An easter egg is an intentional hidden message, inside joke or feature in a work such as a video game, television program, movie or book. The term draws a parallel between the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many Western nations and the last Russian imperial family’s tradition of giving elaborately jeweled egg-shaped creations by Carl Fabergé which contained hidden surprises.
Here are some cool movie easter eggs that you may have missed at the cinema, in the poster, on the soundtrack or DVD.
Both R2-D2 and his companion C-3PO appear amongst the hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls scene in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
R2D2 is included in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek prequel.
R2-D2 also has a cameo in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Pac-Man appeared in Tron.
Near the beginning of Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones meets up with crime lord Lao Che to trade ashes for a diamond, and where better to make an illicit, double-crossing trade than internationally renowned Club Obi Wan.
In Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace politicians from the E.T. home planet show up in the galactic senate.
Put Fight Club into your DVD player. There will be an FBI warning followed by an Attention warning. The next screen contains a message from Tyler Durden that you probably fast forwarded through.
The Silence of the Lambs poster prominently features Death’s Head moths but look a little closer and you will see…
seven nude women are arranged to look like a skull…creepy!
In the movie Inception, whenever DiCaprio and his gang are about to wake up, they hear the song Non, Je Ne Regrette Nien by Edith Piaf. What you might not have realized is that you’re hearing it even when you think you aren’t.
The ultra-dramatic instrumental theme you hear over and over for the last 45 minutes of the movie? is actually the same Edith Piaf song, slowed down almost beyond recognition.
The really cool part is that it makes perfect sense. The Edith Piaf song is a way for the characters to know they’re about to wake up — but since time passes more slowly inside dreams, what seems like two minutes and 23 seconds in reality can last a lot longer for them. While the song is playing at normal speed in the waking world, the characters should hear it all slowed down.
Iron Man had a blink and you’ll miss it Captain America shield cameo.
Even though it didn’t make the final cut of the film, The Incredible Hulk tried to include Captain America’s backstory. Here he is frozen in the ice, just waiting to be thawed out.