With critics beginning to get their first looks at Avengers: Age of Ultron, speculation about exactly what we'll see is gradually mingling with more specific teases of exactly what we will, in fact, see in the final movie. What we won't know until the film's actual wide release, though, is just how many Easter eggs are hiding in there - with the task of finding them usually falling on the (typically more-dedicated than most movie-critics) fans.
In this case, though, it seems that there may not be as much to look out for as we might have hoped...
Joss Whedon Just Revealed That "There Aren't a Ton of Easter Eggs"
As he put it, while speaking to Collider:
"Yeah, there aren’t a ton of Easter eggs. It’s so hard for me to make a movie, especially this movie, I don’t spend a lot of time going, “You know what else would be hilarious?!” I’m more like, “Was the gun in the frame? Oh my God, I’m so tired.” I mean I would leave set every day and go home and write because it wasn’t quite right; it wasn’t quite finished. It needed to be better. So not a ton."
Which, on the one hand, is probably a good thing - seeing as we can just enjoy the ride - but on the other, comes as something of a blow to everyone who was hoping for a whole lot of Guardians of the Galaxy-style geekiness infused throughout.
If there aren't too many Easter eggs, then - which ones can we expect to have arrive on our screens in a week or two?
Here are the five I'd most like to see:
1. Something Spidey This Way Comes
Honestly, waiting for Captain America: Civil War to actually see Spidey in the MCU seems perfectly reasonable to me - but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be the first one cheering if a Daily Bugle whips past the screen, or somebody mentions J. Jonah Jameson...
2. The Other Captain Fantastic
Again, the absence of Captain Marvel from the screen during Age of Ultron is a-ok with me - so long as she's awesome when she does eventually arrive - but a brief teasing of the character'd be nice. A mention of a Captain Carol Danvers, perhaps - or of the accident that gave her those 'marvelous' powers?
3. The Bucky Stops Here
After all he's gone through, Bucky deserves at least a mention - or a cameo - but it'd be great to see his eventual (in the comics, at least) inheritance of the Captain America identity teased some more. Though maybe not by him constantly grabbing Cap's shield, as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
4. To Dare(devil) is to Do
The rampant success of Daredevil's Netflix series may have come to late to earn him the decently sized cameo I'd actually like to see - but surely some sort of reference to the Hell's Kitchen-based hero is in order?
5. The Big Reveal
If/when, at the end of the movie, we get to see a new Avengers team emerge - it's surely got to be in a way that visually references that iconic reveal of the second major Avengers line-up (above).
"Say it Cap! Let's hear it, just once more!"
What do you think, though?