With Guardians of the Galaxy out this weekend, we’re less than a year away from seeing the end of Marvel’s “Phase 2” for their Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Because of that, we’re starting to think about everything we’ve seen since Iron Man hit theaters in 2008. Marvel really has been playing a heck of a long game with us, and that’s abundantly clear in this new 12-minute compilation MTV put together for all the easter eggs that have been featured in the film universe thus far. Check it out:
Some of those, like the flashback meeting with Yinsen, were clearly thought of after the fact, but things like the Tesseract drawing from Iron Man 2 really gives you an idea of how every tiny detail in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is important. You never know when what might come in to play in a later film. No other studio is doing what Marvel is on this a level: planting microscopic clues in films that not only give you a sense of the universe’s scale, but also informing you on things like chronology. At this point, Marvel has earned our undying loyalty (even on something like Ant-Man, which has been through a sort of troubling pre-production thus far). But, if Marvel has faith they can make something work, then we should too because if it wasn’t for their desire to prove the world wrong, The Avengers never would have happened in the first place.
Which easter egg is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!