by Miranda Aviles
Have you ever been on an easter egg hunt? Not the kind that involves finding colorful eggs full of candy but the kind that makes you rewatch movies, TV shows, and videos over and over again in hope of spotting something cool that went unnoticed? When it comes to the media, an easter egg could be anything and anywhere. Easter eggs are visual or vocal references to things in the future, past, or our reality. They are given their name because you have to look for them when watching, reading, or listening to something. Easter eggs can be found anywhere but are notoriously famous in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise that brings super heroes in the Marvel Comics to life. With over 50 movies, 10 TV shows, and multiple animated cartoons Marvel is one of the most successful media franchises in history. Their multi-phased movies and TV shows contain a number of easter eggs. I have taken the liberty of searching through all of their productions to find the 5 best easter eggs in the MCU.
5. The Captain America Hitler Punch
Captain America’s first movie has an easter egg that brings to life the cover of the first ever Captain America Comic. At the 49:49 timestamp of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger, the on screen star, Steve Rodgers, is seen punching an actor dressed as Hitler. The cover of the first Captain American Comic published in 1941 had this exact scene drawn out!
4. The Infinity Gauntlet in Thor: Ragnarok
Thor Odinson, the god of thunder, has one of the most foretelling easter eggs in MCU. In the 44th minute of Thor’s third movie,Thor: Ragnarok, his sister Hela is seen pushing over the Infinity Gauntlet and exclaiming that it is “fake”. The reason this moment is so monumental is because it was made known that the real infinity gauntlet was still out in the universe and capable of being found by a giant purple titan with bad intentions.
3. Killmonger’s Suit Reference
In one of Marvel’s most iconic movies, Black Panther, it is neither T’Challa nor the setting that holds the easter egg, but the villain, Killmonger. In the Black Panther’s sixth comic, Panther’s Rage, Killmonger is seen fighting alongside his trained leopard, Prey. Instead of bringing Prey to life in the film, Marvel decided to incorporate leopard print into Killmonger’s suit.
2. Hawkeye Remembering Pietro
Avengers: Age of Ultron brought to life many new characters like The Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision. Quicksilver, who’s real name is Pietro Maximoff, is one of the newer Avengers and is seen bickering with Hawkeye throughout the movie. Hawkeye, who is the only Avenger with kids is not too fond of the new additions to the team but helps them either way. During the final fight, Pietro sacrifices his life to save Hawkeye and a child from being rained down on with bullets. When the fight was over, one of the most heart warming easter eggs occurred. At the 02:07:32 time mark Black Widow sees Hawkeye's newborn son for the first time over Skype. The baby is seen wearing a onesie with his name on it: Nathaniel Pietro Barton. Hawkeye decided to set aside their differences and honor Pietro’s memory by naming his son after him.
1. Stan Lee
What is probably Marvel’s most unique easter eggs is the cameo of Marvel's Comics author Stan Lee. Stan Lee, who dedicated his life to inventing and telling the stories of multiple world renowned superheroes, had an appearance in each and every of the 22 Infinity Saga movies. In Captain Marvel he is seen at the 30:44 time mark reading a script on a train and at the 01:18:15 time mark of Doctor Strange he is seen riding a bus and reading The Doors of Perception.
Over 100 easter eggs have been found in the MCU so far and there are more in the works right now. 2021 productions like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki have fans ready to watch and rewatch episodes in hope of finding something sweet. While I have gotten you started, it is time for you to pick up a basket and join the hunt.
Captain America COMICS (1941) #1: Comic issues. (n.d.). Retrieved February 1, 2021, from https://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/7849/captain_america_comics_1941_1
Killmonger: Character close Up: Marvel comic reading lists. (n.d.). Retrieved February 12, 2021, from https://www.marvel.com/comics/discover/904/killmonger