She-Hulk, a nine-episode Disney+ series, has occupied Marvel fans as the season progresses. As a result, a cameo has been made in the majority of episodes thus far.
The rest of Marvel's Phase 4 projects are dotted with references to other works in the cinematic universe, whether it's epic cameos or subtle nods to past events. This latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a slew of great references, connecting almost every project to the vast Marvel universe.
'WandaVision': The Bridge Between Phases
WandaVision, one of the most expensive TV series ever produced, follows the two title characters as they try to live a normal life as married couple in the suburbs. It doesn't take long for the sitcom illusion to break apart, revealing powerful manipulative magic lurking just beyond sight. Fortunately, there are as many MCU references as for Marvel fans.
WandaVision's episodes have their own commercials, many of which are references to Wanda's (Elizabeth Olsen) past. Another commercial promotes a Stark Industries toaster, while another mentions Agatha, which is an unconfirmed connection to the Loki events.
A Long Way From Budapest, 'Hawkeye' and 'Black Widow'
The MCU's relationship with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was not a pleasant one. Fans expected her to play Natasha again during that dark time between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. In Black Widow, audiences saw her as a hero after defeating Thanos.
Though neither of the title characters appeared in the other's projects, each made their own references to the other and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Nat's own film, she tells her sister (Florence Pugh) about the shoot-out she and Clint went through in Budapest when they first met. While Nat wears the arrow necklace throughout her movie, he often visits an Avengers memorial site to talk to her.
'Loki': The Trickster God Returns
The mischievous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) spends his show attempting to discover who rules all the time, and must learn to face and accept his inner demons during the adventure. Later on, in the fifth episode, there are a few great Easter eggs from the comics that eagle-eyed viewers loved.
Loki's subtle references to the past and the comics are a delight to discover, but it is the final moments that are likely to have the greatest impact on the larger MCU. He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) is shown killing He Who Remains, which breaks the timeline into infinite branches. Although Majors is confirmed to be the villain in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania film, most people believe that the Multiverse exists as a result of this show.
Where Fans' Wildest Dreams Come True in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
The whole of Spider-Man: No Way Home was a reference to other Marvel films. Small mentions of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the Avengers are overshadowed by the general plot of the film. The hugely popular film, which has just re-released in theaters with new content, follows Tom Holland's Spider-Man's adventures after a spell-gone-wrong.
The final battle sequence in Avengers: Endgame left fans reeling in amazement. However, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire's worlds, which had previously been separated, have all but reclaimed the film's popularity.
All The Hidden Details: Easter Eggs Galore
When Benedict Wong's Wong (who has appeared in so many movies that he has become a fan favorite reference himself) is battling Abomination (Tim Roth) in Xu Xialing's (Meng'er Zhang) secret fight club, there are also some shows and films that save their Easter eggs for smaller moments.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier adds Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) as the main character, and includes Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and members of the Dora Milaje for an episode or two. But these minor roles may not have a significant impact on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future projects, such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.