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Mythology Gag: Film
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • When Jack and Barbossa find Ponce, he's a skeleton lying on a bed surrounded by treasure examining a jewel with a magnifying glass, reminiscent of the Captain's Quarters in the introduction segment of the original ride.
    • In the first film, when Jack is captured by the Port Royal guards and is undergoing his Heroic BSOD in his jail cell, a group of recently-detained pirates are trying to coax the guard dog into giving them the keys. Jack, in a gloriously snarky allusion to the original ride, tries to convince the pirates to give up. In the following exchange, however, we can see that it has no effect whatsoever:
    Jack: "You can keep doing that forever, that dog is never going to move."
    Red Shirt Pirate #1: "Well, excuse me if we haven't resigned ourselves to the gallows just yet."
    (Jack leans his head back, smirking from ear to ear)
  • There's an actual Mythology Nod in Troy: When Paris leads Helen and his brother's wife to the secret tunnel out of the city, he hands the king's sword to a random man passing by with his old father, so at least some part of Troy will remain. The man says his name is Aeneas, which would make him the man who led his family to a certain place later to be known as Rome.
    • Another would be a greeting Achilles gives to Odysseus as their forces arrive on the Trojan shore, taunting him for "always arriving last". Odysseus would, of course, be the last Greek home from the Trojan War, taking seventeen years to do so and experiencing the Odyssey in the process.
  • In Batman Forever, as they assault The Riddler's fortress, Robin references his predecessor's fill-in-the-blank "Holy X, Batman!" Catch Phrase from the 60s TV series, even as they emulate the series' classic climb-up-the-wall sequences:
    Robin: Holey rusted metal, Batman!
    Batman: Huh?
    Robin: The ground, it's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey.
    Batman: Oh.
    • Also, Robin considers "Nightwing" as his superhero alias, an alias which he eventually took in the comics on graduating from sidekick-dom, and when Edward Nygma is considering aliases he could use as a villain, one he thinks about is "The Puzzler", which is the name of a largely forgotten Superman villain with a similar schtick to the Riddler's. It's debatable whether or not the last one is intentional, though.
    • Two-Face is defeated by Batman throwing a bunch of coins and confusing him, very similar to the ending of the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Two-Face Part Two"
    • In 1989, Prince's "Batdance" video, which aired on MTV, had as one of its opening lyrics the chorus of "BAT-MAAAAN!" in an obvious nod to the 1960s series.
  • In the Spider-Man Trilogy, the classic television theme song ("does whatever a spider can...") is inserted in every movie at least once:
    • Spider-Man: Guy in subway on guitar;
    • Spider-Man 2: Woman in alley on violin;
    • Spider-Man 3: Brass band in the park.
    • Whilst absent from the first reboot movie, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" features numerous reprisals of the song
    • Also in the first movie, one of the costume designs Peter rejects is the black-and-white Spider-Man costume from the early-to-mid-1980s (which eventually became the design for Venom), albeit with a red spider insignia instead of a white one. Peter adds the note "NEEDS MORE COLOR!" before tossing it aside.
    • Again in the first movie, the pose Peter uses when trying to use his web is the pose he usually takes in the comics when firing his web (middle and third fingers folded into the palm, the rest extended outward).
    • Though not all of them actually become villains, many of the characters who were villains in the comic show up in the movies, including Dr. Curtis "Curt" Connors (who became The Lizard) and Dr. Mendel Stromm (who became Robot Master and Gaunt).
    • At the wrestling match, Peter is introduced as "the terrifying... the deadly... the amazing Spider-Man!" The Amazing Spider-Man was the name of the first comic book series starring the webhead.
  • In the 2005 Fantastic Four film, Johnny shows Ben the prototype of a Thing action figure. The toy looks very much like the comic version of the Thing (large brow, wider shoulders and longer arms), instead of the movie version.
    • The prototype was actually modeled after the Thing in the unreleased 1994 film.
    • It's actually a 2002 Toybiz Marvel Legends Thing action figure.
  • In Star Trek: First Contact, the holographic doctor (Robert Picardo) responds to a request to stall the Borg by declaring, "I'm a doctor, not a door stop" — a reference to Doctor McCoy's Catch Phrase from the original show.
  • In Attack of the Clones, when Jango Fett is escaping Kamino, he bangs his head on the doorframe of his spaceship. Since the scene was mostly CG, it was obviously done on purpose, a nod to the legendary blooper from A New Hope.
  • The film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had (at least) one amusing gag — when the students first enter the Hog's Head tavern in Hogsmeade, we see the innkeeper shooing a goat from behind the bar. As devoted fans will know, the innkeeper is Dumbledore's brother Aberforth, who once got in trouble for "casting improper charms on a goat".
    • In the corresponding scene in the book, the description notes that the bar "smelled strongly of something that might have been goats."
    • One trailer for Half-Blood Prince emphasizes the Trio's love life. It ends with Dumbledore's deadpan "Ah, to be young and feel love's keen sting." A lot of people will just find it hilarious that Dumbledore had a love life. Most fans of the series will know that Dumbledore is gay, and love stung hard enough to get his sister killed. Presumably, the director was aware of this.
    • In the first film, Nearly Headless Nick mentions that his request to join the Headless Hunt has been denied, a reference to a scene from the second book. Presumably intended as Foreshadowing, but the scene didn't make it into the second film. Also, the ghosts riding through the Great Hall in the third film are presumably the Headless Hunt.
    • Also done in reverse with the books referencing the films. In the Half-Blood Prince book, Slughorn, who keeps getting Ron's name wrong, at one point calls him "Rupert". Rupert Grint, of course, is the actor who plays Ron in the movies.
    • Some casting choices could be considered this too. J. K. Rowling admitted she wrote the character of Snape with Alan Rickman in mind, so who else did they cast as Snape but Alan Rickman himself?
      • Rickman fits hilariously well when "Snape looked as though Christmas had been cancelled" in Chamber of Secrets - referencing his role as Sherrif of Nottingham in [1] and "calling off Christmas"
  • In the film Batman Begins, a mobster named Zsasz is shown on trial. In a miscarriage of justice, he receives a verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity" due to Dr. Crane's false testimony. In the comic books, Zsasz is a serial killer who really is insane. In particular, he's a serial killer who keeps tally marks of his victims etched in his skin as scars, and, in one scene, the movie Zsasz shows similar scars on the back of his neck.
    • There's this line from Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight regarding Bruce's new armor after he had problems with a dog in the previous suit:
      Lucius: Should do fine against cats.
    • Also, the red-headed Wayne Enterprises employee who uncovers Bruce's secret identity is "Mr. Reese" — 'Mysteries'... 'Enigmas'... Riddles...
    • An early leaked script of Begins featured a gag where Alfred had to remind Bruce to remove his black eye makeup before walking into his birthday party, a Take That to Micheal Keaton's magically disappearing makeup in Batman Returns.
    • Another scene from The Dark Knight features Bruce Wayne asking Lucius Fox for a new batsuit which would let him move his head. This is most probably a reference to the costumes of earlier Batman movies, which had their helmet attached to the neck and the shoulders, keeping the wearer from turning his head.
      • That's actually a direct reference to the earlier scene involving the drug dealer's dogs. Batman is bitten because the Batman Begins suit is a single molded cowl, like the Burton-era suits.
      • Particularly noticeable in the Burton films, where Batman moves his entire torso to look at someone a foot out of his line of sight.
    • During the climactic battle between Batman, the GCPD, and the Joker's goons, he has Lucius Fox send him sonar-based imagery of the surrounding area that he'd been using to search for the Joker. This was to make it possible for him to actually save everyone from the Joker's elaborate trap. This causes his eyes to glow white and makes him look exactly like he does in the DCAU. Although the similarity works with the DCAU incarnation, this also functions as a general shout-out to the comics, where it's traditional to depict the eyes in Batman's cowl as white slits.
    • From Rises, "You should use your real name. It's nice. Robin."
    • Also from The Dark Knight Rises: When Gordon is hospitalized after being shot while escaping from Bane's hidden base in the Gotham sewers, the other cops don't believe his tale, and ask him if 'he saw any giant alligators as well'. This is a reference to another villain named Killer Croc, who looks like a giant, humanoid alligator due to his rare genetic disease, and was imprisoned in Arkham Asylum's sewers in his video-game appearance. It could also refer to the urban legends of flushed alligators living in the sewers beneath cities.
    • In another scene from Rises Bruce shows up to a Masquerade Ball without a costume and dances with Selina, like in Batman Returns.
  • The Film of the Book adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events recreates the unsuccessful wedding of Violet and Olaf from The Bad Beginning. She tries to sign with her left hand, but Olaf catches her and makes her sign with her right hand. This echoes back to the book where the same scene happens and she wasn't caught, thus making the marriage void.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie had tons of these, like running into the version of Marvin from the TV series in a queue on Vogosphere, and Zaphod calling Ford "Ix", as well as the original radio series' theme song — "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles — playing in the scene where the Guide is introduced.
  • Iron Man 2. My god, Iron Man 2...
    • The film's villain is named Ivan Vanko; he is more or less an amalgamation of the characters the Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash. His father's name is Anton Vanko, the name of the original CD in the comics.
    • Anton Vanko defected to the West in 1963, the same year both Iron Man and the Crimson Dynamo first appeared.
    • The Stark Expo is held in Flushing, NY, the original location of Stark's factory in the comic books.
    • Olivia Munn's small role is as Chess Roberts, a reporter from the first issue of the third volume of the comics who only appeared once.
    • Stark being forced to attend the Senate Armed Services Committee is lifted straight from the comics; the senator there was named Byrd, not Stern. Likewise, the government trying to get ahold of the Iron Man armor has been a recurring theme in the comics for decades, going away and coming back every so often.
    • Stark's line about the suit being a hi-tech prosthesis was mostly true in the comics originally; in the film though, the arc reactor in his chest is perfectly capable of keeping him alive without any need for the suit at all.
    • Stark quips at the senate hearing that he would consider being Secretary of Defense if they asked nicely; he held this position in the comics at one point.
    • Monaco, where the racetrack scene takes place, was the home of Justin Hammer in the comic books.
    • Ivan Vanko's fake ID and name tag at the racetrack is Boris Turgenov, the name of the second Crimson Dynamo.
    • Stark has been known to race in the comics as well; when he first met Happy Hogan it was when Happy saved his life after a crash, the same as Happy does now in the movie.
    • In the comics, Tony Stark would often carry his suit around in a briefcase. In later years he made the briefcase itself into armor.
    • The briefcase armor in the film bears great resemblance to the Silver Centurion armor from the comics in its color scheme.
    • Stark getting drunk in his Iron Man suit and recklessly endangering lives in it is a reference to Demon in a Bottle.
    • Though under different circumstances, Rhodey first donned the Iron Man armor in the comics due to Stark's alcoholism.
    • Howard Stark is said by Nick Fury to have co-founded SHIELD; in the comics, Tony Stark co-founded SHIELD and provided them with all of their tech.
    • In the same scene featuring Bill O'Reilly's cameo, Pepper Potts can be heard talking on the phone to company lawyers, attempting to do something about the acquisition and use of the Mark II armor by the government but ultimately being unable to. This is a reference to Armor Wars. Further, the person she is talking to on the phone is named Bert, who shares his first name with the lawyer Bert Hindel from Armor Wars.
    • Rhodey's armor is called the Variable Threat Response Battlesuit by Justin Hammer in the film; this was the original name for the War Machine armor in the comics as well.
    • Vanko remotely compromising War Machine's armor and taking control of it is similar to when Justin Hammer did this to Iron Man in the Demon in the Bottle story arc.
    • A very obscure one: the Black Widow's cover identity "Natalie Rushman" refers to "Nancy Rushman," a cover identity the comic-book version of the Widow used in an arc of Marvel Team-Up in the 1970s.
    • Tony's bodyguard, Happy Hogan, is shown training Tony how to box. In the comics, Happy was a boxer before becoming Tony's bodyguard. Given Happy's fight with a security guard (which he wins) later in the film, this origin probably still applies.
    • The broken semi-transparent Captain America shield looks like it comes from the Reb Brown Captain America films.Here's a picture.
  • The 2008 The Incredible Hulk is loaded with them:
    • The laboratory setting for the Hulk's origin and the equipment therein are based on details from the 1978 TV series, right down to the targeting light creeping across Banner's face.
    • Likewise the eye-color effects, which also originated in the series.
    • In stumbling Portuguese, Banner begs a trio of Brazilian toughs, "Don't make me... hungry. You wouldn't like me when I'm ... hungry" — a reference to a Dexter's Laboratory episode where Dexter gain's similar powers to the hulk when Dexter is hungry, but also a playful reference to the famous line from the Hulk TV series, featured in its opening credits.
    • When Banner is begging in the Guatemalan marketplace, a short excerpt from "The Lonely Man", aka the "Banner walking away at the end of an episode" music from the TV series, plays.
    • When Blonsky is debriefed about the Hulk, he describes him as being "Green... or gray. Grayish green. I couldn't tell, it was dark," which references the Hulk's original grey color in his first few comic appearances.
      • While simultaneously being true to life; in dim light we can't differentiate colors.
    • The two college students who talk to the TV reporter about the battle with the Hulk at the University are named for other Hulk characters: one is "Jack McGee", the tabloid reporter from the TV series, and the other — "Jim Wilson" — is named for an orphan who befriended the Hulk in a plotline from the comic book.
    • Shortly after they go on the run together, Betty gives Banner a pair of purple shorts, saying, "they were the stretchiest pair I could find."
    • The cryonic storage capsule holding the "super soldier serum" is labeled with the name "Dr. Reinstein", the original name of the doctor who gave Captain America his abilities in the comics.
    • The package from the pawn shop which contains Betty's pendant is addressed to "David B.", referencing the TV series' Banner, whose first name was "David".
    • General Ross makes several references to Banner being on the run for five years — the time between this film and the earlier 2003 Hulk film.
    • The name Weapon Plus — related to the Weapon X program that created Wolverine — is seen at one point.
    • If memory serves, during the opening credits, one of the list of people suspected to have contact with Banner is "Richard Jones".
    • During the fight with the Abomination, Hulk rips a car in half and uses it like a pair of boxing gloves. This was one of the many, many fun things you could do in the Ultimate Destruction video game.
    • "Hulk smash!"
    • Bruce flicks past an episode of The Courtship of Eddie's Father while watching TV in Brazil; the series starred Bill Bixby before he was the star of The Incredible Hulk series. Later in the film, he runs into Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk himself in the same series.
      • Ferrigno also voiced the Hulk in this movie and in The Avengers movie.
    • When Bruce sneaks his way into the university laboratory, we see a student with whom he shared his pizza. In the novelization, the student identifies himself as Amadeus Cho, a supporting character for Hulk and Hercules.
    • We see the creation of the Hulk villain Leader, created when the Applied Phlebotinum goes into the scientist's head. Probable Sequel Hook.
    • Similarly, Betty's boyfriend is obviously a pre-mutated Doc Sampson.
      • According to the novelization, yup, he is.
    • And at the very end, the movie's continuity is cemented with the appearance of Tony Stark.
    • "Stark Industries" was written on the rocket launcher.
  • Disney's Hercules has several literal Mythology Gags referencing the 12 Labors of Hercules/Herakles — like the lion's skin he wears when posing for a portrait, or when he breaks into Hades' private chambers while riding Cerberus. The series has even more, like when he applies for his "hero's license" and finds out he's 12 deeds short.
    • Double bonus — that lion skin is actually Scar.
      • About who Zazoo said "He'd make a very handsome throw-rug".
  • In Beauty and the Beast, a mounted deer's head is seen in the bar that Gaston frequents; Word of God is that this is Bambi's mother.
  • Disney's The Lion King includes a Self-Deprecation towards one of Disneyland's more infamous rides:
    Scar: Oh, Zazu, why don't you sing something with a little more bounce in it?
    Zazu: (sarcastically) It's a small world, after all...
    Scar: NO! No, anything but that!
    • Jeremy Irons, who voiced Scar, got a self-referential moment when, after Simba calls his uncle 'weird', Scar says "You have no idea" in exactly the same intonation Irons used at the end of his Oscar-winning portrayal of Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune
    • In Western Animation/The Lion King 1 ½, when Timon has to take care of Simba during the night, they are seen walking accross the same log bridge seen during the Time Skip in the original movie. Upon the third instance of this, Timon even says, "We're going to get old walking across this thing."
    • A more positive reference was in Aladdin: Genie asks "You've just won the heart of the princess. What are you going to do next?" In ads, celebrities would answer such questions with "I'm going to Disneyland!" As he asks, the soundtrack plays a few notes from the beginning of "When You Wish Upon a Star", the famous song from Disney's Pinocchio that was at the time used as the anthem for the Disney theme parks.
      • Also, perhaps, the start of a Brick Joke: at the end of the film, after Genie is released, he is seen wearing a touristy Hawaiian shirt and a Goofy hat.
    • Another obscure Ride Cameo sneaks into Toy Story 2 when Tour Guide Barbie starts channeling the automated voice from the Matterhorn (quite audible from the line): "Remain seated please. Siga asentado por favor."
  • In Disney's Tarzan, you can clearly see a teapot and cup almost identical to Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast, when the monkeys are rocking out at the camp. (The only difference is a lack of eyes and mouth.)
    • The set returns in Kingdom Hearts' Deep Jungle level. Ironically the real Mrs. Potts appeared in the second game where Deep Jungle did not appear.
    • Also, later in the movie, when the gorillas hold Professor Porter upside-down, one of the many things that fall out of his pockets is a toy Little Brother from Disney's Mulan.
  • In the live-action Street Fighter movie, this is combined with Homage at one point, where Bison forces a captured Chun-Li to wear an outfit that better suits his tastes. It's actually Chun-Li's outfit from the video game on which the movie is (loosely) based on.
  • The 2010 remake of The Karate Kid has Mr. Han attempting to catch a buzzing fly with his chopsticks. When he fails to manage, he immediately takes out a fly swatter and picks the fly's corpse off with his chopsticks before resuming his meal. (In the trailer, this is accompanied by "You're the Best Around.")
  • The Movie of Wanted sticks one in at the end. Wanted, the comic book the movie was (loosely) based on, was written by Mark Millar and drawn by J.G. Jones. The office drone at the end acting as Wesley's decoy has a nametag on his cubicle that gives his name as "J.G. Millar".
  • In Addams Family Values the new son is named "Pubert". This would have been Pugsley's name but for the TV censors of the 1960s.
  • In Daredevil, the fighters Matt's father's boss names ("Miller. Mack. Bendis.") are homages to Frank Miller, David Mack, and Brian Michael Bendis, three highly acclaimed writers of the comic.
    • The first criminal Daredevil kills is names Jose Quesada, a nod to then-Marvel EIC Joe Quesada. Quite a few fans got catharsis out of this following One More Day.
  • The Disney Fairies Tinkerbell movie opens with a paraphrase of the origin of fairies in Peter and Wendy, and the sequence of Tink being created seems to be set (between the baby's laugh, and her arrival in Pixie Hollow) in Kensington Gardens, location of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens (which eventually became the story we're familiar with), and current site of a statue of Peter.
  • The Lost in Space movie contains a reference to an oft-used line in the original series:
    Robot: It sounds like old Morse code.
    Will Robinson: What does it say?
    Robot: Danger, Will Robinson, danger.
    • It also has cameos by most of the original cast, although editing reduced some to mere flickers on the screen.
    • The protective shroud worn by the Jupiter II during its launch is a dead ringer for the original design of the ship on the TV show.
    • At one point, Evil Spider Dr. Smith says "The pain, the paaaaaiiin," which was his catchphrase on the television show. However, in the show, he would use the line to feign an injury, whereas in the movie, he uses it sarcastically when shrugging off a blow from the Robinsons.
  • The Avengers (1998):
    • When Steed finds the entrance to Sir August's underground base, he calls out "Mrs. Peel, you're needed", a reference to the Catch Phrase of the original TV show: "Mrs. Peel, we're needed".
    • Steed's Nice Hat and Sword Cane Umbrella of Pain and the Spy Catsuit Mrs. Peel and her clone wear.
    • The streets of London being entirely empty of cars and pedestrians except for the title characters and anyone following them.
    • The scene at the end where they drink champagne is a reference to the opening sequence in the original show where Mrs. Peel shoots off the cork of a champagne bottle and they pour champagne into glasses.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation feature a number of these:
    • A painkiller-addled Ripcord describes Heavy Duty as having "realistic hair" and a "kung-fu grip", which are two of the features advertised with the original G.I. Joe figures back in the 1960s.
      • Close. The hair was the original series figures, the iconic Kung Fu Grip was the 1970-76 Adventure Team re-issues.
    • In one scene, General Hawk remarks "Knowing is half the battle."
    • Another scene has Duke referred to as "a real American hero".
    • During the pivotal chase scene in Paris, Storm Shadow states that Snake Eyes "never gives up", certainly a reference to the classic theme song from the 80s G.I. Joe cartoon series.
    • GI Joe as La Résistance? Also done.
    • Cobra soldiers as new U.S. military special forces set against Joes suspected for going renegades is similar to a plotline late in the Devil's Due comics.
    • Duke getting killed off also happened in G.I. Joe: The Movie.
  • The Godzilla films tended to do this, in one form and another, but this was often limited to just referencing a mash of the first and second films, with no mention of the previous films. However, in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, the events of Mothra and War Of The Gargantuas are acknowledged, despite the films being released ages ago, and in Godzilla Final Wars stock footage from Toho's older films appear, indicating that they may indeed have happened. Yes, even ''Hedorah''.
    • Also in Final Wars, Godzilla outright kills off all his opponents, except King Seesar, Anguiras, and Rodan; whom he leaves laying in a comical heap. This may be a nod to the fact that while Godzilla typically fought with all the other monsters, in the 60s and 70s, Godzilla teamed up with those three.
  • Godzilla (2014):
    • The boat on the dock in the final showdown is marked "Go Whale Tours." Godzilla's Japanese name is simply a combination of the word for gorilla, "Go," and "whale."
    • There's a shot of a hole right through a wide skyscraper, as if something dived through it — similar to a hole Zilla made in Godzilla (1998).
    • The backstory involves a nuclear submarine disappearing and the Americans and Soviets blaming each other for it before finding out that a certain nuclear dinosaur was the real culprit. This brings to mind the early scenes of The Return of Godzilla.
    • In this film, Godzilla was first discovered in 1954, the year the original Gojira film was released.
    • The old high-tension wires with electricity pumped through them in an attempt to kill a kaiju is trotted out again.
    • Dr. Serizawa, the man who built the Godzilla-killing oxygen destroyer, is present — but he fills a role similar to Dr. Yamane, as scientific adviser to the military on all things prehistoric and deadly.
    • Godzilla being an ancient beast from a time when the conditions on Earth were severely inhospitable and his conflict with other monsters from the same time period references Godzilla Raids Again. In both, the military attempts to lure fighting kaiju away with a fake-out plan, which falls apart.
      • Also somewhat similar from the original film, which Godzilla is believed to have evolved from a hybrid species of dinosaurs and prehistoric sea reptiles.
    • The kid getting separated from his parents on the train harkens back to when Fumiko and Kazuo were separated in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Even his getup (shirt, shorts and baseball cap) is evocative of the Showa films.
    • Joe's old house contains a moth cocoon marked, uh, "Mothra". More precisely it was in a tank labelled "Dad's Moth", with the label partly covering the marking "Janjira" - spelling out "Dad's Mothra".
    • The media dub Godzilla "King of the Monsters" at the end of the film.
    • There is a large red paper pteranodon in Ford's Japan classroom. Additionally, one can see a theropod dinosaur skeleton and a biology picture of a moth.
    • The echolocation poster in Joe's apartment has a bat and a moth communicating with each other.
    • The way Godzilla kills the female MUTO is the same way he killed the Gryphon in the script of Godzilla 1994. In the same vein, Godzilla is awakened to specifically fight two kaiju endangering the Earth - and one is winged.
    • There is a Stegosaurus toy on the table during the scene where Sam is watching TV footage of Godzilla kicking the crap out of the male MUTO.
    • The way Godzilla's spikes light up is VERY similar to Godzilla: The Series.
    • Godzilla's breath weapon is less a concentrated solid beam that explodes like the 80s-2000s movies but more of a whispier heat wave like his earlier Showa movies.
    • The Navy display on the Saratoga displays Godzilla's name as "Gojira," a transliteration of the original kanji.
    • Likely unintentional, but in Janjira, we see a giant millipede and a giant cockroach.
    • Just like in Godzilla (1998), the final act of the film features the human characters setting fire to the villainous monster's nest, but at the cost of invoking the mother's wrath. The only difference is that it's not Godzilla who's angry this time.
  • In Man on the Moon, during Andy Kaufman's stint in pro wrestling in Tennessee, he begins his rivalry with Jerry "The King" Lawler. Who's doing commentary for his matches? None other than good ol' JR, Jim Ross; the two were long-time broadcast colleagues for WWE Raw. This also is a case of Artistic License, since Ross never called wrestling in Memphis in Real Life. He went from "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Mid-South/Universal Wrestling Federation in Louisiana/Oklahoma to the National Wrestling Alliance after promoter Jim Crockett bought out Watts. Crockett sold what remained of the NWA (basically combining his Charlotte, NC-based promotion with what remained of Georgia) to Ted Turner in late 1988, and Ross continued as announcer, even after the Turner-owned promotion broke away in January 1991 and renamed itself WCW. Ross debuted in WWE in 1993.
  • Quite possibly the most awesome part of Michael Bay's Transformers movie, whether you think the rest of it stinks or not, is the part where Optimus Prime and Megatron start off their fight by quoting their respective lines from the original animated movie (and Optimus is even voiced by the same actor). And even though Optimus technically doesn't win the fight himself, he certainly does end up much better off than Megatron this time around which adds an extra delicious irony to the context of the quoted lines.
    • During the Sequel Hook at the end of the first movie, Optimus, while talking about humans, states "Like us, there is more to them than meets the eye."
    • Also, when Sam drops Mikaela off at her house, he tells her "I think there's more than meets the eye with you."
    • During Bumblebee's introductory scene, he uses several tricks to convince Sam to take him instead of another car on the lot. Said car? A yellow VW Beetle.
  • In Shaun of the Dead there are several references back to the team's previous work on Spaced, including the character Tyres being clearly visible as a zombie outside The Winchester, and a reference to old times which works as an oblique description of the series when Shaun (i.e. Tim) first bumps into Yvonne (i.e. Daisy).
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, at one point our heroes pull into a gas station. The pumps have "Benthic Petroleum" logos on them — the company that owned the undersea oil rig in The Abyss, also written and directed by James Cameron.
  • In The Lion King, Timon claims that stars are fireflies that got caught in that big bluish-black thing, and laughs at Pumbaa's suggestion that they're balls of gas burning millions of miles away. In Princess And The Frog, another Disney film released over a decade later, the firefly Ray is in love with "Evangeline", a star that he believes to be a firefly. And later in the movie, a distraught Tiana quotes Pumbaa, telling Ray that Evangeline is really a ball of gas etc. etc. And at the very end of the movie Ray dies, but is seen to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.... as a star, shining right next to Evangeline. So... it looks like Timon was right.
  • At the beginning of the movie version of the John Grisham novel The Runaway Jury, Nicholas Easter comments to his apartment super that he should stop smoking. This is probably a reference to the fact that the original novel's case dealt with cigarette companies and lung cancer deaths; this was altered for the movie version because of real life verdicts against cigarette manufacturers.
  • The swingin' Expository Theme Tune from the 1960s Animated Adaptation of Iron Man becomes instrumental background music in the early Vegas-set scenes of the 2008 film (and when Tony has his one-night stand with Christine). It also serves as the ringtone when Tony calls Rhodes.
    • Also, during one scene in Tony's workshop you can see Captain America's iconic shield — though given the upcoming Avengers movie, this could actually be foreshadowing, or even a really subtle Chekhov's Gun.
      • It's explained in a (canonicity unknown) bonus comic that Tony reverse-engineered the alloy he used in his upgraded suits from a prototype of Cap's shield.
      • The sequel backs this up by acknowledging the existence of the shield in Tony's lab... then promptly using it to prop something up.
    • The terrorist organisation "The Ten Rings" and their leader, who fondles a huge finger-ring and repeatedly makes references to Genghis Khan is of course a Shout-Out to the original Iron Man villain "The Mandarin" who received super-powers from ten magical rings and wanted to set himself up as a new Genghis Khan.
      • This looks like foreshadowing for the 3rd film.
    • Also, the two fighters that were chasing Iron Man were codenamed Whiplash One and Whiplash Two, in reference to an old member of his Rogues Gallery. Cue the sequel.
  • Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee makes a cameo in most modern film adaptations of his work.
    • In the first Fantastic Four film he's Willy Lumpkin, the mailman who delivers to the Baxter Building.
      • This is actually a gag-within-a-gag, since Willie Lumpkin was originally made the FF's mailman as a reference to the Willie Lumpkin syndicated newspaper comic strip Stan did years earlier with Dan DeCarlo.
    • In the second Fantastic Four film, he plays himself, trying (unsuccessfully) to crash Reed and Susan's wedding.
      • It is also interesting to note that this exact gag happened in the original comic depiction of the wedding.
    • In Daredevil he's an old man the young Matt Murdock keeps from stepping into the path of an oncoming vehicle. (Which is also a Mythology Gag, since in the comics Murdock gets his powers while pushing an old man out of the way of an oncoming truck full of radioactive materials.)
    • In the 2003 Hulk, he's a security guard, along with Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the TV series.
    • In the 2008 Hulk movie, he is the consumer who drinks the bottle of juice tainted by Bruce Banner's blood. Ferrigno also appears, and even talks to Bruce Banner.
    • In X-Men, he plays a stunned hot dog vendor at the beach, staring in silence as a newly-mutated Senator Kelly emerges from the ocean.
    • In X-Men The Last Stand he can be seen as one of the confused neighbors in young Jean Grey's scene. Another is Chris Claremont.
    • In Iron Man, Tony Stark greets a man in a red satin robe surrounded by women as Hugh Hefner. The guy turns around to reveal himself as Stan Lee.
    • In the sequel, this veers into Running Gag as a busy Tony Stark mistakes him for Larry King.
    • He also manages to play at least one character in every animated adaptation as well. See his IMDB entry for the astonishingly large number of roles he's played, dating back to 1966.
    • Heroes gave Lee a cameo as Hiro and Ando's bus driver. There's also a swordsmith named "Claremont" and a climactic series of events in "Kirby Plaza."
  • In Casino Royale, a distracted and stressed James Bond orders a martini. When the bartender asks him if he wants it shaken or stirred, Bond snaps, "Do I look like I give a damn?"
    • A completely unplanned one happened when Daniel Craig stumbled on an underwater sand mound while swimming on the Bahamas and decided to stand up. The director kept the blooper in and was surprised when he was applauded by Bond enthusiasts (who had spoken very ill of their decision to cast Daniel Craig in the role during filming) for this "clever homage" to the scene where Ursula Andress emerges from the sea in the first Bond film.
    • And in Octopussy, Bond encounters a snake charmer on the flute playing none other than the James Bond Theme.
    • This may actually be a meta gag - composer Monty Norman says he recycled the tune from an earlier piece of his in a Hindu-themed musical. Hear it here.
    • In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a janitor whistles "Goldfinger".
    • The Milestone Celebration films for 40 (Die Another Day) and 50 years (Skyfall) have plenty of this and Continuity Nod. For starters, the latter has the villain drinking a scotch dated 1962 (the year Dr. No was released - he even quips to Bond "A particular favorite of yours, I understand!"), and Bond going to his childhood home in Scotland.
  • In the remake of Clash of the Titans, when Perseus is rooting through equipment, he considers a golden owl but one of his companions tells him he should leave it. The owl was an important part of the original film. Unusually this isn't to reassure the audience that the film would remain true to the original but more a derisive joke at the expense of this aspect of the original film (often counted as The Scrappy by audiences).
  • In The A-Team film, B.A.'s "pity da fool" line is referenced with his Knuckle Tattoos, a black van belonging to B.A. and similar to the TV series' iconic one gets crushed early on and the original theme tune plays during the 3D film in the psychiatric hospital.
    • The original Opening Theme is laced throughout the soundtrack, as it was in the original show (albeit more prominently back then).
  • The 1998 remake of Disney's The Parent Trap (starring Lindsay Lohan) is rife with them:
    • The song "Let's Get Together" from the original version appears in three places: at the start, as a musical flourish at the end of the end credits, and in the hotel quietly sung by Hallie as she walks to the elevators. h
    • Meredith's mother Vicky is played by Joanna Barnes, who played Meredith's counterpart (named "Vicky") in the original.
    • Meredith is heard speaking on the phone to Reverend Mosby, who was a character in the original.
    • The camp counselors have the last name Kulp, as a tribute to Nancy Kulp, who played the younger counselor in the 1961 version.
    • When caught on the phone, Annie claims she is speaking with "Mildred Plotka". This is a double-barrelled reference, to both the 1961 movie and to Carole Lombard's character in the 1934 film Twentieth Century.
    • The hotel where everyone meets up, The Stafford, is named for a boy Susan spoke to during the camp dance in the original.
  • In the first Superman movie, Clark is casting about for a place to change. He glances briefly at a pay phone—a phone on a pole, with an enclosure that would cover him only down to mid-thigh—shakes his head slightly, and continues looking.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon is also loaded with references to G1. The guns are now separate from the robots, instead of transforming their arms into it, just like in G1. Some weapon choices are from G1, including, what is probably the most awesome moment in the film, Optimus using the energon axe to fight the villain. The trailer from G1 returns, including its purpose of holding weapons. Shockwave is a large, one-eyed purple robot with a cannon for an arm, just like his G1 counterpart (And while he never does so in the film, apparently transforms into a self-propelled cannon; in other words, a flying giant gun). The Matrix of Leadership is now used as a symbol of command, and is stored inside Optimus' chest. The new girl is named Carly, and Sam uses a Spike shaped explosive to Kill Starscream, a possible nod to his G1 counterpart's name (Spike, which the writers have been trying for ages to work in as a nickname but never got an appropriate scene for it).
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes the 2011 prequel to the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes is full of subtle Shout-Outs to the original film.
  • The opening of Napoleon Dynamite is a shot of Napoleon looking through his notebook as he waits for the bus. This is based on a similar opening shot of Peluca, a previous Jared Hess directed short which Napoleon Dynamite was inspired from.
  • Judge Dredd. The smiley face graffiti seen on the Statue of Liberty is a reference to the original comic's story "Un-American Graffiti", in which these were a signature part of Chopper's tags.
  • Early on in Captain America: The First Avenger Steve and Bucky go to the Expo and a glass capsule holding what appears to be the body of Jim Hammond, the original Wartime Human Torch can be seen. This is also probably an Actor Allusion to Chris Evans who played the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.
    • Above the tank, the label reads "Dr. Phineas Horton Presents The Synthetic Man," which was the origin of the Wartime Human Torch.
    • Cap's Hitler-punching origins are referenced through the USO stage show he performs in, where we see him knocking out an actor dressed like Hitler in a poorly-choreographed fashion.
    • In the chase scene after Cap initially gains his powers when he picks up a cab door for a shield the name of the cab company is "Lockely Star" this is a reference to Moon Knight and one of his three identities (it's complicated) Jake Lockely.
  • Several Mel Brooks films have mythology gags: When Achoo is appointed the new Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Achoo says "Hey, it worked in Blazing Saddles!" And Harvey Korman has twice played an Evil Chancellor with an Insistent Terminology regarding his name: Hedy Lamarr (that's HEDLEY!) and Count deMoney (that's deMonET!)
  • In the movie Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem one of the characters tells another to "get to the chopper" while on the hospital rooftop, obviously a reference to the famous line "get to da choppa" from Predator, only in this movie it was, ya know, not as memorable.
  • At the beginning of The Adventures of Tintin, a painter paints a portrait of Tintin. The painting turns out to be his design from the comics! And if you look closely in the background, you can see that the painter has done paintings of the other characters from the comics too.
    • What's even better is that the painter is a Creator Cameo of Hergé.
  • In The Godfather Part III, Vincent Mancini's mother is a major character from Mario Puzo's original novel whose plot was almost completely omitted from the first movie for obvious reasons.
  • In the Disney adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, two of the comic relief gargoyles are named "Victor" and "Hugo", a reference to the author of the original novel.
  • During the final duel in My Name Is Nobody, you can hear a few seconds of the music from the final duel in Once Upon a Time in the West. Which was also written by Ennio Morricone and that scene also featured Henry Fonda getting shot, and director Sergio Leone worked on both movies. But then, the entire movie is an Affectionate Parody on their earlier work.
  • Total Recall (2012) contains a few references to the 1990 version and the original story, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale".
    • The receptionist greets Quaid with the comment "We can remember it for you".
    • The cautionary tale about going to Rekall mentions being "King of Mars", which is where the first movie and original story centered.
    • While going through the security checkpoint, the woman ahead of Quaid is the same disguise used by Quaid in the first movie.
      • She also repeats "two weeks" to a completely different question. However, in the remake, she simply misheard the question. In the original, it was a bug in the disguise.
  • One of the few high marks of 2000's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle was when our heroes are held in a hospital's J Ward.
  • The Pooh doll for the live action opening of Winnie the Pooh was originally made for the first Pooh film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree in 1966, but ended up being replaced by a different doll. It was finally used 45 years later.
  • In Star Wars, Luke is a composite of two characters from the original script, Annikin (sic) Skywalker and Luke Starkiller. Anakin Skywalker was later chosen as Darth Vader's original name.
  • In Jack the Giant Slayer the golden harp from the fairy tale can be seen a handful of times throughout the film.
    • An egg (though jeweled instead of gold like the tale) can also be seen on the table as Jack is speaking to his children in the final moments of the film. Jack picked it up earlier in the film.
  • Man of Steel:
    • Jor-El's final message to his son is taken from Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman.
    • Jonathan Kent telling Clark the boy is his son is taken from Superman: Secret Origin.
      Clark: Can't I just keep pretending I'm your son?
      Jonathan: You are my son.
    • Jonathan's line "You're the answer son, you're the answer to 'Are we alone in the universe?'" is paraphrased from Superman: Birthright.
    • Jonathan advising Clark to lay low and keep his powers secret out of concern for him is also from Birthright.
    • Clark's pet dog Shelby nods to Superman's Silver Age animal sidekick, Krypto The Super Dog, as well as Shelby from Smallville and Superman Returns.
    • Zod wears Powered Armor, similar to two different versions of Zod in the comics.
      • It also bares a resemblance to Superman/Superboy-Prime's Anti-Monitor-based powered armor from Infinite Crisis on forward
    • Zod and crew have all-black outfits akin to their counterparts from Superman II instead of their comics versions. Faora looks more like her counterpart Ursa (who was based on Faora).
    • Superman's first real fight with the other Kryptonians echoes a lot of Superman II. It takes place in a small town, (like the one the Kryptonian criminals land in) and is against Zod, his female dragon with short dark hair, and a hulking mute brute.
    • The bearded version of Jor-El comes from Superman: Secret Origin and Superman: Earth One.
    • Kryptonians being genetically engineered is a variation of a concept introduced in The Man of Steel by John Byrne.
    • The Superman crest meaning "hope" is from Mark Waid's Superman: Birthright.
    • Clark performing heroic acts as a mere civilian outside of Smallville is similar to The Man of Steel and Birthright.
    • Zod's video broadcast takes from Tyrell's threat-laden message in Superman: Earth One.
    • A LexCorp building can be seen in background of the battle between Clark and Zod.
      • Zod smashes a LexCorp tanker truck into Superman during the same battle.
      • Another LexCorp truck is briefly seen in the background when Clark reunites with his mom in Smallville.
      • Zod and Superman crash into an under-construction LexCorp building in their final fight.
    • One of Clark's friends as a teenager is named Whitney Fordman.
    • There is a "Sullivan's truck and tractor repair" in Smallville.
    • The shots of Superman flying over Earth and later falling into the atmosphere borrow from scenes in Superman Returns.
    • The official motto of the city of Metropolis is Veritas et Justitia, "Truth and Justice".
    • One of the identities Clark adopts is the name "Joe", calling out to the Superman co-creator, Joe Shuster.
    • In one scene, Zod destroys a Wayne Enterprises satellite... bearing the logo from The Dark Knight Saga.
    • This early poster recreates a cover for Kingdom Come.
    • Zod's ultimate fate is thematically similar to a storyline from John Byrne's run on Superman comics.
    • There was a brief mention of S.T.A.R. Labs, which David Goyer claims was meant as a nod to Cyborg.
    • The World Engine that Zod was using is a similar concept used by Starro, a literal Starfish Alien who has conquered several galaxies and planets in the DC universe.
    • A half destroyed moon can be seen in Krypton’s sky, a possible nod to the fact that in the Silver Age comics one of Krypton’s moons was indeed blown up.
    • Clark's initial attempts at flying harkens back to the original concept of Superman ("... able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"). Flying wasn't a power until the animators from the 1940s cartoon insisted on flying for easier animation.
    • Blaze Comics appears in Metropolis between the fight of Clark and Zod.
    • Clark seeks advice from a pastor similar to Superman For All Seasons.
    • The holographic Jor-El explaining the significance of the House of El crest involves him pulling back an outer garment to reveal the crest on a suit beneath in a fashion very reminiscent of the common image of Clark Kent opening his shirt to reveal his Superman crest on his suit beneath.
    • A billboard for the "Utopia Casino" is seen at one point, which was a key location in the Superman Confidential arc, "Kryptonite".
    • The bully who beats up Clark in a flashback is revealed in the credits to be named Ken Braverman, who would later grow up to be the minor Superman villain known as Conduit.
    • The female captain who bluntly says that Superman "is kinda hot" is named Carrie Farris as an allusion to Caroline Ferris.
    • A random trucker assaulting Clark reminds a similar scene from Superman II. Clark destroying his car in retaliation resembles the end of Smallville's first episode.
    • Lana Lang and Pete Ross (most likely) having figured out Superman's secret identity.
    • The moving sculpture that holographic Jor-El shows Clark, showing where he really comes from and how he got to Earth, shows Clark being sent from Krypton in a snowflake-shaped spacecraft (a sphere with star-like points sticking out), a reference to how said spacecraft looked in the 1978 film.
    • The way Krypton's past is shown in the moving sculpture resembles the Golden and Silver Age Krypton in the comics. The male and female Kryptonians resemble Jor-El and Lara from the original comics; though they could even be Kryp and Tonn.
    • The big, mute Kryptonian alongside Faora (Tor-An) is close to Non from Superman II.
    • Kelex and Kelor are taken from The Man of Steel #1
    • The metallic rod with the "S" logo is this movie's counterpart to the green crystal rod in the '78-'80 Superman movies. Both serve as access keys to the Kryptonian technology. In this version, Zod has his own as well.
    • One of Clark's aliases is "Joe", which was also Jor-El's alias when he once visited Earth in Smallville episode "Relic".
    • Lois and Clark meet and really talk to one another, for really the first time, in a graveyard in Smallville; which mirrors the first time Lois and Clark really first meet and talk to one another in a graveyard in Smallville, on the show Smallville. Both version also have an initial "Meet Cute & Violent" (as the creators of Smallville liked to call it) encounter before these graveyard meetings.
  • The World's End:
  • The Lone Ranger:
    • The carnival barker and the banner on Tonto's exhibit hearkens to "The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear", the introductory line used in most versions of the property.
    • There's also a ContinuityNod/TakeThat to the ending of the TV series.
    Ranger: Hi ho, Silver, away!
    Tonto: Never do that again.
  • The feature adaptation of Mr. Peabody & Sherman opens with how Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman, a direct nod to the first Peabody segment from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
  • In the Veronica Mars movie, Leo D'Amato finds Veronica waiting for him at his desk at the San Diego Police Department, and mistakenly thinks she's asking for assistance on an FBI case. This is a reference to Rob Thomas' proposed retooling of the show after season three, which would've skipped ahead to Veronica as a junior FBI agent (a short pilot was produced, starring Kristen Bell and Walt Goggins, and appears on the third season DVDs). Lampshaded further by Veronica when Leo, genuinely puzzled that she's working a case as a PI, asks whether the rumour he heard about her joining the FBI was true:
    Veronica: "In another life, maybe."
  • At the Kentucky Derby In The Hustler, the race announcer lists some of the horses racing. One of them is named "Stroke of Luck", a proposed alternate title for the film.
  • The film Would You Rather is presented by "The Lambrick Foundation." In-Universe, the Lambrick Foundation is actually who stages the film's titular game. For further giggles, they have their own IMDB page...
  • X-Men:
    • In X-Men, when Wolverine questions the team's uniform, Cyclops sarcastically asks if he would rather dress in a yellow spandex (Wolverine's suit in comic books is yellow with blue ornaments).
    • In X2: X-Men United, after Magneto saves the Blackbird, he says "When will these people learn to fly?", referencing the fact that several of the X-Men can fly in the comics.
    • In X-Men: The Last Stand, the last fight of Phoenix takes place in the bay of San Francisco, precisely the place where the reborn Jean Grey re-emerged as the Phoenix in the comics.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:

      In the comics, Deadpool's nickname was "The Merc with the Mouth". Here, he's the Merc with No Mouth.

      Stryker's ultimate mutant weapon being called "Weapon XI", in reference to the revelation in the comics that "Weapon X" actually meant "Weapon Ten". Which means that if Weapon XI is Wade Wilson, and Weapon X is Wolverine, there were nine previous attempts.

      Stryker can be seen wearing a silver cross necklace in the scene where he goes to meet Logan in the hospital, likely as a nod to the fact that he was a priest (not a military officer) in the comics.
    • X-Men: First Class:

      The team's original lineup includes an "Angel", but it's Angel Salvadore (a comparatively minor character from the comics) instead of Warren Worthington note .

      A major character on the villains' side is revealed to have grown up with Xavier—though in this version it's Raven Darkholme (who's his adopted sister in this version) instead of Cain Marko (who was his step-brother in the comics).

      Shaw referring to mutants as "Children of the Atom".

      Charles is quite protective of his hair.

      The Nazi Gold is a nod to Uncanny X-Men #161, which told the story of how Magneto and Xavier first met and parted ways. The issue was one of several stories in the comics which inspired this movie.
    • The Wolverine provides some nods on the Wolverine limited series, where most of the characters are taken from.

      Instead of Harada, the film's Silver Samurai is old man Yashida. Since the comics name Kenuichio is not a real Japanese name, the film derives Yashida's name Ichirō from the actual Japanese name, Kenichirō.

      Mariko's arranged marriage, that she accepts as a thing of honor, which she does not expect Wolverine to understand because he's not Japanese.

      Ichirō pledges his katana to Logan as gratitude for saving his life. In the comics, Mariko is the one who pledged the Yashida katana to Logan after he kills Shingen.

      Like the film, the mini-series also took place shortly after Jean's death, and involved a love triangle with Mariko and Yukio.

      In the "Return of the King" arc of Ultimate X-Men, Logan ends up running through a bear with his claws, although the film's version is much more peaceable and emotional.

      The Silver Samurai possesses the ability to heat up its blades, causing them to glow. This resembles the way the comic iteration of Silver Samurai coats his katana with a glowing tachyon field.

      A very small nod on the Fatal Attractions arc may also apply where the Silver Samurai extracted Logan's Healing Factor from the marrows of his broken claws (removing the adamantium along with it.) Wolverine later regrows his claws, now in bone form.

      In an example combined with Foreshadowing and Sequel Hook, a commercial for Trask Industries, the makers of the mutant-hunting Sentinels, can be seen at the end of the film.

      Moments when Jean Grey is seen, its in a white room. Perhaps representing Phoenix in the White Hot Room?

      The Alternate Ending has Yukio giving Logan a more realistic version of his classic yellow and brown and yellow costume from the comics. Complete with a mask!

      Mariko holding two of Wolverine's claws at the end could be an X-23 reference.

      Probably not intentional, but look at Logan's train-lunge. With the black trenchcoat, it's pretty reminiscent of Victor Creed's action scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

      Wolverine now has bone-claws after losing his adamantium claws something that happened in the comics. Albeit this version is a lot less-bloody than how he lost them in the comic, where Magneto pulled all the adamantium from his body at once.
    • Quite a few examples in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

      Wolverine's future outfit has yellow and blue elements as a nod to his classic comic book outfit. Also serves as a Call Back to Cyclops's comment about "yellow spandex" in the first X-Men film. His outfit in the 1970s is identical to the one the future Wolverine wore in the original comic storyline.

      The Sentinels, particularly those from the X-Men's Bad Future, possess elements of Bastion and Nimrod.

      When Beast asks Wolverine if he's a parent, he sneers and replies "Sure as hell hope not".

      In the original comic storyline, Kitty was the one who was sent to the past. In the film, she's the one who sends Wolverine back.

      Bishop, the one who got sent back in the "Days of Future Past" arc in the 1990's animated series, is one of the future X-Men, and Kitty mentions that he is her usual target of Mental Time Travel in avoiding Sentinel attacks.

      Beast is able to hide his mutant appearance by using a formula that hinges on the suppression of his rage, much like his debut episode in X-Men: Evolution.

      Quicksilver's quip to Magneto: "So, you control metal? My mom knew a guy who could do that." Erik is, of course, his father in the comics.

      Quicksilver has a little brown-haired girl on his lap while watching tv. The girl is either Wanda Maximoff AKA The Scarlet Witch or, based on a cut scene in which Quicksilver and the little girl's mom tells her to "go up and bug your sister," Lorna Dane AKA Polaris as in the House of M timeline (given Pietro and Wanda are twins and Polaris is only their half-sister, probably the latter). The credits themselves only identify her as Quicksilver's sister.

      Colossus and Kitty are shown teaching a class together, referencing their relationship in the comics.

      Storm's death in the Bad Future is the same as her death in the original comic — pierced by a Sentinel through her torso.

      The finale where Magneto has Wolverine wrapped in steel rebar with points sticking out of Wolverine's skin resembles a famous comic panel of Magneto removing Wolverine's adamantium skeleton. Him hurling him into the Potomac River and leaving him to drown is a reference to Ultimate X-Men where Sabertooth once considered drowning as the only thing to which Wolverine's healing factor is vulnerable. Needless to say, this is the closest Wolverine has come to dying in the film series.

      The future Sentinels copying and adapting to mutant powers is similar to what they did in Wolverine and the X-Men.

      Quicksilver wears a pair of goggles while using his powers, much like his nephew Speed from the Young Avengers.

      With help from Blink, Colossus pulls off his Super Dive attack from the Marvel vs. Capcom video games.

      Blink wasn't in the original comics "Days of Future Past", but she was in "Age of Apocalypse", a different bleak timeline.

      Magneto using Sentinels to attack the White House and attempt to kill the President before being stopped by Xavier's telepathy is taken from the climax of the first arc from Ultimate X-Men.

      Before deciding on Wolverine, the Bad Future mutants plan on sending Xavier's mind back in time. His mind was the one sent back in Wolverine and the X-Men.

      While Wolverine wasn't the one sent back in the original comic storyline, he did get sent back in similar stories, such as Frank Tieri's "Weapon X: Days of Future Now", or in the Ultimate Universe, as the Ultimate version of Cable.

      Future Wolverine's hair is shown to be greying at the temples, similar to the future Wolverine of the original comic story.

      The plot point involving Hank's restorative serum, wherein Professor Xavier overcomes his paralysis at the cost of his telepathic abilities, is based on the period in the 1980's when Xavier did just that, though for different reasons. note 

      Magneto gained control of the Sentinels, just like in the X-Men arcade and the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series.

      Imprisoned mutants in the future have the letter M branded over the right eye, which is done to mutants in Bishop's native future timeline in the comics. That world is similar to the original Days of Future Past, but separate.

      Pietro keeps his habit from X-Men Evolution of being a kleptomaniac simply because he gets bored.

      Future Xavier has a floating "wheelchair", just as he did in the comics during the 90's and the animated series around the same time.

      Quicksilver's Bullet Time scene may be a reference to his Ultimate counterpart, who claims to regularly do this (which is later proven correct) and it's shown that even a small impact from him can greatly injure someone.

      Past Charles' alcoholism is presumably a reference to his mother Sharon becoming a drunk not long after the death of her first husband in the comics. It may be a case of Like Mother, Like Son because Charles reaches for the bottle when he cannot cope with profound loss.

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