As Marvel’s Infinity Saga comes to an end with the epic finale Avengers: End Game, fans can’t help but discuss every detail of the film as soon as they walk out of the theater. Watching the fate of the original six – Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – was an emotional experience. And, so much happened during those three hours, that while fans were wiping away the tears, there might have been a few things they missed.
‘Endgame’ featured Marvel creator Stan Lee’s final cameo
Before his death last November at the age of 95, Stan Lee filmed a number of his famous cameos for upcoming Marvel films. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lee’s walk-on in Endgame was the last one he shot.
The cameo happens when Tony Stark and Steve Rogers travel to 1970, so they can grab the Tesseract with the Space Stone inside. As Hey Lawdy Mama from Steppenwolf plays, a white muscle car with a bumper sticker that says “‘Nuff Said” appears, and the driver is a young, bushy-haired Lee.
“It’s sort of the hippie era, and
Stan’s cameoing as a hippie and it’s the free-love era,” co-director Joe Russo
explains. “He’s saying, ‘Make love, not war!’”
To make Lee look decades younger,
visual effects artists turned to the technology they had previously used in Ant-Man to de-age Michael Douglas, and
in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to
take years of off of Kurt Russell.
Russo says that “it’s the last Stan Lee cameo that made it to film,” But, that doesn’t mean he didn’t shoot others that will show up in future Marvel movies.
There were even more cameos
While Stan Lee’s cameo was a given,
there were also other guest appearances. When Captain America is leading a
grief counseling session, one man talks about meeting someone after losing his
“I went on a date the other day.
First time in five years. Didn’t know what to talk about. Same old crap… How
things have changed … His job, my job … How much we miss the Mets…” says the
character, who was played by director Joe Russo.
Another member of the group, who
asks Russo’s character when he cried during his date, was played by Thanos and Infinity Gauntlet creator Jim Starlin.
stars Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown also showed up in Endgame, with Jeong playing a storage
warehouse security guard at the beginning, and Brown is in the 1970 scene, as
the government worker who alerts guards to two men she believes are hippie
Who was the kid at the end?
During Tony Stark’s memorial, all of the major Marvel characters stood in groups. The camera lingers on a young man standing all by himself, and many fans didn’t recognize him.
The actor is Ty Simpkins, who Marvel
fans will remember as Harley from Iron
Man 3. This is the kid who helped Tony reactivate his armor when he was on
the run, and later Tony gave Harley his own lab for engineering experiments.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo say
that Harley was a mourner at the funeral because “Tony had an effect on him.”
They understand that nobody knows who he is because he has grown up so much
since Iron Man 3, but Joe says it’s a
fun Easter egg that the internet will explain to everyone.
More and more Easter eggs keep
Avengers: Endgame was truly a love letter to Marvel fans, and there are so many fan service moments, it’s hard to keep track of them all. As more and more people all over the world watch the movie, more things get noticed, and more questions get asked. But, keeping track of them all is a big job.
Did Natalie Portman really return to
the MCU? Not really. The Jane Foster sequence was leftover footage from Thor: The Dark World.
Did anything happen after the
credits? There wasn’t a traditional Marvel post-credits scene, but there was an
audio Easter egg – the sound of a blacksmith at work. It is a tribute to Iron Man, the movie that introduced the
world to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.