Given the mind-blowing numbers that Avengers: Age of Ultron is bringing into the box-office, it’s likely that everyone and their superhero costume-clad dog has seen the movie, so we’re here to highlight 10 of the most interesting Easter Eggs revealed in the movie that hint towards the future of the franchise.
Warning: Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers to follow (obviously).
“Missing persons case”
In an early scene between Captain America and Sam “Falcon” Wilson, the two discuss a “missing persons case” for Steve Rogers – this is a reference to the search for Bucky Barnes AKA The Winter Soldier, who skulked off into the sunset during the Captain America sequel.
“That’s not a question I need answered.”
The fact that Black Widow doesn’t even want to bother trying to lift Thor’s hammer is pretty funny, considering that in “What If? Age of Ultron #3″ comic from 2014, she lifted the hammer and became Thor herself. Her line: “That’s not a question I need answered” is a nod to that story-arc.
The Crimson Cowl
You know that red cloak Ultron is shrouding himself in when he first meets the Maximoff twins? That’s a reference to how Ultron first presented himself in the comics, hidden behind the “Crimson Cowl” persona.
The African state of Wakanda was mentioned a few times during the film’s second-act, and we even got the see the great ship-yard battle there, but it was more than a setting for a fight, as Wakanda is also the home of Black Panther. We’re sure to see some more of Wakanda when the Black Panther movie releases in 2018.
Seeing Andy Serkis in the Marvel universe was a great moment in the film, and even more so that he pulled off an excellent South African accent. But Serkis’ involvement was not just a once-off. Serkis was playing Ulysses Klaw – who Tony Stark had mentioned he had encountered at arms conventions in the past. But more importantly, Klaw will also become the main antagonist to Black Panther, and after having his arm pulled off by Ultron, expect him to return with a dangerous prosthetic. In the comics, Klaw’s arm hand was replaced with a sonic emitter that could create any kind of object or creature using sound.
Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armour was referred to as “Veronica” during the film. This is a reference to Archie Comics.
Bruce Banner (Hulk) loves Betty Ross, so Tony built a deterrent named after Betty’s opposite: Veronica.
Alternately, in the comics, Veronica Benning is the name of a physical therapist who helps Tony Stark regain motor control in one of his hands – and as we just pointed out, Stark loses a piece of his Hulkbuster arm that gets repaired remotely by Veronica.
Of course, the wood-chopping scene is all setup for Civil War, as are a few other bits we see along the way. When Tony says that he doesn’t trust a guy without a dark side, though, it not only speaks to the fundamental differences in their worldviews, but raises the question whether we’ll see a dark side to Cap.
Marvel comic legend Stan Lee was bound to have an appearance in Marvel’s biggest movie to date, and sure enough he had a cameo in film during a scene where the Avengers are partying and Thor breaks out some 1000 year-old Asgardian alcohol which isn’t for mortals. He and Cap drink a shot, and Stan Lee’s character says if he could handle storming the beaches of Normandy during WWII, he can certainly handle some of their liquor. The next shot shows Stan being carried out because he can’t walk. It’s a hilarious scene for the legend, and a bit longer than his normal Marvel cameos.
The Infinity Gauntlet
The innevitable mid-credits scene finally showed the dreaded infinity gauntlet without any stones in it, but then Thanos came from behind and put his hand in the gauntlet. He says that he’ll do it himself, leading fans to believe he’s tired of waiting around for these mere mortals to acquire the stones for him, and now he’s going to get them himself. This is going to get intense, because even without the stones he’s deadly, but once he has all six in Infinity War Part 1 and 2, it’s going to get wild.
What Easter eggs did you spot in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments section below: