The MCU is notorious for stuffing its content with Easter eggs, and Ms. Marvel, which is now streaming on Disney Plus, is no exception. Plus, Ms. Marvel is about an Avengers-obsessed fangirl, so the Easter eggs are practically crashing. Here are all the main Easter Eggs from Episode 1: “Generation Why!”
Before we get started, let me say that finding Easter eggs in a fandom show is surprisingly tricky. What does the concept of Easter Eggs even mean in a series that’s an endlessly recursive love letter to itself? Talking about Easter eggs in a series that has an entire convention dedicated to its own world starts to feel like looking at a mirror’s reflection in another mirror. It’s like looking for Easter eggs in a chicken coop where all the hens lay painted eggs. Not that I didn’t love every minute of this episode – I assure you I did – but it’s just hard to separate the real Easter eggs from the story itself.
That said, however, here are the big ones!
Kamala Endgame Recap
The opening animation mostly serves to catch up with the audience on what Captain Marvel did during the events of End of Game, and to establish that most people on Earth do not know where she is or if she will ever return. That means the sequence is full of Easter eggs, including adorable animated versions of the Avengers. Look closely and you’ll also see characters like Valkyrie and Okoye in the mix.
Captain Marvel Artwork
Kamala’s room is full of posters and artwork reminiscent of the Captain Marvel comics. Listing everything would take an entire article on its own, but suffice it to say that Captain Marvel fans are pretty happy right now.
Thor is secretly a gamer
At the end of his video, Kamala says his next video will explain his theory that “Thor is secretly a gamer”. This is a reference to the scene in End of Game in which Thor plays Fortnite with Korg and Miek. It’s surprising that Thor’s game is a secret, as Thor spends a good chunk of this scene ratting out a random teenager in the game.
Baby Sloth Productions
Winged sloths are a recurring feature of Ms. Marvel comics, and the series has stayed true to Wilson and Alphona’s original sloth vision. Kamala calls her YouTube channel “Sloth Baby Productions,” and she has a stuffed winged sloth on her bed.
The plaque at the Kamala school
When Kamala arrives at school after her disastrous driving test, we see a plaque that says Coles Academic High School. Below the school name, we see two columns of names. These names are actually the writers and artists who have worked on Ms. Marvel in Marvel comics over the years. Look closely and you’ll see G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, James McKelvie, and other Marvel luminaries.
As Kamala and Bruno walk by, exchanging cosplay ideas, Kamala mentions the idea of a Zombie Captain Marvel. All the other ideas she mentions are based on people who exist in Earth-616 (Doctor Strange, Valkyrie, etc.), but the zombie idea is a reference to the zombie episode of What if…? There’s no way Kamala could have known about the zombie invasion, since it’s happening in an alternate reality, so this reference is pure easter egg for fans.
When Kamala and Bruno sit on the roof, there is a sign behind them that says “Edison Electric”. This, and possibly the drawing of a cockatiel in Kamala’s opening video, is a reference to the inventor, a half-bird clone of Thomas Edison who was Kamala’s very first supervillain.
AvengerCon takes place at Camp Lehigh in New Jersey, which is the military base where Steve Rogers trained and eventually received the super serum that turned him into Captain America. After that, Camp Lehigh was converted into a SHIELD facility which housed the Tesseract and secretly contained the disembodied spirit of Arnim Zola, and after this, he was taken over by HYDRA. The facility was destroyed in Captain America: The Winter Soldierand now it’s being used to host AvengerCon.
The starry man with a plan
Once Kamala and Bruno are at AvengerCon, they’re surrounded by too many Easter eggs and references to count, so from now on, I’ll just highlight some of the best. As they enter the hangar hosting the event, you can hear a song about “the starry man with a plan.” This song is, of course, the song they play in Captain America: The First Avenger when Steve goes on tour to help sell war bonds.
A pride flag at AvengerCon
If you look closely at a booth, you see a pride flag draped over Avengers memorabilia on a booth. Happy Pride Month!
Avenger Towers: New Asgard
I’m a Thor fan, so this was one of the episode’s most exciting Easter eggs for me. There is a booth set up at the convention with brochures for “Avenger Tours” in New Asgard. New Asgard is the colony of Tønsberg, Norway, which the Asgardians created after the destruction of their homeworld in Ragnarok. In the trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder, we see several cruise ships and references to New Asgard tours, so the booth at AvengerCon is almost certainly advertising New Asgard’s booming tourism industry. Interestingly, it appears to be tied into a larger “Avenger Tours” program.
Ant-Man in San Francisco Bay
At the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott falls into the water outside of San Francisco, then grows to the size of a giant, snatching Hank Pym’s lab from the hands of Sonny Burch on an Alcatraz tour boat. At AvengerCon, Kamala and Bruno take a photo in front of a recreation of this iconic event.
As part of the montage of all the cool stuff at AvengerCon, we see a greeting card with a cartoon of Steve Rogers sticking his butt out and saying, “You’re welcome, America.” This is a reference to Scott Lang’s comment in End of Game that Steve has “America’s ass”.
The Captain Marvel Theme
The montage ends with Kamala and Bruno approaching a Captain Marvel sculpture. The theme of Captain Marvel plays as Kamala gazes lovingly at her idol.
Ms. Marvel in the credits
As the credits roll, we see shots of Jersey City with art and animation superimposed on buildings. During this sequence, you can see some of the most iconic artwork from the original Ms. Marvel comics. Unless I’m mistaken, this is perhaps the most direct reference the MCU has ever made to the comic books that inspired the film and television adaptations. This shows how important it is Ms. Marvel is to comic book readers, and what amazing talent Marvel has brought to bring it to life on the page.
In the mid-credit scene, we see two detectives watching a video someone took at AvengerCon of Kamala’s powers. They decide to investigate her. One of them is Agent Cleary (Arian Moayed), who interviewed Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Coming Home. This guy just can’t stay out of superhero business, apparently.
What was your favorite Easter egg from “Generation Why?” Something major I missed? Let us know in the comments!
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