We all know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a treasure trove of intricate connections and cleverly hidden Easter eggs, just waiting to be unearthed. Some of these surprises, however, manage to stay unnoticed even by the most dedicated fans among us. In this article, we’ll explore five such ingenious MCU Easter eggs that were tucked away in plain sight, calling all true fans to discover them. Grab your cape and cowl, and let’s dive in!
Blinking Morse Code In Hawkeye
As fans of the MCU, we’re always on the lookout for Easter eggs in every corner. But who knew that we needed to keep an eye out for blinking lights as Morse code? ‘Hawkeye’s production team took their Easter eggs to a whole new level in Episodes 2 and 3 of the series. When Kate and Clint are held captive by the Tracksuit Mafia, there are blinking lights in the background. Director Rhys Thomas revealed that the blinking pattern wasn’t random but actually represented the date of Kate Bishop’s first appearance in a Hawkeye comic book series. Now, that’s some next-level dedication to detail!
Stan Lee’s B-Day Surprise In WandaVision
We all miss Stan Lee’s epic cameos in Marvel projects, but even after his passing, the creators continue to honor his memory in creative ways. In ‘WandaVision’ Episode 7, the opening credits feature Wanda’s name on various objects, including a personalized license plate with the numbers 122822 at the top. To the untrained eye, it might seem random, but true fans will recognize it as the numerical representation of Stan ‘The Man’ Lee’s birthday: December 28, 1922. A touching tribute to the legendary comic book icon.
Mapped-Out MCU Futures In Iron Man 2
Remember that scene in ‘Iron Man 2’ where Nick Fury and Tony Stark discuss important matters with a SHIELD map in the background? Many audience members caught a glimpse of it but didn’t think too much of it. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll see some interesting locations marked on the map. One of them is Wakanda, which made its debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and got its own movie with Black Panther. Another location seems to hint at Namor’s Atlantis, a highly anticipated addition to the MCU. And who knows, that spot on the map could also foreshadow the underwater prison for superhumans, known as the Raft. Talk about planning ahead!
Shamballa’s Inside Joke In Doctor Strange
Who says magic and humor can’t mix? In ‘Doctor Strange,’ we see Stephen Strange receive a piece of paper with the word ‘Shamballa’ written on it. Assuming it’s a mystical incantation, he’s surprised to learn it’s actually the WiFi password! But did you know that Shamballa has a deeper connection to Doctor Strange’s comic book history?
Published in 1986, the 23rd issue of the ‘Marvel Graphic Novel’ series features a story titled ‘Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa.‘ The plot follows Dr. Strange as he journeys to the Ancient One’s homeland in the Himalayas to honor his fallen master. Upon arrival, he discovers a mysterious gift left by his mentor, leading him on an unexpected adventure and magical moral quandary. The WiFi password gag in the movie is a clever nod to this classic Doctor Strange storyline, adding another layer of depth for fans to appreciate.
Uncle Ben’s Subtle Presence In Spider-Man: Far From Home
When Spider-Man swung into the MCU, Uncle Ben’s absence left many fans wondering about the iconic character’s existence in this new universe. In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ we finally got a nod to Peter’s beloved Uncle Ben. As Peter packs for his European school trip, we catch a glimpse of his suitcase, bearing the initials ‘BFP.‘ These initials are widely believed to stand for ‘Benjamin Franklin Parker,‘ confirming that Uncle Ben exists (or existed) in the MCU. Even though Aunt May takes on a more significant role in Peter’s origin story, this subtle Easter egg pays homage to the man who inspired Spider-Man to become a hero.
Hidden Gems: Easter Egg Hunt
The Marvel Cinematic Universe never ceases to amaze us with its attention to detail and carefully crafted Easter eggs. These five ingenious hidden surprises showcase the creativity and dedication of the MCU’s creators in connecting the vast universe of Marvel stories. So, whether you’re a casual fan or a dedicated superhero aficionado, remember to keep your eyes peeled for more hidden gems as you enjoy your next Marvel movie marathon.