There’s little doubt at this point that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a bona fide pop culture phenomenon. Characters the likes of Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, and others now enjoy a certain ubiquity, thanks in no small part to the advertising power of Marvel’s owners at Disney. However, when watching an MCU movie, it’s easy to tell the newly ensnared movie fans from fans who walked into the first Iron Man with The Marvel Encyclopedia tucked under their arm.
The universe is continuing to expand, especially given Marvel’s recent press event announcing movie plans through 2019, including Avengers: Infinity War and the long-rumored Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies, knowing the details, and even some of the secrets, of characters and events in advance has become the way to maximize enjoyment of each MCU offering. Details in overall visual aesthetic, adhering to established plot points, and throwaway minor names and quotes go a long way toward giving the MCU the authentic feel that’s become its trademark at this point, and here are 10 instances that divide those silently nodding their heads and those wetting their pants with nerd-tastic joy.
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