With so many characters and highly limited screen time, it’s clear that not everyone (or thing) from the Marvel catalog will make it into the MCU. Even with plans to have over 30 characters in one scene of Avengers: Infinity Wars, there’s only so much filmmakers can do with such a vast catalog.
No matter their expertise in getting the brand to translate into big box office returns, it’s always a balancing act between the comics and the creative element. When you name check a story arc like Civil War or Apocalypse, the fans don’t want to feel cheated. Mess with the story line all you want, but you better have the characters present to provide the necessary link.
Still, you can’t fit everyone into a 150-minute film, no matter how clever your screenwriters are. Instead, Marvel has made it a goal to add as many references and Easter eggs to other players worthy of the MCU into their main events, and if you blink you might just miss them.
It’s those kind of details that keep the audiences engaged, each trip to the Cineplex (or binge on Netflix) providing more and more fuel for their fan fire (or ire). Below are 10 examples of how it is done, as well as a video highlighting the studios devotion to the practice. Check it out:
Not actually a comic book character, “The Gentleman” actually comes from a series of Spider-Man novels from the ’90s. After showing up in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, we haven’t seen much of the character since.
This one is confusing. The character is part of the terrorist group who kidnaps Tony Stark at the beginning of Iron Man, and yet the version we see is actually based more on a space pirate character, sans the metal faceplate. Odd.