15 Easter eggs in the first phase of the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown from a weird movie about a drunk building a supercar robot to one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, spanning movies, TV shows, cartoons, entertainment theme parks and comic books *. But it all started with the first phase:
(*Yes, the series is based on comics, but there are also MCU-specific comics like Nick Fury’s Big Week that we write about although absolutely no human being really cares about them.)
After the notorious Iron Man reveal and Nick Fury’s thematic shutdown, Phase One is out – Thor, iron man 2, The Incredible Hulk film that we all tend to forget, and Captain America: The First Avengerproof that there could be more than one good film in phase one – before building up to the cornerstone:
The Avengers. If you’ve seen it in theaters, chances are you’ll remember the film’s insane hype; though it looks almost quaint now (what, a handful of Avengers team up to defeat Loki? What is it, eight different scenes in Thor: Ragnarok?), the film blew up the box office and led to 80 more years of Marvel.
Now that phase four is in full swing, the latest episode of moon knight will be released soon, and both Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder on their way, it’s time to look back at the phases that led us here… and all the paths they have traced to the future.