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Movie fans know that secret references, widely known as Easter Eggs, are the most fun part of the whole viewing experience. Hiding inside jokes and various pop culture elements inside movies has become a huge trend lately, but, as the legend goes, the first movie to do so was the Rocky Horror Picture Show film that was released back in the ‘70s. Since then, nearly every director has started hiding Easter Eggs and various secret messages inside their movies and animated films. We present you the rarest and most unusual Easter Eggs ever spotted on screen.
The Matrix: Sushi Recipes
Easter Egg: The green Matrix coding
Reference: Sushi recipes
Release date: March 31, 1999
If you’ve seen The Matrix at least once, then you know just how amazing and elegant those lines of green code running down the screen look. They fully summarize the whole premise of the Wachowskis movie – what if all of this is not real? What if it’s just a bunch of programming code written by some AI machine?
Right after the The Matrix came out in 1999, all the film’s details were taken apart by the fans. Naturally, they wanted to know how the iconic green Matrix code was created. Well, it turns out it wasn’t just a designer’s fantasy!
Simon Whiteley, the designer behind the iconic code, was looking for the inspiration in his wife’s Japanese cookbooks – and he found some! Most of the characters you will see in The Matrix code are Japanese. The Wachowskis wanted a cool, old-fashioned, and traditional-looking code sequence reminiscent of manga and anime – so he delivered!
Fight Club: the Starbucks Prank
Easter Egg: Starbucks is literally everywhere
References: The culture of consumption
Release date: 11 November 1999
Fight Club is one of the most famous hit movies of the late ‘90s. Starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, the movie delves heavily into the corporate culture, capitalism, and the consumer culture that brainwashes many people into buying things without thinking.
In order to highlight this, David Fincher, the movie’s director, decided to use Starbucks as a stark example of a product that has taken the world. He placed Starbucks cups in each and every scene of the movie, hiding them in plain sight.
Naturally, Starbucks was aware of this little prank and supplied him with as many Starbucks cups as he needed. We believe it wasn’t the worst type of advertisement! Still, most of the cups are hard to spot unless you’re looking for them specifically.
Harry Potter: Magic Cheerios
Easter Egg: a box of Cheeri-Owl cereal
Release date: July 19, 2007
Usually, the wizarding world is not very fond of everything connected with Muggles (also known as humans), but sometimes a thing or two would find its way into the hearts of wizards.
We all know Dumbledore was fond of sherbet lemon, a lemon-flavoured candy from the world of humans, but if you watch Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix closely, you will notice another detail reminiscent of something we’d see in the Muggle realm.
This box looks quite familiar, doesn’t it? It’s because it reminds us of Cheerios, although the name on the cereal states Cheeri-Owls to make it more magical and wizardy. But we know a box of Cheerios when we see one!
Home Alone: So What Happened to the Ticket?
Easter Egg: The mystery of the lost ticket
Reference: It has been in the bin all along
Release date: December 27, 1993
Whether you’re a ‘90s kid or not, you must have at least heard of the movie Home Alone and a few of its sequels. Millions of people all over the world still watch it every Christmas because they simply can’t imagine this holiday without the iconic movie.
But there was one thing that has been bugging all the viewers for the last few decades – what happened to Kevin’s ticket? The ticket seemed to have disappeared, which led to McCallisters forgetting they had one more kid that got left behind.
At the very beginning of the movie, there’s a hectic scene with a fight and some milk that got spilled on the table and, by accident, it got spilled all over Kevin’s ticket as well! Kevin’s dad, Peter, was cleaning up the table and accidentally threw it out into the bin. Mystery solved!
John Wick 2: A Day That Lasted 3 Years
Easter Egg: Spectacular continuity
References: John Wick 1
Release date: 18 May 2017
Can you notice the difference between these two pictures? Well, apart from the lighting, of course. These two scenes look completely alike, so you’ll be surprised to find out that they belong to two different movies set 4 years apart.
Yes, we’re talking about John Wick and its sequel that had a scene at the exact same place but four days apart. John Wick was released in 2014, while its second instalment saw the light of day in 2017 – so how come the scene is so alike?
The movie’s director, Charles Stahelski, is very meticulous when it comes to details, so he completely recreated the scene from the first movie, arranging all the cars the exact same way. This is stunning!
Indiana Jones: Homage to Star Wars
Easter Egg: Hidden R2D2 and C3PO
References: Star Wars characters
Release date: 14 August 1981
Isn’t it great when one legendary franchise acknowledges the existence of the other by inserting smart Easter Eggs and hidden messages? We think it’s really cool and so do thousands of fans who watched Raiders of the Lost Ark and spotted one mind-bending detail.
We don’t know much about Egyptian hieroglyphs, but we’re pretty sure that the robots C3PO and R2-D2 don’t belong to this ancient writing system.
The scene lasted for just a few seconds, but some eagle-eyed fans managed to spot this amazing detail on the pillar next to Indiana Jones. Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas are a brilliant movie duo, so it only makes sense that they pay homage to their creations.
Rango: A Scene Only Grown-Ups Would Understand
Easter Egg: Rango landing on a car
Reference: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Release date: March 17, 2011
We don’t think Johnny Depp has done a lot of voicing work in his acting career, but the one he did definitely stands out from the rest!
In the animated movie Rango, Johnny Depp voiced the main character, who ended up in a small town in the middle of nowhere and tried to blend in as best as he could. He experienced various adventures, but there was one scene in particular that caught everyone’s attention.
If you know anything about Johnny Depp, you know he starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Well, when in one scene in Rango, the lizard flies over and lands on the front window of a car with two passengers – this looks exactly like a scene from that movie!
A Knight’s Tale: Just Do It
Easter Egg: The mark on William’s armour
Reference: Nike logo
Release date: May 11, 2001
A Knight’s Tale tells a story of a certain William, who grew up in a poor neighbourhood, but has always dreamt of becoming a knight in shining armour. Of course, winning over a beautiful lady's heart was also on his menu of great deeds.
He couldn’t change where he was born, but he could fake it! And that’s exactly what he did to take part in a jousting tournament. The whole movie is packed with modern music hits and all kinds of references, but the Nike logo is probably one of the most hilarious ones.
When William needs new lightweight armour, he hires a feisty blacksmith named Kate who does her very own armour that is most suitable for jousting. The mark she engraves on William’s chest plate looks exactly like Nike’s logo. And we don’t think it’s a coincidence!
Aladdin: Hidden Mickey Mouse
Easter Egg: The transformation of Rajah
Reference: Disney’s Mickey Mouse
Release date: November 25, 1992
Mickey Mouse is the last character we expected to see in one of Disney’s most famous animated movies – Aladdin. Yet there he is! We don’t know what kind of sharp-eyed fan dug up this mind-bending Easter egg, but we have to applaud them for their attentiveness.
In the scene when Rajah, Sultan’s and Jasmine’s tiger, turns back into a grown-up animal after the spell cast by Jaffar wears off, there’s a short moment when his head looks exactly like that of Mickey Mouse.
This is one of the most bizarre Easter Eggs on this list and we bet most of you have never noticed this wicked transformation. It’s not unusual for Disney to hide Easter Eggs like this inside their animated movies, but we are surprised this one was noticed at all!
The Departed: Follow the ‘X’
Easter Egg: The ‘X’ sign everywhere
Reference: Movie Scarface
Release date: October 6, 2006
Martin Scorsese is a genius filmmaker who weaves mind-bending plots and creates characters that are always believable and relatable beyond words. His films are both stylish and very deep, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they are also packed with hidden messages.
In The Departed, if you look attentively, you will notice that before the death of each character (and there are quite a lot of them dying there) some kind of X appears in the scene one way or the other. That’s his signature sign throughout this whole film!
Not only can you tell who’s going to be killed next, but you can also notice that even the main character appears with an ‘X’ multiple times. Scorsese adapted this technique from the 1932 movie Scarface in which a group of gangsters appeared with shadowy crosses above them right before they were all killed.
Back to the Future 2: The Jaws Franchise
Easter Egg: The movie theatre ad
References: Jaws 19
Release date: November 22, 1989
Back to the Future movie series is packed with all kinds of smart Easter Eggs – the director got to play with the future and he used his humour to the fullest!
By the time the second Back to the Future movie was released in 1989, there were already four parts of the Jaws movies created by Stephen Spielberg. If you look at the movie theatre with a huge Jaws advertisement, you’ll notice that it’s Jaws 19, meaning that Spielberg made 15 more movies within the same franchise in the next 16 years!
And not only that, if you read the director’s name, you’ll see it’s not just Spielberg, but Max Spielberg, his son who supposedly kept on making those movies.
Toy Story: The Moment of Horror
Easter Egg: Sid’s carpet
Reference: The Shining movie
Release date: November 22, 1995
When you think of Toy Story, you don’t usually associate it with something terrifying, like a legendary horror movie, for example. But it so happens, that Pixar’s director Lee Unkrich has a big love for one particular thriller – The Shining.
Yep, it’s not the most kid-friendly movie, that’s why seeing references from it in Toy Story is beyond cringe-worthy! If you remember the scene from The Shining with a kid riding his little bike around Overlook Hotel, then you’re familiar with a very distinct carpet pattern that was shown in the movie.
When you look at the scene when we see the house of Sid, the toy-torturer, you will notice the exact same carpet in his house! It’s creepy, but it’s also kind of cool.
Pirates of the Caribbean: What’s Mickey Mouse Doing There?
Easter Egg: The Mao Kun Map
References: Mickey Mouse art
Release date: May 24, 2007
When it comes to Disney, you can expect Mickey Mouse to show up literally anywhere on screen. But, of course, such Easter Eggs aren’t easy to spot. After all, Disney has been practicing hiding messages and pictures inside their movies for decades!
The Mao Kun map in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a real masterpiece worthy of pausing the movie just to take a better look at it. Well, there’s also an Easter Egg hidden there!
If you look closer at the lower right corner of this intricate map, you will notice a picture of the early concept of Mickey Mouse painted there like it’s the most natural thing in the world.
Wild Wild West: The Man Who Always Wears Black
Easter Egg: Empty compartment
Reference: Men in Black
Release date: June 30, 1999
All '90s kids remember two movies distinctly - Wild Wild West for being a fun action-packed steampunk adventure flick and Men in Black for being one of the coolest and funniest sci-fi movies ever. Seriously, it was just too good!
Well, nowadays Wild Wild West is considered one of Will Smith's worst movies ever made, and even the actor himself kind of despises it, but we truly believe it wasn't all that bad. Well, maybe just a little bit bad.
Will Smith made Wild Wild West shortly after he starred in Men in Black, so naturally, some MIB Easter Eggs sneaked in. During a scene on the train when Jim West gets back to the weapons compartment to get some ammo, he finds an empty space. But inside that space there was a slot with a tag saying 'Noisy Cricket'. All MIB fans remember this name from the movie - it was the name of the gun Will Smith used in Men in Black.
Hercules: Does This Lion Look Familiar?
Easter Egg: The lion pelt
Reference: Scar from The Lion King
Release date: June 13, 1997
If you’ve watched at least a few of Disney’s animated movies, you know that they are packed with Easter Eggs of all kinds. Disney just loves this stuff! That’s why it didn’t really surprise us when we saw Hercules for the umpteenth time and noticed that the pelt Hercules used for posing was very familiar.
This is so obvious, yet so many people didn't notice this crazy little detail! All The Lion King fans must have guessed who this tiger is by now, but if you’re still wondering – yes, it’s Scar from The Lion King, the very big bad tiger who killed Simba’s father.
This detail is so in-your-face, but we have to admit that we never spotted it while watching Hercules back in the days. But now that we’ve all grown up, we notice so many new details in all those animated movies!
E.T.: Unexpected Crossover
Easter Egg: Yoda’s appearance
Reference: Star Wars
Release date: June 11, 1982
Stephen Spielberg's movie E.T. is one of the most recognized sci-fi movies that have ever graced the silver screens. True, it was released almost 40 years ago, but fans still remember it fondly and re-watch it from time to time. Naturally, new fans keep on emerging as well!
We all know that Spielberg and Lucas are life-long friends, so it doesn’t really come as a surprise when characters from their movies make sudden appearances in a totally different franchise.
It’s hard to miss Yoda’s appearance in the street where E.T. and Elliott go trick or treating on the day of Halloween. While it’s supposed to be just someone dressed as Yoda, we can hear the familiar Yoda’s music theme being played in the background when he appears on screen.
Tron: A Familiar Game
Easter Egg: Pac-Man
Reference: The ‘80s game
Release date: July 9, 1982
While programming may seem the most fascinating thing to some of you, but that is definitely not the case for the main character of Tron, a 1982 classic sci-fi movie. Well, Kevin Flynn was a computer programmer, but even he was terrified after he got inside a mainframe computer and started travelling all over that hostile world.
The creators of the movie were big fans of computer games (there weren’t many at that time, but still), so they decided to sneak in a little Easter Egg reference, pointing to none other than Pac-Man!
It’s a very sweet homage to the game that is now more than 40 years old, but it was still fresh when the Tron movie was just released.
The Matrix: Kung Fu Fights and Bruce Lee
Easter Egg: Martial arts fight scenes
Reference: Bruce Lee
Release date: March 31, 1999
The fights in The Matrix trilogy are among the most iconic in the whole movie industry – and not just because they were action-packed and used a considerable amount of CGI which was still new back in the day, but because they reminded us of something equally great – the martial arts fights in Chinese movies.
It’s not a secret the Wachowskis are big fans of everything Eastern, including old-fashioned Chinese action movies and modern-day manga and anime. Not only did they hire Yuen Woo-Ping, one of the most famous fight choreographers ever, but they also made a few nods to Bruce Lee, the legend of kung-fu.
In a training fight sequence with Morpheus, as well as in some other scenes, Keanu Reeves makes the signature Bruce Lee move – brushing his nose with a thumb and then taking a fighting stance. This movie has ‘kung fu’ written all over it!
Frozen: Something Tangled’s Going On
Easter Egg: Elsa’s coronation
Reference: Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled as guests
Release date: December 19, 2013
It’s not too unusual to see Disney characters from one animated movie visit another one, still, we are often surprised when it happens so boldly like it did in Frozen.
If you look closely at the scene before Elsa’s coronation, you will notice that among all the guests at the royal gathering there are quite a few familiar faces. Yes, those are Flynn and Rapunzel from the Tangled movie!
We aren’t sure if Rapunzel is in any way related to Elsa or Anna, but in this magical Disney universe, everything is possible. Well, Rapunzel is also royalty, so it’s only natural for her to visit other future-to-be-queens and princesses.
The Fifth Element: Dreadful Future
Easter Egg: New York and the Statue of Liberty
Reference: dreadful climate change
Release date: May 7, 1997
We’re all familiar with foreshadowing – when famous movies either hint at some important events in the plot that are about to happen or to actual events that, by some coincidence, happened in real life. Well, looking at this scene from The Fifth Element we really hope the movie is wrong!
Luc Besson imagined a pretty dreary image of what our world would look like in the 23rd century. Yes, there are lots of spaceships and other civilizations roaming around, which is cool, but the Earth, on the other hand, looks totally desolate and it’s obvious some environmental catastrophe has already happened sometime in the past.
In this shot, we see an overpopulated New York drowning in buildings, but when it comes to actual water – it’s barely there! The Statue of Liberty is towering over dry landscape and it’s clear that the water level has dropped significantly all over the world. We really hope this ‘prediction’ will not come true in the real world as well!
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Are Those Real Eggs?
Easter Egg: Actual eggs hidden in various scenes of the movie
References: A pre-filming party
Release date: 18 December 1975
If you look closely at some scenes of this stage-to-screen musical horror, you’ll notice there are actual Easter Eggs lying around in the most unexpected places. As the story goes, the whole cast of the movie had an intense Easter hunt before the filming even started, but not all the eggs were found.
Later, attentive viewers started noticing actual Easter Eggs and the whole thing became a huge movie trend, with Easter Eggs evolving into hidden messages and mind-boggling references to pop culture, other films, and even books.
This movie might have started the whole trend!
The Sixth Sense: A Major Hint We’ve Missed
Easter Egg: Red colour in ghost scenes
Reference: A special detail to signify that something supernatural is going on
Release date: August 6, 1999
The Sixth Sense has one of the most unexpected endings in the movie industry. Well, now you can see more mind-bending things, but at the time the movie aired it was a real hit!
The Sixth Sense deals with ghosts and supernatural things, so director M. Night Shyamalan decided to be smart about this and incorporated an interesting detail in every scene that has some kind of spirit appearance.
If you look at each such scene closely, you will notice that it always has red colour in it. Spirits don’t always appear on screen, so to make them more ‘visible’ the director created such a hint. But we bet not many people noticed this peculiar detail!
I am Legend: Did They Predict a New Movie?
Easter Egg: A movie poster
Reference: The foreshadowing of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release date: April 3, 2008
This post-apocalyptic thriller starring Will Smith, his charismatic dog, and a bunch of zombies, has nothing to do with any of the superhero universes out there, and yet, the director managed to play with the Superman and Batman theme a little bit.
During one of the scenes, we see a huge poster for a new movie that had both Superman and Batman in it. Let’s not forget that I Am Legend was released in 2007 so they simply couldn’t know that some nine years later there would actually be a movie that had these two superheroes in it!
Was this just a coincidence or did this movie somehow predict that there would be a Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film almost a decade later? We’ll never know for sure.
Catch Me If You Can: Meet the Real Man!
Easter Egg: The policeman
Reference: The actual Frank Abagnail
Release date: December 25, 2002
Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, is one of those fun Stephen Spielberg movies we can watch over and over again – it’s just so entertaining! And the fact that this movie was based on actual events and a real man makes it even better.
Well, it turns out, Stephen Spielberg wasn’t just taking the story to the big screen – he wanted to showcase the man himself! Real Frank Abagnail Jr. made a short appearance in the movie alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who was portraying the younger version of him.
It was such a cool thing to do! And most viewers had no idea that they got to see the legendary impersonator in person. And the role he played in the movie? Ironically, he played the officer who arrested the main character – it was as if he arrested himself!
Die Hard: The Unexpected Fall
Easter Egg: Terrified face of Hans Gruber
Reference: It was real
Release date: July 22, 1988
The first Die Hard movie started a whole new franchise, becoming one of the most recognized action movie series of all time. Of course, the first movie put Bruce Willis into the limelight as the charismatic hero who saves the day no matter what, but we have to admit that Alan Rickman’s character was even more brilliant.
There was a moment at the end of the movie when Hans Gruber, Alan Rickman’s character, falls from the top of the building and we get to see his genuinely surprised face. Well, it’s because he was scared in real life as well!
The stunt team that was helping him with the dangerous fall was supposed to count until three before dropping him down to shoot the falling scene, but instead, they counted only to one. Thus, Alan Rickman’s petrified expression is absolutely real.
The Godfather: Orange Is the New Death Sentence
Easter Egg: Oranges
References: An upcoming death
Release date: March 24, 1972
It’s not uncommon for directors to use some kind of foreshadowing, especially when it concerns the death of a certain character. But when we’re talking about The Godfather, there are quite a lot of deaths that are happening on screen.
Similar to what Scorsese did in The Departed, Francis Ford Coppola decided he wanted to use some kind of hint. But instead of crosses or intricate shadows, he used… oranges!
That’s right, each time a character is about to die, oranges appear on screen one way or the other. If you look close enough, you will notice that oranges appear in The Godfather quite a lot!
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: What's Obi Wan Doing There?
Easter Egg: Club name
References: Star Wars
Release date: May 8, 1984
You've probably realized that most of the Indiana Jones movies are packed with Star Wars references. Over the years, fans have found dozens of barely-there nods to the Star Wars saga, but among all those references, there is one that stands out the most.
It's just impossible to ignore it - this homage to the Star Wars universe is so in-your-face! If you read the name of the club on this street in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom then you'll have no further questions.
Yes, that's right, the club that is run by mafia bears the name of none other than Obi Wan Kenobi himself. And we assure that is no coincidence - it was done by the writers of the script intentionally!
Aladdin: Do You See a Familiar Face?
Easter Egg: Sultan's toy tower
Reference: Beauty and the Beast
Release date: November 25, 1992
Disney is a huge fan of... well, Disney, but we're totally okay with that. Disney has created some of out most beloved animated movies and we simply can't imagine the '90s without classics like Aladdin and The Lion King.
It just so happens that Disney also likes to leaver Easter Eggs everywhere. Naturally, those Easter Eggs are connected to other animated movies created by the company.
If you take a closer look at the toy tower built by Sultan, you will notice it has all kinds of beast, but one of them stands out from the rest. Yes, it's a toy version of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast movie! It's easy to miss this small detail, but once you see it, it's like the most obvious thing in the world.
Free Guy: Captain, Is That You?
Easter Egg: The shield
Reference: Captain America
Release date: August 12, 2021
Free Guy was released just a few months ago and already it's one of the all-time favourites that will probably become one of those movies we re-watch hundreds of times whenever we feel down.
Being a movie about games, Free Guy is packed with all kinds of references to pop culture, modern games, movies, books, and whatnot. We could write a whole article dedicated to this movie's Easter Eggs only!
This is one of our favourite Easter Eggs and not only because it's so recognizable - it was just so funny to see Mr. Good Guy flaunt Captain America's shield during his 'boss battle'! It was hilarious and we're sure this moment cracked up thousands of viewers all over the world.
Iron Man 2: What About Those Spots?
Easter Egg: Spots on the map
Reference: A reference to other heroes from the MCU
Release date: April 29, 2010
The Marvel Comics Universe is as action-packed as it is complex. Everything is connected to everything, if you just take some time to connect the dots so to speak. Well, in this case, the dots aren't just a figure of speech!
In a scene where Tony Stark meets Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man 2, we all get to see the S.H.I.E.L.D's monitors with some pretty interesting details that might have escaped most viewers.
#1: Captain America is frozen somewhere in Greenland.
#2: Norway, the Norse cult and the location of Tesseract.
#3: The land of Wakanda, a nation deep in Africa, the source of Vibranium.
#4: Mid-Atlantic Ridge, possible the place where Atlantis is located.
#5: The home of Tony Stark in Malibu.
#6: The place where Mjolnir, Thor's hammer, arrived in New Mexico.
#7: Hulk is in New York City.
The Fifth Element: What Are They Talking About?
Easter Egg: The Divine Language
Reference: It actually means something
Release date: May 7, 1997
The Fifth Element is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of late '90s - it was just so good! Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, and Chris Tucker, it's one of the most hilarious, frantic, and overall beautiful space action operas we've ever seen.
If you re-watch this movie for the umpteenth time, you will remember that Leeloo Dallas, played by gorgeous Milla Jovovich, arrived to Earth speaking a very particular language. She couldn't speak English, obviously, but what she could speak was the Divine Language.
Well, it turns out that's not just some random collection of meaningless words - Luc Besson actually created a new language for the movie! The Divine Language comprised around 400 words, and by the end of the filming he and Milla Jovovich could have a conversation using this language only.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Are Those Gargoyles Okay?
Easter Egg: Gargoyles
Reference: The Lion King
Release date: June 21, 1996
The Hunchback of Notre Dame offers quite an intense story with lots of drama and dark moments that aren't meant to make anyone laugh. Still, if you look closer, there are a few details that will definitely make you giggle.
Did you ever pay close attention to the gargoyles of Notre Dame? Well, the ones that didn't speak or move, of course. They do resemble someone we know very well from The Lion King animated movie.
It's almost impossible not to recognize Pumbaa from The Lion King - this gargoyle statue is the spitting image of the character! Well, he does look somewhat solemn to suit the overall atmosphere of the animated movie, but it's Pumbaa nonetheless.
Soul: That Statue Seems Familiar
Easter Egg: Hall of You
Reference: Disney's statue
Release date: October 11, 2020
Talking about statues... Does this scene in Soul seem vaguely familiar? Disney is famous for hiding all kinds of Easter Eggs in their animated movies, but this time it's not about another film of theirs - it's a reference to an actual statue!
The famous Partners Statue, featuring Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, served as an inspiration for the statue that Joe and 22 saw in the Hall of You. The resemblance is uncanny!
Well, you'd have to be a devoted Disney fan to spot this connection, but that's why we have Internet! So we can share the most mind-bending Easter Eggs and hidden messages in our favourite movies.
Free Guy: Was That a Cameo We Missed?
Easter Egg: The aggressive girl
Reference: Gossip Girl character
Release date: August 12, 2021
Well, it's Ryan Reynolds we're talking about and knowing just how much he adores his wife we aren't really surprised to see a reference to one of her TV roles hidden in the movie.
As we've already said before, Free Guy is one huge pop culture reference, but it's even more endearing to see Ryan Reynolds hide some kind of homage to his beloved wife, Blake Lively. Although, that character in the game did hit him quite hard.
The aggressive woman looks like the spitting image of Serena from Gossip Girl - Blake Lively's character. We totally missed this crazy detail!
Moana: Do You Want to Make a Wish?
Easter Egg: The treasure stash
Reference: Aladdin's lamp
Release date: November 23, 2016
Watching Moana for the first time back in 2016 was such a delight! The characters, the story - everything was just so good. Including mischievous Maui, the infamous demigod with a huuuuge ego.
After Moana embarks on her dangerous adventure we get to see a scene with Tomatoa, a giant crab carrying all kinds of treasures on his shell. And guess what's also there among all the shiny objects?
Yep, it's the lamp of Aladdin from the animated movie with the same name. We would recognize it anywhere! Now we are wondering how on Earth did it get there...
The Lovely Bones: Peter Jackson is at It Again
Easter Egg: Bookstore
Reference: The Lord of the Rings
Release date: February 25, 2010
When it comes to Peter Jackson - it's always about The Lord of the Rings! Don't get us wrong, we love the trilogy and it's one of the best movie series ever created, and we don't actually hate what he did with the Hobbit movies either, but it seems that the man simply can't let it go.
Well, we can't really blame Peter Jackson for inserting some LOTR Easter Eggs here and there - after all, he has spend so many years creating movies after J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novels.
In The Lovely Bones there's a scene at the bookstore and, what do you know, there's The Lord of the Rings book being sold there.
Avengers: Endgame - It’s Time to Improvise
Easter Egg: The ending scene
Reference: It was totally improvised
Release date: April 25, 2019
All MCU fans remember the scene of Tony Stark’s death – it’s one of the most tragic and tear-inducing scenes we’ve seen in a while. Well, the acting in that scene was so good that even the most cold-hearted people got teary-eyed, not to mention the ones that really loved Iron Man.
While that scene seemed like the most natural acting in the world, not many people know that it was so organic due to the fact that the actors had all the freedom to improvise as much as they wanted. They were given a brief outline of the scene, but the lines, expressions, and most of the actions were up to them.
That’s how the directors ended with this tragic, yet marvelous scene! Other directors should take notes, it’s quite a fresh approach, especially when it comes to such pivotal character death scenes.
Star Wars: A New Hope - The Dreadful Sandcrawlers
Easter Egg: Sandcrawlers
Reference: Military action with Libya
Release date: May 25, 1977
When it comes to the Star Wars Universe, everything is possible. But there's one quirky detail most fans don't know about that happened during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope. It turns out, Sandcrawlers are mighty dangerous machines, at least in the eyes of people who have no idea what they are.
In the movie, Sandcrawlers are huge mobile fortresses that could house lots of people, including huge cargo holds and various facilities. While they might seem harmless in the movie, the Tunisian government thought otherwise.
In order to avoid any misunderstandings with Libya, the Tunisian government asked George Lucas to put Sandcrawlers as far away from the Libyan border as possible. It turns out, Libya mistook them for army vehicles and was threatening with military action!
Now You See Me: Living on the Edge
Easter Egg: Scene in the water tank
Reference: A dangerous accident
Release date: May 31, 2013
Filming a movie is never an easy experience, contrary to what some people may think looking at the luxurious lifestyles of celebrity actors and actresses. They work hard for that money and some of them even risk their lives!
This is exactly what happened on the set of Now You See Me. There was a scene when Isla Fisher got into a tank full of water to film a dangerous sequence. She was chained and fully submerged underwater. Her cuffs had quick-release magnet locks, but then something went wrong...
One of the chains got stuck and she ended up stranded underwater for real and started drowning! The filming crew thought that she was just acting, but then things got real and they managed to save her at the last minute. Phew!
Stranger Things: Blondes Have All the Fun
Easter Egg: The character of Eleven
Reference: Stephen Spielberg's E.T.
Release date: July 15, 2016
The whole Stranger Things series is built around the '80s nostalgia, so it doesn't really come as a surprise that the producers would hide some '80s references right inside the TV show. Naturally, some fans picked up on those not-so-little hints.
It turns out the whole character of Eleven is a huge homage to the alien character in Stephen Spielberg's E.T., which has taken over the world back in the 80's. Both the movie and the TV show are about a loveable alien that finds shelter inside a kid's house. Well, in case of Eleven she's a human with superpowers.
The alien in E.T. puts on a blonde wig and a dress for disguise - and the same things happens in Stranger Things when Eleven tries to change her identity and becomes a blonde in the first season of the show!
The Matrix: Does Everything Seem a Little Too Green?
Easter Egg: The green hue
Reference: The Matrix
Release date: March 31, 1999
This not-so-subtle Easter Egg kind of references the Matrix itself, which is quite remarkable when you come to think about it. You've probably noticed that everything in The Matrix has a greenish hue, especially when the action is taking place inside the Matrix and not in the 'real world'.
Well, there's a reason for that - the Wachowski's used the green colour palette to create that artificial feeling that should separate the real world from the Matrix. And their attention to detail was truly over the top!
It turns out it wasn't just special effects and post-production - the costume designer coloured every white piece of clothing worn by the actors in a green hue, so even the white shirts you see in the movie aren't actually white.
Thor: Ragnarok - The Improvised Line
Easter Egg: The funny catchphrase
Reference: It came from a kid on the set
Release date: November 2, 2017
Looking at all those cool action-packed Marvel movies with smart lines and hilarious dialogues, one does not expect to find out that most of them were improvised by the actors themselves.
But that's true! Directors often leave more freedom of expression to let the actors' sense of humour shine through - and most of the time it totally pays off. But sometimes smart one-liners don't come from the actors, but from the visitors on set.
Thor's famous hilarious line "He's a friend from work!" from Thor: Ragnarok actually came from a kid who was visiting the set that day. Chris Hemsworth recalled that the kid just ad-libbed the phrase and everyone loved it, so it stayed in the script!
Zootopia: There's Something Vaguely Familiar About Those Bootlegs
Easter Egg: Duke Weaselton's DVDs
Reference: Disney animated movies
Release date: March 17, 2016
This is one of those Easter Eggs many have already picked up on, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining. Disney is great at hiding references in plain sight and this is one of those cases when it's hard not to spot the amusing details.
In Zootopia, when camera zooms in on the collection of Duke Weaselton's bootlegs, we can see a bunch of vaguely familiar names and characters. The DVDs he's selling present us with unique versions of actual Disney films but with animals instead of original characters.
You can easily recognize Tangled, Moana, Frozen 2, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6. Although we have to admit, watching movies like Pig Hero 6 and Meowana does seem like fun!
Joker: Joaquin Phoenix Lost More Than 50 Pounds for the Role
Easter Egg: Joker's body
Reference: Joaquin Phoenix' actual weight
Release date: October 4, 2019
Looking at Joaquin Phoenix in his normal weight you would never guess that it's the same actor who lost 52 pounds just for one movie role. Well, it was a make it or break it moment for the actor as this was one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced.
Both the actor and the director had a vision of troubled and malnourished Arthur Fleck, and to make that vision come true Joaquin Phoenix had to endure and excruciating diet that made him go from 180 lb. to 125 lb.
The actor admitted that there came a point that he didn't know whether he'd be able to do this, but his willpower ended up being strong enough. Of course, he consulted the doctor to perform the speedy weight-loss and after the movie was finished he got back to his normal weight.
Stranger Things: So What About Telekinesis?
Easter Egg: Eleven's superpowers
Reference: Stephen King's Carrie movie
Release date: July 15, 2016
Stanger Things isn't inspired solely by the '80s movies and memorabilia, the TV show also pays homage to Stephen King's creations. The mysterious thriller genre with kids as the main characters is right up Stephen King's alley - that's exactly what the writer would have done if he had a chance to create an original TV series.
One of his most popular horror books is Carrie, which features a girl with telekinetic powers. Rings a bell? Well, that's because Eleven has quite a few similarities with Carrie - they are both nice girls who seem totally good-natured, but then their true powers kick in.
One second they are pretty schoolgirls enjoying their day, and the next one they are throwing people (or monsters) around like it's the most mundane thing in the world!
The Wizard of Oz: Being a Witch is Tough
Easter Egg: The Wicked Witch of the West
Reference: Dangerous smoke
Release date: August 25, 1939
The Wizard of Oz is famous for being one of the most iconic movies of the century, but not many people realize just how tough it was on the set of the movie. Back in the day people cared less about the actors and more about the job that needed to be done.
This meant the props could poison you and some of them could even become a near-death experience! That's exactly what happened to Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West. During one scene when she was supposed to disappear in a plume of red smoke, the actress got badly hurt and was rushed to the hospital.
She got second and third-degree burns and had to spend a few weeks at the hospital recovering from the accident. Of course, she later refused to take part in any scenes that included fire, but her stunt double was hurt as well doing dangerous scenes instead.