While most people go to the movies looking for a good story with some cool action, real fans know that there’s more going on than meets the eye. When a blockbuster movie is successful, it usually means that the people who made it are even bigger geeks than the people watching it. That’s why they sometimes stuff their movies to the gills with hidden details that most viewers won’t even notice. But for attentive fans, these details make all the difference. Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Amazing Hidden Details In Popular Movies You Probably Missed.
The Human Torch in Captain America: The First Avenger
Before we knew him as Captain America, Chris Evans played Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch, in 2005’s Fantastic Four. But did you know that the Human Torch also makes a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger? Don’t believe us? Take a look at the 1943 World Expo scene. As the camera pans across the exhibition, it passes a man inside of a glass cylinder wearing a red suit. While this costumed figure ain’t Johnny Storm, it does look an awful lot like the original Human Torch, an android created by Dr. Phineas T. Horton in the 1939 version of the comic book. Will this version of the character ever see some action the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Only time will tell…
Red Apple Cigarettes in Kill Bill Volume 1
When The Bride touches down in Tokyo to seek vengeance against O-Ren Ishii, director Quentin Tarantino includes a little Easter egg for fans of his movie. The Bride walks past a large advertisement for Red Apple cigarettes, which is a fictional brand that’s appeared in several Tarantino films, including Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn and Four Rooms. Tarantino himself has claimed that all of his films take place in the same universe and this is only one clue. You need another one? The plot to Kill Bill bares a striking resemblance to the plot of Fox Force Five, the TV pilot that Uma Thurman’s character describes in Pulp Fiction. Perhaps the series got a title change before it finally aired?
R2D2 and C-3PO in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Man, this little guy gets around. You wouldn’t believe it, but R2D2 makes a cameo in Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, this time with his erudite companion C-3PO. When Indiana Jones descends into the Well of the Souls to collect the Ark of the Covenant, you can see hieroglyphs of the two droids on one of the pillars. The connection here is that Star Wars creator George Lucas produced Raiders of the Lost Ark, and, of course, Harrison Ford stars in both franchises. In another Indiana Jones/Star Wars Easter egg, you can see Indy escape from Shanghai’s “Club Obi-Wan” at the beginning of Temple of Doom. I wonder who that’s a reference to?
Community Cameo in Captain America: Civil War
As with any movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days, Captain America: Civil War is loaded with tiny details for the fans, from references to the comics to inside jokes among the actors. But one detail has carried through from the last film in the Captain America franchise: the inclusion of a cameo from an alum of the NBC sitcom Community. In The Winter Soldier, Danny Pudi (better known as Abed) appeared as a technician for SHIELD. DC Pierson, who plays a student journalist in the sitcom, also appeared as an Apple Store technician. In Civil War, the Dean himself, Jim Rash, appears as an MIT professor begging Tony Stark for research money, basically playing the same character. The Russo Brothers, who directed the last two Captain America films, also directed several episodes of the fan-favorite sitcom, so it makes sense that they would want to bring back some of their old friends.