Avengers Endgame Easter Eggs: The 140 references and callbacks to past Marvel movies, comics books and more [Updated]

Did you recently see Avengers: Endgame or somewhat of a newbie to Marvel movies and looking to know every call back to previous MCU movies, references, callbacks and details so you can have all the context?

You are so lucky to happen across this article because this is your Avengers: Endgame Guide to help you better understand Endgame. We not only gathered the 100 best  Endgame Easter Eggs, callbacks and references to previous MCU movies, comic books and points of interests, but we give you all the reference points and what movies they comes from. All from the fingers of an registered Endgame obsessed Fanboy.

140 Avengers: Endgame Easter Eggs

One hundred and spare change of anything is a lot, so we needed to organize it some way that made sense. We found that the best way to present all 140+ Easter Eggs and callbacks would be chronologically. This will serve viewers as they can keep this guide open as they progress through the movie. Even sorting them as they happen in the three-hour film was a lot to digest, so we broke rhe movie down into six acts and categorized the callbacks, Easter Eggs and references into those buckets.

  1. AFTER THE SNAP
  2. FIVE YEARS LATER
  3. TIME HEIST 
  4. THE BLIP AND THE PORTALS
  5. THE EPIC FINAL BATTLE
  6. FUNERAL

Obviously, if you haven’t seen the movie, this literally is going to have ALL THE SPOILERS, so please don’t scroll any further if you haven’t watched the film. Just like the movie was long and rich with references, this is going to be a really long (but fun!) article, so we decided to break it into two posts.

0. INTRO

Marvel Studios Intro You may not have noticed this, but during the official intro we seen before a Marvel Studios film, you’ll notice that all the characters that were snapped away from Infinity War are missing have been edited out including Ant-Man, Vision, Black Panther, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch.

Avengers Endgame: The characters who’ve been snapped away in Infinity War do not appear in the opening credits of Endgame from r/MovieDetails

1. AFTER THE SNAP

Clint’s Home (Age of Ultron/Civil War): Clint’s Barton’s home was first seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as were his wife and children.

Clint’s Daughter In this first sobering scene, we see Clint giving his daughter Lila some tips on how to shoot using a bow and arrow. Lila Barton is played by Director’s Joe Russo’s daughter Ava Russo.

Good job, Hawkeye Did you know that Jeremy Renner has played the Clint Barton/Hawkeye character in no fewer than three MCU movies prior to Endgame, but never once referred to his superhero name? I didn’t.  So when Lila successfully gets a bulls eye, daddy Clint laughs and says “Good job, Hawkeye” was the first very first time the name “Hawkeye” has been used in an MCU movie.

Clint’s Wife (Age of Ultron) Next we see Laura Barton who is Clint’s wife and played by Linda Cardellini. We first saw Laura in Age of Ultron when the Avengers used Clint’s house as a secret safe house.

The Van in Ant Man (Ant Man & the Wasp) We first get a shot of Luis’ 1972 Ford Ecoline van being held in storage somewhere in San Francisco. This is the same one that we’ve seen in the two Ant-Man movies including the mini Quantum Tunnel in the back of the van.

The 6-1-6 (Marvel comics, Far From Home) When we first see Ant Man in the film, it’s when a rat accidentally activates the mini-Quantum Tunnel. When Lang emerges, we get to see the outside of the storage unit that not only has Lang’s name, but unit number 616.

While this seemingly arbitrary three digit pin or area code-sounding number doesn’t seem like anything worth paying attention to, but fans of the comic books will recognize that 6-1-6 is the short for Earth-616. And Earth-616 is the main continuity in which the Marvel comic books began and when most of the current Marvel titles still take place in. We should all know by now that any detail we can see in an MCU film is not arbitrary.

Since we’ve now seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, we know that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio character refers to Earth-616. Even though the villain (spoiler) made up that fictional background, we think it’ll persist in to future MCU movies.

Mutants Snapped? (New Mutants) After returning from the Quantum Realm and escaping the storage unity, Scott Lang visits the memorial created for all the lives lost from the Snap. As Lang furiously scrolls through all the names of the dead, we briefly come across the name Roberto da Costa. This is potentially important because da Costa is the secret identity of Sunspot, one of the New Mutants.

Who are the New Mutants? The team was basically a team of young mutants in training to be X-Men!

Yeah, that’s awesome if true, but we’ve read that the names on the Vanished Memorial were actually names of the Marvel production crew working Endgame which they had to do for legal and business purposes. On top of that, we aren’t sure that Kevin Feige and company would take this risk before everything was complete with the FOX merger.

Nebula #1 (GOTG 2) Nebula gets to win in a several games of paper football against Tony. She’s spent most of her life playing second fiddle to her savvier and stronger sister Gamora.

Tony Stark’s Working Tank (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) In the scene when Stark and Nebula are working on repairing the Benatar, we see Tony wearing the same tank top he wore in the cave in Iron Man as he crafted his first armor as well as during Iron Man 2 when he working out how to create a new element and save himself from Palladium poisoning.

Tony Record Love Note (Iron Man, Iron Man 2): The message that Stark records for Pepper Potts on his helmet includes a couple of verbal references. The “Don’t post this on social media” recalls something Tony said in the first Iron Man, while “It’s always you” is something he mentioned first in Iron Man 2 when he made Paltrow’s Potts the CEO of Stark Industries.

22 Days Later (Marvel Cinematic Universe) During his recorded “voicemail” to Pepper, Stark mentions that it’s been 22 days that they’ve been adrift in space — a likely reference to the 22 movies that led up to Endgame at that point.

Tony Stark’s Future Vision (Age of Ultron) After he returns to Earth, Stark begins vaguely referencing the prophetic vision he had during Age of Ultron, and how it’s now became the reality.

A Suit of Armor Around The World (Age of Ultron) When an emaciated Stark returns to Earth, he also let’s loose the frustration between he and Cap’s divide created in Civil War, as well as the guilt and frustrations over the losses from the snap. Stark reference more lines from the second Avengers movie stating how he warned them that a “suit of armor around the world” was needed.

Precious Freedoms (Age of Ultron, Civil War) The primary point of contention that created the in-fighting during Civil War and the wedge between Tony and Cap was how the Sokovia Accords a.k.a. The Superhero Registration Act suppressed freedom and putting faith in a government that Cap doesn’t trust any longer.

Tony revives this point in his diatribe against Steve Rogers after arriving back to Earth, mocking Cap in his decision to break up the Avengers during Civil War by saying: “Whether it impacted our precious freedoms or not, (a suit of armor around the world was) what we needed!” to which Rogers replied “Well, that didn’t work out, did it?”

We’ll Do That Together, Too (Age of Ultron, Infinity War) In Stark’s confrontation with Steve Rogers he also quotes Cap’s promise that ultimately didn’t come to fruition. In Age of Ultron, Tony asks how the Avengers will defeat the aliens if they came down to Earth again. Rogers naively responds “Together.”  Stark pauses looks Steve in the eye and says “We’ll lose,”  to which Rogers states “Then we’ll do that together too.” As we now know, aliens did ultimately come to Earth (and elsewhere in Infinity War) and the Avengers didn’t lose together as Steve promised, thanks to those events of Civil War.

Language! (Age of Ultron) As evidenced by the header, Cap cusses several times in Endgame, starting with “Let’s go get this son of a bitch” showing the impact of the five years since the snap and Steve Rogers’ growth as a character. Swearing was something Cap didn’t appreciate in Age of Ultron as he shouted “Language!” when he heard fellow Avengers say PG-13-unfriendly words.

Lying Doesn’t Run in the Thanos Family (GOTG 2, Infinity War) During the scene in which the remaining Avengers interrogate Thanos to he location of the missing Infinity Stones, Thanos replies that he destroyed them. The Avengers aren’t convinced, but Nebula is, saying “My father is many things, but a liar isn’t one of them.”

This fulfills a subtle thread that ran through a couple previous movies. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord complained that an evil mega villain like Nebula should be a better liar. And during Infinity War, Thanos claimed that Gamora is so terrible at lying due to his never teaching how to do it. What an egoist!

Went For The Head (Infinity War) We all know that Thor didn’t go for Thanos’ head when he aimed Stormbreaker at he Mad Titan thus allowing Thanos to snap his fingers. Very early in Endgame‘s first act, the remaining Avengers locate Thanos at The Garden. Thor cuts off his arm with Stormbreaker, then ultimately chops off Thanos head. When Rocket asked “What did you do?!”, Thor responds: “I went for the head” in this shocking beginning to Endgame.

2. FIVE YEARS LATER

Grief Captain (The Winter Soldier) Post-snap Captain America serves as a grief and trauma counselor, which brings back Falcon’s post-military job in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Support Group Member: The somewhat-controversial gay man that shares his story about trying to move forward after the snap and going on a date was Endgame director Joe Russo

V.I.P. Support Group Member: As Russo’s unnamed character speaks, the camera pans to other support group members which included Thanos creator Jim Starlin. One of the many fun Easter Eggs in Endgame.

attends the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Earthquake in the Ocean When holographic Okoye reports into Natasha, she mentions an earthquake in the ocean. This is likely a reference to Namor, a core Marvel character that lives underwater in is the king of Atlantis. And it sounds like the Sub-Mariner will meet T’Challa in Black Panther 2.

Black Widow Ballet Shoes (Age of Ultron) Black Widow keeps a pair of worn ballerina shoes next to her desk which calls back to a memory from her past as a ballet dancer from Age of Ultron.

Cap’s Marvelous Cut (Captain Marvel, comic book) Captain Marvel’s short hair style comes directly from the comic source material, but is also notably similar to Doctor Wendy Larson’s hair-style in Captain Marvel. Sound about right seeing as the Kree scientist was her inspiration.

Force of Habit (Age of Ultron, Captain America) When Cap walks in and chats with Natasha, he mentions that he when crossing the Hudson River in New York City, he “saw a pod of whales when I was coming over the bridge.” implying a bright side to Thanos’ Decimation. Here’s how the convo went:

Romanoff: In the Hudson?
Rogers: Fewer ships, cleaner water…
Romanoff: You know, if you’re about to tell me to look on the bright side – I’m about to hit you in the head with a peanut butter sandwich.
Rogers: Sorry, force of habit.

In this particular scene, his previous characterization as a pure optimist in earlier films is displayed as he attempts to “look on the bright side,” but when he shakes out of it wit the “Sorry, force of habit” apology shows one of the many times in Endgame that the new and self-aware Rogers is on display.

Breaking: Women Throws Sandwich at Man (Homecoming, Far From Home) This doesn’t reference a past movie, but is very likely an Easter Egg. When Steve Rogers comes in a essentially tells Natasha to look on the bright side, Romanoff playfully threatens to throw a sandwich at Steve.

Image from MCUExchange

It’s been theorized that this refers to a real life lunch meeting between Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Sony exec Amy Pascal when they met to discuss bringing the Spiderman into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ultimately Pascal rejected Feige’s initial ideas and playfully throws a sandwich at Feige, telling him to “get the fuck out of here.” Obviously, things have worked out for both (and you can see that Amy Pascal’s production company ‘Pascal Pictures’ is featured prominently at the beginning of Far From Home).

As an aside, this partnership may be become extremely problematic for the two companies once the three-film deal is over.

Get a Life (Winter Soldier) Steve and Natasha’s friendship, which was a foundational part of The Winter Soldier, is still strong here. She has been urging him to “get a life” since The Winter Soldier when she was constantly trying to set him up, although it appears that in the time since Infinity War she has lost any semblance of a life of her own.

See That ‘Not Soliciting’ Sign, Paul? (Civil War) When Scott Lang arrives at the 2023 Avengers HQ, he reminds whomever is on the other side of the video that they met a few years ago.”

“Hi, uh, is anyone home? This is Scott Lang. We met a few years ago. At the airport. In Germany.” Lang stammers. “I got really big. Ant-Man? Ant-Man, I know you know that. That’s me! Can you buzz me in?” Specifically Lang is referring to the fantastic airport battle during Captain America: Civil War in which we got to see Ant-Man turn into Giant Man for the first time.

Bought the Farm (Age of Ultron) In Age of Ultron, Tony’s hopes for his future turned out to come true (not hard for a billionaire that didn’ get snapped out). In that film, he said “Maybe I should take a page out of Barton’s book and build Pepper a farm,” he said out loud, “hope nobody blows it up.” Tony would figuratively buy another farm later on. Sorry, not sorry.

Morgan Stark (Infinity War, comic books) In Infinity War, as Tony and Pepper enjoy a walk he shared a dream that he and Pepper had a child, and that they named their baby after Pepper’s “eccentric uncle,” Morgan. The uncle Morgan Stark is actually a real character in the Iron Man comic books. This obviously comes to fruition.

Iron Morgan (Iron Man 2) Morgan makes her first appearance in Endgame wearing a blue Iron Man helmet and glove combo just like the the kid Tony rescued from Hammer Drones in Iron Man 2 (retconned to be a young Peter Parker).

Hey, Miss Potts (Iron Man) Tony reverts to calling Pepper her more official co-worker name from the early days when he referred to Pepper as “Miss Potts.” Tony hasn’t said since the first Iron Man and now it’s cute touch.

I Love You 3000 This now-iconic phrase wasn’t exactly a reference to any older film in particular, but a fan theory posited that if one was to add up all the minutes of the 23 movies that comprised the Infinity Saga, the “3000” part was a nod to the 3000 minutes of those 23 MCU films. It’s since been debunked, but what an awesome coincidence and had to be included in this list.

Tony Gives Shield to Cap (Captain America, Civil War) When Tony comes to the Avengers HQ and gives the iconic Captain America shield to Steve, you hear the main theme music playing from Captain America: The First Avenger. This is also a reconciliation of the argument earlier in the movie and from their disagreement (and all out battle) from Civil War. Tony makes the first gesture in this scene, saying to Cap “Turns out resentment is corrosive and I hate it.” Cap simply replies “Me too,” before Stark hands the shield over to Cap.

After taking the shield from Tony, Steve says “Thank you.” They’re friends again!

Rocket Wears Quill Scarf (GOTG Vol. 2) In one of Rocket’s scenes, Rocket Raccoon is seen wearing Peter Quill’s scarf from Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2

New Asgard (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 2) In Endgame, Thor brings what’s left of the Asgardian population onto Earth and establishes the Norwegian town of Tønsberg as New Asgard. Tønsberg has quite a history in MCU canon. In Thor, Tønsberg was a place Asgardians previously visited; it was the location where a Norse cult guarded the Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger and it was still on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s activity map in Iron Man 2.

Korg and Miek Live! (Ragnarok) And we learn in Endgame that both Korg and Miek survived the snap; they’re just chilling on Thor’s couch playing Fortnite.

Korg’s Hawaiian Shirt (Ragnorok, sorta) When we see Korg playing Fortnite on Thor’s couch, he is wearing the same Hawaiian shirt that Ragnarok director Taika Waititi wore to a Comic-con. Of course, Korg was played by Waititi in both Ragnarok and Endgame.

Ronin (New Avengers comic) Clint’s uniform when Nat finds him in Japan is a reference to his Ronin persona in the comic books. Specifically when Clint joins the New Avengers in the Marvel comic books.

3. TIME HEIST

In terms of plot, the most important and certainly the most complicated chapter of Endgame was the time travel act or Time Heist as Scott Lang called it. In these scenes, they had to set up the critical “rules” for how the team was going to travel back in time to obtain the Infinity Stones.

Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ultimately pulled it off. That’s due to having to write and re-write the Time Heist scenes several times over to ensure that their idea of time travel made sense, that the concept was being understood, that everyone knew where the stones were, and that the audience was engaged and entertained during those explainer scenes.

In the end, a couple scenes of the Time Heist scenes ended up on the cutting room floor after testing the scenes internally and holding secret meetings to discuss. “We rewrote every scene over the course of three years. I’m trying to think… Ancient One and Hulk on the roof went through a bunch of iterations.” McFeely told Backstory Magazine (via CBR).

Hulka Hulka Burnin’ Fudge (Infinity War) When the team gets together to talk about how to obtain the Infinity Stones, in one scene Hulk is seen eating his own brand of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Hulka Hulka Burnin’ Fudge, as mentioned as Wong’s favorite in Infinity War.

Celestial Existence (GOTG, GOTG 2, Eternals) As the Avengers learn the locations where the Infinity Stones are, Nebula refers to Vormir as”the center of Celestial existence.” This is likely a shout out to a super alien race known as the Celestials, who have previously been referenced in both Guardians of the Galaxy volumes and set up The Eternals movie that was recently announced at SDCC.

Making Time Travel Sense During some early secret screenings of Endgame, audiences were confused by how they were explaining time travel “Everybody’s like, ‘I’m not getting what you’re talking about,’” Joe Russo told the audience during his live Q&A session on Twitter/Periscope. “So we actually had to go back and create those scenes with Smart Hulk, Scott Lang, and Rhodey, where they’re talking through (time travel).”

Fighting Back to the Future with Quantum Physics Arguably the most-popular film centered on time travel is the 1985 film Back to the Future and due to its place in pop culture, it made explaining Endgame’s time travel concept that much more difficult.

“We actually met with a few professors to talk about quantum physics, and — look, time travel’s not real,” Russo said. “Basically, in a genre film, you create rules around which your movie is going to work. ‘Back to the Future’ is such a ubiquitous film, that those rules have been used in a lot of other facets of pop culture. And we underestimated how ingrained they are into people’s brains, those rules, and when we wanted to take a quantum physics approach to the movie, it’s an alternate sort of concept about how time travel works.”

Ok, now that we understand time travel… or at least Marvel Studios’ version…

Battle of New York (The Avengers) In the first scene of the actual Time Heist act, Endgame takes us to several scenes directly from 2012’s The Avengers beginning with the the famous moment where the Chitauri creatures are roaring down at the team during the iconic shot of The Avengers assembling for the first time.

The Avengers Extended Cut (The Avengers) The first Avengers movie ends with Loki looking up at the team with Hawkeye front and center aiming an arrow directly at the God of Mischief. Endgame continues that scene from a different angle with meta-commentary added by Tony Stark in typical Stark fashion telling the team they can stand around and pose later.

Loki Turns Into Cap (The Avengers, Dark World) During the extended The Avengers scene, we see Loki shape shifts into Cap to mock him as Loki would also do in The Dark World mimicking Thor.

Flick Me Not exactly a callback, but when Tony flicks Scott to obtain the Tesseract, it’s definitely reference to all the time he practiced playing paper football with Nebula on the.

Iron Man Suits Up in Free Fall (The Avengers) After flicking Ant-Man, Stark sneaks off and falls out of the Avengers building and suits up, this is exactly what he did in the first Avengers movie.

Let’s Start Again, Shall We? (Doctor Strange) As Hulk reaches for the The Ancient One’s time stone necklace, she soul-punches Banner’s spirit out of Hulk’s body. This evokes the time when The Ancient One did this to Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange.

I Can Do This All Day (Captain America, Civil War) The 2023 Captain America encounters the 2012 version of himself. The 2012 Cap believes that the 2023 Cap is Loki disguising himself. “I got eyes on Loki.” old Cap says. As the two engage, 2012 Cap gets the upper hand on 2023 and sends him back. “I can do this all day.” the 2012 Cap predictably says. To which the 2023 Cap knowingly responds “I know I know”. This is one of the more obvious callbacks to Steve’s signature catchphrase during the The First Avenger, which Rogers would say again in Civil War when he fought Tony Stark. The three times Cap has uttered this on screen has always been in  a serious moment, but Endgame hilariously sends it up and turns that on its head.

America’s Ass (Age of Ultron, Captain America) There’s nothing specifically about the “America’s ass” comment other than it’s another clue that the writers and directors put in to show Steve Rogers’ character has evolved from the corny, Do-Gooder of his earlier films – particularly on display in The First Avenger — to a more realistic and human Steve Rogers.

This evolution makes sense as Cap not only has had to assimilate to a more modern society with different social and political issues, but a world that has been decimated by Thanos’ snap. The new Cap’s self-awareness, pessimism (and ass) is on full-display in this scene.

That Elevator Scene (The Avengers Remix) (Winter Soldier) Cap finds himself in an elevator with S.H.I.E.L.D. field agents that are secretly really Hydra operatives,. Only this time, Agent Jasper Sitwell joins Frank Grillo’s Brock Rumlow as the two clandestine Hydra agents are assigned to securing the scepter. The elevator scene is actually an amalgam callback that didn’t originally happen in The Avengers, but in this movie, it was. The Endgame writers and Russo Brothers decided to add the iconic moment from Winter Soldier into this timeline further complicating (in a good way) the movie references.

Due to the remixing of two previous films is probably Edngame’s most clever callback as Steve Rogers steps into an all-glass elevator packed with many of the same Hydra agents he fought in Winter Soldier’s epic elevator fight scene. Take a look at the original Winter Solider scene:

Hailing Hydra (Winter Soldier, comic book) Instead of fighting again, Cap leverages his future knowledge  and makes off with Loki’s scepter by whispering two words into Agent Sitwell’s ear: “Hail, Hydra.” This wasn’t just a callback to The Winter Solider, but a recall of a 2016 Marvel comics “Nazi Cap” story line called Secret Empire.

Robert Redford Continuity! (The First Avenger) As the Avengers make their way out of their HQ with Terreract in hand, they’re met by Robert Redford’s Secretary Pierce. In this scene, Pierce tells Stark, Thor and the Avengers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has had the Tesseract in their possession for nearly 70 years, loosely fixing in continuity the scene from Captain America: The First Avenger where Howard Stark found it at the bottom of the ocean according to Screen Rant.

Lunch then Asgard (The Avengers) Thor responds to Secretary Pierce question “Where do you think you’re going?” with “Lunch then Asgard” which definitely refers to The Avengers end credit scene, a.k.a. the scene in which all the Avengers are eating shawarma in a blown out restaurant.

I’m Going Inside You (Again) (Civil War) When Ant-Man jumps into Iron Man’s suit in Endgame to give him a mild dysrhythmia, that moment evokes the airport battle scene from Civil War when Ant Man jumped inside Tony’s suit and began pulling out wires, both times as the two conversed with one another.

Thor Meets His Dead Mom (Dark World)  It turned out to be a genius move by the Russo brothers, as it gave fat, drunk, depressed Thor a conversation with his dead mother A touching, and crucial moment for the God of Thunder in an unexpected environment, that also gave greater depth to this “ok” Marvel movie and its characters. Thor: The Dark World.

Thor’s Wonky Eye (Dark World, Ragnarok, Infinity War) On Asgard, when Frigga asks Thor what’s different about his eye, the bumbling Thor claims that his eye looks different after sustaining an injury to it in the Battle of Harokin. Sif mentioned this same battel in The Dark World claiming Thor celebrated so much he nearly started a rematch. Thor’s missing eye has more history, he certainly didn’t want to tell his mother that his sister Hela stabbed him in the eye (Ragnarok) nor that it’s a prosthetic eye stolen by a talking rabbit from Contraxia (as referenced in Infinity War). Speaking of that talking rabbit…

Rocket Rabbit (Infinity War) When we see the Asgardian guards chasing Rocket through the halls of the palace, they call Rocket a “rabbit” as Thor did in Infinity War referring to him as “rabbit” several times and once calling Rocket “sweet rabbit.”

I’m Still Worthy! (Ragnarok): After Rocket retrieved the Aether from Jane Foster, he and Thor were ready to return to their timeline, but just as Rocket was about to press the his full functioning time control GPS device, Thor yells “Wait!” and holds out his left hand. Eventually Mjolnir returns, the same Mjolnir that was destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.

The I’m Still Worthy scene has become one of the many memes inspired by Endgame.

Black Widow Kicks Alien Lizard (GOTG) When the team arrives on Morag circa 2014, we see Natasha kick an alien lizard as Peter Quill was doing (while dancing) at the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1

Come and Get Your Love (or Power Stone) (GOTG) Rhodey and Nebula travel to Morag, specifically the Morag in 2014 from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 to find Peter Quill and have him guide them to the artifact. Instead, we get a fun remix that recalls the opening moments of Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 1’s. With his walkman on, Quill is singing along to Redbone’s hit Come and Get Your Love as he dances and kicks lizard aliens.

Gamora to Ronan’s Ship (Guardians of the Galaxy) When we first see Thanos, he acknowledges that he’s located an Infinity Stone is about to transport Gamora to the ship of Ronan the Accuser, from the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

Bad to Good (to Bad?) (GOTG 2) In Endgame, Nebula is able to convince Gamora to change sides knowing that Gamora has already found the Soul Stone but hasn’t told Thanos. The two embrace as sisters, which is one of the many inversions of the two character’s arc in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Camp Lehigh (Captain America, Winter Soldier) In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Camp Lehigh was where Steve Rogers trained to become Captain America in The First Avenger. The super solider revisited the camp again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is how Rogers knows where the entrance to the S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker is. Outside of the MCU, it exists in the comic book universe too, dating all the way back to 1940 when Captain America Comics #1 was published.

Arnim, Come In… (First Avenger) The London-based VFX company Cinesite—one of the serveral teams that worked on Endgame’s effects — recently released a reel of their work on the fourth Avengers film. The demo shows that Cinesite hid a little Easter Egg no one (even Reddit) likely would have never found. They hid a very familiar character from the The First Avenger on a tiny green screen that flickers as Starks works his way through his father’s lab to find the Space Stone.

Arnim Zola (First Avenger) Another Zola mention as Howard Stark first appears in Endgame coming into his workspace calling out to Arnim Zola, the Hydra scientist from Captain America: The First Avenger who became part of S.H.I.E.L.D. due to Operation Paperclip. We don’t actually see Zola until later in Endgame (keep reading).

Hank Pym Employee of Shield (Ant Man) Hank Pym is shown to be working for S.H.I.E.L.D. as early as 1970, with a prototype Ant-Man helmet. This fixes Pym’s chronology a little more (it’s also a brilliant comic book Easter egg).

Ant Man’s Helmet (Tales to Astonish comic) That gaudy helmet we see sitting on a desk in Hank Pym’s laboratory is the original Ant-Man helmet first seen in Ant Man’s first Marvel comic appearance published back in September 1962: Tales to Astonish issue #35.

Out of the Way, Zola (First Avenger) When Hank Pym storms out of his lab to go down to shipping, he pushes Arnim Zola aside.

Ant Cap (Ant-Man, Ant-Man & The Wasp) After Pym runs out of his office, Captain America sneaks in and the heist music from Ant-Man plays.

Human Jarvis (Agent Carter) As Howard Stark walks to his car after unknowingly chatting with his son, Jarvis appears and opens the door for the elder Stark. The British actor James D’Arcy plays the same role as Jarvis on Agent Carter TV series. This is significant because this is the first time that the MCU has acknowledged the Marvel TV series on the big screen.

A Long Way From Budapest (The Avengers, Black Widow) As Black Widow and Ronin/Hawkeye pilot the Benatar to Vormir, the planet home to the Soul Stone and a floating Red Skull, they’re clearly in awe of traveling in space at he speed of light. Clint turns to Natasha and says “We’re a long way from Budapest” and they both smile.

This is a shout out to The Avengers during the Battle of New York and a line used a couple times previous to Endgame. Back in The Avengers when Black Widow says their dire situation reminded her of Budapest to which Clint responded “You and I remember Budapest very differently.” It’s also been reported that the Black Window film will explore what actually happened in Budapest

Widow’s Bite (Winter Soldier, Civil War)While on Vormir, Black Widow and Hawkeye fight one another for the “honor”of sacrificing themselves for the Soul Stone, Window uses her taser discs from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to incapacitate Barton. A similar technology was used in Civil War to slow down T’Challa

Vormir Revisted (Infinity War) On their mission to retrieve the Soul Stone, Hawkeye and Black Widow travel to Vormir. Ultimately, Black Widow sacrifices herself so that the mission can be completed. This is a callback to Infinity War when Thanos threw his daughter Gamora off the cliff to obtain the Soul Stone. Both times end with the death of the character.

Black Widow Death Soundtrack: Black Widow’s death mirrors Gamora’s in Avengers: Infinity War, and even has the same music playing.

The Intermission You Wanted at the Theatre

We’ll stop here and give Black Widow the pause and respect she deserves after sacrificing herself for the Soul Stone.

Also, we’re halfway through the six chapters we determined at the beginning of this article. Technically, we’re more than half way through the film as of this point, but for the purposes of this post, it’s a good time for the intermission we didn’t get in the theaters.

Endgame Easter Eggs: Spoilers Ahead

Welcome to the second part of our post, this explainer is more of a Endgame supplement than a guide. Even so, having more than hundred references will give you a fuller understanding of the incredibly-dense film. As we mentioned in part one of the series, Endgame isn’t just a long movie in duration, but nearly each sentence, action or moment is packed with meaning that’s either been mentioned in a previous film or foreshadowing something that will happen, so we broke out the film into six acts.

  1. AFTER THE SNAP
  2. FIVE YEARS LATER
  3. TIME HEIST 
  4. THE BLIP AND THE PORTALS
  5. THE EPIC FINAL BATTLE
  6. FUNERAL

We went through the first three acts AFTER THE SNAP, FIVE YEARS LATER and TIME HEIST yesterday in part one of our series, so we’ll cover the remaining three acts with approximately 70 callbacks, Easter Eggs and references in the latter part of the film.

If for some reason you got to this post and have yet to watch Endgame, this post doesn’t just have a couple spoilers, but it has all the spoilers and exciting surprises of the film — that’s the reason we created this. If you haven’t watched the film and want o be surprised, please stop here. If you’ve seen Endgame and want a richer experience then by all means, keep scrolling and enjoy.

4. THE BLIP AND THE PORTALS

After the successful Time Heist (outside of losing Natasha) the Avengers now have all the Inifinity Stones to move forward with their plan to bring back everyone that’s been snapped away.

Howard and Tony, Father and Son (Captain America) This may or may not be a callback, but there was a scene in Captain America where Howard Stark was working in the lab that syncs up almost perfectly to when Tony, Smart Hulk and Rocket were working on placing the Infinity Stones onto a Stark-designed gauntlet. We’ll let Movieweb explain it:

In Endgame, where Tony is compiling his Infinity Gauntlet, it’s nearly a shot-for-shot remake of Howard Stark working in The First Avenger, with even the same dialogue thrown in as both Starks use machinery to handle dangerous materials. The First Avengers footage ends with a huge explosion in the lab, throwing Howard Stark back a few feet. However, in a clever twist, the Endgame footage has Rocket the Raccoon yell, “boom!,” which startles and annoys Tony.

Here’s the spliced up video for your consideration:

Coincidence or just another genius move by the Feige, the Russo Brothers and the MCU team?

The Way Way Back Machine (The Dark World) While the Avengers were intently-focused on incorporating the Infinity Stones into a nanotech gauntlet, no one noticed that Nebula isn’t in the room. The 2014 evil Nebula was communicating with her father and hi-jacks the Avengers’ fully-functioning time traveling GPS machine to use against them.

When the display pops up, some eagle-eyed watchers noticed that may have revealed plans for a very different time heist than what we saw on the screen. On the far right of the screen, we see several dates that were typed in previously, including the coordinates we saw in the film: New York (2012) and Asgard (2013), but there’s an insane number sharing the same screen 2988.

Don’t let your imagination run too wild just yet, this wasn’t the future, but the past as the button next to the 2988 coordinates are toggled for B.C. and not A.D.!  As pointed out originally in this Reddit thread, the year 2988 B.C. is the year of the First Battle of Svartalfheim which was an epic battle between Asgard and the Dark Elves whom held the Aether we saw in Thor: The Dark World. Sounds like 2098 was one of the many years that Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and team considered going back to retrieve the Reality Stone.

The Strongest Avenger (Ragnarok) When Stark’s gauntlet is ready, Thor quickly volunteers to be the one that puts the glove on to reverse Thanos’ snap. As Cap, Stark and Scott Lang hold Thor back, the Thunder God says that he’s the “strongest Avenger” and thus, the most-qualified. The Strongest Avenger has been a running joke across a couple Marvel Movies, most recently in Ragnarok.

It’s Like I Was Built For This (The Avengers, Incredible Hulk) The Hulk says he’s the one whom should don the Infinity Gauntlet because most of its energy released is Gamma radiation. If you recall from the first Avengers movie, the Tesseract was emitting “low levels of gamma radiation”. That’s the reason that Banner became the Hulk in the first place. And in The Avengers, the whole reason Nick Fury called in Bruce Banner was because he’s an expert on Gamma radiation.

Hulk Holds Up a Mountain (Secret Wars) After 2014 Thanos’ battleship laid waste to the Avengers Compound, the camera pans deep underground to find Hulk propping up tons of rubble above him; protecting Rhodey and Rocket who are both struggling.

This is a reference to popular Marvel comic limited series from the 1980’s called Secret Wars. In issue #4 of the series, the powerful Molecule Man uses his super powers to lift up a mountain and then drops it on Hulk, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and others in what seems like a deathblow. Little do the villains know that Hulk’s broad shoulders created enough space for the good guys to survive much as Banner did in Endgame. Awesome.

Nebula Holds The Infinity Gauntlet (Infinity Gauntlet comic) After Clint escapes some of the space dogs from Infinity War, he lays down as Nebula steps into the picture. “Hey I know you…” says an exhausted Barton as he hands the Gauntlet to Nebula. This references the source material for this story line when Nebula not only holds the Infinity Gauntlet, but puts it on after Thanos leaves his physical body to embody Eternity.

Okay Thor Hit Me! (The Avengers) Iron Man and Thor work together in an attack on Thanos. Stark tells Thor to send an electric charge of lightning through his suit, similar to what happened when Thor attacked Iron Man with electricity, only for the suit to absorb the power in the first Avengers film.

Went for the Head, Part III (Infinity War) When Thanos had Thor pinned down, pushing down Stormbreaker into the Thunder God’s chest, it recalls the Infinity War scene when Thor had Stormbreaker in Thano’s chest. Neither went for the head.

Cap Wields Mjolnir (Age of Ultron) During the big three’s epic battle where Thanos gets the upper hand on Thor, Mjolnir begins to lift, flies toward Thor while knocking Thanos off his feet. What makes this one of the film’s more  spectacular fan service scenes is that Mjolnir flies right past Thor and ends up in the hands of Cap!

This is no doubt one of Endgame‘s biggest applause-worthy moments recalls the scene from Age of Ultron in which the Avengers are sitting around their headquarters trying to lift Thor’s hammer. No one could do even budge the hammer, but when it came to Cap’s attempt to lift Mjolnir, the legendary hammer moved a bit then it cut to Thor’s face being shocked. Thor explicitly refers to this Avengers 2 moment, but this time instead of shock he excitedly exclaims”I knew it!” Definitely one of the biggest MCU payoffs EVER! I literally and unconsciously squealed at this moment.

But Did You Notice… (Easter Egg) according to this Reddit thread, though it looked as if Mjolnir was floating as if summoned by Cap, it actually was being slowly (and carefully) lifted by Cap in a behind-the-scenes cut from the Endgame release. The filmmakers deliberately shot the scene so it looked as if Thor was summoning Mjolnir when in actuality, Cap was lifting it. If you recall, you don’t see the top of the handle in the scene where Mjolnir begins to wobble.

Oh, and one more thing… (The Avengers) The epic battle after Cap rushes Thanos with Mjolnir in hand in Endgame mirrors the fight between the two strongest Avengers Thor and Hulk from the first Avengers film. Action by action. It can’t be a coincidence. Check it out.

In a movie of parallels with older MCU films, this is certainly one of the best. h/t Cinemia Blend

Okay we lied, 1 more thing about the Cap, Mjolnir and Thanos fight (Infinity War & Endgame) A redditor noticed that when Cap fought Thanos with Mjolnir, he aimed for Thanos’ head every single chance he had. This strategy, if that’s what you want to call it, brought back the “You should have went for the head” theme that started at the end of Infinity War.

Not only that, Thanos went after Cap’s legs during the battle to try and get him off balance. What turns the tide is Thanos slashes Cap’s leg before he smashed his shield. From Civil War, Spider-Man told Cap mid-fight that Tony told him to go for his legs!

Cap’s Battered Shield (Infinity Gauntlet comic) In Endgame, Thanos’ ferocious attack on Cap and Cap’s shield is reminiscent to how Cap’s shield is shattered during Thanos-Cap fight from original Infinity Gauntlet comic book.

Cap’s Shattered Shield (Age of Ultron) There’s a couple callbacks involving Cap’s shield. The way it was shattered and broken is in the same pattern as Tony foresaw in his vision from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Last Man Standing (Infinity Gauntlet comic) When a battered Captain America stands up and walks up to face Thanos’ army, this was inspired by Infinity Gauntlet issue #5 when Cap says: “As long as one man stands against you, Thanos, you will never be able to claim victory.”

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Leviathans (The Avengers) The epic battle features Thanos bringing together his Chitauri army which means the return of the Leviathans, those gigantic flying cybernetically-enhanced space serpent-worms (I’m actually proud of that description) that laid waste to New York City in The Avengers.

ON YOUR LEFT (Winter Soldier) In the greatest character entrances ever and one of the best Endgame moments, a battered Captain America approaches Thanos’ horde to what will certainly be his death. As Cap stumbles forward, we faintly hears garbled communication that stops him in his tracks. A stunned Cap is clearly confused when we all hear a clear “Cap, can you hear me?” coming from his earpiece. As his right hand reaches up to touch his earpiece, we hear Sam Wilson say “On your left” as a portal begins to open.

I’m not crying, you’re crying. If you don’t know (or don’t remember) “On your left” were the first three words Steve Rogers said to Sam Wilson at the beginning of The Winter Soldier, as he passed Wilson several times while the two jogged the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s certainly one of the best and most-clever callbacks in the entire film — whether you remembered it as it happened or just learning about it now.

Portals: Wakanda (Black Panther, Infinity War) The first portal that opens feature Black Panther, Shuri and Falcon — the players that were dusted in Infinity War, but they didn’t come alone — in the second scene of that particular portal shows they came with their Wakandan army… from Wakanda as seen in Black Panther and Infinity War.

Portals: Titan (Infinity War) The second portal that opens shows the five characters that were dusted on Titan in Infinity War.  Doctor Strange, Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord and Spider-Man are now undusted and arrive ready to battle from Thanos’ home planet.

Portals: Kamar-Taj (Doctor Strange) When Wong walks out of his portal with his fellow sorcerers and sorceresses, they’re arriving from Kamar-Taj from Doctor Strange. Kamar-Taj is Dr. Strange, Wong, The Ancient One and other Masters of the Mystic Arts train.

Portals: Yibambe (Infinity War) The camera returns to T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye as they march forward to reveal the Wakandan armies with the familiar battle chant: “Yibambe! Yibambe!” which is the same battle cry we heard in Infinity War.  Yibambe’s meaning according to Quora is hold fast or hold strong in the language Xhosa, which originated in South Africa.

Portals: Contraxia (GOTG 2) One of the many portals that open up also briefly shows Contraxia where the Ravagers fly into the battle.

Portals: Valkyrie (Ragnarok) Coming out of a portal with the New Asgard army is Valkyrie riding a Pegasus.  These winged steeds were first seen in Thor: Ragnarok and were the legendary regal horses of Asgard’s women warriors.

Portals: Howard the Duck (Howard the Duck, GOTG, GOTG 2) In the portals scene where Wasp shows up and looks confuse, if you look closely where the warriors are coming from the portals,  you’ll see Howard the Duck emerging right behind Hope Van Dyne. Howard the Duck is a running joke in the modern MCU riffing on the spectacularly bad Howard the Duck movie from 1986.

Howard the Duck first appeared in the MCU debut during the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, and then appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Feige’s Fave If we were to take a survey and asked which scene in the entirety of all 22 Marvel movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was your favorite, we have little doubt the vast majority would vote for the above “portals” scene. This is when the battered Captain America stumbles towards Thanos’ armada when every dusted character returns for the showdown. This moment also happens to be Kevin Feige’s favorite scene too.

“We’re entering this moment, which I’ve said before is the happiest and proudest moment of my career with Marvel Studios,” Feige said during a fan Q&A. “Which is when Steve [Rogers] is standing up against all of Thanos’ army and it looks like all is loss. And he’s still going to do it even with a Titan-broken shield on his hurt arm. He steps forward then all of a sudden he hears something in his ear and over his shoulder.”

Pepper Potts Lands… (Iron Man 3) When an Iron Man lands and it’s revealed to be Pepper Potts in the suit that Tony made for her birthday, this isn’t he first time she has worn one of the Iron Man mark armors. Gwenyth Paltrow donned one in Iron Man 3

Or is it Rescue? (Iron Man: Animated Adventures) The blue and purple colorway of Pepper’s Iron Man suit helmet is a nod to how Potts appeared as “Rescue” on the Iron Man: Animated Adventures series.

5. FINAL BATTLE

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! (Age of Ultron, comic books) As the newly-resurrected heros arrive through the portals with armies from across the galaxy, the Marvel heroes on on the front line. As the camera pans at the most-awesomest superhero gathering in movie history, Captain America yells out “AVENGERS….”

And as the camera reaches Cap, Mjolnir returns to his hand. He looks over in Thanos’ direction with Hulk, Rocket, Thor, Iron Man and others in a blurred background and finishes the battle cry by calmly whispering “assemble“. As we all know this kicks off the film’s insane Lord of the Rings-esque battle scene.

It took 22 Marvel Movies including four Avengers movies before Captain America finally uttered the iconic “Avengers Assemble!” battle cry. As a comic book reader, this recalls the thousands of times the phrase has been uttered in the Marvel comic universe, and it pays off the ending of Age of Ultron. 

At the end of Age of Ultron, Cap was about to say Avengers Assemble for the first time on the silver screen, but stopped short. In that scene, we got to hear Cap stand before the new Avengers line-up and say “Avengers…” before the movie cuts off. In hindsight, we’re happy Joss Whedon purposely went to great lengths to leave it out of Avengers 2 as it sets up this very memorable moment.

Giant Man Punches a Leviathan (The Avengers) During this mega conflict, Ant-Man/Giant-Man punches out a Leviathan reminiscent of when Hulk did the same during the Battle of New York. “I’m always angry” said Banner before turning into the Hulk and taking out one of huge flying space monsters with one equally-huge punch.

Drax the Back Stabber (GOTG 2) In Endgame, Drax attacks Cull Obsidian the same exact way he fought Thanos child while in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, by launching himself on to Obsidian’s back then stabbing (and yelling) relentlessly.

Thor and Cap Again (The Avengers) When Cap and Thor are side by side on the battlefield during Endgame, you see the two simultaneously receiving Mjolnir and Stormbreaker. Though not exactly beat for beat, this scene recalls The Avengers moment when Thor and Cap are in the midst of the Battle of New York when Cap’s shield returns to him and Thor’s hammer comes back simultaneously – the only difference is Thor’s hair and belly and that in Avengers it’s in slow motion.

Tony Hugs Peter (Homecoming) When Peter Parker meets Stark on the battlefield, Parker motor mouths-explains how he got to Earth. Having not seen Peter for over five years, he hugs Parker in one of the movie’s more-emotional scenes. This is a run back to Spider-Man: Homecoming when Stark reaches across Parker in what looks like a hug, but actually is just opening the door for Parker to exit his car.

Thor and Cap Again Again (The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War) Cap and Thor find themselves once again standing side-by-side in the middle of a battlefield as they did in the first Avengers, then in Age of Ultron, and then Infinity War.

In Infinity War, the two hadn’t seen one another in some time when they chat in Wakanda about the changes in their respective beard and haircuts. This leads to a funny moment when Thor introduces Groot to Cap, “I am Groot!” to which Cap earnestly replies “I am Steve Rogers.”

In Endgame, Thor and Cap meet again (for the last time?) to quickly resolve whom should have Mjolnir and who should wield Stormbreaker.

Battle Mantis As Cap and Thor work out hammers, many likely missed Mantis using her psionic powers on one of Thanos’s space gorillas putting the huge creature to sleep.

Thrice, Actually (GOTG) After Quill sees the 2014 version of Gamora, he walks up to her and touches her cheek, she responds by violently removing his hand, kicks Star-Lord in the groin not once, but twice just as she did when she first met him in volume one of Guardians of the Galaxy.

I Didn’t Care Then (Civil War) When Black Panther comes face to face with Hawkeye in Civil War, the archer introduces himself by saying “Hey, I don’t think we’ve met. I’m Clint.” to which T’Challa replies with curt “I don’t care.” As seven years go by, their memory remains intact. While they’re fighting Thanos turns to Hawkeye and asks him for the Infinity Gauntlet, referring to Clint by name.

It’s All New York City, Baby (Civil War) In the same battle, Captain America comes across Spider-Man and ends up learning that Peter comes from Queens. Later, Steve sees Peter Parker swing by and gets his attention by yelling out “Hey Queens”. Captain America calls Spider-Man “Queens,” a nod to dialogue between the two in Captain America: Civil War.

Instant Kill: Spider-Man activates Instant Kill mode, a reference to Spider-Man: Homecoming that does feel a little out of character.

We’re on it, Cap (Ant Man & the Wasp) Wasp says – an funny callback to Hope giving Scott a hard time for referring to Captain America as Cap in Ant-Man & the Wasp. In Endgame, when The Wasp says “We’re on it, Cap” Scott and Hope share a knowing smile before both getting small.

Captain Marvel’s Entrance (Captain Marvel): When Captain Marvel finally appears in the battle, we can briefly hear the theme from Captain Marvel before she destroy’s Sanctuary II, Thanos massive ship.

She’s Got Help (A-Force comics) This wasn’t a true direct reference to A-Force, the all-female superhero team of Earth 616 in the Marvel comic universe, but a combination of several factors including many of the female MCU actors pitching an all-female superhero team, the current Girl Power movement, and Marvel Studio’s work to diversify characters on screen and those behind the cameras. Either way, the scene was a little much, but it worked.

Doctor Strange Finally Lifts a Finger (Infinity War) Doctor Strange didn’t get to do much in Endgame, but plays a critical role because his mystical abilities allowed him to see into not just the future, but multiple futures. Toward the end of the battle as Thanos puts on the Infinity Guantlet, Strange locks his eyes with Tony and slowly raises his index finger is the most obvious callback.

Referencing the Infinity War scene when Strange looked into the 14,000,605 possible futures to which Stark asked him “How many did we win?” Strange paused and said “One” setting up the three hour film.

I AM IRON MAN (Iron Man) After Tony secures the Infinity Stones to the glove of his Iron Man suit — but before he snaps his fingers to make Thanos and his army turn to dust — Tony stares down Thanos and proclaims “I.. am… Iron Man.”

This is the same line Tony spoke at the end of Iron Man, revealing his secret identity and shocking the world.

How Did Tony Wield the Infinity Gauntlet?  In their final battle, Tony Stark famously steals the Infinity Stones away from Thanos and sacrifices himself by using the stones to preserve Banner’s snap that brought everyone back, to win the battle against Thanos and stop the Titan from re-snapping everyone away. It was a great scene, but there was one problem.

How did the human of the all humans wield the Gauntlet and not die immediately seeing as the power of the Stones nearly killed Thanos and Hulk when they put the powerful glove on? All those concerns considered, Stark putting on the glove shouldn’t have been possible at all, but Reddit came through again. User WolverineKuzuri93 discovered a critical Easter Egg that explains why Stark was able to pull off the final snap without instantly disintegrating. Take a look below.

Or something REALLY big for 15 seconds. It just dawned on me how Tony was able to not only wield the stones but also do so without immediately being incapacitated like the Hulk was. His Arc reactor took the bulk of the energy. from r/marvelstudios

The theory posits that Stark was able to manage the Gauntlet because his Arc reactor took on the bulk of the Stones powerful energies. Back during the first Iron Man movie, the one that kicked off the MCU and the Infinity Saga, Ho Yinsen explained to Stark that the Arc Reactor could run his heart for 50 lifetimes to which Stark replied that the Arc Reactor could run something very big for 15 minutes. Here’s what Tony actually said to Yinsen:

Yeah. Or something big for 15 minutes. This is our ticket out of here.

Big for 15 minutes, or something HUGE for 15 seconds like the Infinity Gauntlet?

Thanos Snapped (Infinity War) After Tony’s snap, we see Thanos’ army being dusted and Thanos himself dissipating into thin air. As we all know, this is exactly what happened to the Avengers and gang in Infinity War. When the purple titan obtained all the Infinity Stones in Wakanda and snapped his fingers, several heroes were snapped away at the end of Avengers 3 including: Spider-Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Mantis, Falcon, Groot, Star-Lord, and Drax.

Have a Seat, Thanny (Infinity War) When Thanos realized what was happening, he slowly sits down as he did at the end of Infinity War — this time instead of looking out at a “grateful universe,” he turns into dust. This scene is a beat-for-beat play on the ending of Infinity War after Thanos sits down and looks into the sunset. There’s a video of this somewhere. “Perfectly balanced” as Thanos would say.

Peter Witnesses Tony’s Death (Infinity War) After wielding his nano Infinity Gauntlet to vanquish Thanos and his horde, Tony’s death scene inverts the scene when Spider-Man was dusted in Avengers: Infinity War.

You Can Rest Now (Iron Man 3) As Tony lays dying on the battlefield, Pepper tells him “You can rest now.” Not only was this a direct answer to Pepper’s earlier question to Tony “but will you be able to rest?” after Tony says something about tossing his time travel discovery, forgetting about it and “going to bed,” but this also most certainly refers to Tony’s restless nights he was having in Iron Man 3. 

Tony Stark’s Arc (The Avengers): When Tony dies, it’s in a sacrifice that satisfies a running theme in every movie Stark has been in.

Tangibly, it’s an Avengers callback to when Captain America called Stark out for his utter 100% self-interest no matter the scenario “The only thing you really fight for is yourself.” Cap tells Iron Man in his corny metaphor. “You’re not the guy to make the sacrifice play, to lay down on the wire and let the other guy crawl over you.”

But it’s true, Tony has always been about his needs first; something Stark hears his father allude to in the elevator earlier in the film. But by the end of the film, Tony essentially lays down on the landmine so that everyone else could survive was. In this one move, Tony Stark’s character arc was now complete; one that started out as a selfish billionaire only concerned with himself, to a Stark making a heroic sacrifice for the greater good. 

6. AFTER BATTLE & FUNERAL

Peter Reunites with Ned (Infinity War, Homecoming) Peter sees Ned at their high school after the blip and from the looks on their faces, it’s been awhile. Confirmed in Spiderman: Far From Home, Ned was snapped and the last time to two friend saw one another was when they were both headed on a field trip in the school bus during Infinity War.

Peter and Ned’s Handshake (Homecoming) As the two friends come together they do a handshake used by the two several times, during much less confusing times, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Teacher Talos? (Captain Marvel, Far From Home) After Endgame came out, there was a theory positing that Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull leader Talos was in the background of Peter and Ned’s high school directing students — we now know that Talos played a big part in Spiderman: Far From Home. You are too good, Marvel Studios. TOO GOOD.

Spider… Gwen? (comic books) In a Reddit thread titled “Pink backpack. Black skirt with spider web pattern. Blonde hair” the user posted a photo of a fellow student that walks by as Ned and Peter hug it out in the hallway. The title basically describes it all for Spider-Man fans that follow the comics. That color scheme and design of the skirt align with Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman in the comic books, also known as Spider-Gwen. What would we do without Reddit?

Like Father Like Son (Iron Man 2) Just in case he died in battle, Tony leaves a holographic message for Morgan as he did for Pepper on the Benatar in the beginning of Endgame. That wasn’t the only recall, this method of communication was reminiscent of Tony’s dad’s recording for him back in Iron Man 2.

A Bigger Universe (Iron Man) Tony’s visual voicemail mentioned how surprised the technologist was about how big the universe actually is, “If you told me a few years ago that we weren’t alone in the universe, I wouldn’t have believed the extent.” The thing is, some one did tell Stark this, specifically when Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury’s gave an ominous message at the end of Iron Man to Stark: “Mr. Stark you’ve become a part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet.” He now knows.

Part of the Journey is the End (All Marvel Movies) As we heard in the first Endgame trailer, Tony tells Pepper via a recorded message on the Benatar that “part of the journey is the end,” this of course wasn’t included in that part of the film, instead it’s one of the last things he says during his prepared holographic message to his family.

What does it mean? Within the film, it’s a way of saying that his individual journey is over and that’s life, but in the larger context it means that Stark’s character arc in the MCU is over. It’s a not-so-hidden message that Iron Man kicked off the Marvel films, and that this is the end of his chapter, as well as the chapter for other primary characters that have moved on, buuuuuut mostly Tony Stark. It’s his endgame and destiny to have gone out sacrificing himself for others which is a contrast to the selfish Stark we witnessed over decade ago..

Tony Stark’s Heart (Iron Man) After the holographic message and right as Stark’s funeral commences, the first thing we see is Tony’s first Arc Reactor created in the first Iron Man.

It’s another proper — this time visual — reference harking us back from the film that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe all the way to Tony’s funeral. The Arc Reactor has been placed on the funeral bouquet and sent down the lake near their cabin, the inscription on it is as it was in the first Iron Man: “Proof that Tony Stark has a heart,” is the same one that he gave to Pepper way back when.

A Teenage Harley Appears (Iron Man) Every member of the Avengers — and their extended family, like Maria Hill and Thunderbolt Ross — stand somber in a staggered formation at Tony’s funeral. Standing in front of Hill and Ross is Harley (Ty Simpkins), the little boy who helped Tony in Iron Man 3.

American Cheeseburger (Iron Man) Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) has a quiet moment with Morgan during her dad’s funeral. He asks her if she is hungry and what she wants to eat. Morgan responds with “Cheeseburgers.” Happy pauses, smiles and says explains that “your dad liked cheeseburgers, too” which was what Stark requested after returning from Afghanistan. To be exact “an American cheeseburger.”

Asgardian as a Guardian (comic books) When Thor boards the ship with the Guardians at the end of the film, it was an exciting prospect with a clever name: The Asgardians of the Galaxy. But it wasn’t just a clever name made up for Endgame, the AOTG are definitely in Marvel comic books. Not surprisingly, as with other Marvel super teams on the big screen, it’s a much different lineup than what’s the pages of the comic book.

You’re Taking All the Stupid With You (Captain America) When Steve Rogers goes back in time, it’s obvious that Bucky has figured out he’s not coming back. Their farewell inverts the exact same lines from Captain America: The First Avenger; “Don’t do anything stupid until I get back,” Cap says. “How can I? You’re taking all the stupid with you,” Bucky replies.

Steve’s Tan Jacket (Captain America) The much older Steve Rogers is (probably? very likely) wearing the same tan jacket he wore as the younger, weaker Steve Rogers before being injected with the Super Soldier serum in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Sam Wilson is the New Captain America (comic books) When Steve returns to 2023, he was clearly up to something. As his confidants and friends, Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson walk up, they see Steve has aged significantly. It’s obvious when he went back to put the Infinity Stones back, he made the decision to stay in one of those timelines.

After some back-and-forth with Wilson, Cap’s final act is to pass his shield to Sam, meaning Falcon will become the new Captain America in the MCU. Though this seems like an odd decision, “it isn’t” as Steve says to Sam. That’s because Sam became Captain America in the comic books, specifically in 2014. That turn would give birth to another comic series Captain America: Sam Wilson.

Cap Finally Gets That Dance (Captain America) The final shot of Steve finally getting to dance with his best girl — and now future wife — Peggy, echoes the dance he promised Peggy they would have more than 70 years ago at the end of First Avenger. the ultimate callback arrived with a dance between lovers that had been promised 70 years before, just before the screen cut to black.

Wastes No Time (Captain America) If you watch the final scene where Peggy and Steve are dancing, you can see that the door is left wide open. That’s because immediately entering the house, they get to that belated dance.

It’s Been a Long, Long Time (Winter Soldier) The song that Steve and Peggy are dancing to was also playing in his apartment in Winter Soldier. The song is “It’s Been a Long, Long Time,” and it was originally written to with the purpose of capturing the longings of the American soldiers who were returning from the war to their wives and familes after the World War II.

Tony Hammering His Mark I Suit (Iron Man) Appropriately, Endgame doesn’t feature an end credits scene. Instead, fans that stayed until the end wondered: what is the hammering at the end of endgame? So what What does the sound mean at the end? Endgame audiences were left with the faint sounds of Tony banging on metal recalling sonic memories of Tony forging his first armor in a cave from Iron Man.

We’ve Been in the Endgame (Age of Ultron, Infinity War) Our final Easter Egg / callback / shout out / reference is the actual Endgame name. Many recall that endgame was said in Infinity War when Doctor Strange saved Tony Stark’s life by giving the Time Stone to Thanos. When Stark asked him why he did that, Strange famously responded “We’re in the endgame now.”

However, the word endgame has a longer history in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Back in Age of Ultron when the Avengers were interrogating Tony for accidentally creating deadly android Ultron, Tony responded by saying: “Anyone remember when I carried a nuke through a wormhole to save New York?” Stark continued. “A hostile alien army came charging through a hole in space. We’re standing 300 feet below it. We’re the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the live-long day but… that up there? That’s the endgame.”

“How were you guys planning on beating that?” Stark rhetorically asked The Avengers. Here’s the scene in its entirety:

This one conversation between Stark and Rogers not only set up the tension for Captain America: Civil War, but for Avengers: Endgame. Bravo Kevin Feige and Marvel, you guys are geniuses; you all took a decade to set us up for your Endgame and it paid off.

Next Up: The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Blade, X-Men and Fantastic Four

With that, we’ve completed all phase three and what Feige and team called the Infinity Saga. No more Tony Stark, no more Steve Rogers. They’ve closed out the arcs of several of the biggest names that helped carry the MCU through a decade of increasingly interconnected movies (and increasingly successful financially and critically).

With Spider-Man: Far From Home being the official close, now Marvel Studios begins anew with a new slate of stories to tell and new characters to fill the huge void left by stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. At San Diego Comic Con, Kevin Feige announced the new slate of movies coming down the pipe over the next two years as Phase 4 includes Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder. Not to mention a schedule of five new Disney+ series that will impact the films.

Feige also teased that Phase 5 is already locked down and likely will include Blade, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and Deadpool.

We haven’t even had time to fully process the Endgame, but the future and new beginnings look very bright. We’re excited to see what Marvel does in the next several years and how they decide to they’ll introduce the “old” guard of Nick Fury, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Spiderman, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the new (and more diverse) guard of The Eternals, Wolverine, Mr. Fanstastic, Shang-Chi, Deadpool, Cyclops, Silver Surfer, Storm and Blade.

Thanks for reading. This was a passion project that took hours to write out, but certain there are so many more. Please let me know if I’ve missed any callbacks or Easter Eggs in the comments below.

Even though many of these Easter Eggs and callbacks came from years and years spent reading the actual comic books and watching Marvel films. That said, in order to get all these Easter Eggs, we had some help and want to give credit to several sources that helped us put this massive Endgame Guide together  So we’re tipping our hats to the following news sources that assisted in putting this comprehensive Endgame Explainer together. This includes several posts from Screen Rant, Atom Tickets, The Wrap, Mothership, this guide from Den of Geek, and of course CBR.

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