With the first mega phase of the MCU being wrapped up in what is now known as the Infinity Saga, I thought I’d look back over the past 11 years of Marvel movies to break down the best Easter Egg.
This little consistency ran from Iron-Man all the way up to Avengers: Endgame and is the perfect example of just how much attention to detail that Marvel Studios really put into their movies. It also packs a lot of foreshadowing which I’ll get into later but it’s one of the neatest little easter eggs in a film that I’ve ever seen.
There will be heavy spoilers here so if for whatever reason you aren’t fully up to speed with the MCU then I highly recommend that you turn off now.
With that out the way I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this, now let’s get into my breakdown of the Best MCU Easter Egg!
Iron Man’s Left Arm Injury
Ok, so the major consistency that carries through all the way through the Infinity Saga is IronMan’s arm injury. This little detail carries throughout every film that the character is in and gets worse and worse over time the longer things go on.
He first sustains this during his self-titled origin movie on his escape from the cave. Iron-Man gets his arm stuck in a rock and has to yank it out and then later he damages it further on his first mission when he travels to the middle east to defeat the hostile forces that held him captive.
Iron-Man is blasted out of the sky by a tank that his him right in his left shoulder and sends him flying to the ground. Whilst the character should be able to just shake this off, the arm is one again badly damaged during his next film.
Iron Man 2
In Iron-Man 2 when reviewing his suits damage after his battle with Whiplash we can once again see that his armour is severly damaged. This is due to not only his arm setting on fire during the fight but also because he went head to head with the villain and took one of his whips directly to the arm.
After Iron-Man crash lands in the wilderness, he once more sits up and goes for his arm which will no doubt be in a lot of pain.
In Age Of Ultron during the Hulkbuster fight, his arm gets a lamppost thrust through it by The Hulk and all these injuries just continue to mount and mount up.
Fast forward to Civil War and when Tony pays lip service to the injury by saying after his meeting with Captain America that his arm is numb and asking if that’s normal.
In the airport scene when going toe to toe with Hawkeye and Scarlett Witch, the latter throws several cars at him in order to bury him and we can clearly see one landing directly on his left arm once more, making the injury even worse.
Later in the movie, Tony is seen nursing it in a sling and before suiting up to go and meet Cap and Bucky for the final battle he can be seen holding it. During the fight with the two Tony falls directly on his left arm once more causing a lot more damage.
When reading Caps letter at the end of the film we can visibly Tony Stanks, I mean Stark’s arm and the letter shaking which shows that he has now gained some nerve damage to it and is unable to properly hold the limb completely still.
Iron Man’s Left Arm Injury Is In Every Movie
Next up is Spider-man Homecoming in which he can be seen resting and steadying it once more when taking away the suit from the webhead. The first thing he does when stepping out of the armor is to grab his wrist which shows that he’s still suffering a lot of pain from it.
Jump forward to Infinity War and when going head to head with Thanos Tony uses all of the nanotech on his arm to make a blade which fails to take down the Titan and then the character gets injured once more after being stabbed by his own weapon. Whilst he doesn’t sustain any massive injuries here he’s still hurt when being pushed back on his bad arm and when Spider-man dies right infront of him, the character can be seen once more holding his arm.
Now all of this comes to a head in Avengers: Endgame when Tony wields in the Infinity Gauntlet. A complete opposite to Thanos, Tony decides to weild the Infinity Gauntlet on his right hand even though Thanos did it with the left purely because his left is his weaker arm.
Tony just doesn’t want to risk potentially using the Gauntlet on his bad hand and thus he deliberately picks the opposite side just in case he needs to wield the stones at some point. It’s a nice little bit of foreshadowing that was highlighted at the beginning of the MCU when we get a heavy focus on Iron-Man’s left arm in the first time that we see him.
And that’s the biggest easter egg in the MCU in my opinion. It’s got some awesome foreshadowing and just makes the movies even better in retrospect.
Obviously, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if you spotted an even better one then make sure you leave it in the comments section below.