6 Easter eggs that make Avengers: Infinity War worth a re-watch
*SPOILER WARNING – This story contains minor plot details from Avengers: Infinity War*
Featuring dozens of your favourite Marvel superheroes, some of the most epic battles ever filmed and the deadliest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's a lot going on in Avengers: Infinity War. So, if you didn't catch every last callback or reference colloquially known as "easter eggs", it's understandable.
It’s a jam-packed spectacle 10 years and 18 Marvel films in the making, so no wonder it delivered the biggest Canadian box office opening weekend of all time, hauling in $19.7 million to edge out Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($18.6 million). Marvel Studios threw a Hulk-sized amount of visual candy into this blockbuster’s 149-minute running time, including a few subtle things you might have missed, like these 6 key Easter eggs.
A scene where Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) crashes through the roof of Dr. Strange’s sanctum sanctorum is a clear nod to fans of the 1991 comic book series, "Infinity Gauntlet", on which large portions of this movie are based. The character that does the crashing in the comics is the Silver Surfer (whose film rights are currently held by Fox), so the Green Goliath gets to do the honours in this film.
Two Sherlocks are better than one
A major team-up in Avengers: Infinity War sees Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) join forces, bringing together two iconic versions of Sherlock Holmes – though the clues as to which big purple alien tyrant is the criminal in this caper are pretty elementary.
Arrested by the Collector
The Collector has many unique things in his menagerie, but perhaps none more than the bald, blue alien in jean shorts glimpsed during a scene in Avengers: Infinity War. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo snuck in this creature, which looks an awful lot like Tobias (David Cross’ character) from "Arrested Development", in a clear shout-out to the show the brothers worked on for many years. The isn’t the first time the Russos have given the cult-favourite show Avengers-level love, as eagle-eyed fans spotted the Bluth family’s stair car in Captain America: Civil War.
Cut the Cap
Turns out Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) gave up more than just his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War. Though he plays a pivotal role in Avengers: Infinity War, Rogers, still a fugitive after the events of that film, sports a beard and new outfit that includes no helmet. He is also notably never referred to as Captain America. The only person who comes close is Col. James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), a.k.a. War Machine, who calls him "Cap."
New stars shine
Two new Hollywood stars joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this film, but you can be forgiven if you didn’t recognize them. Carrie Coon, from FX’s "Fargo" and HBO’s "The Leftovers", stands out as the creepy Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos’s key enforcers, while "The Walking Dead"’s Ross Marquand does a spot-on celebrity impression in his jaw-dropping scene as the keeper of the one of the Infinity Stones.
A Marvel-ous setup
If you stick around until the end of the credits (and how could you not be trained to do this after 18 previous Marvel flicks), you’ll see a call for help placed to another highly anticipated Marvel hero. That star icon can mean only one thing: get ready for Captain Marvel, coming to theatres March 8, 2019.
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