7 Avengers: Endgame Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner in Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner in Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Marvel Studios

Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.

In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has already become the second highest-grossing movie ever (watch out, Avatar). The blockbuster flick, which concluded the 22-film long Infinity Saga, was jam-packed with intensity, exciting action scenes, high emotion, and a ton of subtle Easter eggs you might have missed.

1. Departure déjà vu

One of the most interesting Easter eggs came near the end of Endgame, when Steve Rogers prepared to return to the past and experience life with Peggy Carter again. Before entering the Quantum Realm, Steve says goodbye to Bucky, telling him, "Don't do anything stupid until I get back," a line that was first used by Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger. (Bucky's reply to this—"How can I? You're taking all the stupid with you"—is how Steve had originally responded.)

2. X-Men acknowledgment

Now that Disney and Fox are one entity, comic book movie fans are just waiting for the X-Men to meet the Avengers—and even Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that "it only makes sense" for these two worlds to come together. Just how closely their worlds will intertwine is yet to be announced, but a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene in Endgame gave us our first confirmation that the two superhero groups do indeed exist in the same universe. In the scene where Scott Lang visits the Vanished Memorial, the name Roberto da Costa appears on the list. Why does this matter? Because da Costa is one of the New Mutants, who is better known as Sunspot.

3. Black Widow's ballet shoes

One quiet callback that likely went unnoticed by many viewers was a pair of worn ballet shoes by Natasha's desk, a reference to the dancing she did at the Red Room, when she was training to become Black Widow.

4. Harley's return

In 2013's Iron Man 3, Tony teamed up with a 10-year-old named Harley Keener, who sort of stole the movie. Ty Simpkins, the actor who played Harley, can be seen again briefly in Endgame, in the funeral scene.

5. Joe Russo’s groundbreaking cameo

Endgame’s directors, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, have made cameos in their own films in the past, but Joe's appearance in Endgame was a particularly important one. During a group therapy session, Russo appears on-screen to discuss the traumatic effects of Thanos’s snap. While it's fun because it's incredibly meta, his reference to his husband makes Russo's character the first openly gay character in MCU history.

6. Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet Nod

A photo of Thanos's armor in Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Thanos's armor is a nod to Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame (2019)
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Endgame did not wait to deliver an incredibly shocking moment for moviegoers: Shortly into the film, the Avengers travel through space to find Thanos at a farm and he’s quickly killed after Thor chops off his head. But before the Mad Titan’s decapitation, there’s a shot of his armor being used as a scarecrow—which is an image that has been seen in the Infinity Gauntlet comic series.

7. Iron Man's armor tribute

Endgame broke a ton of new ground in MCU history, but one major distinction it had from its 21 predecessors was the lack of any post-credits scenes. Instead, the only thing fans were given was a pounding, clinking sound. For those with exceptional memory and hearing, those noises may have sounded familiar. If they did, it's because they were the same sounds you heard in the original Iron Man, when Tony Stark constructed his first first Iron Man suit in Afghanistan.

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Netflix

While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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