toy story 4 easter eggs

Pixar films are always chock full of Easter eggs — whether in reference to their own films, or upholding a long tradition of making nods to director Lee Unkrich’s favorite film, The Shining — but Toy Story 4 has a unique setting that allowed the team to fill the film to the brim with Easter eggs. Much of the action in Toy Story 4 takes place in an antiques store, which production designer Bob Pauley had to populate with thousands of items. Luckily, Pixar has 33 years worth of objects on archive to fill out Second Chance Antiques. Read on to learn about the Toy Story 4 Easter eggs to everything from Pixar films like Coco and The Incredibles, to the requisite Shining nod, to a possible reference to the video game Kingdom Hearts.

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Brightburn Easter Eggs

This weekend sees the release of Brightburn (and it’s pretty good!), the story of a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) who raises a baby boy after he mysteriously crash lands from the sky in their backyard. As the child grows up, he starts exhibiting incredible strength and other unbelievable abilities. However, this isn’t a Superman origin story that creates a hero to save the world. This is a twisted take on the superhero mythos where the kid heads down a dark path and chooses to use his powers for evil.

Brightburn is directed by David Yarovesky, but it’s produced by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, and written by his brother and cousin Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are a couple of Easter eggs that seem to connect the movie to one of James Gunn’s other superhero movies.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Easter Eggs

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31, and soon we’ll be able to see everything that Disneyland has been working on to bring guests into a galaxy far, far away. But before then, some new photos from inside the park have been revealed, and they show off how detailed the park expansion is, including a bunch of cool Easter eggs for Star Wars fans. See some of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Easter eggs below. Read More »

marvel multiverse

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got shaken up by the latest trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which dropped the major reveal that the MCU is just one of many alternate realities. This concept is not new to readers of Marvel Comics, who have become familiar with the concept of other Earths — mostly since Marvel uses it as leeway to create as many “alternate” titles as possible.

But the Marvel multiverse is entirely new to the MCU, which until now, had operated under the assumption that there was only one reality. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had only recently discovered that they were not alone in the universe! But with the establishment of alternate realities, Spider-Man: Far From Home just opened up the door to infinite possibilities — or did it? It may turn out that the upcoming Spider-Man movie wasn’t the first to introduce the concept of the Marvel multiverse to the MCU after all.

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Avengers Endgame crossover

For years, Marvel Studios and Marvel TV have been touting the phrase “It’s All Connected,” but rarely have they lived up to that promise. Apart from a few references to “the event” in the Netflix shows like Jessica Jones or Daredevil, or cameo appearances from B-characters in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the TV universe have remained largely separate. And as the years have gone by, they’ve branched further and further apart until it seemed impossible for the characters from the separate properties to cross paths. But that hasn’t stopped fans from clamoring for a crossover between the MCU and Marvel TV shows.

But after years of demands, Avengers: Endgame delivered. An Avengers Endgame crossover finally brought together the MCU and Marvel TV, making good on that hashtag #ItsAllConnected.

Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow.

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marvel studis intro

The flipping comic book pages that morph into the Marvel logo has become one of the most recognizable images in pop culture today. But since the Marvel Studios logo was introduced — first showing up in its modern form in 2002’s Spider-Man before the studio was even established — it has slowly evolved. Ten years of one logo can get a little tiresome, after all, and with Marvel becoming a bigger behemoth with each record-breaking film, you’ve got to have an awesome logo to match.

But the Marvel Studios logo in Avengers: Endgame quietly changed in a way that was more than just a rebrand. Did you see what we’re talking about?

Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War below.

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stan lee avengers endgame cameo

Avengers: Endgame brings about the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that started with Iron Man in 2008. But Stan Lee‘s passing in 2018 brought the end of an era that began all the way back in 1961. But fittingly, both eras are wrapped up in one final cameo from the comic book titan in Avengers: Endgame. The 22nd film in the MCU was the site of Stan Lee’s final cameo, directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed, putting to bed rumors that he had shot footage for this summer’s upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. With the release of the record-shattering film, Russo brothers explained what went into the Stan Lee Avengers Endgame cameo, and why it played out like it did.

Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame below.

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stan lee avengers endgame cameo

Stan Lee has become such a fixture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it’s difficult to imagine a Marvel Studios film without the comic book titan making a winking appearance. But now it seems we’re coming to the end of an era. Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo revealed that Lee’s last onscreen cameo will be in the final film of the Infinity saga.

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black mirror bandersnatch secret ending

Another week, another Black Mirror: Bandersnatch “secret ending” revealed. The Black Mirror choose-your-own-adventure movie has so many endings that viewers need a flowchart to navigate it, but now, we may need a bigger flowchart. While last week we learned that there was a Black Mirror secret ending that follows Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) as he pulls out his finished “Bandersnatch” game and experiences some unpleasant noises, a new ending has been unveiled by one of Netflix’s social media accounts. Back into the rabbit hole, it is.

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Bandersnatch secret ending

“There are scenes that some people just will never see and we had to make sure that we were OK with that,” Black Mirror: Bandersnatch director David Slade said in a recent interview. Netflix’s interactive “choose your own adventure movie” experience provides a litany of options for viewers – so many, in fact, that Slade also explained that they shot a scene even the filmmakers can’t access. (What? How!?)

If you’ve played around with Bandersnatch, you’ve probably discovered at least a few of its many endings (read about the major ones in our spoiler review). But now a special Bandersnatch secret ending has been discovered, and in typical Black Mirror fashion, there’s more to it than initially meets the eye. Read all about it below.
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