A Patriotic Shield and More Marvel Easter Eggs in Iron Man 2
By now I'm sure everyone knows that there's a certain mythical weapon featured in a secret scene at the end of the credits in Iron Man 2, but that's not the only Easter egg in it. The other big one is the appearance of Captain America's shield once again (as seen above). That same exact shield, maybe even the same prop piece, appeared in the first Iron Man and became a heated point of debate amongst fans (some thought it was real, others said it was just BS). To me, it seems like Favreau and Marvel wanted to wink at the fans by including it in the film, especially because Tony Stark uses it as a piece of trash. Beware of more spoilers!
I'm trying not to get into too many spoilers here, but that shield is one of my favorite Easter eggs from these movies, not only because we were one of the firsts to spot it in the original, but also because this means the cinematic Marvel Universe is pretty well connected (in theory, at least). There is a scene at the end where Tony Stark is in makeshift S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker talking with Nick Fury. If you look on the monitors around them, you'll see a map of the US with various circles on it, one circling the area around Los Angeles where Iron Man is located, another to New Mexico where the aforementioned "weapon" was found, another to the North Atlantic where, presumably, they might've found an iceberg with a WWII certain soldier frozen in it.
Easter eggs have become the most exciting thing in Iron Man 2 and I'm not the only one who's caught up in the hunt. Over on CHUD they ran a great article looking at seven various Easter eggs to look out for. And Collider talked with screenwriter Justin Theroux about including secrets like this as well. He explains:
"I jokingly say, because there's an Easter egg of a Captain America shield in one, and I used to joke with Kevin [Feige] that you know it's a history or… it must be a tradition at Marvel to sort of fuck the next writer by just throwing something in there. But it actually is… The truth is it would be nice to think that all the writers got together from Thor and Captain America and Avengers and we all sat around and plotted out 10 movies in a row. But you just can't do that in these movies. There has to be a certain amount of tossing thread out in front of you for someone else to catch so that they can then run with it… And it's Kevin Feige's job, and he's great at it, to sort of be the bee to carry the pollen from flower to flower and make sure that it all makes sense and exists in the same [universe]."
Very interesting answer from Theroux about these Easter eggs and secrets. It sounds like these are a little more than just a wink for fans. As in, considering it was S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson who picked out the shield in Iron Man 2 to hand to Stark, I'm sure they're eventually going to turn to Stark Enterprises in The Avengers movie when they need to develop a new shield for Captain America once he's dethawed. There's also a timeline continuity (confirmed my Kevin Feige) where Iron Man 2 takes place part of the way through the events seen in The Incredible Hulk, as there is a video screen showing a news broadcast from that event on one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors. There is a lot they're doing to keep the entire Marvel world connected.
It's quite a task to hide Easter eggs like this and have them actually eventually tie in with The Avengers, but I think Marvel has done a fantastic job of weaving them into movies like Iron Man and Iron Man 2. You can find a few more articles about Easter eggs in this on Geek Tyrant and Film School Rejects. But for now, I want to open up the floor for discussion. So what did you think of the Easter eggs in Iron Man 2?