Avengers: Endgame, the closing chapter in the Infinity Saga, is finally here and it includes a ton of Easter eggs, cameos, and callbacks to the 21 previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So we’ve narrowed our finds down to just the biggest ones.
Warning! Full SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Endgame! For more, read our ending explained, how it may set up this classic Marvel villain for Phase 4, our biggest WTF questions, what’s next for the Endgame cast, and our breakdown of the film’s rules of time travel.
Endgame recreates a slew of memorable moments from the first Avengers movie, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, while also touching upon elements from Infinity War, Age of Ultron, Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Many of these scenes take place during the Avengers’’ “time heist” to get the Infinity Stones and undo the effects of Thanos’ snap. The most notable facet of these callback scenes are the many cameos from past players.
There’s a more emotional callback to The Winter Soldier at the very end of Endgame. The song Steve and Peggy are dancing to is Harry James’ rendition of “It’s Been a Long, Long Time,” which was also featured in The Winter Soldier.
There are also several callbacks to Age of Ultron throughout Endgame, the most notable ones being Tony saying he wanted to build a suit of armor around the world and Cap being able to lift Thor’s hammer. But you might also have noticed during the final battle that Cap’s shield has been smashed apart in the same way it was in Tony’s apocalyptic vision from Ultron.
Akihiko — the Yakuza boss (played by The Wolverine’s Hiroyuki Sanada) that Clint Barton, in his guise as Ronin, hunts down and kills in Japan — is based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name. In the comics, Akihiko was a member of the Shogun Reapers, the Yakuza’s science clan who clashed with S.H.I.E.L.D. and built a cannon on the moon.
And how about Captain Marvel’s new hairdo? When the movie jumps ahead five years, Carol Danvers is sporting the shorter hairdo that’s the signature look of the modern Captain Marvel.
Finally, Avengers: Endgame doesn’t have a mid-credits or post-credits scene per se but it does have … something. As with all MCU movies, the last image seen after the end credits roll in Endgame is the Marvel Studios logo. But this time, rather than a score or simply silence, the sound of clanging metal can be heard. This is most likely an aural callback to when Tony Stark was forging his first Iron Man armor in the 2008 film that kicked off the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Those are the biggest Easter eggs and callbacks we caught in Avengers: Endgame. Let us know in the comments what your favorite ones were or if you caught any that we missed!
For more on Avengers: Endgame, here’s how time travel works in the MCU, plus we have breakdowns on how Captain America lifted Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir; the status of Gamora after Endgame; and what Black Widow’s death means for her standalone movie.
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