Avengers: Endgame is here and already it is one of the biggest movies of all-time and anyone that has been following the MCU for the past 10 years, this was an emotional movie that hit the heart strings while bring a poetic sense of closure to the 22 movie Infinity Saga. So with a huge movie like this, there is bound to be some hidden Easter Eggs through out the movie that are bound to be noticed, as well as possibly give us clues as to where the MCU franchise is going. So without further ado, here are the 13 things that you might have missed in Avengers: Endgame.
While Tony Stark might have saved Earth from Thanos by snapping his fingers, there was one person that really was the hero of the entire movie. Who might that be if it’s not Tony Stark you ask? Well look no further than the rat that let Ant-Man out of the Quantum Realm. While the rat saved the day, that’s not the Easter egg in the scene. The Easter egg is in fact the actual storage space that Ant-Man’s van is being held in. That space is number 616. If that doesn’t ring a bell for you, in Marvel comics there are many different universes, but the main and present universe is referred to as Earth 616. This is a subtle nod to the fact that everything happening in the present universe is on Earth 616, just like in the comic books.
2. Namor the Submariner
One Marvel superhero that many fans have been anxious to see in the MCU is Namor the Submariner. The only problem is that he technically belongs to Universal Studios just like Hulk does, so any type of solo movie would have to go through a distribution contract. However the loop hole is that Marvel can still use him in a movie as long as it is not a solo movie, like we saw with Hulk and especially in Thor: Ragnarok. At one point fans caught a potential Easter egg in Iron Man 2, when in the background of a map behind Tony Stark showed a place of interest in the Atlantic Ocean of the coast of Africa, coincidently where Namor and the Atlantean’s live in the comics.
Fast forward to Avengers: Endgame, where we are in the midst of a scene where Black Widow is talking to Rocket, War Machine, Captain Marvel and Okoye via hologram. In the conversation it is said that Whales were seen in the Hudson River. Not a huge reference but the next line may not be a coincidence. Okoye says that there was a large underwater earthquake off the coast of Africa. When Black Widow asks what they want to do about it, Okoye calmly states its an Earthquake, what can they do. If there really wasn’t anything to the line, why would the Russo Brothers allow such a strange line?
Fans have begun speculating that this is a subtle nod to Namor and his potential to show up in the MCU. We know that Black Panther is at some point going to be gettting a sequel movie. The Wakandan’s and the Atlantean’s have a long history in the comic books, so we could see that translate onto the big screen. There was even a rumor at some point that Namor may be the main antagonist in Black Panther 2, but the rumored seemed to have silenced. Namor is known to at times be an anti-hero, even at times a bad guy putting his people before anything else. So how crazy would it be to see the technologically advanced Wakandan’s and Atlantean’s battle it out in an all out war.
We all know that one of the saddest and hardest parts about watching Avengers: Infinity War was seeing fan favorite Loki die at the hands of Thanos at the very beginning of the movie. Fans were hoping that this was just an illusion and he survived like the many times before, but alas as Thanos said “No resurrection this time”, leaving our lovable trickster Loki dead. Then in the midst of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame fans were shocked when Disney announced that Tom Hiddleston was going to reprise his role as Loki in Disney’s new streaming service on Disney+. The show was kept secretive with rumors that the show Loki traveling through different time periods. Now that Avengers: Endgame been released, we may have just figured out how this is going to play out on the streaming service.
So the Loki in the present MCU timeline is in fact still dead unfortunately. However, due to the Avengers going back in time to the Battle of New York to collect the Infinity Stones, we see that in the haste of Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, and Hulk trying to retrieve the Tesseract, Loki ends up getting his hands on the Tesseract and teleporting himself out of custody. This will more than likely be where we will get the Loki Disney+ show, as it will follow the Loki of the past and possibly opening up a new timeline. Regardless this is a genius way for Disney to get their fans more time with Loki, while still remaining true to his death.
4. The Original Ant-Man Helmet
When Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man and Hulk fail to retrieve the Tesseract when they go back in time to the Battle of New York, Tony comes up with the idea to travel back in time to 1970 with Captain America in order to retrieve the Tesseract which is being held in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody in the bunker that we saw in Captain America: Winter Soldier. As we know from previous movies, Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and Chester Phillips were the creators of S.H.I.E.L.D., while Hank Pym was a lead entomologist and physicist who was a consultant at S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the scene we see Captain America in a room attempting to steal more Pym Particles. While he is walking up to them we get a glimpse of Hank Pym’s lab and low and behold, sitting on top of one of his work station desks is the original Ant-Man helmet that is scene in the comic books. It is a pretty accurate looking model in terms of relation to the comics, but in the world that the MCU has created, probably wouldn’t be to functional. It’s a cool nod to the original Ant-Man, especially since we never got to see Hank Pym as Ant-Man.
5. Brian Braddock/Captain Britain
Long have fans been wanting to see Captain Britain show up in the MCU and even Marvel execs have said that it would definitely be something they would be interested in. Well in Avengers: Endgame we may have gotten our first tease to the character. In the scene when Tony Stark and Captain America travel back to 1970, we see Steve Rogers sneak into a room, when all of a sudden we see Peggy Carter walk into an adjacent room. Cap is looking through a office window into the room that Peggy is in talking to a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. While it is nearly impossible to hear, Peggy says to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent “Braddock has not checked in.”
For those of you wondering what that means, Braddock happens to be the last name of Brian Braddock, aka Captain Britain. It’s interesting that she would be the character also to say his name because as we know Peggy Carter is in fact British. While it may just be a cool easter egg, we have heard rumors that Marvel may have plans to introduce another British comic book hero, Black Knight. Also there is the slightest chance that we may get another reference to Captain Britain in Spider-man: Far From Home, as we see the kids going to Europe for the summer.
Sticking in the 1970’s we see Tony Stark back in the past trying to sneak his way through the S.H.I.E.L.D. base to find the Tesseract. In his search for the Tesseract Tony runs into his father Howard, in what is definitely an awkward run in for Tony. After a long conversation and between the two and what seems like Tony getting some closure with his dad, we see Howard get into his car. But right before he gets in he says “Let’s go Jarvis”, which is a direct nod to the A.I. that ends up becoming Vision. The actor playing him, James D’Arcy, was the actor who portrayed him in the Agent Carter TV series. It’s a cool little nod to the TV show and the character.
7. Black Widow’s Father
When the Avengers embark on their “Time Heist”, Black Widow and Hawkeye are tasked with recovering the Soul Stone on Vormir. While we all know the unfortunate outcome of that scene, there is something in particular that may have set up something in the Black Widow solo movie that is coming sometime in the future. In the scene when Black Widow and Hawkeye first land on Vormir, Red Skull approaches the two and says “Natasha Romanoff daughter of Ivan.” This by no means is no pure coincidence, because right after Hawkeye asks Black Widow if what he is saying is true. Which Black Widow replies that she didn’t know her fathers name.
The lines in the scene have zero importance to Avengers: Endgame, so why would they include that? Well this isn’t the first time Red Skull has dropped parental names on visitors to Vormir, as he did the same when Thanos appeared to him in Avengers: Infinity War. Many believe that him saying that to Thanos was setting up a potential plot in The Eternals, while Red Skull saying this may be setting up something in the Black Widow solo film, especially because it has been long rumored to be a prequel movie.
8. Howard the Duck
We all know that Howard the Duck is one of those Marvel characters that people love just because of how ridiculous he is. He had his own 80’s movie which has almost become a cult classic, and he was even included in Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of the movie in the post credit scene. He was also in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 in another blink and you’ll miss it scene, where he is talking to a women with a drink in his hand.
Well now he has made his newest appearance in the MCU in Avengers: Endgame. This time he is one of the many characters coming into battle after the sorcerer’s open the portals. He is kind of hard to see and only there for a quick second, but he appears on the right side of the screen when Wasp pops up with the Ravagers around them. It’s a fun little nod to the re-occurring cameo character.
While it isn’t referenced exactly in the movie, there is a scene in the movie right during the battle when basically every single female character lines up next to each other, minus Black Widow, and puts on their fighting face. Long have fans been wanting an all female MCU movie and with Marvel moving in the diversity direction, it is a cool nod to it. Not only was it a great representation of the women in the MCU it was just badass to see all these strong and empowered female characters working together to defeat Thanos’ army.
Many of the female actresses in the MCU have thrown their support behind a female Marvel superhero movie, and there is actually a team called the A-Force in the comics where all the female superheroes team up. While currently there aren’t any plans for it to happen, the response audiences are putting out to the specific part in the movie, may lead Marvel to actually think about potentially doing something like that in the future.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy’s Future
We all know the drama about Guardians of the Galaxy and the future of the franchise. James Gunn is the genius creator of the movies, but was let go from his duties of director when inappropriate tweets surfaced from his past. Thankfully Disney and Marvel recently thought through their decision and chose to rehire him as director for Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. We already knew that before his removal he had finished the script for GOTG 3 and that Marvel never had any plans to use anything other than that script. But what is really interesting is what that script entails after the events in Avengers: Endgame.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame we saw the Guardians on board the Milano while Peter Quill is looking for Gamora from 2014. The interesting thing about that is Thor is now apart of the crew as he turned over the duties of ruler of New Asgard to Valkyrie. So what does that mean moving into GOTG 3? Well more than likely Thor is now apart of the Guardians and we will see him become apart of that franchise. It is sure to be hilarious seeing him and Star Lord play off of each others egos. What is really interesting is we may know what GOTG 3 will revolve around and that is the search for 2014 Gamora as Quill was looking on a map for her at the end of the movie. Asgardians of the Galaxy anyone?
11. New Asgard
At the end of the movie, we see that all the Asgardians have settled into a new home for the foreseeable future. The town the settle in is in Norway and called Tonsberg. If the name sounds familiar to you its because this isn’t the first time the town has been featured in the MCU. Tonsberg is actually the town from Captain America: The First Avenger and was featured during WWII when Red Skull was looking for the Tesseract. It is the same town where the church keeper was hiding the Tesseract before Red Skull took it. Now it has become the home of New Asgard which is ruled by Queen Valkyrie after Thor passed the monarchy mantle to her.
12. The New Captain America
While we all knew that Chris Evans’ time as Captain America was coming to an end, but the problem is we never knew how it was going to come to an end. Most of us thought that he would live up to his famous comic book arc where he stands up to Thanos saying “As long as one man stands against you, you’ll never be able to claim victory” right before he is killed. Well we were pleasantly surprised when that didn’t happen, but his time as Captain America did come to an end. As we saw when he went back in time, he decided not to come back immediately and instead chose to live out his life with Peggy Carter getting the ending he deserved.
When he came back we saw a very old Steve Rogers who let us know he lived out his life with Peggy Carter, but what happened next caught a lot of us by surprise. While speaking to Sam Wilson aka Falcon, he decides that he is going to pass on the mantle of Captain America to Sam so that way he can become the new Captain America. Many believed that Sebastian Stan’s character Bucky would be the one to take over the mantle, but now we know that is not the case. Sam Wilson has been Captain America in the comics but it will be pretty cool to see this new take on Captain America.
13. Young Avengers
Our last potential Easter egg from the film is the possible set up for their to be a Young Avengers team at some point. In the movie we saw a lot of the main superheroes have either their children grow up, or the reappearance of characters from the past. The first was the tease of Hawkeye’s daughter Lila Barton shooting the bow and arrow at the target on the tree and hitting a bullseye. We know that Hawkeye is getting a Disney+ show which could explore this possible passing of the torch.
Another child of a hero is Ant-Man Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie Lang. When we first met Cassie in Ant-Man she was the adorable daughter to Scott Lang who was also apart of Ant-Man and the Wasp. But after the events in Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man was trapped in the Quantum Realm for five years. When he returned to find Cassie, she had aged into a teenager. By the end of Avengers: Endgame we see Cassie, Scott, and Janet all hanging out on the porch to the house. In the comics Cassie Lang becomes a character called Stature. She basically has the same powers as Ant-Man except in the comics, her powers are biological instead of using a suit.
The final potential character is Harley Keener. If the name doesn’t sound familiar to you, he is the young boy from Iron Man 3 who befriends Tony Stark. We haven’t seen him since that movie until the end of Avengers: Endgame when we see he is one of the many characters who have gathered for Tony Stark’s funeral. Many believe that his character could have the potential to become the character known as the Iron Lad. Iron Lad is essentially the young version of Iron Man except in the comics he is related to Kang the Conqueror and his powers are manifested in him, so it may be a bit of a stretch for this one, but they could always change his origin.
Well there you have it movie lovers. The 13 things you may have missed in Avengers: Endgame. What do you think of our list? Did you like the things that we noticed in the movie? Did you catch anything else that we missed? Let us know what you think in the comments below!