The films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are famous for their Easter eggs and post-credits scenes. A lot of the time, these teases seem to set up future movies in the franchise, creating hype among the fans as well as creating a perfect transition to the next movie. While Marvel Studios didn’t invent post-credit scenes, they brought it to mainstream popularity. All 21 films on their catalog have at least one easter egg. Some make more sense than others, while some are just there for pure fun. Since the studio releases, three movies a year and all three usually have more than one sequel set up in them, it’s not possible to pay off every single one. Here are 10 forgotten MCU teases we hope to see in the near future.
In Iron Man 2, when discussing Tony’s involvement with the Avengers, a map pinpointing every future movie location is shown in the background, including Wakanda and possibly Atlantis.
That early tease of Black Panther’s presence in the MCU has paid off in spades with an Oscar-nominated solo movie and a key role in Captain America: Civil War and two Avengers movies. We haven’t seen a movie taking place in Atlantis on the map. This suggested that Namor the Sub-Mariner would be introduced, ruling over his undersea kingdom of Atlantis.
2) The Original Guardians Of The Galaxy Team
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduced MCU fans to Stakar Ogord, the leader of the comics universe’s original Guardians of the Galaxy team from the ‘70s. This easter egg suggests that we would see them either get their own movie or join the Guardians we know and love in their threequel. We have yet to see any follow-up on this tease.
3) The Vulture Protected Spider-Man In Prison
In the mid-credits scene of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we see Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. the Vulture, in prison. Mac Gargan approaches him and says he’s got some guys on the outside who are ready to kill Spider-Man if Toomes can give up his real name. However, despite knowing that Spiderman’s real name is Peter Parker, Toomes pretends he doesn’t know. Now, this is something that makes the viewers think, did he protect Peter to save him for himself or to reward him for saving his life? We can hope this gets revisited in a future movie.
4) Rick Jones’ S.H.I.E.L.D. File
In The Incredible Hulk, which is already a forgotten movie, we see a S.H.I.E.L.D. file with the name “Jones, Richard ‘Rick’,” hinting at the introduction of Marvel Comics legend Rick Jones. Jones isn’t necessarily a superhero, but he is an expert in tech and hand-to-hand combat, so he still comes in handy. Jones has been a sidekick to a handful of characters including the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel, and has been involved in a few of Marvel’s biggest events.
5) Jonathan Pangborn’s Revenge
In the post-credits scene of Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo strips Jonathan Pangborn of his magical powers and says there are “too many sorcerers” in the world. This post-credits was important as it helped in setting up Doctor Strange 2. We can expect a vendetta against Strange plotted by this guy.
6) Harley Keener To Reappear As Iron Lad
Harley Keener was introduced as a plucky young sidekick for Tony, but Tony would eventually find a better version in Peter Parker. Still, Harley Keener’s appearance in MCU won’t be a total waste if he becomes Iron Lad and leads the Young Avengers. His debut in Iron Man 3 was so long ago that the child actor who played him reappeared at Tony Stark’s funeral in Avengers: Endgame.
7) The Grandmaster Is Still Alive
In the post-credit scene of Thor: Ragnarok, we see that the Grandmaster is still alive on Sakaar, begging all of his slaves not to kill him. Realistically, the people he once enslaved wouldn’t spare his life and we can assume he would not have lasted long after the scene. MCU fans love the Grandmaster and regular moviegoers simply love Jeff Goldblum, and fans would love to see him make a comeback in future films.
8) Cosmo The Spacedog
Cosmo the Spacedog, a comic book version of the dog that the Soviet Union sent into space in the 1960s, can be seen in the Collector’s museum as a living exhibit in Guardians of the Galaxy. it would be awesome to see Cosmo join the Guardians, giving Star-Lord a faithful sidekick.
9) The Creation Of Adam Warlock
By far Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, holds the top spot in having the most post-credit scenes, precisely 5 in total. One of them saw Ayesha, getting briefed about the perfect Sovereign they created to destroy the Guardians of the Galaxy, called Adam Warlock.
This teased the introduction of Adam Warlock two years ago. Fans are eagerly waiting for his appearance in the coming movies.
10) The Real Mandarin
Marvel made a One-Shot entitled All Hail the King that revealed that the real Mandarin and his criminal group, the Ten Rings, are still out there. Marvel fans were disappointed when they found out that Mandarin in Iron Man 3 was a weird and daft actor named Trevor Slattery.
We can expect an appearance of Mandarin and his criminal group in an upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will be a part of Marvel’s phase 4.
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