12 months ago we were all sitting star struck about what was to come in 2015. Now that the year is over, we take a look back at some of pop cultures finest clues, tributes and Easter eggs that define a year that took such a long time in the making. From DC and Marvel’s foundations through TV and film, suspicious elements in the Arkham Knight and significant tributes in the Walking dead, it is undeniable to state that what is about to come will be nonetheless amazing.
2015 will forever be known as the year that touched all of our geeky hearts, with the newest establishment of the Star Wars franchise, however lets ignore the hype of 'The Force Awakens' and focus on something else for once.
Here is a short and briefly explained list of nine honourable moments from 2015, including Netflix series ‘Jessica Jones’, the Flarrowverse and links to Star Wars, Doctor Who and the Evil Dead, and yes, all of them correlate.
1. The end of a phase. A beginning of an era.
Phase 2 of the Marvel films wrapped up with the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant man earlier in the year. With these films we were introduced to characters such as Scarlett Witch and the Vision, both of which are fighting alongside original heroes in the upcoming films. As these films perfectly tied up everything from Marvel so far, yet maintaining suspicion for future reference, it is safe to say that our expectations from Marvel within the next year will not disappoint us, especially with the release of Captain America 3: Civil War.
2. Need a Hand?
Alongside the wrap up of Phase 2, Marvel maintained their references to their Disney counterpart franchise, Star Wars. As you would have already noticed from past movies within the Phase 2 series, a character from each film loses their hand/ arm as a direct reference to the famous Luke Skywalker scene. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ulysses Klaw has his arm brutally cut off by Ultron, comforted with the smug remarks of 'I'm sure it will grow back'.
Additionally, in the final film from phase 2, the final battle between Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket had similar results. During the fight, Ant-man shrinks Yellow Jacket through the use of Pym technology. Ironically, yet not coincidentally, Yellow Jackets arm is the first part of his body to shrink. A perfect easter egg for all geeks alike.
3. Speak of the Devil
In response to the first season of Daredevil, the long awaited release of Netflix's original series 'AKA Jessica Jones' was nothing short of moving. From beginning to end the series had me on edge, reprising me of my man crush for David Tennant's character, The Purple Man. As we all know, there is expected to be 4 different series from Netflix, being the already released Daredevil season 1 and AKA Jessica Jones season 1, with the addition of Luke Cage and now conspired Punisher series. Although these heroes will eventually team up to become the Defenders, we did not expect such immediate references.
In an episode featuring the night nurse from the Daredevil series, she briefly mentions another hero in Hells Kitchen, one who also hasn't come to terms with his powers, just like Jessica, who is struggling to come to terms with her new found love, especially during the times faced around her.
4. You're not 10 anymore
Here's a short one, with nothing that could possibly lead anywhere in the near future of Marvel. As David Tennant's character sits on a lounge in Jessica Jone's refurnished childhood home, he speaks of his parents who supposedly left him when he was ten. Jone's soon snaps and says "You're not ten anymore".
For those who are unaware, David Tennant played the tenth doctor in Doctor who, who I feel was replaced too soon.
5. Sticky Business
In the film Ant-man, Michael Pena's character is talking to a journalist at the end of the movie, talking about heroes running around the city. In the fast paced and hilariously voice over scene, Pena's character slurs a quote from the journalist.
We even got one climbing up walls
A reference we have been waiting for since 'The Amazing Spiderman' series was cut short. Within the next year we will have our eyes set on our newest web shooter, played by young British actor Tom Holland.
6. The New 52
Yes there are DC mentions here. In the Flash season 2, things began to get a little crazy, with the introduction of Jay Garrick, Harrison Wells and Zoom, all from Earth-2. In comparison to the first season, the flash has now established a certain future to which the show will now follow. During the season, 52 portals from Earth-2 opened, spitting out Metahumans, heroes and villains from the alternate Earth.
A clever reference to the DC reboot of famous comic book series, named the new 52.
7. The Flarrowverse finally coming together
Through constant Flash/ Arrow team ups, the Flarrowverse is beginning to establish foundations. Season 2 of The flash has introduced Hawkgirl and Hawkman, not to mention famous villains including King Shark. In the Arrow landscape on the other hand, Constantine's character has been revived in what was considered to be one of the best Arrow episodes in existence.
At this rate, we will have plenty more team ups in the future, and don't forget to watch DC's newest series 'legends of tomorrow'.
8. Rocksteady mentionable moments
The fourth instalment of the Arkham series, 'The Arkham Knight' gave us not only excellent gameplay, but a significant amount of extra easter eggs that have sent us into an online frenzy of what to expect from Rocksteady in the future.
The reality of these easter eggs has no conclusion, not until Rocksteady officially releases the game title. But surely it isn't another Batman game, right? We get the point, we need a new hero, but who?
Through a recent job statement, Rocksteady are employing developers who must have worked on 2 successful multiplayer games. So will the next game be multiplayer, because if so, I want a Justice League Dark game.
Here are some of the Easter eggs found in the Arkham Knight that may give us insight.
An interactive phone message from Lex Luthor talks about business opportunities for Bruce Wayne. No, the next game won't be a Lex Luthor/ Bruce Wayne business partnership, but it does hint towards Metropolis and even Superman. Additionally, there are flyers hidden around the city advertising Metropolis. Suspicious.
The year of John Constantine? Possibly the next game from Rocksteady is a paranormal investigation game. I'd be interested in some of the darker concepts from DC.
9. Dead lookalikes
The reason I am referring to The Walking Dead is purely because of their tribute to DC character 'Swamp Thing'. Each episode had a tribute to a character from famous pop culture films, all of which encompassed themes of horror and death.
Here is a look at the clever makeup design of one of the walkers from The Walking dead.
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What do you think? These are just some of the many tributes and moments that should be reflected on. What did I miss? Leave your comments below.