‘Iron Man 3′ Comic Book References, Easter Eggs & Trivia

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 6th, 2013 at 11:18 am, This is a list post.

Iron Man 3 Legion Trailer Discussion Marvel has made a habit of sprinkling their films with Easter eggs, giving nods to other properties, or even planting seeds that will one day blossom into crossover events. With Iron Man 3, the Easter eggs are a bit more varied - in fact, many are so subtly delivered, they go totally unnoticed by even devoted fans. Ever your trusted servants, we have spent long hours dissecting the many nods found in director Shane Black's installment of the Iron Man series, bringing you only the best allusions and winks to fans. Not all our examples of Iron Man 3 Easter Eggs & Trivia are spoiling major events, but those not wanting the film to be spoiled at all - read at your own risk.

A Little Vega in Bern

Iron Man 3 Easter Egg Pulp Fiction Favreau

In the flashback to New Year's Eve 1999 that kicks off the film's events, there's no missing the rather...unique style of Tony's bodyguard Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). With nearly shoulder length hair, a black suit and bolo tie, younger viewers may miss the reference altogether. The get-up is of course a reference to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) - no, not Nick Fury's younger days, but rather Vincent Vega (John Travolta). According to co-writer Drew Pearce, the first gag in the script featured Favreau watching a UFC fight on television - a reference to his role as billionaire-turned-ultimate-fighter 'Pete' on Friends - but Favreau came up with the Pulp nod instead.

Doctor in the Building

Iron Man 3 Dr Wu Steely Dan

Comic book fans were sent reeling when legendary Chinese actor Wang Xuequi was cast as 'Dr. Wu,' but beyond a brief appearance at the start and end of the film, his role was minimal. However, there is an odd explanation for the character's name - and no, it doesn't come from the pages of Marvel comics. It actually comes from the Steely Dan single "Dr. Wu." That's where Drew Pearce says he got the name, since the band is one of his favorites. The actual Dr. Wu was a real-life Chinese immigrant and acupuncturist who helped one of the band members overcome a chemical dependency; not unlike his role for Stark, when you think about it.

Ugly Sucker, Only Says 'Ficus'

Iron Man 3 Easter Egg Ficus

Much was made of Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black's history together, having previously worked on Black's directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Although one is a hardboiled noir detective story/comedy and the other a superhero movie, they do share more than just a leading man. One of Val Kilmer's more memorable lines from Kiss Kiss centered around a "talking monkey from the future," who despite his gifts and time-traveling abilities, is described as "ugly sucker...only says 'ficus.'" The first act of IM3 shows a brief jargon-filled conversation between Tony Stark and Dr. Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), in which it is revealed that her work as a botanist has resulted in a super-charged what? "Ficus."

Black Christmas

  Iron Man 3 Christmas Trivia Every cult writer/director has a few signature touches or trademarks: for Tarantino, it's rapid-fire dialogue; for Whedon, it's his (barefoot) heroines; and for Shane Black, it's a Christmas setting. A quick glance at Black's resume doesn't bring holiday cheer or warm fires to mind, but Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and even The Long Kiss Goodnight all use Christmas for a backdrop. Black wastes no time in showing the trend is alive and well in IM3, with Tony's opening 'suit-up' set to a Christmas tune. Could comic book fans finally have the perfect movie for the holidays?

Mrs. Arbogast

Iron Man 3 Easter Egg Bambi Arbogast

Another 'blink and you miss it' Easter egg comes in the midst of Happy Hogan's tirade through the halls of Stark Enterprises headquarters, enforcing the new security badge protocol. As Pepper attempts to talk him down, Favreau looks out of frame, and calls to "Bambi" with a tap of his badge. Comic fans know that just outside of the frame sits Mrs. Bambi Arbogast, Tony's longtime secretary (and some would say actual bodyguard). Ironically, given Mrs. Arbogast's temperament we'd assume she'd be the one demanding increased security protocols, but it's a sly reference nonetheless.

President Ellis

Iron Man 3 Trailer Presidential Address It was no secret that for Iron Man 3, writers Drew Pearce and Shane Black would be turning to several comic book storylines for villains and themes, the most significant being the "Extremis" arc written by Warren Ellis. At the end of the day, the writers took many liberties with the core plot, casting off techno-organic synthesis for heat powers and super-strength, but an acknowledgement of the source does make its way onto the screen. The events of the film hinge largely on the role of President Ellis (William Sadler) - a head nod to Warren Ellis.

A Christmas Story

Iron Man 3 Easter Egg Christmas Story Another crowd-pleasing moment comes in a throwaway line from Tony, telling a young bespectacled boy that he "loved him in A Christmas Story." The boy's resemblance to that film's protagonist 'Ralphie' is close enough to warrant a laugh, but those who know the talent that first made Iron Man a big screen success know this joke was a long time coming. 'Ralphie' was actually played by Peter Billingsley, longtime friend and producer to Jon Favreau. Besides appearing in Iron Man as a Stark Enterprises scientist, Billingsley also produced Iron Man, The Break-Up, Zathura and Made.

Firepower

Iron Man 3 Easter Egg Firepower Taggart The 'used' former soldier who turns into a human bomb outside the TCL Chinese Theatre may not come into direct contact with Tony Stark, but leaves a permanent mark on Happy Hogan. Yet his history with Iron Man goes all the way back to the comics. The events of the movie later reveal the soldier to be 'Jack Taggart' - who comic book fans will recognize as Jack Taggert a.k.a. 'Firepower,' an attempt at a super soldier solution, sporting his own hulking suit of Stark armor. He doesn't quite reach the same villainous heights in the film, but the inclusion of yet another Iron Man nemesis is a welcome nod to fans.

Mrs. Man-Thing

Iron Man 3 Ellen Brandt Man Thing It may be less of an Easter egg since Ellen Brandt (Stephanie Szostak) actually provides her name in the film, but given that much of her character's comic book source material is ignored, we'd say it's worth a mention. In the comics, Brandt was not an Extremis-fueled soldier, but the wife of Ted Sallis, a brilliant scientist who becomes Man-Thing. Although Sallis' efforts are related to the super-soldier serum that spawned Captain America, it's hard to imagine a major plan for the future would be introduced so subtly. Of course, comic book fans also know exactly how she got those scars on her face, even if casual moviegoers never learn the mystery...

Downton Abbey

Iron Man 3 Downton Abbey Easter Egg Happy Hogan may be a gruff and tough bodyguard, but that doesn't mean he can't appreciate a solid piece of scripted drama; a fact made clear by his favorite TV show (even in intensive care), Downton Abbey. The inclusion of one of today's most acclaimed and pervasive programs is a joke in itself, but Favreau took to Twitter to make sure all knew that the exact scene shown was "carefully selected." Fans of Downton will recognize that both Happy Hogan and Tom Branson (Allen Leech), the character seen in the brief clip, are chauffeurs who courted women 'above their station.'

Westworld

Iron Man 3 Westworld Easter Egg Cinephiles have come to expect a few quips and odd references from Tony Stark - not the least of which was his 'Point Break' comment regarding Thor's flowing blond locks - but for Iron Man 3, he goes even farther into obscurity. The film in question is Westworld (1973), centering on an amusement park of androids that revolts against its guests. Specifically, Stark notes the similarities between Savin (James Badge Dale) - the character he refers to as 'Westworld' - and Yul Brynner, the star of Crichton's film. The film was also parodied in the "Itchy & Scratchy Land" episode of The Simpsons, but we love Stark's nod just as much.

The Toast of Croydon

Iron Man 3 Croydon Easter Egg When the movie's central villain, the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), is shown to actually be Trevor Slattery, a bumbling, drunken British actor, audience reactions to the twist were quite varied. To defend his decision of casting Slattery for the role of America's next terrorist, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) cites the actor's past roles, claiming his performance of Shakespeare's "King Lear" was hailed as "the toast of Croydon, wherever that is." An odd assessment, but given writer Drew Pearce's upbringing in East Grinstead, UK - just 20 miles from Croydon - the reference makes perfect sense; and killed with English audiences.

Hey, I Just Work Here

Iron Man 3 Eric Oram Stuntman It's surprising to say, but one of Iron Man 3's biggest laughs comes not from Tony Stark, but one of the villain's henchmen. When Tony wipes out much of the Mandarin's forces with just a boot and gauntlet, he eventually comes to the last man. Instead of taking him out (stereotypically seen in most action movies) or waiting for the thug to surrender (slightly less stereotypical), the hired gun explains that "I don't even like working here, they are so weird." The line is actually delivered by the same person who thought it up: stunt master Eric Oram. Apparently, all that time with Downey Jr. on the set of Sherlock Holmes improved his timing.

The Roxxon Norco

Iron Man 3 Roxxon Easter Egg Iron Man 3's third act plays host to one of the largest battle scenes, thanks to Tony Stark's Iron Legion. But the staging of the planned presidential assassination is one of the biggest nods to Marvel fans. Killian's plan is to kill the president as retribution for turning a blind eye to the 'Roxxon Norco' oil spill. In the Marvel Comics universe, Roxxon isn't just an oil company, but the largest conglomerate in the world. The villainous company has created characters like Grasshopper, Killer Shrike, and the Dogs of War; not to mention orchestrating the deaths of Tony's parents.

Conclusion

Iron Man 3 Legion Trailer Discussion Those are all the nods and Easter eggs we've been able to spot - but be sure to provide some of your own. We'll do our best to keep them updated when confirmation arrives (like what that scrap-metal artwork in Tony's basement really is), but so far, there's plenty to keep Internet sleuths busy. For more Iron Man 3 discussion, be sure to check out: ____ Iron Man 3 is in theaters now. Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Mega letdown. I was so hyped for this… movie came in with a bang and went out like a wet fizzle.

    • Not true, it was a very good movie. Lesson here is not to get too hyped for a movie because it will always be a letdown.

    • You are correct. They didn’t need to have a twist. It felt like they were trying to rip off Nolan’s twists from his Batman movies. And even if they did want to do a twist this was so poorly written is makes them seem childish. You really have to wonder what they were thinking.

      • Yeah because Nolan was the first to introduce a “twist” before.

        • I didn’t mean it like that. I meant that Nolan over the course of his recent trilogy of Batman movies used twists in each movie. For some reason it felt like they were trying to copy that here. Especially since this twist feels so much like Ducard becoming Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman Begins only not written as well.

          • Dave, TDKR was not that good of a movie, Nolan is not that good of a director, and besides The Dark Knight (solely because of Ledger), DC doesn’t make very many good movies.

            • Okay I’m trying to be civil here but you are now acting silly. Say what you want about TDKR. I would even agree it is not the best of the series. However to then attack him for not being that good of a director is foolish on your part.

              • But he’s not beyond reproach! There are movies made by Nolan himself that were better than any of his Batman movies (Inception and Memento). IM3 itself was better than the first and third Nolan Batman movies.

                • No way, Batman Beings and TDKR were better than this. And this is not just my opinion on it.

                  • Well, it’s my opinion. If anyone should’ve followed the source material, it’s Nolan. Frank Miller made the perfect Batman, and all Nolan did was bastardize Miller’s versions. the only thing that saved that series was Ledger’s Joker.

                    • Even Miller said he was perfectly fine with the updated real world style Nolan took on. Now I understand that not everyone likes that stye. They would have rather had the Burton cheesy Disney type film.

                    • Well jeez, Miller liked The Spirit, too! My point is his Batman was perfect and Nolan did it no justice, the only thing that was dark about his Batman was the Joker.

                    • You like Iron Man 3 we get it. Not every one does, so I don’t understand why you have to “argue” with everyone who has an opposing opinion. I really liked IM3, not sure which I like more IM or IM3, but I’m ready to see it again.

                      You don’t like the TDK trilogy, cool. I loved it and it’s what I expected from Batman movies.

                      Althought, I am cofused about the double take on source material, IM3 didn’t follow it, yet it’s okay. TDK doesn’t follow it and it’s a bad thing, Bruce becomes Bats pretty accurate to me and they made an adventure for him.

                • IM3 was crap…Not only should it not be compared to the TDK trilogy; it really shouldn’t be compared to any other Marvel or DC films. In fact, it really shouldn’t have been greenlit at all in its current form.

                  This was one of only two movies in my entire film-watching history that had me wondering why I had thrown away my money on such an absolute waste.

                  • i find your comments confusing, to say the least, especially when you have called TDKR a masterpiece, but im3 is garbage? to each their own i guess.

                    • What’s confusing?

                      IMO, TDKR was a great film with wonderful acting, a deep and engaging story, an intriguing plot, cool tech (that was actually EFFECTIVELY used AND could be clearly seen on screen when it was used), and important characters who moved the story along. It ended the Dark Knight’s story in an epic and appropriate manner…and it was actually part of the trilogy, the larger story, instead of merely being tacked on.

                      IM3? Not so much…

                    • Personally, I enjoyed IM3… and the Dark Knight trilogy… TDKR was probably my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it, for the most part. The only downside I have to say about IM3 is that The Mandarin was portrayed as some crack hack of an actor… Nothing at all like the source material…

                  • PLEASE! TDKR was extremely silly. Are you really going to make a movie about a guy who gets his spine broken to the point that it’s sticking out is going to get better in some dirty, dingy dungeon of a cell that’s not sanitary in the least and probably only gets fed once a day is going to crawl out of there healthy? Give me a break. They wanted to go the “realistic” route and yet they’re asking me to believe in something far more far fetched than a guy who turns in a green monster who angry.

                    Bain wasn’t even that powerful, once Batman grew a brain and figured that mask he’s wearing is somewhat important to Bain’s health, he was easily beaten and then was just blasted away by Catwoman, that movie was a joke.

            • I agree that TDKR was a big let down, but I am still on the border when it comes to Iron Man 3. Also, to say DC doesn’t have any good movies is just sheer stupidity. They had Superman movie series, which are considered classics from the 70′s, and still way better than most movies today, and they had 1989 Batman (Michael Keaton’s version)as well as Nolan’s Batman. But like I said, I’ll wait to see the full movie. I’ve only seen parts of it due to working in the Theater.

      • Honestly, the Talia twist in TDKR was just as poorly handled, if not worse to those who were disappointed by the Mandarin reveal.

        • The “twist” made everybody mad because they didn’t see it coming.

          People don’t appreciate it when a movie makes them feel dumb for not being able to anticipate the entire plot.

          • The twist wasn’t the problem. Having Killian as the Mandarin is fine however mocking the character is going completely overboard. And shows how sloppy the writing was.

            • Kind of like how the original Mandarin mocked the Chinese and Asians in general by being a racial stereotype?

              • Here we go with the offending people part again. And if that is your problem where is your outrage over the added Chinese scenes from this movie? It was very offensive.

                And notice I said I would be fine with changing the character. However completely ruining him and mocking him is downright absurd.

                • That character is a relic. What Marvel did they did on purpose. I don’t think they ruined him, I think they handled him the best way they could.

                  • No matter what you think of the character the Mandarin to this day is the most popular and well known Iron Man villain. He is the arch Nemesis of Iron Man. And with proper writing they could have easily updated him to be less “offensive” as you might say.

                    • They did the same thing with the Crimson Dynamo, the same with whiplash. They’ve pretty much watered down all of Iron Man’s villains… where was the backlash then?

                    • Those villains aren’t the arch nemesis of Iron Man like the Mandarin.

                    • But they did meld Killian and The Mandarin into one entity, much like the last villain in IM2.

                      So, people should’ve expected something similar, especially when it was clear they they weren’t going to feature the full-on racist depiction of the original character.

      • I agree. I was one of the few who hated the dark knight trilogy. I just didn’t care about the whole thing. Comic Book characters in a more realistic way is not as good as it sounds. It turns out like putting Mario and Luigi in a real world scenario… Though I still enjoyed the Super Mario Brothers movie more than the DK trilogy

  2. They left out that Killian is really more like Fin Fang Foom

    • Exactly what I was thinking!

  3. Did anyone notice that when Tony was buying stuff at the hardware store, he put something on the counter that had to do with “Ants”.. Could that be some sort of nod to “Antman”?

    Thoughts?

    • Very possible, someone has also mentioned a possible nod to Doctor Strange (Banner: “I’m not that kind of doctor.”). That one is more doubtful, but still possible.

      • He meant as in a shrink..strange was a surgeon..but it makes you think and hope…but all in all I liked the movie except for the mandarin, takin out the reactor, and him not beeing in the suit for the whole movie

        • I know, I just meant referencing doctors in general

        • I think it’s a good thing they didn’t feature him in the suit the whole time. That’s what the story was about. The Man behind the Suit. Even without it Stark can take care of himself.

      • I think the doctor comment from banner might be more of a nod to doc Samson who was a psychiatrist

        • I have to say that, for my money, the ‘doctor’ reference is a double-hitter. Strange, although ‘not that kind of doctor’ has used his magic to attempt to mentally heal characters (for example, by creating an ‘astral’ version of their subconscious mind so that they can interact with and resolve some of their issues – as seen in The Incredible Hulk: Silent Screams). Doc Samson, despite his strong connections to the Hulk, also acts as a psychiatrist and psychological expert for super-humans.

          • So Bruce was insinuating to Yony that he should be telling this to a mystical doctor with magical powers as opposed to say, a licensed therapist? I feel like we’re grasping at straws here…

            • Tony*

    • Thpught it was more for the chemicals in the product that he could use as either a tranquilizer or in his makeshift bombs.

      • That’s very possible too.. Thanks!

  4. I believe Tony has a “trophy” ball of the racecar Whiplash damaged in “Iron Man 2″ near the staircase in his workshop

    • That’s circulating the internet, but I kept an eye out for it the second time. Tony’s cars was #11, white and blue with a thin red streak. The ball of metal is solid red, gold, and blue, with a ’40′ clearly visible.

      I don’t know where it’s from, but I don’t think it’s the F1 car. If it was, it would be impossible to miss.

      • Ah, thanks for clearing that up. Would’ve been awesome if it was the racecar though!

  5. If you ask me Roxxon could be a major leadp to a future movie, because they are a master threat to many

  6. I think the “Hispanic Scott Baio” comment about the one guy’s tattoo was also a KKBB reference (when Harry and Harmony are playing the game in the bar finding the “almost” look-a-likes like “Native American Joe Pesci.”).

    • Didn’t think about that! Possible though.

    • Totally, like thee Punk Steven Seagal.

      Nice catch.

  7. Another one not mentioned above is the appearance of Yinsen at the conference. I think this is consistent with the dialogue in the first movie where Yinsen tells Stark they’ve met previously.

    • That’s been cited elsewhere, but I know (as a fan of the first movie) as soon as the ‘Bern, Switzerland’ came onto the screen, I knew this would be the event he met Yinsen at, and was too drunk to remember his speech.

      I don’t know if that qualifies it with the rest, but it was awesome regardless.

      • That was my exact thought.

      • I don’t know if this counts but since technically Aldrich created the Mandarin and the Ten Rings Organization as a front (as revealed at the twist of Iron Man 3), Tony’s kidnapping in Iron Man 1, and Whiplash’s release in Iron Man 2 were all his doing right? I don’t know if that counts as an Easter egg (maybe trivia) but he/AIM was technically involved in all the Iron Man films.

        • Unless I am missing something, Justin Hammer orchestrated Ivan/Whiplash’s escape, not the Ten Rings. I don’t even remember Ten Rings being referenced in Iron Man 2.

  8. I thought the pile of scrap was a collection of the cars ruined in the first Iron Man.
    Also take a look at Killian’s dragon tattoos, the head looks a lot like Fin Fang Foom to me

    • I was wondering bout his dragon tats myself.

  9. There’s a brief Predator like scene when The Mandarin’s helicopters are destroying Stark’s Malibu home. A kind of an X-Ray body just flies by the screen. The scene is set inside the helicopter Savin is in. Of course Shane Black was in the Predator movie!!

  10. What, no one caught the subtle nod to Fin Fang Foom? Killian breathes fire, has dragoon tattoos, and is the real power behind the Mandarin.

  11. Yinsen showing up was also a big moment for me, it brought back all the memories of the cave from the first movie.

  12. What about the Iron Man Stealth Armor Easter egg?

  13. Did I spot a Captain America WWII helmet by The Mandarin’s chair? Anyone else?

    • Negative. It looks similar, but those are UN helmets. You can tell by the light, light blue shade and lettering on the front.

      • Good eye. Thought the faded color was due to age but I think you’re right.

  14. How about the “Mark 42″ armor? A possible reference to Douglas Adams “Life, the Universe and Everything”?

  15. These Easter eggs were lame, not exciting, and no homages were paid to any real comic book lore. A nod to Peter billingsly? Really? A nod to pulp fiction? Don’t we deserve more? And for people to bash Nolan’s work, because of the stupid Talia twist…..at least she was talia, not some drunken buffoon posing as talia. We could of had a nod to the x-men, spider-man, or Wakanda. Nolan’s Easter egg at the end of Batman Begins to the Joker was amazing. I wanna see someone defend iron man 3 and its boring Easter eggs after that.

    • You are so blatantly a troll that it hurt. A nod to Xmen? Go back underneath your bridge.

  16. I enjoyed the movie but was really bugged by that Harley kid, so just some random super smart kid lives in Tenessee. I was like “please dont let him be Hank Pym, please”. I would have even accepted that the kid would have been named Franklin, something! A wasted opportunity if you ask me!

  17. I felt cheated because there were no real Easter eggs(the ones in this article are WEAK compared to other Marvel movies) and the post credits was like the Schwarma one in the sense that it did nothing but get a cheap laugh.
    It didn’t have to be over saturated like Iron Man 2 but this movie failed when it came to Easter eggs.

  18. I do believe you have missed an Easter Egg where Killian is showing Pepper his “Big Brain”, all thanks to the mega thinktank, AIM.

    That screams Murdock reference, if anything

    • I thought his accidental view of the galaxy was a foreshadowing to an interest in Asgard

    • M.O.D.O.K. Is the first thing I thought too. And from the sound of it, he is AIM’s top scientist.

  19. I think you mixed something up with #4 there. I don’t think that barefoot heroines are a trademark of Joss Whedon’s, but they definitely are one of Tarantino’s trademarks. Rapid-fire dialogue, however, is something that I can definitely associate with Joss Whedon.

    • Haha I guess you can swap them out (coincidence?), but they do both love barefoot women. I guess the ‘heroines’ part is Whedon through and through (again, Tarantino also likes female leads).

      Widow in Avengers, River/Kahlee in Firefly, all of the dolls in Dollhouse, etc.

      • I would just like to add something:

        Joss Whedon has said himself that he purposefully makes the strong female characters/heroines. It’s one of his trademarks.
        And while you gave great examples, you forgot the other big one-Buffy the Vampire Slayer (yes, I notice that there is an etc. there). The late 90s and early 2000′s were the years that Buffy and Angel were really big.
        And true, Whedon also does rapid-fire dialogue frequently.

        All in all, I really liked Iron Man 3.

        L

    • Both Quentin Tarantino and Joss Whedon have barefoot trademarks in their films. As a matter of fact, two of the three prominent female characters in Avengers were barefoot in scenes (Black Widow and Pepper Potts). Maria Hill kept her boots on.

  20. Anyone else notice that the large henchman with the pony tail who says, “I’m good like that” when Tony is tied to the bed rack is the same dude who played tge prisoner in Iron Man 2 that was put in Vanko’s cell so that it looks like he died in the explosion? Who could forget a mug like that?

  21. Good stuff but you guys missed the point somewhat on the “Toast of Croydon”. Croydon is a pretty nasty area of England where its pretty unlikely to find a stellar performance of King Lear. Croydon is to England is what Detroit is to the USA in some ways. But a very english-based joke so totally fair enough.

  22. I thought it was funny that the movie keep asking the question many in the audience were asking. “Aren’t you going to talk about the Avengers.” It was like the film makers saying, ” I know what you want, but we aren’t going to give it to you.”

  23. Did someone already mention the Fing Fang Foom reference?
    Killian breathed fire & had dragon tats.

  24. Iron Man 3 was good. Not great, but not bad IMO. Some twists yes. The twist with Mandarin especially. So Killian is the Mandarin. Maybe Killian isn’t really dead and will come back in the next AVENGERS film. It would be great if Sony and Marvel could make a deal and allow Spider-Man to be in AVENGERS 2. Maybe if all us Comic book/movie fans would petition those two studios as well as Fox(Wolverine) we could make it happen. Wishful thinking I know. But it would be worth a try. Having Spider-Man or Wolverine would be awesome.

  25. I noticed that the surgeons working on tony weren’t visible by face but it shows one surgeon whose eyes are Asian looking. Im not being racist but what if that is the “real” mandarin. Maybe we find out later he did something to Tony during that surgery.

    • As mentioned in this article, that was Dr. Wu from the opening scene in 1999 who is played by Chinese actor Wang Xuequi.

  26. Was I the only one to think that the tatoos on Killian and his fire breathing were a nod to Fin Fang Foom?

    • No. It’s been mentioned at least four times already.

  27. Are you kidding? Nobody spotted the Empire Strikes Back reference?

    The scene where Stark sits on the ground and one of his helmets rolls towards him, the faceplate goes off and the helmet is empty. And Stark sighs, kinda like he was expecting to see his own face. Just as Luke did in “Empire”.

    • I think he was expecting to see Aldrich’s face. Since he just blew him up in that suit.

  28. Tarantino has the foot fetish, not Whedon.

  29. Ant Man reference (possibly): in the scene where Tony is buying supplies from the hardware store, he places a bag of Ant poison or something on the counter.

    Also, Yinsen was at the start.