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22 Whedonverse Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Since Buffy the Vampire Slayer appeared on The WB in the '90s, Joss Whedon has slowly taken over Hollywood with sci-fi westerns, meta horror films, and two little movies about a ragtag group of super friends called The Avengers. In each one of his films or television shows, he makes sure to include multiple Easter eggs and references to his friends, movies he likes, and even to his other shows. As with everything he does, there are multiple layers to Joss Whedon Easter eggs, and the references on this list are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Whedonverse Easter eggs that you might have missed.

If you’ve only seen The Avengers and haven’t truly been baptized in the church of Whedon, then a lot of the Easter eggs in Joss Whedon shows are probably going to go over your head. Please read on, but if you have no clue what a Hellmouth is, you’re going to need to go watch every episode of Buffy, then come back and finish the list. Some of these Easter eggs are huge, in your face references, while others are small flashes that even a lot of big fans definitely missed if they weren’t paying attention.

So did you recognize any of these Whedonverse Easter eggs? Is there anything that we missed that you think should be included? Even if you didn’t, leave us a comment and let’s talk about how criminally underrated Dollhouse was.
  • Han Solo Shows Up on Firefly

    Photo: Fox
    Sort of. A figure of Han Solo frozen in carbonite appears routinely throughout the series, often positioned around the dining room on the titular ship. Make a drinking game out of it.
  • There's a Reaver in Cabin in the Woods

    Photo: Lionsgate
    It happens in the blink of an eye, but during the monster purge towards the end of the film, one of the cannibalistic Reavers from Firefly is briefly visible.
  • Buffy's Dream

    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    In the episode "Graduation Day 2," Buffy has a dream where Faith sings the enigmatic line "Miles to go/Little Miss Muffet/Counting down from 7-3-0." It would be two years (or 730 days) later that Buffy would die at the end of the fifth season. 

  • Wolfram & Hart Appear in The Avengers 2

    Photo: Disney
    During Thor's trippy dream sequence in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the law firm of Wolfram & Hart from Angel makes a special appearance as three figures wearing wolf, ram, and heart masks.