30+ Hidden Messages We Never Noticed In Marvel Movies

By Nick Hadji 11 months ago

1. Did You Notice That Hawkeye Gave The Black Widow Her Necklace?

(Image Source/ younewsamo)Have you ever noticed the Black Widow's necklace? If you have, you will notice that it is the shape of a small silver arrow. You'll probably have to pause and zoom in here. Perhaps this is a little hint at a romance. After all there was the Budapest trip together.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, There's A Picture Of Bruce Banner In Peter Parker's Classroom

(Image Source/ comingsoon)If we look and zoom in at Peter Parker's home classroom in Spider-Man: Homecoming we can see that there is a picture of Bruce Banner in Peter Parker's Classroom. There on the "Wall of Science Heroes" is the one and only Dr. Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk!

3. Principal Morita's Grandfather Actually Served With Captain America!

This is probably not something you would have picked up on, one it  would require you to notice and two,to add them both together. During Spider-Man: Homecoming, the scene where Peter is sitting in the principal's office there is a black and white photograph. The photo is a picture of Jim Morita, who was a soldier who served with Captain America - Principal Morita's grandfather.

4. The Hulk Meets The Hulk...

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In The Incredible Hulk the Hulk from the live action TV show makes a cameo appearance in the form of Lou Ferrigno who played him. In The Incredible Hulk he appears in the form of the security guard. He also plays the voice of The Hulk in the movie, after he's transformed.

5. Iron Man's Tribute To The 1960'S Cartoon And You Probably Missed It!

(Image Source/ bookright)In the first ever Iron Man film, there is a subtle tribute to the 1960s cartoon Iron Man. Remember when Tony calls Rhodes? Well the the ringtone that plays during this scene is actually the theme song of the old cartoon. Which is a subtle and nostalgic ode to its roots.

6. Shuri's Favourite Movie Is Back To The Future Part II

(Image Source/ TheGeekTwins)This is not a fact that is explicitly said - but it is pretty obvious if you picked up the hint. During the scene where she is fitting T'Challa with her new self-tying trainer invention, she says that her inspiration came from the movie. Which of course, is Back To The Future Part II.

7. The End Game Didn't Have Post Credits - WHY?!

(Image Source/ GameSoul)Or lack of them should we say. Endgame was an emotional ending and accumulation of 10 years of Marvel movies - of course it could not have a trailer for the next movie on its post credits. But did you hear the hammering sound? That's a tribute to the first iron Man movie, when Tony creates his armour in the cave. It's to signify the length of the journey.

8. Howard The Duck Features In Avengers: Endgame And It's VERY Subtle

(Image Source/ Twitter)If you watch closely at the point in the movie during the last battle where the Marvel heroes come to take their final stand against Thanos and his army, we can see many familiar faces gathered together. One of these is Howard the duck - whose pretty conspicuous.

9. Hawkeye Becomes Ronin

(Image Source/ HeroicHollywood)Fans have been wondering why Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) becomes Ronin in Avengers: Endgame and now the answer has been revealed... During the movie Avengers: Endgame, Hawkeye has to witness his entire family disappear into thin air. Something inside him switches at this point and he then becomes a ruthless murderer who can be hired to kill, to take his revenge on the criminals of the world.

10. The Ship In Guardians Of The Galaxy Is An Ode To An American Musician

(Image Source/ fandango)Marvel movies are always full of Easter Eggs and secret tributes. In the movie Guardians Of The Galaxy, Peter Quil's ship is called The Benetar, which is an ode to the American musician who is named Pat Benetar to pay tribute to the influence of his music.

11. Each Star Force Uniform Represents Their Personality

(Image Source/ quirkybite)You may have noticed that each Star Force member's uniform is slightly different for each.  For example the stars that are emblazoned on each member of Star Force's chests, you may have noticed there are variations. These vary according to each personality.

12. During Captain America and Iron Man's Fight, Cap Quotes Himself

In Captain America: Civil War, during Captain America and Iron Man's fight, Tony tells Cap to stay down. Cap then replies by saying 'I can do this all day'. This is not a random statement, he's quoting himself back during a time when he was facing a group of bullies.13. The Grandmaster's Palace Honors Their Fallen Champions In Thor: Ragnarok(Image Source/ BuzzFeed)In Thor: Ragnarok, the Grandmaster's palace honors the fallen champions. Remember the heads on the exterior of the building? These are the tributes to real life comic book characters for example, the likes of Man Thing, Bi-Beast, Beta-Ray Bill, and Ares.

14. Thor's Alter-Ego Is Donald Blake

(Image Source/ gamelegends)Thor has an alter ego in the film - his Earth alias that goes by the name of Donald Blake. Yet this is not random, it has a connection to the comic books, in which he used the exact same alias of Donald Blake. Marvel like to pay homage to the original comic books.

15. In Captain America: The First Avenger There Is An Ode To The First Ever Superhero Created

(Image Source/ cbr)If you are a true Marvel fan, you should know that the first ever superhero that was created by Marvel was Human Torch. In Captain America: The First Avenger, at the beginning of the film there is a man encased in glass in the future technologies exhibit which is the original Human Torch.

16. Those Famous Purple Pants!

(Image Source/ pinterIn the movie The Incredible Hulk, the item bought by Betty for Bruce is a rather spectacularly vivid pair of large stretchy purple pants. This again has not been plucked from thin air, the inspiration for this is directly from the comic book version of The Hulk.

17. Dr. Selvig From Thor Worked With Bruce Banner

(Image Source/ Marvel)In the movie Thor, Dr. Selvig describes a colleague who was a scientist that he once used to work with, he describes him as being a pioneer in Gamma radiation. So of course, this can be referring to one person only - which is Bruce Banner - aka The Hulk.

18. The Avengers Quotes The Comic Books

(Image Source/ wiki)Tony speaks to Loki and during their conversation he refers to The Avengers as 'Earth's mightiest heroes, that kind of thing'. This quote is not only a quote taken directly from the comic books, but it was the comic book tag line that appeared on each and every cover.

19. A Teaser In Marvel

(Image Source/ pinterest)In Marvel's very first Iron Man film, there is a scene where Tony is being fitted with his iron suit. During this scene, those with an eagle eye will realise that you can see a tiny glimpse of Captain America's famous shield placed on the workbench. This was a little teaser of what was to come.

20. Rocket Wears Star Lord's Scarf In Avengers: Endgame

(Image Source/ DigitalSpy)Pay attention and you might notice that Rocket wears a red scarf in Avengers: Endgame. You may be thinking so what's the significance? But it may seem familiar, because it is the exact scarf that Peter Quill - Star Lord- was wearing just before he disappeared.

21. Killmonger's Suit Represents The Black Panther Comics

(Image Source/ sideshowcollections)There's no denying that all Marvel characters outfits are great. Killmonger's suit is cool, perhaps it's even a little bit cooler than T'Challa's. Killmonger's suit is inspired by leopard print which is a reference to his pet leopard which is called Preyy. This comes from the Black Panther comic books.

22. A Pixar Shoutout

(Image Source/ orgoglionerd)Most of us are aware of the Pixar Easter Eggs is A113, it is in all the movies and has been going on for some years. It is a reference to the classroom at the California Institute of the Arts. And, it appears in the MCU world too. During the first Avengers film you can see A113 during a broadcast scrolling along the top of the screen.

23. A Cultural Reference In Black Panther

(Image Source/ RadioTimes)[/caption]There is a scene in the black Black Panther movie where T'Challa, Okoye, and Nakia all look down at the floor of the casino. Those wardrobe colours are definitely no accident - red, black, and green. They paint the picture of the Pan-African Flag for a cultural reference.

24. J. Michael Straczynski Is Not Worthy

(Image Source/ youtube)In Thor, after Mjolnir comes down to earth with a crash (literally) there a lot of people who witness the mythic hammer and try to see if they could be the one to lift it. One of those unsuccessful in lifting the hammer is J. Michael Straczynski - the writer of the Thor comics and other Marvel titles who is unworthy!

25. An Ode To Jack Kirby in Captain America: First Avenger

(Image Source/ filmfan)During the beginning of Captain America: First Avenger there is a very memorable scene at the beginning of the film where Captain America pretends to punch Hitler during the recreation of the USO show. This is inspired from the comic books.

26. Thor's Journey Into Mystery Is Taken From Thor

(Image Source/ slideshowcollectibles)In the Thor movie, there is a billboard which promises a "journey into mystery". This actually came from an anthology series for Atlas Comics which features The Mighty Thor, even before the days where Thor was given his own series and only existed in comic books.

27. Aaron Davis Brief Appearance Means More

(Image Source/ Looper)When he briefly appeared, his file included the name Brian Pichelli which was his alias. The name is significant as it is an amalgamation of Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Brian Michael Bendis is a comics writer and Sara Pichelli is an artist, both of whom worked on Miles Morales' early comic book appearances.

28. Scrapper 142 Has A Meaning

(Image Source/ CNN)When Valkyrie is away from Asgard in Thor it is for a very long time, she is living as a crapper when Thor finds her. The Grand Master refers to her not by name but the number 142. It may seem like it is a random number - but Valkyrie first appeared in the Incredible Hulk comic number 142.

29. A Nod To The Sign Language Community

(Image Source/ cinemablend)Lauren Ridloff is a part of the deaf community, and so is her character Makkari so Marvel wanted to incorporate sign into the films. They did this by using signs she frequently uses to be their super hero move. The sign used to represent Makkari, made close to the ear, reflects her love of earrings, and it was also the name sign used for Douglas Ridloff in real life.

30. Iron Man 2 Includes Fing Fang Foom

(Image Source/ screenrant)In Iron Man 2, there is a modern illustration of Fing Fang Foom from the Marvel comics. Those among us who are eagle eyed may have noticed it already. Again, it is a clever way that the Marvel movies include hints from the Marvel comic books and include the origins of Marvel characters.

31. Another Shout Out To Jack Kirby In Thor: Ragnarok

Image Source / Wallpaper FlareThor: Ragnarok has a very specific look and feel to it, and this has to do with being a huge homage to Jack Kirby’s style as the Marvel Comics artist. He likes huge backdrops and strange looking armour, which of course Ragnarok is full of. His artwork is even replicated with the background for the Grandmaster’s box during the Thor vs Hulk fight.

32. Did You Spot The Fake Infinity Gauntlet?

Image Source / TenorIn Thor: Ragnarok, Hela opens Odin’s vault and reveals a series of rather special items. One of these is the Infinity Gauntlet – which she walks up to, knocks off and says it’s a fake. This is further confirmed by the fact that Asgard’s Gauntlet is right-handed, when the one Thanos dons is left-handed.

33. Korg’s Friend Miek

Image Source / Shradda Eye HospitalKorg and Miek are now legendary characters, even with a limited amount of screentime, but Miek is quite different from the comics version of him. In Planet Hulk’s version of Miek, he’s actually humanoid and as big as Hulk himself due to evolution of his species, but in the movies, he’s a little slug-like creature by the end.

34. When Shuri References A Real-Life Vine

Image Source / Quiz-Bliss.comIn the Black Panther, Shuri is most definitely ‘down with the kids’, which means she’s fully aware of all the pop culture norms and various social media jokes – even if they’re outside of the Marvel world. But in one sequence, she looks down at her brother’s shoes and says, ‘What are thoooose?’ in reference to the famous Vine.

35. The ‘Moonlight’ Cameo In Black Panther

Image Source / The Avengers - TumblrDirector Ryan Coogler was a big fan of the film ‘Moonlight’, and to show his appreciation even more, he included a Moonlight cameo with the actor Alex R. Hibbert appearing in the final scene in California in Black Panther, starring as the young boy who gets the final line in the movie.

36. The Bucky ‘White Wolf’ Hint

Image Source / YouTubeIn Black Panther, the post-credit scenes show Bucky in Wakanda, alive and well. The children of Wakanda here call Bucky the ‘White Wolf’, in reference to a person who will eventually become T’Challa’s most trusted soldier and head of the Wakandan secret police – hinting at Bucky’s importance as an ally to Black Panther in the war to come.

37. Black Panther Vs Rhino

Image Source / Animation World NetworkIn Black Panther, we see T’Challa fighting against W’Kabi’s combat rhinos. It’s a scene that’s actually taken from one of the earliest comics for Black Panther. In one of the stories, T’Challa fights Killmonger as well as a rhino. This was the clear inspiration for this scene in the movie, which may have felt random if you didn’t know he fought a rhino in the comics!

38. The Everett Ross/Captain Marvel Hints

Image Source / VogueCIA man Everett Ross proves his skills as a pilot during Black Panther, and he was actually a pilot before he joined the CIA. At the time of the movie, before the release of Captain Marvel, the upcoming release of the Carol Danvers flick saw her being introduced as a young pilot… with hints that Everett and Danvers could have actually known each other in their piloting days.

39. Trevor Noah’s Cameo In Black Panther

Image Source / CNBCThe Daily Show host and comedian Trevor Noah actually has a cameo in Black Panther, but it’s not one that’s immediately recognisable. He plays Shrui’s A.I. Griot, who helps Everett Ross pilot his fighter plane. Trevor Noah is of South African descent, and the word ‘Griot’ means storyteller in West African.

40. The ‘Public Enemy’ Easter Egg

Image Source / CinemaBlendIn Black Panther, there is an easter egg in N’Jobu’s apartment: namely, a Public Enemy poster. The hip hop group had a close connection with the Black Panther Party in real life, and their songs as well as music videos all revealed their affiliation with the Black Panthers.

41. Peter Quill And The ‘Flash Gordon’ Reference

Image Source / LooperWhen Tony Stark meets Peter Quill, he refers to him – as is the norm with Iron Man’s famous nicknames – Flash Gordon. This was more than just a throwaway reference to the 80s – Quill actually resembles Gordon in more ways than one, as both characters are humans sent into space to eventually become heroes and take down some alien baddies.

42. Stormbreaker Is A Shout-Out To The Thor Comics

Image Source / MetroThor’s new weapon after sadly losing Mjolnir, the epic Strombreaker, is very similar to the hammer and axe hybrid which Thor used in the Ultimate Universe. The name Stormbreaker itself is a reference to the hammer that Odin has forged, too.

43. Doctor Strange And His Balloon Animals

Image Source / RedditTony Stark is back with his epic one-liners, and in the case of Doctor Strange, he insults him by asking him if his only job is to make balloon animals. What could be dismissed as a funny quip, it’s actually a reference to when Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and did a skit as Doctor Strange making balloon animals at a birthday party.

44. Ebony Maw And Squidward

Image Source / HelloGigglesIn an iconic moment, Tony Stark tells Ebony Maw – who he labels Squidward – that earth is closed today. This is a nod to Spongebob Squarepants and the character Squidward Tentacles, who is – despite him admittedly being likeable – is a bit of a grumpy jerk, and the same could be said about Maw – who does look like him, too.

45. The Uncle Morgan Reference

Image Source / Marvel Cinematic Universe WikiAs we know by now – and it still hurts – Tony Stark’s daughter who will grow up without her father is called Morgan. Originally, Tony told Pepper that they could name their future child after her ‘eccentric’ Uncle Morgan. Well, Morgan is actually a character from the comics – he’s Tony Stark’s cousin and a bit of a rival for Tony.

46. Ebony Maw Fills Marvel’s Mephisto’s Boots In Infinity War

Image Source / Radio TimesMephisto in the comics is a foe of Silver Surfer, and also happens to be one of Marvel’s biggest villains. In the comics, Mephisto is one of Thanos’s lackeys. In the movies, Ebony Maw essentially fills the same role – just with less backstabbing – and even speaks one of the same lines Mephisto does in the comics.

47. The Writing On The Chalkboard In Ant-Man And The Wasp

Image Source / RedditA little chalkboard easter egg for you – this one from the scene when Scott and Hope go into Cassie’s school. On the chalkboard in the classroom is the line ‘the flowers that my aunts grow’ – a great Ant-Man pun, and one which the set decorators must have had fun with.

48. Cassie Lang’s Future Is Hinted At

Image Source / Marvel Database - FandomIn Ant-Man and the Wasp, Cassie Lang talks to her father about how she hopes to be a superhero one day – just like dear old dad. Of course, most children dream of being a superhero, but in her case, it’s foreshadowing because she actually does grow up to become a superhero.

49. Earth 616

Image Source / ComicBook.comWhen Scott Lang comes back from the Quantum Realm, some eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that his van was parked in vault 616. This is a reference to Earth-616, which is the version of earth that most of our favourite MCU characters belong to.

50. Korg’s Cute Pineapple Shirt

Image Source / Radio TimesIn that highly entertaining scene where an overweight Thor is too busy playing video games with his pal Korg to want to help bring back those who were lost, Korg is seen wearing a cool pineapple shirt. This is a shout out to Taiki Waititi’s legendary pineapple romper that he wore to 2017’s Comic-Con.