One of the great joys of sitting down to watch any new comic book movie is the litany of Easter eggs and sneaky references that find their way in there for fans to sniff out.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become especially brilliant at this, shoving literally dozens of nods and shout-outs into each individual movie, from the blinding obviousness of, say, a Pulp Fiction quote on Nick Fury's "grave" in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, to visual gags that require fans to dive a little deeper down the rabbit hole.
These 21 Easter eggs will test your knowledge of not only Marvel superheroes, but pop-culture as a whole, from the most niche cameos, to subtle one-liners with far deeper meanings, some clever foreshadowing of future events, and yes, a ton of blink-and-you'll-miss-it nods that'll have you wearing out your Blu-ray player's pause and rewind buttons.
From the literally hundreds and hundreds of Easter eggs packed within the MCU to date, these are the ones sure to make you feel mighty smart if you caught them on your own, but let's be honest, you probably didn't...
21. The "Original" Ant-Man Cameo - Ant-Man
After Scott Lang slams onto the roof of a cab while experimenting with the Ant-Man suit, the cab driver is briefly shown looking upward, but the actor playing the cabbie is no random day-player.
In fact, the cabbie is played by Garrett Morris, who played Ant-Man way back in 1979 for a Saturday Night Live skit called "Superhero Party", also starring Dan Aykroyd as The Flash and John Belushi as The Hulk.
Ant-Man director Peyton Reed was a fan of the skit and contacted Morris' reps to offer him a part in the movie, which he obviously accepted. It's a cute little nod, but you'd need to be seriously swotted up on your Ant-Man lore to catch this one without any prompting, especially as Morris doesn't do much acting these days outside of a recurring role on 2 Broke Girls.
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