UPDATE: If you’ve seen Avengers 2 and want to discuss in the comments which Easter Eggs did OR did not make it into the film, please drop a SPOILER WARNING FIRST.  Thanks!

Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron will soon kick off the summer 2015 movie season, and it arguably already reigns as THE king of summer. The first Avengers movie shattered box office records and even shifted the entire paradigm of how movie franchises are structured and designed. That’s no small legacy for Avengers 2 to live up to, but director Joss Whedon and his cast of Marvel all-stars (with help from some strong new additions) seem poised to make a legitimate go at topping the first film.

However, while we want Avengers 2 to be good as a standalone film, it’s also the next big junction point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means there are more than a few story threads that need to be connected and/or introduced into the mix, and as Age of Ultron has gotten closer, it’s become clear that there are quite a few shared universe story points fans are hoping to see. Here are 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe Easter Eggs Fans Want to See in Avengers 2

10. Black Panther’s World

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Marvel has a lot of new heroes coming in the aftermath of Avengers 2; Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, The Inhumans and of course Black Panther all stand on deck for movie adaptations.

In the case of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), we don’t expect the character to really appear (in or out of costume) until Captain America: Civil War; however, his world and backstory we fully expect to be referenced in Avengers 2. 

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Klaw

Traces of Black Panther’s African homeland, Wakanda, can already be found in the metal called Vibranium, which was used to make Cap’s iconic shield. In Avengers 2, we know that Andy Serkis will play Ulysses Klaw, a character who, in the comics, steals Vibranium from Wakanda and kills Black Panther’s father – later becoming the sonic-powered villain, Klaw.

By all implication from trailers, Klaw helps Ultron upgrade his body with Vibranium – but how that goal is achieved could set into motion events that eventually bring Black Panther into contact with The Avengers.

9. Cpt. Marvel Reporting for Duty

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Carol Danvers is a pivotal character to introduce into the MCU; she has historically been part of The Air Force, S.H.I.E.L.D., and has superpowers that come from cosmic origins. That basically makes her (and her superhero alter-ego, Captain Marvel) the bridge between the Marvel Cosmic Universe (Guardians of the Galaxy) and more grounded properties like Captain America, Iron Man or even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Like Black Panther, many don’t expect Marvel to go full-on into Captain Marvel during the events of Age of Ultron; however fans do expect the character to pop up in some way, shape or form. Most likely she’d first appear as some kind of military liaison and/or combatant, but one can never be too sure how things get spun for the MCU continuity.

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Even if current rumors are inaccurate, and the character of Carol Danvers has NOT been cast yetAvengers 2 could still serve as some sort of introduction to the source of Captain Marvel’s cosmic energies.

8. Ant-Man on Deck

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The order of Marvel’s 2015 movie lineup (Avengers 2 followed by Ant-Man) represents a direct contradiction to Marvel Comics history. In the books, Ultron (and The Vision) are creations that spawn from Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. In the MCU, we won’t get to meet Pym (Michael Douglas) until after Ultron has come (and presumably gone). But that doesn’t mean Ant-Man and Ultron can’t still share a few connections.

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Age of Ultron trailers have already shown flashbacks which bring historical elements of the MCU (like Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter) to the forefront. One of those historical events could conceivably be research done by Hank Pym (“The Ultron Program”) that helps point Tony Stark toward what he needs to create Ultron.

Even though that’s all speculation on our part, needless to say that more than a few fans are hoping some trace of the Hank Pym/Ultron origin connection stays intact.

7. Agents of Carter

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Thus far, Marvel TV has been treated as a somewhat second-tier product when compared to the films. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.Dhas overcome that early misstep by tying itself to major film events like Captain America 2‘s HYDRA takeover, or the emergence of The Inhumans in the MCU; meanwhile, Agent Carter served as a direct epilogue to the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Given the events of the first Avengers film, there is still one big elephant-in-room within the MCU: Phil Coulson’s resurrection and Kree connections. Even if the latter point needs more time and room to be explored, many fans hope that the world-threatening events of Age of Ultron will at least force Coulson to re-unite with the super team he first inspired to work together.

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HYDRA Leader Baron von Strucker

At the very least, HYDRA’s experiments on superpowered beings is something that AoS and AoU will definitely have in common – and there’s been clear evidence in trailers that Peggy Carter will appear in Avengers 2. All in all, fans can probably breathe easy that Marvel TV is getting SOME kind of head-nod in the film.

(Unfortunately, Daredevil seems to have arrived too late to hope for a cameo from The Man Without Fear).

6. Strange Magic

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Rounding out our Phase 3 new recruits: Avengers Age of Ultron is also the venue where we expect to be introduced to yet another new factor in the MCU (besides superpowers and cosmic beings): magic.

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The character of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) has been front and center in the Avengers 2 marketing, and her array of psychic/telekinetic powers have remained mysterious when it comes to explanation and/or backstory (remember: the MCU has no mutants, due to legal issues with Fox).

However, at Toy Fair 2015 we did notice a significant connection between Witch’s powers and Doctor Strange, the chief mystic in the Marvel Universe, who will star in his own 2016 film played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Based on trailers and toy designs, Scarlet Witch’s powers in the movie seem to have the same kind of stylized energy signature as her comic book counterpart; in comics, the Witch’s powers tapped into the same mystical forces Doctor Strange does. (Note the similar “magic energy” in the comic book art.)

As it stands, the parallels between Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange are seemingly too apparent for Avengers 2 to ignore them, completely.

UPDATE: If you’ve seen Avengers 2 and want to discuss in the comments which Easter Eggs did OR did not make it into the film, please drop a SPOILER WARNING FIRST.  Thanks!

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