18 Easter Eggs In 'Avengers: Endgame' You Definitely Missed
After 11 years and 22 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminated in the sprawling, powerful, three-hour epic Avengers: Endgame. Fans had plenty of time to debate their Infinity War theories and predict how Phase 4 of the MCU might begin. Anyone worried about SPOILERS should turn back now because this list is going to go into what happened to Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
In the end, how the Avengers finally beat Thanos is as exciting as it is heartbreaking. Not one but two heroes wear the Infinity Gauntlet in a "whatever it takes" effort to crush the Mad Titan and protect the universe from his megalomania. Between large-scale fights, time travel hijinks, and a pleasantly surprising amount of humor, it is easy to miss the dozens of little Avengers: Endgame Easter eggs and references crammed throughout the movie. There's some great stuff there, though, and those little moments really cement Endgame as the climax of a story more than a decade in the making.
Strap on your magical glove and skintight time travel suit and let's get to it. And when you're done, be sure to check out all of Endgame's plot holes.
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'The Terminal Beach' Has An End-GamePhoto: Berkeley Medallion
Once Scott Lang escapes from his stint in the Quantum Realm, he faces the very real possibility he'll never escape from the storage facility in which his van is stored. Thankfully, a sympathetic security guard played by Ken Jeong helps him escape.
But before he does, the security guard puts down his book - The Terminal Beach. This book was published in 1964 and includes several short science fiction stories, including one titled End-Game.
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One Of The 'Endgame' Assistant Directors Is Missing
During the scene where Captain America counsels Snap survivors in the basement of a church, we see a sign mentioning a certain Matthew Haggerty. That name doesn't mean much in the fictional world of the MCU, but it is important in the real world of Marvel Studios.
Haggerty was an assistant director on Infinity War and Endgame, and he even worked on the first Iron Man back in 2008.
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Captain America's 1970s Disguise Is A Nod To Another Captain AmericaPhoto: Marvel Comics
As part of his disguise for the brief detour to the 1970s, Steve Rogers dons a soldier uniform with the name "Roscoe" on it. This is most likely a reference to the comic character Roscoe Simons, who takes up the Captain America mantle for a brief run in the mid-'70s when Steve puts down the shield to become Nomad.
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A Fantasy Football Expert Backs Up Secretary PiercePhoto: Riverhead Books
This is more of a cameo for sports and fantasy football fanatics, but ESPN's senior fantasy analyst, Matthew Berry, shows up in 2012 New York as a personal bodyguard for secret Hydra member Alexander Pierce. He doesn't look as imposing as some of the other Hydra double-agents, but maybe he's just there to advise on whether Aaron Rodgers was worth a first round pick in Pierce's fantasy draft.
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Thanos's Co-Creator Makes An Appearance At TherapyPhoto: Pat Loika / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
After half of all life on Earth is eliminated by Thanos, Steve Rogers spends some of his downtime running a counseling group. It's a pretty high-profile one too based on the members. Not only does one of the movies' directors, Joe Russo, share a story about dating post-Snap, but Jim Starlin, the co-creator of Thanos himself, is also there to seek and provide emotional support to fellow survivors.
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"I Love You 3000" Came From A Surprising SourcePhoto: @comic.book.movie/Instagram
When Tony is tucking his daughter into bed after sorting out how to safely travel through time, she tells her father, "I love you 3000" which he later brags about to Pepper Pots. The line became an emotional pressure point after Tony's passing when he says it again at his memorial service. It's no surprise that the phrase has taken on a life of its own with fans using it in their day to day.
Endgame writer Christopher Markus revealed that Tony's daughter was initially supposed to say, "I love you tons," but RDJ inspired the change on set. Apparently, RDJ and his kids actually say, "I love you 3000" to each other, and the writers liked it so much they put it in the film.