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

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Human Jarvis (Agent Carter) As Howard Stark walks to his car after unknowingly chatting with his son, Jaarvis 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.

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 Zola (First Avenger) Howard Stark first appears in Endgame looking for 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.

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.

Stay tuned tomorrow (or the next) when we publish out part two of this two-part series attempting to capture every Avengers Engame Easter Egg, spoiler, callback and reference.

In order to get all these Easter Eggs, many of these came from my knowledge of the Marvel Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universes, but we want to give credit to several sources that helped us put this massive Endgame Guide together including these two articles from Screen Rant, Atom Tickets, The Wrap, Mothership, this awesome guide from Den of Geek, and of course CBR.

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