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Avengers: Age of Ultron hit Digital Download today, and it’s chock full of bonus features and deleted scenes. But one thing it doesn’t mention is a certain Easter egg involving Ultron’s first meeting with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Why does Tony Stark’s prodigal son shroud himself in a cape? Though it may have seemed like a minor detail at the time, it’s actually a nod to Ultron’s comic book past.
The Disney Movies Anywhere YouTube page released a special featurette focusing on Easter eggs you may have glazed over watching Age of Ultron. The first is this cape business. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) meet up with Ultron at a church in Sokovia where we see a red cape draped over him. He ultimately tosses it off to reveal his robotic form, but that cape points to his first appearance in the Marvel comics.
As pointed out by Disney Movies Anywhere in "Connecting the Universe," Utron made his debut as the Crimson Cowl, a figure hooded entirely in red who looks more like a villain from Zelda than a Marvel comic. It was a disguise he used while forming the supervillain group known as the Masters of Evil. It was his hope of conquering the Avengers through his force. One member of this team was J.A.R.V.I.S., voiced by Paul Bettany in the Marvel films.
Though Disney Movies Anywhere spotlights a couple more Easter eggs strewn throughout the film, YouTuber Mr. Sunday Movies compiled a video that goes a lot more in-depth. In addition to mentions to Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) from the Thor films and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltro) from Iron Man, the narrated video also puts a spotlight on Dr. Crawford, whose name is plastered on the side of a truck Hulk is blasted into; Jocaster, referring to the robotic bride Vision creates for himself in the comics and whose name is one of Stark’s A.I. butler replacements for J.A.R.V.I.S.; and nods to future films, like the mention of "Hel" in Thor’s Scarlet Witch-induced vision that hints at Thor: Ragnarok. Get more Easter eggs in the video below.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is available now via Digital Download, but it will hit DVD and Blu-ray on October 2.