The Marvel Cinematic Universe is rife with subtly hidden Easter eggs both big and small, but it sounds like the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok will have some pretty distinct references -- and at least one small one that’s a little more on the nose than some fans are used to. According to Taika Waititi, the film’s director, Thor: Ragnarok will tuck away a genuine Easter egg, an oblong colored egg oft hidden away for children to find on Easter holiday, in one of the movie’s many scenes.
The news come out of a press junket that saw Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, Waititi and key members of film’s cast team to answer questions from the press. One reporter asked if there were any particularly alluring Easter eggs in the otherworldly trash mounds that have been glimpsed in the film’s teasers and trailers, which prompted a response from Feige.
“There might be some things in the trash piles,” Feige said. “I mean, the biggest -- the biggest Easter eggs are on the side of the Sakaran Palace -- right, Taika? There are previous Grandmaster champions that we see, as one for Hulk is being constructed, and those are all sort of Easter eggs for the deeper comic universe – that may or may not ever show up in the cinematic universe, but we thought it’d be fun to celebrate.”
This isn’t really anything out of the ordinary for a Marvel movie. There have been some pretty major Easter eggs tucked away in the MCU, from the Collector’s reference-laden lair in Guardians of the Galaxy to Jocasta in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Waititi went on to promise one very on-the-nose Easter egg – an actual one.
“Yeah. And in the trash pile, there is one Easter egg, an actual egg,” Waititi said. “If you were in -- yeah, I mean, it’s -- it’s one of the small ones. Well, it’s one of the tiny little chocolate ones, and it’s the wide shot.”
Hopefully, avid MCU egg hunters will be on the case when Thor: Ragnarok debuts next month. May no egg – real or referential – go undiscovered.
Debuting in theaters on Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok is a production of Marvel Studios directed by Taika Waititi starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.