Since its release in May 2018, fans from around the world have been pouring in the various details that enrich the Infinity War movie. Be they in the form of the comic book or pop culture references or even a subtle nod to the other 20 movies in the franchise; we have compiled the top 15 Avengers Infinity War easter eggs that you may have missed out in the first watch of the film. However, if you are one of the few unfortunate fans who still hasn’t watched it…major spoilers ahead, pal.
15. Scales Set in Perfect Balance
The imbalance in the universe is the root cause of all problems – at least that’s what Thanos believes. The Mad Titan’s quest for the Infinity Stones was to restore balance by eliminating half the universe’s population. And as genocidal as it may be, he made sure he succeeded.
The irony though is the movie poster. From the 24 characters featured up there (excluding Hawkeye and Antman), half of them survive. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. The survivors include Iron man, Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, Thor, War Machine, Nebula, Rocket, Shuri, Wong, Okoe, and of course, Thanos.
14. Blood to Spare
The Children of Thanos aka Black Order are extremely powerful in the comics, though not so much in the movie. Ebony Maw, one of Titan’s Children, is obsessed with the concept of death and is the official hype-builder for Thanos. An interesting aspect to note is that in the comics, death has been presented as a physical entity (Lady Death) for whose love Thanos kills half of the universe. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, death has been presented as an intangible concept, which is inevitable for maintaining balance in the universe.
Willing to carry out the Titan’s commands, even in death, is the army of Outriders. These multilegged, rabid creatures were the major opponent in the battle of Wakanda. We also see the Chitauri army, from the battle of New York in “The Avengers”, at the epicenter of the destruction of Gamora’s homeland in a flashback. Even without the Infinity Stones, Thanos apparently had several armies at his command.
13. We Have a Hulk, Don’t We?
In the first few minutes of the movie, we witness Thanos and his Children kill around half of the Asgardian refugees. When handing over the Space Stone to the big bad, Loki uses the punchline, “We have a Hulk”, soon after which the majestic green avenger charges at Thanos. This was a nod to The Avengers movie, where Stark uses the same punchline on Loki, after which Hulk thrashed him around like a ragged doll. In this case, however, Hulk is the one being beaten to the ground by the villain and soon transported to Earth by Heimdall.
The scene featuring Hulk’s crash-landing into Strange’s sanctum bears a remarkable resemblance to that in the comics, where it was the Silver Surfer who comes to warn them of Thanos instead of Hulk and whose rights Marvel does not yet have.
Despite making a grand entrance, in the beginning, we don’t see much of Hulk later in the movie. The green guy apparently is tired of being Banner’s handyman, or so the directors say; and not scared of Thanos as theorized by several fans.
12. Squidward vs Strange
Stark is on point in his observations – Ebony Maw does bear an uncanny resemblance to SpongeBob’s Squidward! Bleak, creepy, and weirdly obsessed with death, Ebony goes after Strange’s Time Stone. The torture scene, aboard the doughnut ship, is much like the comic, where Ebony is shown to get into Strange’s head.
Since he possesses the ability to use people’s fears against them, it is probable that the glass shards Strange is tortured with, are a physical manifestation of his own fear.
11. White Wolf
Bucky had been cured by Shuri at the end of Captain America: Civil War. As of Infinity War, the Winter Soldier has transitioned into the White Wolf. White Wolf was an adoptive brother to Black Panther in the comics, taken in after his family died in a plane crash.
Given the time Barnes has spent in Wakanda in the movies, he may as well be a part of the family now. Cap’s going to be super jealous!
10. Iron Man’s a Family Man
Although not shown on-screen, Stark had proposed to Pepper at the end of Spiderman: Homecoming. Our first glimpse of the two is when Tony is relaying a dream where Pepper is pregnant with Morgan, his child named after her eccentric uncle.
In the comics, however, Morgan Stark is Tony’s cousin, who even tries to steal Stark Industries from him. Tony’s child being dream-named after this sketchy character may be a mystery but cannot be a coincidence.
9. Spidey’s All Grown Up
Working on building his own family, Tony views Parker as a protégé if not his son. With Peter rejecting the Iron Spider suit at the end of Spiderman: Homecoming, we finally see the enhanced capabilities of both the suit and the man underneath during several events in Infinity War.
In the comics, however, the suit was given to Spiderman much earlier, during Civil War. Tony even “knights” him as an Avenger aboard the doughnut ship! How adorable is that?
8. Reality is Disappointing
Let’s face it, Thanos is twisted. Deceiving his own daughter into thinking she had finally managed to kill him – that’s dark, man. In control of the Reality Stone, we see Thanos turn Drax into cubes and Mantis into ribbons, which is another comic book reference where he did the exact same to Nebula and Starfox (brother to Thanos), all in his devotion to Lady Death.
We see Quill’s gunshots and Gamora’s dagger turn into bubbles too, which was another cruel play and a possible reference to a hit video game, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, where every fight with Thanos ends in tiny bubbles.