Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Now that the latest installment of Marvel’s cinematic universe has hit theaters, it’s time to dive into some Avengers: Age of Ultron easter eggs. Starting with Iron Man back in 2008, Marvel Studios has always included some nice nods and references to the comic book history of these superheroes being brought to the big screen. In addition, they’ve also included plenty of threads and set-up for future movies coming down the road. This may have been done a little too much in Age of Ultron, and now we have a video that runs through many of those Avengers Age of Ultron easter eggs, including some you might have missed.
Some spoilers follow for Avengers: Age of Ultron and other Marvel movies.
Here’s the assembly of easter eggs from Marvel Studios latest superhero affair, put together by Mr. Sunday Movies:
There are a lot of subtle references to the comic books that only die hard Marvel fans would notice. For example, I completely missed the program hub labeled “Jocasta” when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) uploads his new artificial intelligence guide “Friday” before heading into the final act of the movie. Is there a chance that Marvel could see Vision (Paul Bettany) creating a companion for himself in the future with Stark’s technology? It’s not likely, but a romance between Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision, also inspired by the comics, seems like a much more likely scenario to see played out on film.
One of the more perplexing references for younger fans of Marvel movies and comics probably came in the form of the nickname Tony Stark gives to the Hulkbuster armor. Twice in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Stark refers to the armor as “Veronica,” though the first time around we don’t know what he’s talking about. But he mentions the name when speaking to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) about not having to worry about looking over his shoulder for Veronica. So why is the Hulkbuster armor called Veronica?
Joss Whedon actually addressed this reference during a press conference (via ComicBook.com) for the sequel back in April. There’s actually two layers to this comic-to-comic nod. You might remember that Bruce Banner’s former love interest is Betty Ross, played by Liv Tyler in The Incredible Hulk. Betty also just happens to be rival to the character Veronica in the classic Archie comics. The two women compete for the affections of the title character. Whedon said, “I just decided to call it Veronica because he used to be in love with a girl named Betty and Veronica is the opposite of that.” So there you go.
Otherwise, the biggest easter eggs for future films include Andy Serkis playing a character who is supposed to become a villain for Black Panther, the film to be led by Chadwick Boseman and slated for release on July 6th, 2018. There’s also Falcon talking about a “missing persons case,” alluding to a lack of progress on finding Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier. And of course, almost all of the conflict between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers just adds fuel to the future fire in Captain America: Civil War.
These may not be all the easter eggs found in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that’s still a lot of references to be found with the film only being in theaters for a little while.
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