, its cover obviously presented a scene when Captain America punched Hitler in the face (and that was a good one too, we give it that). Then in Captain America the First Avenger, we get to see this shot again (not one, but trice). Not exactly something many people will like but… interesting nonetheless.
7. Thor (2011): Journey into Mystery
This is another fun reference to the original Marvel Comics. In this movie, when Thor arrives at New Mexico, there is a scene when audiences can see a huge advertising billboard showing a beautiful landscape, along with a short quote: “Land Of Enchantment… Journey Into Mystery.” “Journey Into Mystery” possibly referred to the Journey into Mystery #83 which introduced Thor the first time. It was also when Thor became an important hero in Marvel heroes pantheon. So in other words, this Easter Eggs in Thor (2011) could also be a sign telling us that Thor would also become an important character in MCU (which turned out he did).
8. Thor (2011): The Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s Vault
Besides the fun Easter Egg mentioned above aside, this movie also featured an important Easter Egg related to the upcoming Avengers Infinity War. In the movie there was a scene when the Destroyer awoken and killed the 2 thieves in Asgard Vault. And in this very same scene, we got to see a golden artifact which strikingly resembled the Infinity Gauntlet. This exact Easter Egg caused fans to go wild and come up with tons of theories. But later on in Thor Ragnarok, it was confirmed by Hela that the Infinity Gauntlet in the Vault was actually a fake. So where did the real Gauntlet go? Well, we already have the answer: Thanos!
In case you don’t know what Infinity Gauntlet is, in short, it is an immensely powerful artifact made by Thanos himself to contain the 6 Infinity Gems including: Power Gem, Time Gem, Soul Gem, Space Gem, Reality Gem, and Mind Gem. Each of these Infinity Gems represents and allows full control a particular fundamental aspect of the world. By combining them with the Infinity Gauntlet, the holder can gain cosmic-level power which can only be surpassed by a few entities, namely Living Tribunal and The-One-Above-All. We don’t know for sure how powerful Infinity Gauntlet will be in Avengers Infinity War. But we can sure that Thanos will more likely to give the Avengers a good beating.
9. The Avengers (2012): Project 42 – Project Pegasus
In The Avengers (2012), there was a scene when we can clearly see a huge metal sign saying “Project Pegasus”. This actually referred to the Project 42 – Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S (Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/United States) in Marvel Comics. In the comics, this project was created in order to study different forms of energy. Later on, it was also used to imprison individuals with superpowers.
Back to MCU version, the Project 42 was a secret operation carried out by S.H.I.E.L.D in order to study the Tesseract. However, after Thor taking the Tesseract back to Asgard, this project was cancelled and any trace of it was erased by S.H.I.E.L.D. That also possibly means we can’t get to see any more of this infamous project.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Howard the Duck
This is quite a funny one since Howard the Duck is not a canon character in Marvel Comics. In fact, Howard the Duck was born in a parallel Universe of Earth-791021 which also called as Duckworld. In this alternate reality, ducks evolved into Humanoid Ducks with full mental and physical capability just as human (consider it’s like the world of beings like Donald Duck in Disney). The fact that he appeared in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was quite an amusing moment indeed. Will he become a canon character in MCU? We are not sure. But let’s hope he does because that will be over 9000!
11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): The Cocoon in the Collector’s Museum
If you have watched 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you probably have noticed the peculiar cocoon in the Collector’s Museum. That was actually Adam Warlock’s, one of the most important characters in Marvel Universe. Originally Adam Warlock was an artificial human being created to be the perfect man on Earth. At the time he had no name and people only referred him as “Him”. After certain events, Adam hid in a regenerative cocoon and later on, he was reborn under a new name: Adam Warlock.
This Easter Egg may be much more important than we initially thought because Adam played a vital role in The Infinity Gauntlet in Marvel Comics. In this event, Thanos successfully gathered all 6 Infinity Gems along with the Infinity Gauntlet. With this overpowered artifact in his hand, Thanos became even more dangerous to the Universe. But eventually Thanos’s dark crusade was stopped by Adam Warlock along with other Marvel heroes (and certain villains if we count them in).
Since Avengers Infinity War will feature Thanos with the power of Infinity Gauntlet, let’s hope that Adam Warlock will also make his appearance in this movie.
12. The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014): Special Projects
The Amazing Spider Man 2 was kind of a “black sheep” among Spider Man movies. Still, we have to give it credits where it deserves. The film featured a lot of fun Easter Eggs and among those, we have interesting names on the Special Projects of Osborn Corp.
When Harry Osborn browsed a list of suspicious projects left behind by his father, there were several interesting names coming out on top if you noticed: Otto Octavius (Dr. Octopus), Michael Morbius (Morbius the Living Vampire), and Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard). These dangerous villains opened a new possibility that we may see a Marvel film where the supervillains group Sinister Six founded.
13. Avengers Age of Ultron (2015): Jocasta
In Avengers Age of Ultron, Tony’s famous AI – J.A.R.V.I.S was “destroyed” by Ultron, which made Tony to find a new AI for replacement. Among the drives containing AI, Tony passed a particular drive with the name “Jocasta” on each, which highly referred to the android Jocasta in Marvel Comics.
In the comics version, Ultron was created by Hank Pym and later on, he made an android named Jocasta which served as his “bride”. Her program was built based on the Hank Pym’s ex-wife Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp). Since Jocasta AI program was featured in the movie, possibly we will get to see Tony activate her soon. Whether she will co-operate with Ultron and wreck the world once again or not? That’s waiting to be seen.
14. Doctor Strange (2016): Dr Nicodemus West
2016’s Doctor Strange is an interesting movie with impressive cinematic settings (especially the magical spells, they look awesome!). And of course, it did include a fair share of references. One of such references is the appearance of Nicodemus West who operated on Doctor Strange’ hands.
Originally in the comics, Nicodemus West used to train with the Ancient One. However, he soon abandoned his training half-way and became an evil CEO of Timely Pharmaceuticals which aimed to crush any form of magical healing. Honestly, West’s died pretty soon in the comics but his appearance in the movie gave fans a new hope. Many people wanted to see him developing as an bad-ass villain but unfortunately with the plot development as we’ve seen so far, it seems to be unlikely.
15. Thor Ragnarok (2017): Man-Thing, Beta Ray Bill, Ares, and Bi-Beast
The final Easter Egg in this list includes a number of interesting characters from the comics. In the scene showing the tower in Sakaar, there are 4 head statues of 4 characters:
- Beta Ray Bill: Imagine he’s like “Thor 2.0” with power and armor similar to the real Thor. His power and physiology are like Thor and he also helped Asgard many times.
- Ares: The son of Zues and Hera, revered as the God of War in ancient Rome and Greece. Unfortunately his role seems not as significant as the Ares in DC Comics.
- Bi-Beast: This android was created by Bird People with two heads (one on top of the other). One head possesses the knowledge of war while the other possesses the knowledge of culture. He is quite a formidable entity with relative high intelligent and physical strength.
- Man-Thing: Man-Thing was originally a human named Theodore Sallis. He himself developed “Serum SO-2” which gives toxic immunity but at the same time but potentially turns users into monsters. Unfortunately for Sallis, when he died in the swamp, the serum combining with swamp energy transformed him into a creature known as Man-Thing.
And that’s it folks! Don’t agree with our list? Feel free to share with us and for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!
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