I wish it could go without saying, but the video that follows, which does in fact seek to collect every last Easter Egg from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, contains SPOILERS for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet. Surprise, surprise. But, given the massive, record-breaking box office haul over the opening weekend, quite a few of you made it out to the theater, and this might be able to point out some things that you missed and you can look for on future viewings.
Planting Easter Eggs has become standard practice in comic book movies, Marvel movies especially, and Guardians is full to bursting with little hints and nods. Mr. Sunday Movie, who has a keener eye than I do, as well as a much deeper level of knowledge about the cosmic arm of the Marvel comic universe, took it upon himself to do some digging and unearth every shout out and reference, no matter how minor and tangential, that he can find. And there are a lot.
My favorites are the ones that relate to Chris Pratt’s Peter Jason Quill, aka Star-Lord. Born on Earth, but taken from his home in 1988, his awareness of Terran popular culture never progressed beyond a certain point, as illustrated by his overt references to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ranger Rick. But there are also some fun things you might not notice immediately. For example, his ship, the Milano, is named after a childhood crush, Alyssa Milano. That’s awesome, he was apparently a Who’s the Boss? fan.
More than anything, this video serves as a primer for those of us who haven’t read any of the Guardians of the Galaxy comics over the years. He digs into Drax the Destroyer’s (Dave Bautista) origin story, as well as talking about the identity of Quill’s mystery father that is only hinted at in the film. This also connects various minor characters to other comic titles, and shows you just how linked to the rest of the Marvel Universe Guardians really is.
There are also nods to things that have nothing to do with Marvel, like references to Bradley Cooper, who voices Rocket Raccoon, and his role in The Hangover trilogy. And then there are the cameos. Firefly and Castle star, and general nerdy favorite, Nathan Fillion has a role that you probably won’t recognize. Lloyd Kaufman, head of Troma, pops up, in a nice nod to director James Gunn’s professional origins—he started at the schlock factory writing the likes of Tromeo and Juliet. Not to mention others.
Like I said, this video will give you a number of things to consider and keep and eye out for next time that you sit down in a dark room and watch Guardians of the Galaxy, and I know I’m not the only one planning another trip to the theater for this one.
And if you can’t get enough of the hunt, here is a video that lists every Easter Egg from the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to Thor: The Dark World: