This year is the year when two titans of today’s most popular movie genre will be clashing, equal to equal. With very little time left before the big screen debut of Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War, everyone is experiencing the thrills of anticipation. Some simply want to enjoy two motion pictures that seem extremely promising, while others want to add fuel to the fire of the eternal Marvel vs. DC conflict. Either way, until then, we can appreciate all of the superhero movies that have been given to us so far, regardless of the studio behind them. The
Either way, until then, we can appreciate all of the superhero movies that have been given to us so far, regardless of the studio behind them. The Fantastic Four reboot is excluded, simply because there’s nothing to appreciate about it. In honor of the amazing interconnected universes these films have become part of, here are 6 Superhero Movie Easter Eggs That Will Blow Your Mind.
1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Speaking of this movie, even though it’s not out yet, we’ve already managed to find some hidden details in the trailer alone. As you may or may not know, director Zack Snyder was also responsible for another iconic comic book movie: 300. He seems to still be fond of this early work since he snuck in a subtle nod during a brief scene where Superman stops a Russian rocket from detonating. Engraved on its sides, you can see the numbers “003,” which, turned upside down, give us exactly what you think they do.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
Given the fact that Peter Quill was dragged from Earth when he was merely a child living during the glorious 80s, there’s no surprise that most of the references in Guardians of the Galaxy relate to that time period. There’s more to that than the vintage soundtrack creatively providing background music curtsy of Star-Lord’s cassette player. His ship’s name is “Milano,” which has nothing to do with the beautiful Italian city. In fact, Peter chose this name because of actress Alyssa Milano, who he had a major crush on as a child.
3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel can pride itself on the attention to details it displays, especially where the comic books are concerned. When Ultron decides that he needs a new body, he settles for no less than Vibranium. All the materials he needs can be found boarded on a ship called Churchill, which is more than a simple reference to the British Prime Minister. In the comics, famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is the one behind the discovery of Vibranium, but the man who sent Shackleton on his journey was Churchill itself. This Easter egg is so subtle, that it’s basically impossible for anyone that isn’t a hardcore comic book reader to pick on.
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
The movie version of Wolverine may not have been exactly what comic book fans wanted to see. This is mostly because he was kept out of his iconic yellow costume that we’ve gotten so used to seeing. Fortunately, the general reception ended up being positive, curtsy of a stellar performance delivered by Hugh Jackman. However, FOX definitely knows many things about the source, something that is shown when Logan wakes up in his room, in the 70’s. The yellow and brown chromatic of the decorations hints that these may be his favorite colors, thus the reasoning behind his famous costume’s color scheme. You can also spot a pair of samurai swords and a painting of Mount Fuji, an elegant nod to Wolverine’s Japan Saga story.
According to Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool featured over one hundred Easter eggs. It’s obviously impossible to try and list them all, but there are definitely some that require audiences to rewind and have a careful look at in order to notice. For instance, even though the X-Men universe (which the cinematic Deadpool is part of) and the MCU universe are separate entities, they are all one big happy, coexisting family in the comics. As a nod to that, Deadpool’s final fight scene takes place on what initially seems like an aircraft carrier. It’s only the last few shots that give away the fact that it’s more of a heli-carrier, just a tiny bit similar to the one used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in both Avengers.
But this isn’t the only example. Even though we knew a Deadpool movie was in the making, the official rating had yet to be announced. So, the studio decided to make the big R-Rating announcement in a way that only movies like Deadpool could get away with. They arranged a prank interview for April’s Fools with Mario Lopez, where the announcement for a PG-13 rating was going to be made. Things went out of control when our favorite anti-hero killed the host, the true nature of the movie being made public. As a reference to this incident, Deadpool went full meta by having the protagonist shown reciting from Mario Lopez’s memoir book.
Marvel is very fond of all the people that have contributed to its comic book and cinematic world. This is something backed up by the numerous homages they bring to past actors or creators. In Ant-Man, Scott Lang heads back to his shared apartment after he lost his job at Baskin & Robbins. This apartment isn’t located in a random building: it’s seen to be inside of The Milgrom Hotel, a name carefully chosen. Comic fans may find it to be familiar, since it’s a nod to Al Milgrom, a man of many talents, including writing, drawing, and editing. He was behind many big Marvel titles prior to his promotion as a publisher, a good example being The West Coast Avengers.
It’s clear that superhero movies nowadays take themselves very seriously, and they aim to deliver content as quality as possible. One way to do that is by staying true to the source material, a guaranteed way to draw to theaters the ever so difficult to please comic book fans. And when faithful atmospheres, perfect portrayals, and canon storylines aren’t enough, it’s time for the Easter eggs. These 6 Superhero Movie Easter Eggs That Will Blow Your Mind are proof that movie studios truly wish to let us know that they’ve done their homework.