As most of us know by now, the brilliance of Joss Whedon's pop culture references knows no bounds, especially when it comes to his own highly self-referential Whedonverse. Yet, for [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) he admitted he would be avoiding his tell-tale Easter eggs for the sake of the central story:
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?!
Now that ScreenCrush had the chance to hear the DVD commentary, it turns out that Whedon just couldn't help himself. He slipped in one major reference to the Buffyverse that any fellow Angel fans will immediately recognize—and all of us missed it.
Remember these imposing guys?
During the scene in which Thor has those psychedelic visions of Asgard, we see these three masked men among the various bizarre hallucinations. After a moment, they're easily forgotten, but look closer at the order and specific headdresses.
The first one is a wolf, the second a ram, and the third a hart (more commonly known as a stag to people who never took a field trip to Connecticut's great capital). This is a reference to the series-long Big Bad from Angel, the demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart.
What does this mean for Thor: Ragnarok?
Some were speculating that these shy figures could make an appearance in [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) as potential new villains for the God of Thunder to face. I suppose that's still a remote possibility, but in Angel, they were an ancient group of demons who rose up the ranks to massive power. Once on Earth, they take the form of the senior partners at the evil law firm and use bureaucracy and earthly forces of darkness (a.k.a. lawyers) to enact their bidding.
To me, that doesn't sound like the type of thing we'll see in Asgard, but they could take a different and more arcane form. Still, I'm happy to chalk this up to a well-placed, overlooked Easter egg that harkens back to one of my underrated favorites, Angel.