Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron hit U.S. theaters on Friday, and many countries around the world have been able to watch it since April 22. This has given hardcore comic book fans many opportunities to spot what Marvel includes plenty of in their movies: Easter Eggs. Fortunately, now you don’t have to head back to the theater to spot all these teases. A new video has listed all of the Easter Eggs that were included in the Avengers sequel.
Warning: there will be major spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead!
Director Joss Whedon previously stated that Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn’t have many Easter Eggs, but as this collection put together by Mr Sunday Movies shows, there’s actually a fair amount of them. Many of these are on the nose, such as HYDRA using Chitauri technology and references to several of the Avengers’ lives outside the team, like where Thor’s girlfriend Jane Foster is or Falcon and Captain America’s search for Bucky Barnes. For those of you who are Agent Carter fans, we also saw more of the Russian program The Red Room, which brainwashed Natasha Romanoff and turned her into the Black Widow.
However, a fair portion of them are more obscure. The cloak that Ultron briefly wears is a reference to his temporary identity from the comics, The Crimson Cowl. In the brief shot where Tony picks a new A.I. to replace J.A.R.V.I.S., you can see next to F.R.I.D.A.Y. (who is actually named after an existing character, not the film His Girl Friday) there is a program called Jocasta, a reference to Ultron’s robot bride from the comics. The video also speculates that Vision shares some similarities with Adam Warlock, specifically both of them emerging from a "cocoon of sorts" and both owning an Infinity Stone, though this may just be a coincidence.
One of the in-jokes that went completely over my head was the Hulkbuster being nicknamed Veronica. This is a reference to Archie Comics, where the titular character is pursued by the two leading ladies Betty and Veronica. In terms of Marvel, Betty refers to Betty Ross, Bruce Banner’s love interest last seen in The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, who Bruce hasn’t seen since. Leave it to Tony to name his armor at the expense of his science bro’s failed relationship. Then there are several instances of foreshadowing for future movies. Tony and Steve’s adversarial conversations with each other set up their conflict in Captain America: Civil War. Arms dealer Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) briefly appeared, and it’s likely he could be the main antagonist for the Black Panther solo movie. Thor’s dream of Heimdall accusing him of sending all the Asgardians to Hell teases 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Finally, of course, there’s the mid-credits scene where Thanos retrieves the Infinity Gauntlet (which isn’t the same one located in the Asgardian vault). With his lackeys and other villains having failed to retrieve the Infinity Stones, the Mad Titan has finally decided to do the job himself, which he will eventually accomplish in the Avengers: Infinity War movies.
It should be noted that this video also includes the Easter Egg that was pointed out to us by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who revealed that the cutting of Ulysses Klau's arm is also a reference to Star Wars:
Did you find any Easter Eggs in The Avengers: Age of Ultron that the video up top missed? If you spotted something especially obscure, let us know in the comments below!
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