‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Even the Biggest Marvel Fans May Have Missed This ‘Iron Man’ Easter Egg

It’s been more than two years since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, yet fans are still finding Easter eggs. The film was part one of the culmination of ten years and three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War and Endgame marked the end for many characters and storylines, and the beginning of something new. Because of this, Marvel didn’t disappoint with the number of Easter eggs embedded into each film. But, there is one in Infinity War that even the biggest Marvel fans may have missed.

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Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr. at the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ premiere | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Disney

Both Iron Man and Spider-Man got new armor in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

As Looper points out, fans got to see both Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in new armor during Avengers: Infinity War. Tony Stark reached armor number 50, or the Mark L, during his penultimate outing in the MCU.

There were no fancy suitcases or armors flying around to protect him. Instead, Tony wore his newest armor in a small box on his chest. They pulled this from two comic book inspirations – Iron Man’s S.K.I.N armor which debuted in 2001, and his Bleeding Edge armor which appeared a few years later.

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Spider-Man also wore his Stark-designed “Iron Spider” armor for the first time after rejecting it at the end of Homecoming. Even though fans knew this was coming, most didn’t expect it to sprout extra legs and save the day. That was a secret only comic book fans knew about.

The Russo Brothers added a special Easter egg

Before they directed Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, brothers Joe and Anthony Russo’s credits included directing episodes of TV series like Community and Arrested Development.

The Russo brothers paid tribute to Arrested Development with Easter eggs in both Civil War and Infinity War. In Civil War, they managed to sneak in the Bluth family’s iconic stair car in the airport battle scene.

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In Infinity War, they added a special treat to the Collector’s (Benicio del Toro) cases. At the beginning of the Collector’s scene, fans can see a bald, blue man in cutoff shorts in the background. That is a reference to Tobias Funke (David Cross), the nevernude who painted himself blue to audition for The Blue Man Group.

The Easter egg might seem ridiculous. But, it makes sense that the Collector would want the one-of-a-kind character for himself.

Was this the most subtle easter egg in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’?

Screen Rant recently noticed a new Easter egg in Infinity War, and it’s all about 2008’s Iron Man. It happened during the battle between Tony Stark and Thanos (Josh Brolin) with a subtle callback to the first villain in the MCU – Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges).

As both MCU fans and Marvel comic fans know, the Iron Monger aka Obadiah Stane was a longtime business associate of the Starks. He was also the first villain Tony faced.

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In Infinity War, after Thanos stabbed Tony he placed his hand on the Avenger’s head out of respect. He then said that half of the universe would survive his plan for the Infinity Stones. The imagery and shots in the scene were a subtle nod to the pivotal moment in Iron Man when Obadiah removed the arc reactor from Tony’s chest.

While Tony lays there unable to move, Obadiah brags about his plans for the future. The Avengers: Infinity War scene was a mirror of the Iron Man scene, with heightened stakes and a much bigger scale.