What Are The Best CBM EASTER EGGS And TEASERS?
Frame by frame, film by film. If it's there, fans will find them. But at the end of it all, what tops the list of the best easter eggs and teasers in DEVLIN712's opinion? Hit the jump to find out.
For the general audience a mention of the Triskelion or Central City means nothing, but to fans, it's another entry in the laundry list of nods to the future of the relevant franchise.
In the years of the modern comic book movie universe we've been treated to a fair share of them, some large some hidden for years.
But, what are the best? Here I count down the top 8 teasers and easter eggs in comic book movie history.
DEVLIN712'S TOP 8 EASTER EGGS AND TEASERS
The Film: The Amazing Spider-Man
The Egg: The Bridge
2012's The Amazing Spider-Man was met with mixed reviews from fans, Sony's
Stutter-Man Spider-Man reboot didn't go 100% to plan. However, look past the flaws and you will find easter eggs galore. The best of which, lasting no more than a split second, suggests that Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy might want to steer clear of the George Washington bridge...
Nothing visual in this one but as we see the George Washington bridge Peter's spider sense blips for a fraction of a second. History has shown that Gwen Stacy and the George Washington bridge are usually linked by the constant... death.
In terms of math:
When G = Gwen Stacy and B = Bridge, the two can be linked with the equation, G = kB, where, the constant, k = death.
The Film: The Green Lanter
The Egg: The Sinestro Corps
If the Green Lantern's first solo outing weren't so damn bad, we might just have seen one of the most badass cosmic villain in history take center stage. Unfortunately, any chances of a sequel died after another failed atempt at a Ryan Reynolds CBM (Neither of which were his fault), taking with it any chance of seeing Mark Strong in the role again.
We did still get a great after-credits scene showing us just how much we missed out on.
The Film: Captain America: The First Avenger
The Egg: Winter is Coming
Right now, we are only 4 months from seeing Bucky Barnes all grown up and tearing through Washington. Back in 2011 however, nothing was known about the sequel, we didn't even know if it would feature Bucky.
We did get a great easter egg in which Cap finds Bucky on an operating table, talking to himself, apparently brainwashed.
Not much is made of the scene in the film, but to fanboys it was an instant warming sign; Bucky wasn't finished just yet and next time we see him, things might get ugly
The Film: Thor
The Egg: To Infinity and Beyond?
A precursor to a later entry on the list, fans went mad as a titan after laying eyes on Marvel's most famous piece of jewellery. Nothing more than a passing glimpse of Odin's vault's most precious item was enough to raise the hopes of fanboys world wide.
What at first seemed like nothing more than a throwaway prop would go on to become a lot more meaningful the following year...
Let's take a break from the competitive mood for a paragraph or two and move away from the big screen; let's try TV.
What takes the award for best TV teaser? There's a plethora of them to choose from, Deathstroke to A.R.G.U.S or Gravitron to the Triskelion, but on this occasion I'm going for smart writing over comic book accuracy.
Heads Up if you haven't watched up to Arrow S2 E2, you might want to skip on. You've been warned.
In season one, a depressed and on an emotional bungee cord, Thea, tried in good old CW fashion to get it on with her brothers best friend. Unfortunately for Thea, Tommy tells her she's nothing more than a sister to him. Jump forward one season and would you believe it, Thea and Tommy are siblings.
Now that's smart writing.
The Film: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Egg: Venom Storage
The Amazing Spider-Man: Rise of Electro isn't even out yet and already the easter eggs are being picked dry. The villain list is filling up after than the Flash can run. Will Venom be one of those villains? Probably not, but that doesn't take away from this great teaser in the first trailer.
As well as hinting at Venom, names such as Dr. Connors, Dr Morphius and the Australia Project (Kraven) are all mentioned. Much like the now famous computer scene in X2, this seems both too good to be true and too detailed to be dismissed. Only time will tell.
The Film: Iron Man
The Egg: The Avengers Initiative
If Marvel's plans were to break the internet back in 2008, they succeeded. Samuel L. Jackson's cameo as S.H.I.E.L.D' one eyed maestro in Iron Man sent fanboys wild and CBMs haven't looked back since.
10 words was all it took to change CBMs from a fun once a year action film into regular Hollywood blockbusters being consumed by everyone in the western world.
The Film: The Avengers
The Egg: To Infinity and Beyond!
No one new what to expect from the Avengers, never mind what came after. Luckily for Marvel the film was a success and the hype that followed topped every entry on this list. The purple Titan didn't even have to speak to make his mark.
Marvel had given a face to the mastermind and puppet master of the MCU's evil force, as well as making Thor's Infinity Gauntlet teaser a lot more relevant.
The hype was unparalleled... Well... Maybe one scene topped it...
The Film: Batman Begins
The Egg: He leaves a calling card
Do you remember 2005? Back when HD was the shiny tech of the future and Bush was still President? Me neither.
Well, back then Christopher Nolan made a film for WB, I won't bore you with details, we've all seen Batman Begins.
Nolan's masterpiece was an instant classic; Batman had ditched the camp and became cool. He was dark, cruel and ruthless, all the while giving every minute of his life and every ounce of strength to save Gotham City.
An origin story done right; Liam Neeson's Ra's All Ghul was as evil as it gets, everything Batman could do was because of Ra's. The technique, the brains and the stealth were all down to Ra's and his League. But no one left theatres talking about Ra's, there was a different villain on everyone's mind.
DC, Marvel, it doesn't matter who you prefer, not Thanos, not the Winter Soldier, not Lexcorp, not Doomsday could top this. After 2 hours and 30 minutes of origin, Nolan showed us what was next. Nothing beats the 1 minute and 25 seconds that rounds off Batman Begins.
At the end of the day it's all personal preference of a fan. What do you think? Was I right or wrong? Sign off your opinion below.
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