The 32 best pop culture references in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2022)

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The Empire Strikes Back – The Incredible Hulk Ghostface Killah – Iron Man Silent Running– Iron Man 2 Little Red Button – Captain America: The First Avenger "We've got Xena, Jackie Chan, and Robin Hood" – Thor "No hard feelings, Point Break" – The Avengers Galaga –The Avengers "Did you like that, Westworld?" – Iron Man 3 "Cake'n Up" –Thor: The Dark World "The Path of the Righteous Man" – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Wolfram & Hart - Avengers: Age of Ultron “Playing ‘Disintegration’ by the Cure” - Ant-Man "It’s your conscience!" - Captain America: Civil War "Wong. Just Wong? Like Adele?" – Doctor Strange "I’m Mary Poppins, y’all" – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Spider-Man: Homecoming "Tell her she’s dreamin" – Thor: Ragnarok “Is this Wakanda?” “No, it's Kansas” – Black Panther "Get lost, Squidward" – Avengers: Infinity War “Have you ever seen that really old movie, Aliens?” –Avengers: Infinity War “Whazzup?!!" – Ant-Man & The Wasp Mallrats – Captain Marvel "So, Back to the Future's a bunch of bullshit?" – Avengers: Endgame "I got this. I got this. Okay, I don't got this!" – Avengers: Endgame "Oh, I love Led Zepplin!" – Spider-Man Far From Home Sitcoms – WandaVision Gandalf – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier James Bond – Black Widow DB Cooper – Loki Movie posters –Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Batman and Superman –Eternals FAQs Related content Videos
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is just bursting with pop culture references to famous films, TV shows, and even songs – it's enough to have you pointing right at your screen and exclaiming "I understood that reference!" in your best Steve Rogers voice.

It might be hard to keep track of all those shoutouts, but that's where we come in. We've rounded up the 32 very best pop culture references in the MCU, from Lord of the Rings to James Bond, all the nostalgia the '90s-set Captain Marvel brings, Star-Lord's obsession with Footloose, and Spider-Man's penchant for name-dropping iconic movies. We've got the obvious nods, like Loki revealing the true identity of a notorious criminal mastermind, to more subtle references that may have flown right over your head, like some of the musical shoutouts.

So, from the MCU's first outing with Iron Man all the way up to Eternals, here are the very best pop culture references that can be found in the MCU so far.

The Empire Strikes Back – The Incredible Hulk

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In one of the first scenes, where Ed Norton's Bruce is working in a Brazillian soda factory, the machine sounds that can be heard are the same sounds as the carbonite freezing unit in Cloud City from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Of course, it’s not the only reference to the iconic sequel in the MCU – every Phase 2 movie features a person have their hand cut off (just like Luke during the final moments of Episode V) and Spider-Man references the movie in Civil War.

Ghostface Killah – Iron Man

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The Wu-Tang Clan member’s debut solo album was called Ironman, so it’s no wonder he produced a song for the movie. It was called “Slept on Tony” and is heard during the jet scene with Rhodey getting hella drunk. The rapper also appears in a party scene, but it didn’t make the final cut.

Silent Running– Iron Man 2

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The climactic battle scene sees Iron Man and War Machine, at one point, facing off against some of Hammer’s drones in a dome filled with greenery, forestry and a waterfall. This is a nod to the 1972 film which also featured a geodesic dome and tech robots called drones.

Little Red Button – Captain America: The First Avenger

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When Peggy, Steve, and Tommy Lee Jones’ Colonel Philips are chasing after a Hydra plane, the latter pushes a red button that speeds the car up despite a warning sign that reads "Do not push". This is a little nod to his Agent K character in Men in Black, who, in a similar scene, tells Will Smith’s Agent J to push a little red button too.

"We've got Xena, Jackie Chan, and Robin Hood" – Thor

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Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, one of the most hard-done by entries in the MCU, contains one of the best lines in the series. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Garrett spots Lady Sif, Fandral and Hogun arriving in New Mexico and his nicknames are *chef’s kiss* perfection.

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"No hard feelings, Point Break" – The Avengers

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Tony Stark might be the king of pop culture nicknames and this one is pretty damn apt for the surfer-looking Asgardian God of Thunder. So good, in fact, that Thor: Ragnarok references the reference by making it Thor’s password to access the Quinjet. Damn you, Stark.

Galaga –The Avengers

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On SHIELD's helicarrier, one agent is seriously slacking off. Tony spots him playing Galaga, which the hero announces to everyone in earshot. At the end of the scene, Galaga Guy quietly goes back to playing his game.

"Did you like that, Westworld?" – Iron Man 3

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Another movie zinger from Tony Stark, who references Westworld, the 1973 movie starring Yul Brynner as a killer cyborg. In Iron Man 3, the Extremis-enhanced villain, Eric Savin, looks a lot like Brynner’s Gunslinger and is just as deadly – as it turns out, though, he’s no match for the Mark XLII.

"Cake'n Up" –Thor: The Dark World

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Jane Foster’s ringtone is by Young De, aka Demrick, and produced by Xzibit, and rings at an inopportune moment in the film. Alan Taylor, the director, said they chose the track because it “bugged” everyone when they heard it.

"The Path of the Righteous Man" – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The quote written on Nick Fury’s gravestone is a reference to his Pulp Fiction character who famously recites the bible passage Ezekiel 25:17 before murdering a young guy on the orders of Marcellus Wallace.

Star-Lord uses the movie to get Gamora to dance and describes its “hero” Kevin Bacon. The gag runs through to the end of the film and later in Avengers: Infinity War. When Thor calls the Avengers “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” Mantis replies: “Like Kevin Bacon?” Footloose is mentioned again on Titan when Star-Lord asks if it’s still the greatest movie in history. He was not happy with Spider-Man’s answer.

Wolfram & Hart - Avengers: Age of Ultron

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When Scarlet Witch puts a vision into Thor’s mind it includes three people wearing a wolf, a ram and a hart (AKA a stag) mask. This refers to Joss Whedon’s Angel series which includes the villainous law firm Wolfram & Hart. Fun fact: Whedon put a Thor reference in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, too, as Olaf the Troll God’s Hammer is his version of Mjolnir which she can wield because she is worthy.

“Playing ‘Disintegration’ by the Cure” - Ant-Man

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(Video) References to Previous Movies in Endgame

There is nothing like an epic anthem to soundtrack a fight scene and it's even better when the villain, in this case Yellowjacket, accidentally picks it by yelling "I'm going to disintegrate you!" Good job, Siri.

"It’s your conscience!" - Captain America: Civil War

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When Scott Lang is messing with Tony’s suit he says, “It's your conscience, we don't talk a lot these days,” which is pretty much exactly the same line Marlin uses with Dory in Finding Nemo. Maybe Scott watches a lot of children’s movies with his daughter Cassie?

"Wong. Just Wong? Like Adele?" – Doctor Strange

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The tempestuous early relationship between Stephen and Wong is one of the best and their first meeting sees the Doctor rattling off a few famous names including Aristotle, Drake, Bono and Eminem. To be fair, Wong is iconic enough to go by one name.

"I’m Mary Poppins, y’all" – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Star-Lord says Yondu looks like the famous nanny as he floats to the ground holding his arrow. When Yondu asks “Is he cool?” Star-Lord looks at his surrogate father and says “Hell yes” in a super poignant recognition of love. *Weeps*

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Kirk R. Thatcher appeared in the 1986 sci-fi film as a boombox carrying punk and cameos in the Spidey film carrying a boombox too. He said that, “spiritually speaking”, he’s playing the same character, but we doubt Paramount would be OK with that crossover.

"Tell her she’s dreamin" – Thor: Ragnarok

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Topaz says the above line to The Grandmaster when Valkyrie demands her price for delivering Thor, which is a nod to the 1997 comedy The Castle in which Michael Caton’s character Darryl repeats variations of the phrase in response to prices of random items for sale in the paper. Taika Waititi sure loves a niche reference.

“Is this Wakanda?” “No, it's Kansas” – Black Panther

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We love it when Shuri (Letitia Wright) gets sarcastic. She drops this little Wizard of Oz retort to Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) right after calling him “Coloniser.” We stan a cheeky genius who knows her technicolour classics.

"Get lost, Squidward" – Avengers: Infinity War

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Another brilliant bit of name-calling from Tony Stark, this time against Ebony Maw, who looks a lot like the grumpy-looking Spongebob Squarepants cartoon character. This might be one of the most quotable lines of the movie and makes us chuckle every time.

“Have you ever seen that really old movie, Aliens?” –Avengers: Infinity War

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Peter Parker loves referencing old movies he’s watched, especially when they come in handy, tactically speaking. In this case, they recreate the end airlock scene of Aliens to dispose of Ebony Maw. See, watching movies does come in handy.

“Whazzup?!!" – Ant-Man & The Wasp

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Luis (Michael Pena) pulls up alongside Scott (Paul Rudd), Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank (Michael Douglas) and utters the infamous Budweiser advert line and, of course, his audience isn’t receptive. Janet’s life is on the line, Luis! No time for jovial ‘90s references, okay?

Mallrats – Captain Marvel

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There are so many 90s references in Captain Marvel, for obvious reasons, but nothing beats seeing Stan Lee reading lines from Kevin Smith’s movie script. Mallrats was released in 1995, the same year Captain Marvel is set, and Stan Lee even appeared in the teen comedy as himself. Meta, meta cameo.

"So, Back to the Future's a bunch of bullshit?" – Avengers: Endgame

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One of the funniest scenes in Avengers: Endgame comes when the team argue over how time travel works and are disappointed that Star Trek, Terminator, Timecop, Time After Time, Quantum Leap, A Wrinkle in Time, Somewhere in Time, Hot Tub Time Machine, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and basically any movie that deals with time travel, got it wrong. Or so the Marvel writers say.

"I got this. I got this. Okay, I don't got this!" – Avengers: Endgame

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This is a cute little nod to Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety. Spider-Man, trying to hold onto the Infinity Gauntlet, mimics the line delivered by Brophy in the 1977 comedy, where he tries to lift Thorndyke’s trunk and says “I got it, I got it, I got it, I ain’t got it!” before dropping it on the floor. He didn’t have any heroes to help him out.

"Oh, I love Led Zepplin!" – Spider-Man Far From Home

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Peter gets the band wrong when Happy puts on the AC/DC tune “Back to Black.” In a movie filled with Iron Man tributes and references, this is another, as it’s the same song used in the opening of the first Iron Man, which Jon Favreau directed. I’m not crying, YOU'RE crying. #LoveYou3000

Sitcoms – WandaVision

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WandaVision is absolutely full of references to iconic sitcoms, with episodes paying homage to the likes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, and Modern Family. There are also clips from actual sitcoms in the series, too, like a moment where Wanda sits and watches Malcolm in the Middle.

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Gandalf – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced us to the "big three" – that's androids, aliens, and wizards – but Bucky straight-up refuses to believe wizards exist. "Who are you fighting now, Gandalf?" he asks Sam, who's mostly just amazed Bucky knows what Lord of the Rings is (it turns out the onetime Winter Soldier read the Hobbit when it was first published, in 1937).

James Bond – Black Widow

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Black Widow may find herself on the run in her first solo movie, but that doesn’t mean she can't catch a movie. While lying low in Norway, Natasha kicks back with Moonraker, a film she's apparently watched so many times she can recite the dialogue to herself.

DB Cooper – Loki

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Who knew the answer to one of the 20th Centuries most puzzling mysteries is none other than the God of Mischief himself? In Loki, we discover that DB Cooper – a totally anonymous man who hijacked a plane, stole a load of cash, and promptly vanished – is actually the titular god, who lost a bet with Thor.

Movie posters –Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Look closely at Shang-Chi's apartment, and you'll see he has a few posters on the wall. One poster is for martial arts comedy Kung Fu Hustle, and there's also a quick glimpse at a poster for The Godfather. In fact, actor Wah Yuen appears in both Shang-Chi and Kung Fu Hustle –in the former as Master Guang Bo, and the latter as the Landlord.

Batman and Superman –Eternals

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Eternals apparently brings the DCEU into the MCU with references to two of DC's most famous heroes –Batman and Superman. The son of Phastos thinks Ikaris is the Man of Steel himself, while Gilgamesh calls Kingo's valet Alfred, AKA Batman's butler.

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The 32 best pop culture references in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? ›

  • The Empire Strikes Back – The Incredible Hulk. ...
  • Ghostface Killah – Iron Man. ...
  • Silent Running– Iron Man 2. ...
  • Little Red Button – Captain America: The First Avenger. ...
  • "We've got Xena, Jackie Chan, and Robin Hood" – Thor. ...
  • "No hard feelings, Point Break" – The Avengers. ...
  • Galaga – The Avengers.
Dec 14, 2021

Is Marvel a pop culture? ›

After 15 years and dozens of films and TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become not just a seismic force in present-day pop culture, but a narrative feat that has become much bigger than the sum of its parts.

Who is the most popular character in the Marvel Universe? ›

Favourite characters

Iron Man” sits at the top of the list of most popular Marvel movies, and incidentally, the character played by Robert Downey Jr. is also the most popular. With 62% of votes, he comes ahead of Spider-Man with 66% and Captain America with 61%.

What is the most iconic line in the MCU? ›

The Very Best Avengers Quotes from the MCU
  • “That's my secret, Captain. ...
  • “I love you 3000.” ...
  • “Cause if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we'll avenge it.” ...
  • “I can do this all day.” ...
  • “If we're going to win this fight, some of us might have to lose it.” ...
  • “You get hurt, hurt 'em back. ...
  • “Whatever it takes.”
Apr 28, 2022

How has Marvel impacted pop culture? ›

It has cultivated an emotional value amongst its loyal fanbase. Though superhero movies may be fantasy, they reflect trends and current issues in our society and inspire us to think about social problems such as prejudice, discrimination, and diversity.

Does Marvel reference DC? ›

With the cape, and you were shooting laser beams out of your eyes!” This is how Marvel Studios confirmed DC Comics exists in the MCU. And that was a pretty slick DC Comics reference too. Not many Marvel Studios movies have been bold enough to pull of such a direct trick on the big screens.

What is Thor's famous line? ›

Thor (2011)

"Brother, however I have wronged you, whatever I have done that has led you to do this, I am truly sorry. But these people are innocent, taking their lives will gain you nothing. So take mine, and end this."

What is Stan Lee's famous quote? ›

1. "I've been the luckiest man in the world because I've had friends, and to have the right friends is everything: people you can depend on, people who tell you the truth if you ask something."

What are Marvel fans called? ›

"MCU fans" sounds less ambiguous to me.

Who is Stan Lee's favorite superhero? ›

Stan Lee's favorite character was actually Jack Kirby's Silver Surfer. At first, Jack Kirby created Norrin Radd as a miscellaneous cosmic figure beside the giant Galactus in Fantastic Four #48. Eventually, with Jack Kirby's help, Lee turned Silver Surfer into a herald for the Devourer of Worlds.

Who is most loved avenger? ›

Marvel's 'Mr Popular' – Data shows Spider-Man is most beloved Avenger of them all
  1. Spider-Man.
  2. Thor.
  3. The Hulk.
  4. Iron Man.
  5. Captain America. Spider-Man came out well in front of the other Avengers with his name being most searched in 67% of the countries researched.
Jan 7, 2022

Who is fan Favourite avenger? ›

When it comes to MCU fans, three iconic characters share first place with 78% of votes: Spider-Man, Iron Man and Thor. The Hulk and Captain America follow.

What is the most famous line? ›

  1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind (1939) ...
  2. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather (1972) ...
  3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. ...
  4. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz (1939) ...
  5. "Here's looking at you, kid."

What is the most famous line in Avengers endgame? ›

Best Quotes From Avengers Endgame
  1. 1 "I love you 3000."
  2. 2 "And I am Iron Man." ...
  3. 3 "Avengers! ...
  4. 4 "Turns out, resentment is corrosive and I hate it." ...
  5. 5 "Everyone fails at who they're supposed to be, Thor. ...
  6. 6 "Some people move on. ...
  7. 7 "I don't judge people by their worst mistakes." ...
Mar 18, 2020

Do the Avengers have a slogan? ›

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Tagline: 1. Avenge the Fallen.

Does Gen Z like Marvel? ›

Marvel has always tried to make their movies appeal to younger generations as well as older comic book fans. So why does Generation Z in particular love these movies so much? “I believe our generation likes the MCU so much because it is something that has never been done before to the scale the MCU is at,” Fallon said.

Are superheroes pop culture? ›

Superheroes have always played a pivotal part in popular culture; from when they were first published on the pages of comic books in the late 1930s to the video game revolution of the 1980s. Even today, superheroes are still as popular with Generation Z as they were with Baby Boomers and Generation X, respectively.

Why are the Marvel movies so popular? ›

Marvel movies are CGI-heavy, mainly due to the otherworldly elements and different worlds that almost every project explores. From flying superheroes to unique alien creatures, the MCU has no shortage of characters and planets that can be showcased on screen.

Is Marvel copying DC? ›

One of the most popular Marvel characters ever, not just in movies, was actually copied from DC. Doctor Fate first appeared in 1940. The story goes that Kent Nelson, the first Dr Fate was an archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Nabu and was trained by him, after an accident.

Does Batman exist in Marvel? ›

Both Superman and Batman being mentioned in Eternals is interesting as it establishes that DC comics exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Who is Thanos brother? ›

Who is Eros of the Eternals? Born on Saturn's moon Titan, home to a population of Eternals all its own, Eros is the biological brother of Thanos the Mad Titan.

What is Thanos famous line? ›

"You Should Have Gone For The Head." This isn't just one of Thanos' most iconic lines, but it has become one of the most iconic quotes in the entire MCU.

What is Thor's human name? ›

Donald Blake was the name of the human alias Thor took on when he was banished from Asgard in the original comics. A crippled physician, Blake used a walking stick- Mjolnir in disguise- to support him.

What is Iron Man's catchphrase? ›

His catchphrase "I am Iron Man" is the most iconic catchphrase exclusive to a character. Here is a list of some of the coolest and most awesome dialogues by Iron Man or Tony Stark in the films, as well as the comics, that fans will love.

What is Stan Lee's last words? ›

John tells us Stan's last words before he and Roy left were ... "God bless. Take care of my boy, Roy." Roy released a statement about his last moments with Stan, noting the Marvel legend "lacked much of the old Stan Lee energy" most people had come to know him by.

How old is Stan Lee? ›

Who has more fans DC or Marvel? ›

When looking at overall popularity of fandoms, Marvel came in at the top, with 63 percent of adults saying they are a fan of the superhero franchise. “Star Wars” tied for second (60 percent) with pop culture in general, with the DC Universe coming in right behind them at 59 percent.

What is Loki's army? ›

Loki's Army is a huge force of Frost Giants, Ogres, Trolls, Dark Elves and Asgardian collaborators under Loki's command. Their goal was to conquer all the Nine Realms in Loki's name.

What's the biggest fandom in the world? ›

1. ARMY. K-Pop boy band BTS has the biggest fan following in the world currently. Their fandom is known as the ARMY and has millions of followers.

Who is Marvel's first hero? ›

Since the editor of the comic book decided to start the first issue with the story “The Human Torch”, Jim Hammond is popularly considered to be the first-ever Marvel superhero. Human Torch made the debut in the first story of the now-classic comic book Marvel Comics #1 (1939).

Who is the oldest superhero character? ›

1936 The Phantom

Created by Lee Falk (USA), the first superhero was The Phantom, who debuted in his own newspaper comic strip on 17 Feb 1936.

Who is the most loved superhero? ›

If you go by at least one analysis of the past year's Google search data, that hero is Spider-Man. According to online entertainment retailer Zavvi, the web slinger is the world's most popular superhero with more than 5 million average searches per month.

Who is the coolest Avenger? ›

The 10 Best Avengers Characters, According To Ranker
  1. 1 Thor.
  2. 2 Iron Man. ...
  3. 3 Spider-Man. ...
  4. 4 Doctor Strange. ...
  5. 5 Captain America. ...
  6. 6 Black Panther. ...
  7. 7 Scarlet Witch. ...
  8. 8 The Hulk. ...
May 7, 2022

Who is the least popular Avenger? ›

A new clip from Marvel's Hawkeye has landed and it reveals that Clint Barton is the least popular Avenger. No, really. Ever since The Avengers, the expert archer has been the underdog of the team, with a reputation for generally being the least-liked of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Who is the least important Avenger? ›

These are the five most important and the five least important members of the Avengers...
  1. 1 Least Important: Rage.
  2. 2 Most Important: Captain America. ...
  3. 3 Least Important: Darkhawk. ...
  4. 4 Most Important: Rick Jones. ...
  5. 5 Least Important: Spider-Man. ...
  6. 6 Most Important: Scarlet Witch. ...
  7. 7 Least Important: Beast. ...
  8. 8 Most Important: Hawkeye. ...
Sep 14, 2020

What is Albert Einstein most famous quote? ›

Here's my translation of some of his famous thoughts.
  • "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." ...
  • “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." ...
  • "I have no special talent. ...
  • "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."
May 13, 2022

What is the most powerful quote? ›

21 of the World's Most Powerful Quotes Updated For Today
  1. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi. ...
  2. “Everybody is a genius. ...
  3. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernhard Shaw.
Jan 8, 2018

Who said the line Avengers? ›

“Avengers, assemble!” —Captain America

It was the culmination of Marvel Studios' MCU Phase 3, and every theater surely went wild when Chris Evans said the line.

What is I Love You 3000 meaning? ›

The basic meaning behind the phrase is simply just Morgan expressing how much she loves her dad. Like, 3000 is a big number for a 5 year old kid. Some fans have interpreted it as a child-genius response to Tony's "I love you tons" comment (a ton is 2000 pounds.

What is the last line spoken in the Avengers? ›

"I wish there was a way that I could let her know. That we won. We did it." His last line, speaking about his fallen friend Natasha, shows how much hero life took from him.

Who said Love 3000? ›

“I love you 3000” is one of the most remembered lines from Avengers: Endgame. The line has been the source of memes, songs, and Disney's cosplay event: “We Love You 3000 Tour.” Morgan Stark, played by actress Lexi Rabe, is the young daughter of Tony Stark and speaks this line for the first time in the movie.

What is the marvel motto? ›

1.An Entire Universe. Once and for All. 2.

What are good Marvel quotes? ›

Top 90 Marvel Cinematic Universe Quotes Of All Time
  • “Avengers, assemble!” -Steve Rogers, Avengers: Endgame. ...
  • “I am Iron Man.” -Tony Stark, Iron Man. ...
  • “I am Inevitable.” -Thanos, Avengers: Endgame. ...
  • “He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy.” -Yondu, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
Jul 8, 2021

Why is Marvel popular? ›

The Solution. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps the most successful franchise of all time, strikes the right balance by (1) selecting for experienced inexperience, (2) leveraging a stable core, (3) continually challenging the formula, and (4) cultivating customers' curiosity.

How do you define pop culture? ›

In the modern West, pop culture refers to cultural products such as music, art, literature, fashion, dance, film, cyberculture, television, and radio that are consumed by the majority of a society's population. Popular culture is those types of media that have mass accessibility and appeal.

When did Marvel movies become popular? ›

They began to acquire popularity only after 2001, the year of the Twin Tower attacks in New York. In 2002, Toby Maguire's Spiderman releases to universal acclaim, broke box office records, and eventually 2008 saw the beginning of the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Iron Man.

Is pop culture and popular culture the same? ›

Popular culture (also called mass culture or pop culture) is generally recognized by members of a society as a set of the practices, beliefs, and objects that are dominant or prevalent in a society at a given point in time.

Is DC or Marvel better? ›

While both comics publishers present a make-believe universe, Marvel brings more realism to a fantasy world. In addition, marvel takes more risks, so they come out with highly unique movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy. However, DC is better at giving their characters depth and backstories (ex. Batman).

Why is DC not as popular as Marvel? ›

We all know the two comic giants Marvel and DC. Both abound in the superheroes we have come to know and love like Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, Superman and many more. However, Marvel creates better movies. DC popularity is falling due to the lack of continuity within the extended universe.

Who is more popular DC or Marvel? ›

A new fan poll reveals the world's most popular superhero universe is Marvel, but DC has earned high marks for their characters and world as well.

Is TikTok pop culture? ›

TikTok trends spread like wildfire and start to make a huge impact on our pop culture. We already know that since social media started becoming popular that it was going to a make a big influence on our world.

What are 5 examples of pop culture? ›

Popular culture in the 20th and early-21st centuries
  • popular music.
  • film.
  • television.
  • radio.
  • video games.
  • book publishing.
  • internet.
  • comics.

Who started pop culture? ›

Pop Culture in the 1920's

The 1920's introduced pop culture into the American lifestyle. Pop culture during the 1920's introduced society to things such as the flapper, automobiles, jazz music, movies, and nightclubs.

What is the 1st Marvel movie? ›

Iron Man

That brings us to Iron Man, the very first Marvel movie made, but the third in chronological order. Set in 2010, this origin movie started it all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tony Stark creates the Iron Man suit to escape his captors and then become a powerful but arrogant superhero.

Will MCU ever end? ›

The MCU wont end until people run out of money for entertainment purposes. The Marvel Universe has over 70000 characters, I don't think they'll be running out of ideas soon.

Who is the strongest Avenger? ›

The Most Powerful Avengers In the MCU, Ranked
  1. The Scarlet Witch.
  2. Doctor Strange. ...
  3. Ant-Man. ...
  4. Captain Marvel. ...
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Is anime a pop culture? ›

We cannot deny that anime, as a medium and art form, has played a role in changing pop culture over the years. Anime's biggest influence, however, seems to be on the film industry. Films, such as The Matrix, have credited anime as one of their main influences.

Is pop culture dead? ›

Pop culture is no longer a monoculture. According to the traditional governing bodies that tell us where to direct our attention—the Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars—the best album of 2021 was recorded by an artist named Jon Batiste. (Who?) He got a 950% streaming bump following his Grammy win.

What are the 3 main themes of popular culture? ›

The study of popular culture is useful in many ways. To be more specific, this course has reached its three intended main ideas: what it means to be American, how to be more consumption-conscious, and how to apply these studies in our own lives.

🚨 Spoilers ahead!. 🚨 Also, not all submissions are from Community users.. Sony Marvel / Sony Marvel. Though the description does also sound like Rhodey's injury in Civil War , the age and timing don't match.. The other locations are a little unclear.. Marvel Marvel / ABC Marvel Marvel Marvel ABC / Netflix / Freeform ABC / Marvel. Plus, "New Mexico" is a Thor reference.. His final words, 'Make love, not war,' are both a nod to the Iron Man movies because that’s what Tony did when he stopped making weapons for the military and fell in love with Pepper, as well as parting advice to the First Avenger, who goes back in time at the end to live his life with Peggy Carter.. Marvel Marvel. "Tony sacrifices himself for the greater good to save everyone, proving he's the guy to make the sacrifice play, and Steve is able to wield Thor’s hammer, proving he is worthy and special.". Marvel Marvel. "It's Been a Long, Long Time" was actually released just before the end of World War II, and it was a huge hit after the war ended.. Marvel Sony Marvel / Disney+ Disney+ / Marvel. The Stark toaster represents the Stark tech that killed Wanda's parents and traumatized her and Pietro.. Marvel / Disney+ Marvel / Disney+ Marvel / Disney+

Here are the best pop culture references in Ms. Marvel for episodes four through six.. Episode 4 – “Seeing Red” “Summer Nights” – Raaginder, Wisechild This song plays in the background in the first scene, where Kamala and Muneeba are on the plane to Karachi.. The song tells a story of a traitorous love, and includes Punjabi and Urdu lyrics.. Vague Directions From a Stranger Of course, it’s only a matter of time before Kamala begins her investigation about this mysterious train that she and Nani saw in a vision.. A good chase scene in the city is a must.. Marvel Studios Time Traveling?. The actress for Aisha, Mehwish Hayat herself sings the lullaby, whose title literally translates to “Come to me, sleep.” The song was originally sung by Noor Jehan, who was one of the most influential singers in the Indian subcontinent, beginning her career in India, and then continuing it in Pakistan.. “Tu Jhoom” – Abida Parveen, Naseebo Lal Tu Jhoom, sung in Punjabi, was the first song released in season 14 of Coke Studio, Pakistan’s longest-running music show.. And it is the last big pop culture reference we get for this show full of love, wonder, and family.

Lots of films came out at the same time and not all of them have achieved anything close to what Marvel has done.. What did make Marvel’s movie universe work so well?. Another entry for one of these would be a poor way to start off a multi-branching story, but a more-or-less unknown character like Iron Man had no prior expectations.. The big rule-break came at the end though, when Tony announces to the world that he is Iron Man.. It may seem like nothing now, but this was a big deal at the time, and really made it seem like Marvel was going to shake up the superhero formula.. In 2012 The Avengers was released, became a roaring success and Marvel cemented their brand and the cinematic universe was born.. I will also argue that while the series’ success is in part due to the quality of their films and decisions made regarding how they were to build them, Marvel were helped immensely by the age of the internet.. Around the time that these films were rolling out, online content creating was really hitting its stride.. But expecting Scorsese to like superhero films is similar to expecting a shark to enjoy a salad.. He, unlike today’s teenagers and young adults who make up the majority of Marvel’s audience, did not grow up in the time when superhero films were the most popular form of cinema.. Was it to represent his character progression and him building the final one himself shows that he is stepping out of Iron Man’s shadow to become a hero in is own right?. I remember my inner child grinning during the final battle of Avengers: Endgame where I got to see characters I could all name fight through an alien horde, and the number 3000 has a new significance for me, yet I cannot help but think the series must end one way or another.. That being said, part of me does want it to end.. If they prolong it, eventually people will get bored and move on to something else or they will make series of bad entries that destroy the public’s faith in the series (see literally every other film franchise).

Staying faithful to the comics, Reynolds ensured that his portrayal of Deadpool will be true to the character which includes breaking the fourth wall and random pop-culture references with his crass mouth.. In Deadpool 2 , Wade uses the dialogue “Talk to me, Goose” in the cab.. As Josh Brolin was cast as both Cable in Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame , Deadpool had a barrage of jokes lined up for the occasion.. In Deadpool 2 , when Negasonic is trying to fix Cable’s time-manipulation device, Deadpool calls her Eleven, the major character in Stranger Things played by Millie Bobby Brown.. As Ryan Reynolds has been confirmed to reprise his role as Deadpool in the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to the Fox-Disney merger, it’s safe to assume that the Merc with the Mouth will be around for a few more years for his wise-crackin’ and irreverent humour.

Sailor Moon is a widely popular anime and manga that’s remained in so many people’s hearts since 1992.. This includes it being referenced by movies and TV shows.. Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic shonen-type manga turned anime created by Yoshihiro Togashi.. In real life, Yoshihiro Togashi is actually married to the creator of Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi.. The now-ended Cartoon Network original series is known to boast references to anime.. The anime aired 51 episodes between 1995 and 1996, and followed up with a four-part original-vide-animation series called Wedding Peach DX starting in 1996.. In the fifth TV episode of Wedding Peach, the title character is seen standing behind two classmates who eerily resemble Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury and Rei Hino/Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon.. Seems like a coincidence, but the character designer for Wedding Peach, Kazuko Tadano, worked on the first two seasons of Sailor Moon!. As Sailor Moon fans know, “Rei Hino” is the civilian name of Sailor Mars.. For fans of the first English-language dub of Sailor Moon produced by DiC, the theme song included the lyrics: “Fighting evil by moonlight / Winning love by daylight / Never running from a real fight / She is the one named Sailor Moon!”. To further cement the reference, Kenny becomes Princess Kenny whenever he wears the medallion.

This is what people are talking about when they say that "superhero movies aren't good" and that "they're all the same" and that they "hate Marvel movies.". Every next film cannot be their best film.. Because it wasn't a typical Marvel film, it was American film-making 101 and quite predictable.. Not a good film, but a HUGE film.. Even though this wasn't the best film, or my favorite film, it is by far the most important.

Marvel had previously attempted to make it big in the movie industry, but their corny, poorly performed and downright badly produced films of the 1990’s all but buried the on-screen Marvel legacy, with films such as Captain America and Howard the Duck being complete critical and commercial failures, the latter genuinely being a story about a sarcastic, and flirtatious duck from outer space gaining 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and being symbolic of marvel’s failings to create a movie franchise.. Iron man’s legacy will forever be known as the film that ‘built the universe’ – it had a fun tone, exciting action and the perfect combination of drama and comedy that would remain a crucial component of all the success to follow.. Marvel, through Iron Man, had created a world filled with superheroes and impossible technology but had magically contained it in a realistic world that engaged and excited fans across the globe, but even the most optimistic fans couldn’t have predicted what was to come.. Through the previously unheard of form of end credit scenes (and later mid-credit scenes) combined with cameos and team Up’s – Marvel began to connect each movie in it’s franchise together through setting, character and circumstance.. What followed was frankly astonishing, movie by movie, character by character, victory after victory, the Marvel universe began to grow and expand.. Other Film studios apparently took note of these startling figures and the creation of ‘Cinematic Universes’ began to pop up all over the place, with every single one being a shadow of the Marvel Machine.. The 2017 Tom Cruise led film was a bust at Box office.Major culprits of the failed universe involve potentially fantastic films, backed by a stellar cast but fell at the hurdle of storytelling, as a lot of exposition, set up and world building were put in place instead of pure, thrilling narratives.The High budget reboot of ‘The Mummy’ (2017) attempted to create a ‘Dark Universe’ by Universal, in which fictional greats such as Frankenstein and Dracula were set to make appearances in stand alone movies.. Films such as The Green Lantern, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Fantastic Four, have all attempted to create their own fictional Superhero franchise but the same common mistakes, largely based on audiences just not having fun whilst watching, resulted in these universes being dead on arrival.. The connected universes in these films were shoe horned in through end credit scenes and pointless cameos, not doing the film any good and obliterating any audience support.. I personally believe it is too early to cast judgement on the quality of this universe,as it unofficially contains only 6 films, and both critic and fan reaction is very different for each new film – unlike Marvel, who with the exception of Thor 2 and Iron Man 2 has each film over 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.. A detailed analysis of the film is not necessary to see how DC remains far behind Marvel in the creation of a Universe franchise.However, the emergence of hope is there in the from of ‘Wonder Woman’ (2017) which showed what DC was capable of producing quality content, clocking in with 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and out performing Justice league at the box office.. Marvel have all the key components of a successful franchise : characters, story lines, budget and the right mix of connection between each film, and it is these factors that have set Marvel up to be one of the grand power within cinema.

To date, the movies that have been released are known as the Infinity Saga, and they all essentially led into Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame .. This phase was all about introducing the core team of Avengers individually, before finally bringing them together.. His main enemy in this movie is Johan Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), who obtains an Infinity Stone (the Space Stone — one of the stones Big Bad Thanos is after in future movies, which each have special powers).. The team gets together in order to try and prevent Loki from taking over the world.. Using an Infinity Stone (the Mind Stone) that he gets from Thanos (the Big Bad guy!. The second phase in the MCU deals with the huge ramifications of the Battle of New York.. Guardians of the Galaxy is the first movie outside of the Thor franchise in the MCU to be set primarily in space.. Still traumatised by the Battle of New York, Tony Stark, with Bruce Banner’s help, uses the Mind Stone in an attempt to create a global defence program to protect the Earth from another such event.. This phase is all about the build up to the big fight with Thanos.. Although this is a Captain America movie, it almost feels like an Avengers because of how many main characters are in it.. He obtains and guards another Infinity Stone — this time, the Mind Stone.. Taking place at the same time in the chronology as Avengers: Infinity War , Scott Lang is on house arrest because of what happened in Civil War .. Unfortunately Spider-Man: Far From Home is not currently available for streaming in Australia, although you can buy or rent it.

With the entire Universe being based off of already existing fictional characters appearing in Marvel Comics, it's no surprising that they have their own comics (over 100-120 issues), most of which are actually canon to the Live Action Universe.. However, what you may find surprising however is that this highly popular franchise that serves both as fan service for comic fans, and popular entertainment for overall movie fans, actually has a handful of appearances in the Mainstream Marvel Comics, AKA Earth-616.. However, the actual appearances of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Mainstream Marvel comics is based around references or just easter eggs limited to a single panel.. Eventually they encounter the Liverer, who is apparently an alternate version of Galactus, and they enter his liver, giving them access to multiple alternate dimensions and Universes across the Multiverse.. All of those Universes show their own version of Howard the Duck, but one in particular that can be seen on bottom left corner of the panel posted above, could very well be MCU's version of Howard who was a part of Collector's collection as seen in the after credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy movie (2014) .. Gwenpool (a character from reality almost identical to our own, where heroes and villains are just fictional characters who appear in comics and movies) and Batroc encounter Female Thor, who's real identity is Jane Foster.. As we all know, she portrayed Jane Foster in Thor (2011) & Thor: The Dark World movies (2013) and was also mentioned in both Joss Whedon Avengers movies and the third installment of Thor franchise.. While doing so, he sees a cinema that originates from Gwenpool's dimension, coincidentally presenting Doctor Strange's own movie as one of currently presented movies in that cinema during the time he saw her reality.. And again, as we all know, Cumberbatchis the actor who actually portrayed Stephen in Doctor Strange movie (2016) , as well as other two movies of MCU's Phase 3, those being Thor Ragnarok (2017) & Avengers: Infinity War (2018) .. Let me know if you found more MCU references in Mainstream Marvel comics.

It was the revenue from the success of these films that lead Marvel, now led by Kevin Feigie who was an associate producer, producer or executive producer on every Marvel film licenced to Sony or Fox studios, to take characters remaining in their cannon that had NOT been licenced to other studios such as Iron Man and Thor and create in Marvel Cinematic Universe.. In 2015 Marvel and Disney struck a deal with Sony Studios to work together on Spiderman films which would also allow Spiderman, arguably Marvel’s most popular superhero, to make appearances in other MCU films and vice versa.. For so long the idea of comic book movies were either huge big budget blow up films like the original Superman film or dark noir films like The Dark Knight .. While we do see plenty of the stereotypical superhero origin stories and big budget blockbuster film making in the MCU, especially in the earlier films, as the MCU progressed, there was a shift to genre films.. Though many will point to Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jack Ryan and other film franchises, what the MCU did over the course of 11 years and 23 films no other film franchise has ever done before.. Not only so many films over such a short period of time, but also so many different character and storylines that have their source material in the Marvel Comics book, what Marvel head Kevin Feigie and his team at Marvel were able to do in bringing 11 different story lines together into one cohesive narrative should never be overlook.MCU Phase 4. It is extremely frustrating to me, as a film fan who loves both auteur artistic film making and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that so many in the independent film industry will not at least, whether they like the MCIU or not, give the MCU it’s due for what it has accomplished!. Then there is James Gunn, Director and writer of Guardians of the Galaxy, who directed the films Slither and Super , two films, unless you are a film geek or a huge James Gunn fan you had probably never heard of until today.. The MCU fueled in me an interest in film making that led to me changing careers and going to film school and for that, I owe the MCU a debt of gratitude.

Books play a big role in this show and the prisoners at Litchfield can almost always be caught with their nose stuck in a book.. Nobody loves to read more than Taystee, and she is constantly making references to Harry Potter .. In the movie, Deschanel and Carrey's characters are forced to go to a Harry Potter-themed party made up of full-grown adults who dedicate their whole lives to the series.. There are a ton of hilarious moments in The Office that reference Harry Potter (most of them made by Dwight).. You love Harry Potter , you've seen all eight movies!. The Doctor says in reference to JK Rowling's series, "Wait till you read book seven.

20th Century Fox. The soundtrack for Deadpool 2 is full of bangers, but Deadpool gives Dolly Parton — who both stars in the 1980 film and sings the theme song of the same name that blasts over the montage of Deadpool killing people across the globe — a special shoutout: "Hit it, Dolly.". Deadpool uses it as a reference to prove that Deadpool 2 is, in fact, a family film, because every family movie starts with a vicious murder.. Newmarket Films. Deadpool references the first Deadpool movie out-performing Mel Gibson's 2004 movie "overseas, where there's no religion.". When Cable asks Deadpool who he is, Deadpool replies, "I'm Batman.". When Russell and Deadpool are captured and first enter prison, Deadpool remarks, "I wonder what gang I'll be in.. Disney. During one of Deadpool's many death scenes in Deadpool 2 , his voiceover sadly says, "In every film, there's a moment when the hero hits rock bottom.. Columbia Pictures. Again, there are some bangers on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, but "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie plays on vinyl while Cable's family is murdered (proving it is truly a timeless classic), and again when Cable shoots Deadpool and he dies.. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images. When Domino and Deadpool argue over whether luck is or isn't a super power, Deadpool replies, "Mario No-pez.". Warner Bros.. Deadpool tells Cable, "Gimme your best shot, One-Eyed Willie," which is a reference to Brolin's role as Brand in the 1985 classic movie The Goonies .


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