Marvel’s latest cinematic gem (and yes, I’m alluding to the Infinity Gems that the studio seems to be driving towards) just broke records in the U.S. as the best August opening, and definitely surpasses industry expectations.
More than the box-office numbers, there’s so much to enjoy in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Think of it as The Avengers with more spunk, sass, and humor. For someone who knows much about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and pop culture reference of the 80’s, this film was a winner.
I was so engrossed not only by the storyline, the wit and humor, but also by the numerous easter eggs laying all throughout the film. “Easter eggs” refer to things that are not part of the central plot but may strike interest in the film viewer. Although I could go ahead and rewatch GOTG to pinpoint all of the easter eggs, my impatient self found a treasure trove in this website.
Here are some of the best Guardians Of The Galaxy easter eggs that left me giggling and transported to my childhood (and yes, SPOILER ALERT!):
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Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) starts the film by capturing a mysterious orb locked away in an abandoned cave. He describes the orb as something with an “Ark of the Convenant, Maltese Falcon vibe”. The Ark here refers to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
What’s surprising is that in the orb-stealing scene, Peter Quill dresses pretty much similar to Indiana Jones, complete with a sling satchel!
Footloose and Kevin Bacon
Because Peter Quill in his youth was abducted by Yondu Udonta and the ravagers during the 80’s, Peter’s pop culture references were all about that decade. One of the most prominent mentions in the movie is “Footloose” and its star, Kevin Bacon.
Peter (or Star-Lord) sums up his dance film knowledge through this line to Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana):
Really? Well, on my planet, there’s a legend about people like you. It’s called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing, well, it’s the greatest thing there is.
A lot of 80’s toys, trinkets, and themes
Growing up in the 80’s, I was giddy with excitement to see a lot of things in the movie that refer to that memorable decade. Here are just some of them:
- A Sony Walkman that Peter frequently listens to (including an 80’s Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1!)
- A Troll doll
- Puffy stickers and scratch-and-sniff stickers
- Alf and Garbage Pail Kids trading card
- Star-Lord’s ship is called “The Milano”, after actress Alyssa Milano shot to fame in the 80’s
Galaga or Space Invaders
There’s a scene in the final battle where the evil Ronan and his fleet are doing a Harakiri-style dive-bomb to planet Xandar. Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) tells Nova Corps to shoot the evil forces before they plunge to the ground. That scene instantly reminded me of the video games Space Invaders and Galaga!
The Collector’s museum of Marvel items
The Collector’s scene is too quick to spot all of the details, so we’ll have to wait for the DVD release of GOTD. However, some eagle-eyed Marvel fans were able to spot several exciting easter eggs in the Collector’s museum. Here are some of them:
- Cosmo the Space Dog and Howard the Duck
- A Dark Elf from “Thor: The Dark World”
- A Chitauri from “The Avengers”
If you know of other easter eggs worth mentioning, please leave them in the comments!