Each of the projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with a lot of interesting details that help the narrative of the movie. Every single event in the movie has an interesting part to play as a whole for the narrative. Some of the best moments in the movies have given us an idea of the depth of the narrative and thus the depth of the characters. Often fans forget to pay attention to some of the tiniest details and these details actually carry a lot of weight when it comes to the narrative of the movie. Let’s take a look at some of the moments in the MCU that are a lot more important than we could have considered them to be.
Cameron Klein (Captain America: Winter Soldier)
MCU has a tendency to bring back certain minor characters from the past films in the franchise in similar roles in the future. One of the best examples of this has to be the character of Cameron Klein. He appears in Captain America: Winter Soldier as a SHIELD technician who is held at gunpoint by Rumlow as he is ordered to launch the Project Insight Helicarriers. It is because of Klein that there is a long delay in the launch and Rumlow has to do it himself. This actually earns Klein’s trust from Nick Fury as he could be seen amongst the rescue team that helped out in Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Tony Saving People From Yinsen’s Town (Iron Man)
Yinsen is an essential character in Tony Stark’s arc as he was responsible for setting Stark on the heroic path. Stark doesn’t properly repay Yinsen but he does go directly to enact on his favor. Wearing the suit midway in the movie, we could see him using the suit to free the citizens of a small town that was under the grip of the Ten Rings. This scene is actually one of the most awesome moments that show us the awesome features of the suit but it also has a deeper meaning. Stark actually knew that this was Yinsen’s town and he had heard of it twice, once when Yinsen mentioned it and next when we hear it in the news.
New Asgard (Thor)
Avengers: Endgame saw the surviving Asgardians living in a small village on the coast of Norway and the place was dubbed as New Asgard. This was because Asgard was destroyed by the wrath of the fiery demon Surtur. Even though we got to see this place in the Endgame and found that its original name is Tønsberg, fans might have had the chance to see this place before in the MCU. The significance of this place dates back to the events of the first Thor movie where this place was actually invaded by the Frost Giants in 965 AD. Later the Asgardians would arrive to intervene in this invasion at the same time lay the path for the Tesseract. Later, Captain America: The First Avenger would show this place again as the Tesseract was discovered from here by Red Skull. This place would also appear in the Captain Carter origin episode of What If…?.
The Flag Smashers (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Following the events of Endgame, there are a lot of repercussions throughout the world. One of these led to the creation of a team called the Flag Smashers. This group works towards stripping away the borders and thus creating a more united world. This team ends up appearing in the Disney+ series Falcon and the Winter Soldier. But this was actually hinted at something Captain America’s enemy Red Skull had said in their first appearance in the MCU. Red Skull stated:
You could have the power of the gods! Yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you fight a battle of nations. I have seen the future, Captain. There are no flags!
Tony & Steve (The Avengers)
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ relationship in the MCU has played a major role in the narrative overall. They didn’t actually have the best relationship when they met for the first time and managed to insult each other at every opportunity. In The Avengers, Stever tells Tony “you’re not the guy to make the sacrifice play” and Tony replies with, “Everything special about you came out of a bottle.” Both of them prove each other wrong till the very end of their arcs in the MCU. Stark ends up sacrificing himself in Endgame as a means of saving everyone else. Meanwhile, Stever proves that he is a lot more than his powers by of all the things being worthy of wielding the Mjolnir.
The Illuminati (Iron Man 2)
One of the biggest theories regarding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is regarding the appearance of the Illuminati. This is a group of superior beings in the Marvel Universe who come together to take some of the major decisions. Based on the hints, it seems that we might get to see Captain Carter and Reed Richards as the members of this version of Illuminati. But there has been an Easter Egg to this team back when the MCU had just begun. Iron Man 2 showed the Illuminati as one of the apps that appear on Stark’s screen when he is about to screencast with his smartphone. It might be just a nod to the team considering Iron Man is one of the members of this team. But at the same time, it could be an integral part of the Illuminati we will get to see in the upcoming movie.
Five Stages Of Grief (Avengers: Endgame)
One of the major events in Endgame was the sacrifice of Black Widow. It played an essential part in the narrative of the movie as it became fairly obvious that we won’t be getting a chance to see her return. When the Avengers gather in memory of her by the lake outside Avengers HQ, each character works at a different stage of the emotional response to her loss. These different stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Thor is in denial as he still thinks that they can bring her back using the Stones. Hulk shows his anger by picking a bench and launching it to a distance. At the same time, Clint can be seen bargaining that it was supposed to be his sacrifice and he should have died instead. Meanwhile, Steve is silent throughout and it represents his depression. But the most practical of them all is Stark, he asks about her family and clearly indicates he has accepted her death.
The Voice At The Museum (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
The Captain America movies play a major role in the narrative and also reference the America Soldiers. There is an interesting nod that is made to this in the museum where we can hear a voice telling the guests about the history of Steve Rogers and his friends. We might haven’t paid proper attention to this voice but it is actually one of the clear references to the servicemen. The voice was that of Gary Sinise and Marvel went out of its way to get him to do this voice. He is a major advocate for America’s servicemen and women and created the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011 that was a charity dedicated to helping wounded military veterans.
Proxima Midnight & Corvus Glaive (Avengers: Endgame)
Both Infinity War and Endgame did not pay much focus on the narratives of the members of the Black Order. Their backstories were actually removed from an early draft of the movie because it was getting too crowded. But some of the details do end up seeping into the narrative as we can see certain arcs being present onscreen. One of the most significant bits of this has to be that both Proxima and Corvus Glaive appear together throughout the majority of the movie. According to Joe Russo, the duo is actually married in the MCU and this actually makes the final moment that they share in Endgame tragic.
Drax’s Tattoos (Guardians of the Galaxy)
We are aware of the amount of detail that James Gunn puts into his characters based on both MCU and his other works. The Guardians of the Galaxy was a relatively unknown set of Marvel characters and they are now some of the most essential characters in MCU. One of the deleted scenes from the movies actually revealed an essential detail about Drax. This actually makes it one of the best-deleted scenes in the MCU as Drax describes the tattoos that appear in his body to Rocket and Groot. It clearly indicates the level of depth this character has because of the loss that he has experienced. According to the scene, each tattoo is a part of the story of his life. They symbolize memories like the birth of his daughter and his marriage to his wife.