The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a master of putting in Easter Eggs and references in every movie and TV Show they produce. These movies contain things that you would have never seen coming and they are in such blink and you’ll miss moments that if you’re not looking with full attention, you totally end up missing them. Here is a list of things that you completely missed in the MCU.
Wakanda- Iron Man 2
During a conversation at the end of Iron Man 2, Tony Stark admits to Nick Fury that he is not fit to join the Avengers. But there was something interesting going on in the back of the characters, where a screen shows different dots on the world map, and one of those markings showed Africa. This proves that the screen was actually showing Wakanda, the home of Black Panther. And now we have seen Black Panther as he made his first cinematic appearance in Captain America: Civil War and now will be appearing in his own solo movie as well.
The 10 Rings – Antman
The 10 rings are the terrorist organization of The Mandarin that was responsible for kidnapping Tony in the first movie and even though Iron Man 3 showed an imposter of the Mandarin, he was revealed to be existing in the MCU in a one-shot movie, All Hail The King. At the end of Ant-man when Darren Cross was selling his Yellowjacket suit to a few buyers including one member of Hydra, one of those buyers surprisingly was an agent of the 10 rings as he had a tattoo of the organization on his neck.
Cap’s Shield – Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2, if you think about it, was actually a 2-hour long trailer for the Avengers as it showed Thor’s Hammer in the post-credits scene, heavily portrayed Nick Fury and Black Widow, but what you might have missed was actually the presence of a model of Captain America’s Shield. It was an amusing Easter Egg to mention as Captain America’s first movie had not even been announced at that point in time.
Human Torch – Captain America: The First Avenger
Long before the first Fantastic Four comic was printed, Marvel had one more hero by the name of Human Torch on its books. No one was expecting to see a reference to this version of Human Torch in the first Captain America movie as he was shown during the Stark Expo scene in a distinctive red costume standing within a glass tube. And this is how Marvel sneaked in yet another reference that we did not spot at the moment.
Iron Man’s Shirts contain Easter Eggs
In the first Avengers movie, we see Tony Stark wearing a Black Sabbath T-shirt. Well, In 1970, Black Sabbath released a song that was about a man who travels to the future and witnesses the Apocalypse. This was a great nod to Iron Man as the song itself was called “Iron Man”. And in Thor: Ragnarok, when Hulk shrinks down into Banner, he wears one of Tony’s shirts. This shirt had an album cover of Duran Duran, and one of their popular songs was Hungry Like the Wolf, which is a nod to Hulk’s Battle with Fenris The Wolf.
Steve Rogers’ To Do List Keeps Changing in Every County – Winter Soldier
At the beginning of the movie, we see Steve Rogers meeting up with Sam Wilson during a jog. Wilson asks Rogers to add the Trouble man Soundtrack into his to-do list. Well, Star Wars, Nirvana, Rocky, Thai food, and Troubleman are known throughout the world so they remain the same. But with a Blu-ray release of the movie in different countries, these things keep changing. The US release includes Steve Jobs, I Love Lucy, and the moon landing, whereas the UK release, includes The Beatles, Sean Connery, and the World Cup. And there are many other replacements in different countries.
Stan Lee’s similar cameo in every Netflix Show
With every Marvel Netflix show, we have seen one thing in common, which is Stan Lee’s cameo. Even though he does not physically appear in these shows, we find Lee’s face hidden in many different places in all these Netflix series. His posters and photos are found in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Defenders and even in the Punisher.
Doctor Strange’s reference filled ride
When Doctor Stephen Strange was driving his sports car and was about to meet an accident, that particular ride was full of Easter Eggs. While driving Strange talks to Billy about potential patients – “a 35-year-old Air Force Colonel [that] crushed his lower spine in some experimental armor.” This particular talk many fans believe was about Rhodey/ War Machine. And the second one was “a 22-year-old female with an electronic implant in her brain that controls schizophrenia, struck by lightning.” This patient was believed to be none other than Captain Marvel.
Someone loses an arm in every phase 2 movie as a tribute to Star Wars!
Hardcore star wars fans know that losing an arm is quite a regular thing with the characters of the franchise. The most popular ones are Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Anakin, but we also saw C-3PO, Mace Windu, Count Dooku, and many more losing their arm. Kevin Feige as we all know is a big fanboy and as an homage to Star Wars, we saw various characters losing their arms in every movie of phase 2. We saw that Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3, Bucky in The Winter Soldier, Thor loses an arm in Thor 2, Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk Buster in Age of Ultron, and Yellowjacket in Ant-Man.
The Shawarma Place Appears Earlier than You Think
At the end of the first Avengers, we see Tony suggesting to go for Shawarma after they are done fighting the Chittauri. And then in the post-credits scene, we get a look at the Avengers actually having Shawarma together. Well, that is not when the Shawarma joint first appears. During the climactic battle, Tony crashes down while fighting the aliens and we get a look at the Shawarma joint over there. This is the reason why Tony suggests for Shawarma.
Hawkeye is always around
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has had 4 appearances in total until now, but he has been in the MCU for more than just that. Barton keeps finding new ways to be referenced in a move. We see Black Widow wearing a small Arrow necklace in Winter Soldier. Scar Jo revealed that this was her little nod to Renner’s Hawkeye.
MCU’s Obsession with number 12
Just like Hawkeye, we cannot get rid of the number 12 in MCU movies. In Guardians of the Galaxy, we see an argument where Quill says that he has a 12% part of a plan. In Age of Ultron, Quicksilver mentions to Scarlett Witch that he is 12 minutes older than her. In Avengers, Tony gives Pepper 12% of the credit to build the Stark tower. There are many more that you will find when you go through movies.
Jocasta Reference In Age Of Ultron
In the Marvel comics, Jocasta is the robotic bride of her creator, Ultron. She’s briefly loyal to the AI villain but then betrays him and sides with the Avengers. But in Age of Ultron, she was dealt differently, as she was only shown as an AI Chip that Tony had, and the movie took a different route as it already had too many characters to do justice to in such little time.
All the Avengers Reference in Homecoming
We see Cap making cameos throughout Homecoming and Tony Stark has a big role. Along with them, we see them being referenced in the bank fight where every thug is wearing a mask of an Avenger. The restaurant where Aunt May and Peter eat is called “Korean Church of Asgard.”, Bruce Banner is one of the famous scientists shown in Peter’s class, and towards the end when a quinjet is transferring stuff as cargo to the new Avengers facility, we hear that the plane is carrying Thor’s Magic belt, Cap’s prototype shield and we see a head of Ultron bot.
Many Disney References
As Disney owns Marvel, it keeps adding its own references in MCU movies. When Bucky is caught and placed in a cell in Captain America Civil War, we see that on the front of that cell, a big D and 23 is written which gives a nod to D23, the Official Disney Fan Club. The movies also keep putting in Disney cartoon songs as well. In Age of Ultron, Ultron sings a creepy version of Pinocchio’s I’ve Got No Strings on Me, and in Ant-Man, Luis whistles It’s a Small World.
The Collector’s collection of Easter Eggs
In the Collector’s collection, the obvious cameos were of Howard the Duck, Adam Warlock’s Cocoon and Cosmo. But in the back, there are various other references in that museum. We can see Dark Elf behind the Collector’s assistant, the sitting Chitauri army behind Rocket and the Frost Giant frozen in an icy case.
Odin’s birds are always watching Thor and Loki
In the comics, Munin and Hugin are two ravens that always serve as Odin’s eyes and ears throughout the Universe. These Ravens can be spotted in various Thor movies. In Thor, they were sitting on Odin’s throne beside him during Thor’s botched ceremony, then in Avengers we saw them on the quinjet when Thor took Loki, and they appeared in many other scenes. Well, Odin did look out for his kids after all.
Nick Fury’s Tombstone in Winter Soldier
In Winter Soldier, we see fury faking his death and at the end of the movie, he visits his tombstone with Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson. His gravestone had something very interesting inscribed upon it. The inscription says, “The path of the righteous man… Ezekiel 25:17”.Well, this quote is what Samuel l Jackson famously quoted in Pulp Fiction (1994).
Bill Board in Iron Man
We see a hidden Billboard in Iron Man (2008) which has an image of a very famous Marvel character who is Iron Man’s famous nemesis Fin Fang Foom. You catch a glimpse of this alien dragon when Iron Man is zooming down a road.
The Yggdrasil Tree is hidden in multiple movies
This tree is a world tree that holds the 9 realms together. In the first Thor movie, Thor explains to Jane Foster how this tree does that. Then in Captain America: The First Avenger, we see this tree engraved on a wall from where Red Skull gets the Tesseract. In Thor Ragnarok, this tree is engraved on the gate of a safe house where Heimdall keeps all the Asgardians.