One eagle-eyed fan has recently spotted a new Avengers: Endgame Easter egg that could have ties to the X-Men.
During the time heist, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are forced to use their remaining Pym Particles, in order to investigate a SHIELD base, back in the 70s. While Tony is meeting up with his father, Howard, Steve happens upon the office of Peggy Carter.
Although the point of the scene is to remind audiences of Peggy and Steve’s romance before they eventually end up together at the end of the movie, it’s Peggy’s background dialogue that is the Easter egg in this moment.
Reddit user cbfw86 posted the scene in question onto a forum, with subtitles highlighting the dialogue between Peggy and the unnamed SHIELD agent. The agent tells Peggy that ‘they’re trying, ma’am, but Braddock’s unit has been stopped by lightning strikes’.
Peggy says ‘I’ll look at the weather projections’, before realising ‘it’s not lightning strikes we’re looking at’.
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Of course, this conversation could be completely throwaway, except there are two major Marvel links within those three sentences.
The unit being stopped by lightning strikes is led by Braddock. In the comics, the most famous Braddock there is, is Brian Braddock, aka Captain Britain. Captain Britain was granted the powers of super strength and speed (amongst others), by the wizard, Merlin.
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As well as this supposed nod to Captain Britain, there comes the question of the obscure lightning. The most logical explanation is that is a reference to Storm, one of the more famous X-Men who has the power to control weather. Including lightning.
The dialogue seems too purposeful and was specifically written into the Avengers: Endgame script, so this means the Easter eggs were intentional. Whether or not they will have further meaning in the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems fairly unlikely, but it’s still nice to see the creative team having fun with the comic book properties.