The Marvel Cinematic Universe is 10 years old now, and in these last 10 years, Marvel has released 19 movies, which have grossed over $15 Billion worldwide, and will surely cross $16 Billion this year with one more movie to come out. Avengers: Infinity War being the biggest of all has brought in $1 Billion in just 9 days of its release, and it is on track to reach at least the Top three highest grossing movies mark of all time. MCU has become the biggest brand in Hollywood now.
Avengers: Infinity War was the perfect result of a build-up that took 18 movies. It interweaved the story threads of all these movies that have come out previously, but what was even more interesting and funny to see was how amazingly, it took exact same references and quotes from the previous movies and used them in a different context in this one. Here’s every time Infinity War referenced previous movies:
The first reference that struck everyone right in the beginning of Infinity War was of the Hulk. In the first Avengers movie, Loki said to Tony that he has an army, to which Tony had the most amazing reply – “We have a Hulk!” In Infinity War, Loki used the same dialogue after distracting Thanos, revealing the Hulk saying – “We have a Hulk” right before Hulk attacked the Mad Titan.
Iron Man 3
Well, this reference does not exactly quote the previous dialogue, but instead, it is about a similar scene that occurred in Iron Man 3 and Infinity War. At the end of Iron Man 3, Tony retires from being Iron Man and finally gets a surgery done to remove the arc reactor from his chest, but here he builds one yet again, which is what continues the same argument from Iron Man 3, between Pepper and Tony.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Right in the beginning of The Winter Soldier, Steve and Sam were jogging while Steve kept on repeating “On your left” as he crosses Sam every time. In Infinity War, as soon as the Battle of Wakanda began, everyone ran towards the battle field and Steve came ahead from far behind, reaching the level of Black Panther. At that point of time, Bucky said – “On your left!”
Guardians of the Galaxy (1)
Towards the end of the first Guardians movie, Star-Lord distracted Ronan with a Dance-off while Rocket and Drax managed to fix their gun to take another shot at Ronan, and that is what led to the defeat of Ronan. Drax mentions a similar Dance-Off in Avengers: Infinity War as well, but it does not actually happen.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2)
Well, this is the one we saw coming from miles away. As we have seen in both the Guardians movies, Rocket has an obsession of collecting prosthetic Body Parts. In the first movie, he asked for a leg and an eye, while in the second movie, he actually took an eye of someone. In Avengers: Infinity War, we saw him give Thor an extra eye, and he asked for Bucky’s Vibranium Arm, to which Bucky replied with the most demeaning stare!
Guardians of the Galaxy (3)
In the first movie, everyone who first met Star-Lord addressed his name in a really funny manner. He has been called Star-Prince, and Star-Munch on occasions. In Infinity War, Tony addresses him as Mr. Lord, and Peter tells him to simply call him ‘Star-Lord’.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
At the end of Age of Ultron in the mid-credits scene, we see Thanos come in taking the Infinity Gauntlet and saying – “Fine, I’ll do it myself.” In Infinity War, the same dialogue occurs but in a different context. We saw that Hulk was reluctant to come out after getting the big beating from Thanos. In the final battle when the Hulk was needed, Bruce tried to summon him but he kept denying, to which Bruce replied –“Fine, I’ll do it myself!”
In Homecoming, Spidey fought and defeated the Vulture at Coney Island. That was a really hard-fought battle for Peter but he did manage to beat the Vulture. In Avengers: Infinity War, Peter stayed on the Alien Ship and headed to Space even after Tony tried to send him back to Earth. But when the two met on the Ship, Tony explained to him that this is no place for a high-school boy to be bye saying that, “This ain’t Coney Island”, it is actually much worse!
Well, this was not just a reference, but an entire recap as Thor talked upon meeting the Guardians about his murderous half-sister, Hela, the death of his father, the destruction of Asgard at Hela’s hand, and how he, in turn, had to kill her. Also, he said something similar to Rocket that he lost his entire planet, his brother, best friend and the entire family, so he does not have anything left to lose.
There is no dialogue reference relating to Black Panther, but instead, there is a visual nod as when Bruce fights Cull Obsidian, there’s a scene with the fight in a waterfall pool in Wakanda which is similar to the time when T’Challa fought M’Baku and Killmonger in ritual combat.