Marvel Reveals a Special ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Iron Man Easter Egg That Everyone Missed

Disney and Marvel are giving fans a chance to uncover some of their biggest Easter eggs. The studio just took part in a special Easter egg hunt on social media, challenging fans to find hidden surprises in their favorite films. This includes a heartfelt Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame that is related to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), that even the biggest Marvel fans missed.

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Disney hosts a special Easter egg hunt on Twitter

With most areas of the world dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Easter Sunday was anything but ordinary. Many people were unable to enjoy traditional Easter egg hunts due to social distancing measures, and Disney took the opportunity to host a hunt of their own on social media.

Taking to Twitter, Disney joined forces with Pixar, Marvel, Disney Animation, 20th Century Studios, Blue Sky Studios, and Star Wars to give fans a chance to spot some Easter eggs in their most popular films.

This includes Mickey Mouse popping up in several movies, such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Toy Story, and Baymax’s liking appearing as a Kakamora in Moana. These hidden treats surprised most fans and offered a good distraction from the current crisis.

When it comes to Marvel, the studio revealed that the Avengers gave Tony a touching tribute during a scene in Endgame. Not only most fans completely miss the Easter egg, but it also connected to Tony’s story arc in a meaningful way.

Marvel confirms ‘Endgame’ Easter egg

The Easter egg in Endgame was during the scene where the Avengers put all of their fists together before traveling back in time. As Marvel fans will recall, the team jumped back in time to retrieve all of the Infinity Stones so they could snap everyone back into existence.

According to We Got This Covered, the sequence includes an overhead shot of the characters with their hands in a circle. All of the superheroes wore the same uniform for the mission, including red gloves. The resulting shot was a reference to Tony’s original arc reactor, which was laid out in a similar pattern.

In Iron Man, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) put Tony’s original reactor in a plaque that read “proof that Tony Stark has a heart.” During his memorial service in Endgame, Pepper put the plaque on his funeral pyre, further driving home the connection.

Including the reactor in Endgame showed how much Tony had changed over the years. In his final mission, Tony gave his life to save the universe, a selfless move that proved Tony cared for his friends and family above himself.

Most Marvel fans were surprised by the post and had not made the connection between the scene and the arc reactor. For those that did notice the visual callback, the post served as confirmation of the filmmakers’ intention.

Is this Marvel’s biggest Easter egg?

Speaking of hidden surprises, most Marvel fans missed a huge Easter egg that spanned every film in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This includes the movies Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man.

Each of these movies featured at least one character getting an appendage cut off, usually an arm or a hand. According to Radio Times, Marvel president Kevin Feige recently confirmed that this disarming was intentional and is actually a reference to his favorite film, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

“So, I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional,” Feige stated. “It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different.”

Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) lost his arm in Iron Man 3 while Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had his hand cut off in an illusion in The Dark World. The Winter Soldier saw Bucky (Sebastian Stan) get his arm amputated while Groot (Vin Diesel) lost his arms in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) was disarmed in the Age of Ultron, and Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) suffered an arm injury in Ant-Man.

Marvel had to delay Phase 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic but will return with Black Widow on November 6, 2020.