We all know Marvel likes to hide little secrets and cameos in their films, but sometimes they can be a little too hidden for most fans to spot. Here are 10 of the most obscure, well-hidden #EasterEggs in the #Marvel Cinematic Universe.
5. Journey Into Mystery
Despite being only the third entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (2011) was jam-packed full of Easter Eggs. One of the coolest, and the one arguably most unheard of, is a reference to the first comic book Thor ever appeared in, Journey Into Mystery. These famous words can be spotted on a billboard on Earth just before Thor's climactic battle with the Destroyer. This is easily one of Marvel's finest Easter Eggs, and shows just how much they trust in their fans' ability to spot them.
4. Fin Fang Foom
Another very well-hidden Easter Egg, the comic book dragon Fin Fang Foom got his first movie cameo on a poster in Iron Man (2008), as Stark flies around in his suit for the first time. While the character itself is very obscure — especially for the casual viewer — it is a cool Easter Egg nonetheless.
3. The Grandmaster
This Easter Egg (or cameo, I guess) comes in the form of an end credits "scene." Why the quotation marks? Well, it's not really a scene. At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 there are various end credits scenes, but between them there are small circles with characters dancing inside them. One of these characters is Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster, a character featuring in the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, but who is yet to appear in a movie yet. Very cool.
2. Carl Creel, The Absorbing Man
Straying from the movies for a moment, we come to an Easter Egg featured across two of Marvel's TV shows: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we get a TV version of Absorbing Man from the comics. While this in itself is kinda cool, we later get a reference to the same character, Carl Creel, on a sign in Daredevil. However, the sign is shown in a flashback scene to several years earlier, so we should assume it's either a very young Absorbing Man or possibly his father. Nevertheless, it's good to see Marvel providing links between its shows.
1. Erik Selvig's Blackboard
Throughout all of Marvel's movies, I don't think there has been an Easter Egg quite as full of information as this one. With references to various Marvel creators (Chris Yost, Craig Kyle), Man-Thing (and the Nexus of All Realities), and the Nine Realms, this scene is full of juicy references for comic book fans.
And that's it! Those are, in my opinion, five of the most hidden Easter Eggs and secrets throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If there are any important things you think I missed, do let me know. Otherwise, go have fun hunting!
Which of these Easter Eggs did you not know prior to reading this article?