- “Avengers: Endgame” is dominating the box-office with a record-breaking$US60 million in Thursday preview screenings, making it a cinematic event of the decade.
- We dug into 31 details that you might have missed from the film, including hints, fan theories, Easter eggs, and references.
- Thanks to the Disney+ announcement, we also can speculate how the events of “Endgame” relate to new shows starring Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision.
- Warning: There are some spoilers ahead.
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Following is a transcript of the video.
It’s the cinematic event of the decade, and this is …
31 details you might have missed in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
We won’t be revealing what happens in the end … game, who wins or loses, if anyone dies, or what the plot of the film is. Instead we will be focusing on Easter eggs, details, and possible tie-ins to Marvel’s upcoming TV series on Disney Plus. But… we will be issuing a spoiler alert as it reveals details about the film. Buckle in, because there’s a lot to get through.
1. No post-credits scenes
Fans have hoped that the classic Marvel post-credits would contain some callback to the shawarma scene after the first “Avengers” movie. Or something that links to “Fantastic Four” or X-Men,” as Disney purchased 20th Century Fox and will retain the rights to some of the characters.
But there are NO post-credits scenes in “Endgame.” Instead, we are treated to the Marvel hammer logo, with a single loud “clink” sound. This might be a direct callback to the sound Iron Man makes when he first casts his helmet all the way back in 2008’s “Iron Man.”
This would be a fitting tribute to the hammer strike that sparked 22 movies over 11 years. Or is it actually the sound of a bell, to toll all the characters that have been lost? Have a listen for yourself.
2. Actors from ‘Community’
Having worked as executive producers on “Community,” the Russo brothers are no stranger to having actors from the series pop up in their films. Look out for Yvette Nicole Brown in a lift with a security badge and Ken Jeong as the guard of a lockup.
3. ‘Terminal Breach’ book
Jeong is also reading the book “Terminal Breach,” which has some parallels to the mass loss of life in “Infinity War.”
4. Russo brothers references
The Russo brothers love to slip in TV and movie references. “Endgame” is no different. A scene where Hawkeye runs from enemies, as shown in the trailers, appears to be a direct shout-out to the tunnel scene in “Aliens.” Also look out for shout-outs to “Die Hard,” “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and “The Big Lebowski.”
Listen out for a reference to cheeseburgers in the movie. It’s a reference to the “Iron Man” scene where Tony Stark returns from captivity only to immediately demand a cheeseburger. It’s a fun nod to actual events in Robert Downey Jr.’s life. He claims the horror of eating a Burger King meal whilst on a drug-fuelled drive snapped him out of his addiction and set him on a cleaner path.
From the trailer, we know that Hawkeye is mentoring his daughter at archery. Almost in passing, he refers to her as Hawkeye. This will delight fans of the female Hawkeye Kate Bishop in the comics. Will we see a female hawkeye?
7. Hiroyuki Sanada
Later on the movie, Hawkeye is involved in a street fight. You might recognise the actor he’s up against as Japanese movie star Hiroyuki Sanada.
8. Disney+ “Endgame” TV spin-offs
Thanks to the Disney Plus announcement, we know of several post-“Endgame” TV spin-offs. One of these is with Falcon and Winter Soldier. In the movie, Anthony Mackie’s character Sam Wilson inherits Cap’s shield. We know from the comics Sam becomes Captain America, twice, and that there have been multiple Caps over the years. So is it possible that he might appear in this role in the upcoming series?
9. Loki and Scarlet Witch series
Speaking of Disney Plus, we also know a Loki series is in the works, and Scarlet Witch and Vision, although it’s unclear as to whether these will be prequels or follow the events of “Endgame.” Scarlet Witch certainly gets her screen time in “Endgame” to remind us of how powerful she really is, deserving of a solo series.
10. Stan Lee’s cameo
Stan Lee’s cameo is as good as we hoped. In the ’70s, he’s driving a car whilst shouting, “Make love, not war.” Both the number plate on the car and what he is saying have significance here. Liberal-minded Lee was assigned to the Army aged 19 in WW2 but used his comic-book platform later in life to comment on the Vietnam War, student protests, and political activism.
11. Pepper Potts rescue suit
In this film, we get to see Pepper Potts in the rescue suit. Tony builds this suit for her in the comics, too. A photo of this was leaked last year, so fans are expecting Potts to be battle-ready.
At one point in the movie, an all-female lineup including Pepper Potts, Nebula and Okoye take on enemies. This is a direct reference to the series “A-Force,” with a lineup of She-Hulk, Dazzler, and Medusa. It might be a heavy-handed “feminist” moment, but it certainly reminds us of all the female heroes in the MCU.
The number A113 makes an appearance yet again in this movie. Disney fans will be familiar with this number from nearly every single Pixar movie. Here, it’s spotted on a monitor when Bruce Banner is running some tests. It refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of the Arts.
14. Significance of 22
Speaking of numbers, while leaving Pepper a message in space at the film’s start, Tony mentions it’s been “21, no, make it 22” days since they have been stranded in space. “Endgame” is the 22nd movie in the MCU.
15. Planet 0259-S
And numbers again! Thanos has gone to Planet 0259-S, where the Avengers try to find him. The number 259 may refer to “Avengers” vol. 1 edition 259, which heavily features Nebula and Captain America.
16. Budapest callback
In a pivotal scene in the movie, Black Widow has a callback line to Budapest from “The Avengers”: “Just like in Budapest”/ “You and I remember Budapest very differently. ” Budapest is a thread that goes all the way through the MCU, with Edwin Jarvis meeting Ana there. Even Nick Fury’s backstory has him retrieving CIA information there with Escobar. Even in the “Iron Man 2” video game, Pepper Potts makes a visit there.
17. Joe Russo cameo
Codirector Joe Russo has a cameo in a group therapy scene in the film. Joe has had cameos in all of the “Avengers” movies he has directed, even appearing dead in a tub in “Civil War.” So look out for that.
18. ‘Hail Hydra!’
Hail Hydra! This phrase is uttered by Captain America at one point. It’s a shout-out to the controversial comic “Captain America: Steve Rogers 1,” where Cap has a darker story arc, which fans got hyped over in 2018.
19. Toby Jones
In a laboratory scene we also hear Toby Jones’ voice off screen, as the evil Arnim Zola.
20. ‘Ant-Man’ helmet
It’s here that we get a glimpse of the original “Ant-Man” comic helmet, lying on a table whilst being attended to by Hank Pym.
21. Luke Skywalker hand-chop
Loads of Marvel movies show someone losing an arm – a nod to the Luke Skywalker hand-chop in “Star Wars.” In this film, Nebula corrupts her metal frame when she half-burns off her hand.
22. Ty Simpkins
Near the end of the movie, keep a lookout for Ty Simpkins from “Iron Man 3.” He’s the kid Tony is stranded with in Rose Hill, who snaps him out of his anxiety attack, and makes a brief cameo here. INSIDER confirmed this.
23. Gift Pepper gives Tony
Also look out for the gift Pepper gives Tony in “Iron Man”: ‘proof that Tony Stark had a heart’. It was used when Tony collapses in his home and needs a “quick fix” to his core being compromised.
Watch out for the name Morgan. In “Infinity War,” Tony says Morgan is the name of an eccentric uncle Pepper had. In the comics, it’s the name of a cousin Tony has, who schemes against him to take control of Stark Industries. It’s the name of an important character in “Endgame.”
25. Rolling Stone cover
In the “Iron Man” movies, we repeatedly see Tony Stark on a Rolling Stone cover that says: “Tony Stark wants to save the world.” It’s a nice full-circle moment then that he contributes toward doing so in “Endgame.”
26. Most quotable lines
Viewers might feel a little déjà vu when listening out for some of the MCU’s most quotable lines. The Captain America line “Don’t do anything stupid until I get back/ How can I, you’re taking all the stupid with you” makes a return, as does “I could do this all day.”
There are also some location-specific lines to look out for. Cap revisits his conversation with Spider-Man in “Civil War” – saying, “Hey, Queens! What’s up?” In the earlier movie, Cap had told Peter that he was from Brooklyn.
28. Bleecker Street
Also Tony refers to Doctor Strange as “the Bleecker Street magician.” Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum was on Bleecker Street in NYC, and they use Bleecker Street as a nickname for him twice.
29. Black Widow’s dad’s name
We also get a mention of Black Widow’s dad’s name. This character’s past has largely been shrouded in secrecy, but revealing the name of one of her parents could lead to more of a fleshed-out backstory when her solo movie arrives.
30. ‘Age of Ultron’ callback
One of the final scenes in the film alludes to Captain America’s ability to wield other weapons. There’s a callback to the moment in “Age of Ultron” where Cap just manages to lift Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. It’s a Steve Rogers we’re familiar with in the comics “The Mighty Thor” and “Fear Itself” and proves a real treat for fans.
31. Captain America’s backside
We fittingly end on Captain America’s backside, which fans went wild over in “Endgame” posters. The Russo bros are known for fitting memes and jokes into their movies, so the joke about Captain America’s butt being “America’s arse” will be a delight to some fans.
Of course there are tons more references we could have crammed into this video, but these are our favourites.
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