To celebrate the season of egg-dyeing and bonnet-wearing, we decided to pull together all of our favorite movie Easter Eggs for your holiday enjoyment. Here's hoping the Easter Bunny brings you a Sumatran Rat Monkey in your basket.
I Am Legend
This Easter Egg that lit a spark of hope among comic-book fans. After New York city has all but been destroyed by the vampire/zombie plague. The camera takes a tour through the isolated city, and catches a few alternate future ads, like this Batman Versus Superman poster. Sadly, it was just a reference to an abortive movie project, which writer Akiva Goldsman had worked on.
ET's Rally In The Galactic Senate
There are hundreds and hundreds of Easter Eggs in the Star Wars prequels. Terminator parts strewn about in Watto's shop, Indiana Jones spotings, Warwick Davis shout outs, and baby Anakin casting a Darth Vader shadow every chance he gets. But I think our absolute favorite is Steven Spielberg's ET cameo in the Galactic Senate. Which you can see in the video.
X2's Mutant Database
When Mystique hacks into Styker's computers she pulls up a bunch of mutant names, which everyone freaked out about until we could do a frame by frame list of each character, and here they are:
Guthrie, Paige (Husk)
Guthrie, Samuel (Cannonball)
Harada, Keniucho (known as The Silver Samurai)
Kane, Garrison (Weapon X)
LeBeau, Remy (Gambit)
Lensherr, Eric M (Magneto)
Maddicks, Artie (Artie)
Madrox, Jamie (Multiple Man)
Mahn, Xi'an Coy (Karma)
Maximoff (2) (Wanda and Pietro, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. Names weren't specified)
McTaggart, Kevin (Proteus)
Moonstar, Danielle (Moonstar)
Munroe, Ororo (Storm)
On another screen there were a series of folders on the computer's desktop. These folders listed some well-known individuals or places from the X-Men universe, including:
Omega Red (Russian mutant super soldier)
Muir Island (Scottish mutant research facility)
Project Wideawake (Codename for Sentinel project)
Franklin Richards (Son of Fantastic Four's Reed Richards and Sue Storm, born a mutant)
Cerebro (Mutant tracking device created by Professor Xavier and Magneto)
Pixar's Pizza Planet Delivery Truck
As much as we love all the self-referential Pixar references in each beautiful film they create from the Finding Nemo dolls, Rex Monsters and A113 references, I'm always excited to see the Pizza Planet Delivery Truck from Toy Story make a cameo, because it's in almost every single film. Plus we kind of want to go there. Slashfilm has a truly excellent compilation of Pixar Easter Eggs.
Stan Lee Cameos
Where would be we be without Stan Lee? Here are his cameos in every Marvel movie so far.
The club that Indiana Jones jumps out of in Temple of Doom is none other than Obi-Wan's swingin' pad, where "anything goes."
We'd be wrong not to mention the King of Easter Eggs, JJ Abrams. Probably his most notorious one, which surfaced in a blatant and big way in his Star Trek film is his favorite drink, Slusho. But if one Star Trek Egg isn't enough for you, here's an entire list we drummed up after our 1,000 viewing.
King Kong's Sumatran Rat Monkey
In the basement of Venture one of the cages reads Sumatran Rat Monkey, which, as Egg.com pointed out, "is the creature that bit poor old Lionel Cosgrove's mum in Dead Alive, causing her to become a zombie."
Zack Snyder's Watchmen really is one giant Easter Egg, which is one of the things we really love about this director. But our two favorite eggs in this film are the Comedian's apartment number, which shatters into a 300 reference in the big fight scene. And the "World Without Batman" moment in the opening credits. As you can see in this screen grab two upper class citizens, who could easily be Bruce Wayne's parents are being attacked outside of a theater, in the alley. What's the show called? "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat), and the poster is a mock up of an original Batman comic. For more on Eggs in the opening Watchmen credits, check out this run-down we posted.
Iron Man's Work Bench
Iron Man's blink and you'll miss it Captain America shield cameo got people pretty revved up for Marvel's plan to interweave all the characters together in each separate movie combining them all with The Avengers.
Captain America Frozen In The Hulk
Even though it didn't make the final cut of the film, we really loved how The Incredible Hulk tried to include Captain America's backstory. Here he is frozen in the ice, just waiting to be thawed out, and turned into Chris Evans! Film School Rejects has a great sketching over the picture that further helps you pick out Cap's arms and legs.
Matrix 2: Reloaded and Matrix 3: Revolutions
Famous philosopher Cornel West appears in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix 3, he's a member of the council, and he is awesome.
Steven Spielberg produced this awesome cartoon, and made sure we knew it. During the parade scene, where New York discovers that the anamatronic dinosaurs are actually REAL dinosaurs, Rex dances in front of a Jursassic Park marquee and then scares away a character who is supposed to be Spielberg himself.
In Armageddon director Michael Bay makes a cameo as a scientist, which you can see in the first 5 seconds of this video. Not really an Easter Egg, but I like to think that Bay as a scientist is a very layered joke.
In one of the first T-Virus zombie attack scenes the rescue team climbs the pipes and from somewhere off camera you here a very familiar voice yell, "Get over here!" Yes that is an impression of Mortal Kombat's Scorpion, another video game movie that Resident Evil's director Paul W.S. Anderson directed.
Back To The Future 2, Jaws 19
Ever notice who directed the giant holographic Jaws 19 film when Marty heads to the future, Spielberg's son Max. Talk about pressure from the 'rents.
Blade Runner's Millennium Falcon
Here's an outlined look at the Millennium Falcon's cameo in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.