Avengers Endgame Easter Egg Guide and Review

Poster for Avengers: Endgame, taken from Marvel.com

Poster for Avengers: Endgame, taken from Marvel.com

Joshua Hurst, Writer

Warning: Do not read this article if you haven’t already seen Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: End Game.  This article contains spoilers for the movies.  Proceed with caution.

Possibly the most anticipated movie of the decade, Avengers: Endgame struck theaters April 26th, and shocked the world.  Taking over five months to film, resulting in three hours of runtime, this makes Avengers: Endgame the longest Marvel movie ever produced.  

Final spoiler alert warning, everything beyond this point will have major plot points and will ruin the movie for you if you haven’t watched it already.  You have been warned.

The movie has tons of different Easter Eggs, and humor only hardcore fans would be able to get.  But there are some jokes that most everyone would be able to get. From Hulk dabbing, to Korg and Thor playing Fortnite, here is the list of every Easter Egg I found in the film.

  • One of the most obvious Easter Eggs that is seen very early in the film is the Professor Hulk version of Bruce Banner.  They never mention him by his new name, but they do mention that he blended both the brains of Bruce Banner and the brawns of Hulk.  This is the first time that Professor Hulk has ever been seen on the big screen, and based on the amount of movies left in Mark Ruffalo’s contract, it certainly won’t be his last.  
  • The second most obvious Easter Egg that I found was the cameos by both Stan Lee and Joe Russo, the director of the films.  Stan’s cameo was found when Tony Stark and Steve Rogers travel back to the seventies. Stan is driving his car past a military base saying “make peace not war.”  Whereas for Joe Russo, he is seen in one of the scenes in the trailer. Although the trailer shown doesn’t picture him, he is there. During the scene when Steve Rogers leads a group of people trying to move on after the snap, Russo is heard saying he went on a date recently.  Other cameos from the film are as followed: Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos, Joe Russo’s Daughter, Ava Russo, and Ken Jeong.
  • The most requested Easter Egg that might have made it into the film was Thanoscopter.  There was a scene where Thanos threw his sword and it flew around like a helicopter. This could’ve been a subtle nod to the movement to make Thanoscopter be put in the movie, or it could’ve been just something that looks like a helicopter.  The world may never know…

One question that I heard a lot after the movie ended was “why could Cap wield Mjolnir?”  Well the answer to that lays in multiple movies from the past. In Thor, Odin feels Thor isn’t worthy to wield Mjolnir anymore, so he sends both mjolnir and Thor to Earth.  Before Odin sends Mjolnir through the bifröst, he makes it so only those who are worthy can hold Mjolnir.  Fast-forward a couple movies, and during Avengers (2012), everyone tries to lift Mjolnir from the ground as a party trick.  The only one who is able to even move Mjolnir a little bit was Steve Rogers.  He was almost worthy enough to wield it, but not quite yet.

And the final major Easter Egg that I found in the film would have to be the appearance of Harley Keener, the kid from Iron Man 3 (2012), in the funeral scene.  Harley, who is played by Ty Simpkins, has been on the imdb page for quite some time now.  Although it was never clearly said where he would be in the film, he was known to be in it.  It was a sad goodbye for one of his heroes, but it was one that meant a lot for all the hardcore fans of the Marvel franchise.  

There were a lot of negatives and positives to this film that I could find.  One of the negative things I found about this film was the fact that they had a pointless scene during the battle portion where they had an all female team, and Peter Parker, start fighting their way through Thanos’ forces.  It could’ve been a setup for a future movie about Marvel’s “A-Force” comic series, which features an all female team of Avengers. Adding this movie would be a bit redundant, because shouldn’t heroes be judged on how effective they are, and not by their gender?  There are tons of great female Avengers, but if they aren’t as powerful as the rest, why give them their own movies?

Another negative that I found in the film is at the end of the movie where Steve Rogers travels back in time and just stays there.  This completely destroys the character, and the movie’s time rules. Steve travels back in time, and does nothing except start a family.  He knows that Bucky is still alive, he knows that Hydra has infiltrated Shield, but he does nothing. Does this sound like something “god’s righteous man” would do?  Plus it also doesn’t really make sense. And if my math works out, Captain America is 166 years old. Granted, a lot of that time was spent in ice. If the statement that Nick Fury makes a lot about Captain America being stuck in the ice for seventy years was true, then Captain America would be 96 years old without the ice.  

Now onto the positives on the film.  The scene that I have waited for, and wanted for so long finally came.  At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Steve tells his love-interest at the time, Agent Peggy Carter, that he will have a dance with her soon.  Of course, this never happens because he crashes into the ice saving the United States from being bombed. But during Avengers: Endgame, they finally get to dance.  This dance is the scene that ends of the film, and it really does leave you with tears in your eyes.  

Another positive that is needed to be mentioned is the snaps.  The amount of characters that snap the gauntlet, or a version of the gauntlet is insane.  The three people who use the gauntlet are Thanos, Hulk, and Iron Man. The first two aren’t that big of a deal since we have seen Thanos snap, and Hulk is huge.  But Tony Stark, the only normal human in the group, using the most powerful item in the universe. This eventually led to the death of Tony Stark.

This same death might symbolize the death of Uncle Ben in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Peter looked up to Tony as a role model, and in many ways a father of his own. This is also shown in several of the other Spider-Man films where Uncle Ben is like a father to Peter.  

At the beginning of the movie, we get a lot of surprises.  Probably the most surprising of those, is the fact that Thanos dies within the first fifteen minutes of the film.  Although we later find out that there is a version of Thanos from the past who learned about all of their plans. This, alongside Thor being fat, surprised me the most.  

The movie sets up a few stories that are going to be told in the future.  Disney has recently revealed that on their new streaming platform, Disney+, there will be a new series involving Loki as the main character.  If you were to only watch Infinity War, then you would be confused. Loki died in Infinity War, but they are making his own show? Well during one of the scenes in Endgame where they travel back in time to the Battle of New York, Loki escapes using the Tesseract.  This could be the start to the new TV show on Disney+, but it could have also just been for a quick joke.

Another story that gets set up is the Black Widow movie.  Black Widow did die in Avengers: Endgame, but she also did mention being back in Budapest.  This would set up a movie perfectly as the Budapest mission with Hawkeye has been mentioned ever since the first Avengers movie in 2011.  

Overall, this story had its ups and downs, but it was very good.  I would rate this movie 9.5/10 due to the fact that there were a few holes that needed to be filled in it.