Our recaps of the Easter eggs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue with Earth’s mightiest heroes, The Avengers! The collection of heroes that combines all corners of the MCU have come together three times and with plenty of deep-cut Easter eggs. Check them out via the link below!
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Marvel’s The Avengers was released in May of 2012, building on and combining the heroes from the five previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a promise from the first Iron Man film’s post-credit scene. The film starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and featuring Mark Ruffalo in his MCU debut as Bruce Banner. The team was joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig, with Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the movie, just his second feature film, which is the #5 all-time movie at the worldwide box office with $1.518 billion in ticket sales.
The film was followed in 2015 with Avengers: Age of Ultron, a direct sequel to the 2012 movie as well as the previous movies from Marvel’s Phase Two. Joining the cast for the new movie were Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, with Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, and James Spader as Ultron. Paul Bettany also made his first physical debut in the film, having previously voiced JARVIS, and now playing the hero The Vision.
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Finally, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will conclude many of the story lines from throughout the MCU, bringing the likes of Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man into the fold with Earth’s mightiest heroes. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the movie will be followed by the still-untitled fourth Avengers movie in 2019.