‘Avengers: Endgame’ Jokes You Might Have Missed

Avengers: Endgame has decimated all myth and manner of box-office records, although it didn’t manage to become the most successful movie of all time, as some predicted.

In this country, it will be the second most successful film of all time, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Worldwide, it trails a little bit behind James Cameron’s Avatar, with a total haul of an amazing $2.7 billion.

It may set another kind of record too: the number of references crammed into one movie. Thanks to Screen Rant, we found 30, and there are surely more. We can’t hope to list them all here, but the following sampling consists of two basic types: cameos and inside jokes. Feel free to boost its box office one more time and see what you might have missed.

The directors of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ appeared in the movie

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have now helmed two Avengers movies and two Captain America movies, making them Marvel’s most prolific directors. They don’t have instantly recognizable faces like Alfred Hitchcock, but Joe pops up during the group therapy session as a gay man talking about a past Thanos-snap date.

Other notable ‘Avengers: Endgame’ cameos

Speaking of Thanos, people tend to think of Stan Lee as the catch-all Marvel creator. He did a lot, but he didn’t come up with absolutely everyone. Jim Starlin came up with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. He shows up along with Joe Russo in the support group scene.

Judd Apatow mainstay Ken Jeong shows up as a security officer guarding the storage space where Ant-Man kept his van. Jeong is a cast member of Community — the Russos directed several episodes of the show.

The Russos may not have recognizable faces, but Lee most certainly did. Fans came to look forward to his cameos as much as they did the movies overall. The final one he made came in Endgame when he appears in the 1970 scene bellowing “make love, not war” and looking much like he would have at that time.

In-Jokes and other references in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Hail Hydra: Fans may recall that when Captain America goes back in time to the original Avengers movie, he’s in a crowded elevator surrounded by unfriendly agents, much like he was in Winter Soldier. Instead of wiping the floor with them, Steve quietly says “Hail Hydra” to throw them off. This is a reference to one of Cap’s most controversial stories when he seemingly became an enemy agent that said that very sinister phrase.

A113: Pixar fans will recognize this number, which is a reference to a classroom at the California Institute of Arts, attended by a number of Pixar animators. According to CBR, it pops up on one of Hulk/Banner displays, and of course, Disney owns both Pixar and Marvel

Cheeseburgers: This one is really hard to catch. Near the end of the movie, Tony’s daughter says she wants cheeseburgers. This is supposedly a reference two things: To Tony Stark, who wanted a cheeseburger after his escape from the cave in the original Iron Man to Robert Downey Jr., who infamously battled drug abuse. He said a fast-food burger was so nasty, it helped him kick his bad habits.

Captain Marvel’s hair: Fans doubtlessly noticed Carol Danvers sporting a cropped haircut, much shorter than the one she had in her own movie. This shorter cut is closer to how the character looks in the comics now. That’s ironic because Brie Larson filmed her part in Endgame before she filmed Captain Marvel. The script for the latter hadn’t been written yet, so she confessed to feeling a little lost the first time she played the character.

Shawarma: Just as Stan Lee’s cameo was a staple of the MCU, so were the end credits scenes. One of the funniest of these was the one at the very end of the original Avengers when everyone goes for shawarma after the battle in New York. There’s a reference to it in Endgame when that movie doubles back on the original Avengers.

Clang: Avengers: Endgame may not have had an end credits scene, much to the chagrin of viewers’ bladders. There was a reference, however: a clanging sound heard as the score faded out. This was the sound of Tony’s hammer forging the original Iron Man suit, taking us full circle to the movie that started it all.