The Borderlands franchise, like its colleague in Saints Row, is known for its irreverent, off-the-wall humor. Much of this is derived from the games making various pop culture references to movies, comic books and other video games.
In the latest title, Borderlands 3, a keen-eyed fan spotted a reference to a particular scene from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pointed out by Redditor, Gh0stN1nja in the Marvel Studios subreddit, one of the game's quirky weapon descriptions paraphrases an iconic line from Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch during one of her most poignant scenes.
A STUDY IN SCARLET
The weapon being described is the very alien-looking gun, the Subsidized Fearmonger. Its somewhat H.R. Giger-inspired appearance more than backs up the name, as does the accompanying quote for its description, which reads as "I can’t control their fear, only my own." This is a direct quote from Scarlet Witch in the third Captain America movie, Captain America: Civil War.
For most of the film, Scarlet Witch had "sided" with Tony Stark, only to be placed under house arrest by him. This dynamic is born from the tumultuous aftermath of both the incident in Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron and a more recent incident in Lagos during the beginning of Civil War. The destructive actions of the world's greatest heroes causes the powers that be to enact the Sokovia Accords -- an attempt to police the superhuman population, including the Avengers.
Eventually, Scarlet Witch becomes disillusioned by the fear that Stark and others attempted to use to control her, and tries to escape the base to join Steve Rogers' opposition to the Accords. Vision, her guardian during her house arrest, tries to stop both Wanda and Hawkeye from escaping. Vision reminds her that this will put her in more trouble, and simply exacerbate the growing fear that the public has for the heroes -- Wanda specifically.
Wanda reacts with the aforementioned line, signifying the end of her subservience to others out of fear. It also shows how, despite her awareness of the potential fear that her actions and powers might cause, she aims to do the right thing, anyway. Forced to act against Vision to save Hawkeye, Wanda uses her powers to sink him through the floor and make her escape with the archer.
OTHER BORDERLANDS 3 REFERENCES
Borderlands 3, like its predecessors, has many other pop culture homages alongside this MCU one. Another Marvel themed one references Captain America. The character Zane, who wields a shield in battle, has an ability on his Skill Tree titled "Quick Breather," which replenishes his shield's power. The quote underneath its description reads: "I can do this all day," a line Steve Rogers first said Captain America: The First Avenger, and has repeated throughout his film appearances. Zane himself even somewhat resembles Steve Rogers.
Other cheeky Easter eggs include references to two-time Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, Rick and Morty, other games such as Doom and Half-Life, and even Downton Abbey. Many of these nods are very much "blink and you’ll miss it" affairs, but great Easter eggs for fans who are paying close enough attention to try and find.
Borderlands 3 is currently available for PC, Mac, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.
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