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The number of nods present is huge, as the Avengers travel back to several different periods shown in past MCU films. These include:

Films:

  • Iron Man:
    • Tony's Badass Boast to Thanos just before using the Infinity Stones to destroy him once and for all is "I am Iron Man," the last line of the original Iron Man movie.
    • Pepper sends off Tony's ashes on a wreath that also holds the first mini Arc reactor with the words "Proof that Tony Stark has a heart".
    • After Tony's funeral, Morgan asks Happy for a cheeseburger.
  • Iron Man 2:
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    • Once again, a member of the Avengers is dealing with alcoholism (although this time it's Thor rather than Stark).
    • The song "Make Way for Tomorrow, Today" once again makes an appearance.
  • Thor:
    • New Asgard is in Tønsberg, the same village where the Battle against the Jotuns was.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger:
    • Tønsberg (New Asgard) is also where Odin kept the Tesseract hidden in a church.
    • 2012 Cap tells present Cap "I can do this all day". The latter is quite annoyed by it now.
    • Cap tells Bucky not to do anything stupid before returning the stones. Bucky replies, "How can I? You're taking all the stupid with you". The dialog is reversed from the one in this one.
  • The Avengers:
    • Tony once again attempts to bond with someone by sharing his blueberries (Bruce and Steve in The Avengers, Nebula in this film).
    • Tony's Apocalyptic Log for Pepper mentions his final dying thoughts will be of her; just as he intended for the last thing he saw while redirecting the warhead in The Avengers would be her face. As Tony lays dying in the aftermath of the Final Battle against Thanos, Pepper is the last person he sees as she comforts him to rest for the final time.
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    • We see here what happens outside this film's plot, such as Tony telling everyone to stop posing and all of the actions taking place after the battle.
    • When Alexander Pierce inquires where Thor and Tony are going with the Tesseract and Loki, Thor Responds with "Lunch and then Asgard". This references the Shwarma stinger at the end of The Avengers as well as Thor and Loki using the Tesseract to return home.
    • On their way to Vormir, Clint comments that he and Natasha are a long way from Budapest, recalling a Noodle Incident adventure mentioned in The Avengers.
    • When Thanos recognizes that Terrans who will fight him in the future are the Avengers, he calls them "unruly wretches," referencing the way the Other called them when he was reporting back to Thanos.
    • In The Avengers, Thor attempts to use his hammer on Captain America's shield, resulting in a massive, destructive percussive wave. Cap uses this on purpose while dual-wielding his shield and Thor's hammer while fighting Thanos.
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    • In The Avengers, Thor accidentally supercharged the Iron Man suit by blasting it with lightning. Come the final battle, and Tony's added a charging system specifically so that Thor can do it again, only more efficiently and powerfully this time.
    • The last battle sees the return of the Chitauri, the army Thanos sent to invade Earth in the first Avengers movie, as well as many monsters and ships featured in unused concept art for that battle and the battle of Wakanda in the previous film. The Sakaarans, Ronan's goons from Guardians of the Galaxy, also take part in the fight.
    • Stark lists out all the people that Loki pissed off. Judging by how many have come to the final battle, it's safe to say that there is an entire universe that Thanos pissed off.
    • Tony commits a Heroic Sacrifice by taking the stones from Thanos and wearing them himself. The music that plays during this scene directly parallels him sending the nuke into the Chitauri mothership.
  • Iron Man 3:
    • Pepper Potts finally dons the Rescue armor during the final battle with Thanos's forces, paying off the tease from Iron Man 3 where she briefly wore Tony's armor during the attack on their home.
    • A teenage Harley Keener is seen at Tony's funeral.
    • The War Machine armor Rhodey dons in the final battle has the Iron Patriot color scheme.
  • Thor: The Dark World:
    • When the Avengers travel back to 2012 and the aftermath of the Battle for New York, a captured Loki transforms into Captain America to mock the group like he did (or rather, like he will do) in this film..
    • When Thor and Rocket sneak past Loki's cell in the 2013 timeline, Loki is seen lying on his bed and throwing and catching a metal cup in boredom.
    • When Frigga asks Thor what is wrong with his right eye, he recalls the time he was hit in the face with a broadsword during the Battle of Harokin. The battle was previously mentioned in a conversation between Thor and Sif in The Dark World.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
    • Near the beginning of the movie, Steve dons his stealth outfit from from this film when the team goes to confront Thanos.
    • 2012 Cap puts present Cap in a chokehold similar to how Cap defeats Bucky.
    • Present Cap wins by telling his 2012 version that Bucky is alive (which causes the latter to enter a Heroic BSoD) and brainwashing him with the scepter.
    • While Cap and Tony are in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 1970 headquarters, Howard Stark comes down to the bowels of the installation looking for Arnim Zola and finds Tony instead. As revealed in this film, Zola had been granted amnesty and was "collaborating" with S.H.I.E.L.D. (read: working for HYDRA to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.) at the time.
    • As Captain America is facing down Thanos's entire army, seemingly alone, the first voice we hear from any of the un-snapped heroes is Sam Wilson on his comms with the same Running Gag from The Winter Soldier: "Cap, it's Sam. On your left."
    • "It's Been a Long, Long Time," the song featured in the film's final scene, first appeared in the MCU when Nick Fury was hiding out in Cap's apartment in Winter Soldier.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
    • The Sakaarans (Ronan's goons) and their necrocraft take part in the final battle.
    • Howard the Duck is seen for a split second among the heroes coming out of the portals.
    • Past Thanos's characterization reflects his more overt villainy as portrayed in this film (in which he casually threatens to "bathe the starways in [Ronan's] blood") rather than the more universe-weary Thanos seen in Infinity War and Endgame's opening.
    • Rocket says the exact same words in reaction to Carol's destruction of Sanctuary II as he does to getting a gun from Drax on the Kyln.
      Rocket: Oh, yeah!
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron:
    • We find out how HYDRA gets the scepter — which is in Strucker's possession at this film's opening.
    • When Tony reunites with the Avengers, he recalls his idea from this film of building a protection on Earth against alien attacks. He also recalls Steve's words that if they would lose, they would do so together, from the same movie.
    • Cap summoning Mjolnir pays off the montage of characters attempting to move the hammer in Age of Ultron, where Cap was able to make the hammer budge before giving up. Thor's elation at seeing Cap wield the hammer recalls the fact that he clearly noticed Cap's near-success in Ultron.
    • Clint Barton's homestead from Age of Ultron shows up again in this film.
    • At the end of Age of Ultron Tony comments, "Maybe I should take a page out of Barton's book. Build Pepper a farm, hope nobody blows it up." After the five year time skip, he has indeed settled down with Pepper and started a family, only they live in a remote woodland location instead of a farming land.
    • Captain Rogers chides Stark for shouting "Shit!" during battle like a sweet old schoolteacher in the opening of Age of Ultron; 8 years later, the former now uses said curse-word freely in exasperation, whereas the latter has to teach his adorable little girl not to say "shit" like a sweet old schoolteacher.
    • While Thor is talking to his mother, he drinks from the same alcohol bottle he had in this film.
    • Cap gives the "Avengers, Assemble!" war cry, which was cut off by the end credits in Age Of Ultron.
    • During the final battle, Captain America's vibranium shield is broken in half by Thanos. This is exactly what happened in Tony's vision.
  • Ant-Man:
    • Hank Pym seems to have gotten over his hatred of the Stark family as he was at Tony's funeral.
    • During the climax of this movie, Scott uses his blinker to find his old van that he's driven since this film, which sounds its iconic La Cucaracha horn.
    • Scott tells Hank his days of "breaking into places and stealing shit are done" in Ant-Man. It's played with here, but he did it again - only he and the Avengers broke into other timelines.
    • Once again, Scott surfs on something in shrunken form, albeit with debris from the Avengers base rather than ants from this movie.
  • Captain America: Civil War:
    • After originally demanding at the end of their climactic battle that Steve give up his shield because his father made it (and used it to protect Bucky, who technically killed him), Tony decides to give it back, stating that it was because "He made it for you."
    • Once again, Ant-Man breaks into Tony Stark's machinery to disable it. Only this time it's not the Iron Man armor, it's past Tony's arc reactor - and present Tony's the one asking him to do it!
    • Rhodey busts Scott's chops a bit by scaring him and then sarcastically calling him "Regular-Sized Man". He clearly hasn't forgotten the way Scott kicked him around during the airport fight scene in Civil War.
    • Black Panther makes it a point to call Clint by name. This refers to when Clint tried to formally introduce himself during their battle in Civil War, and T'Challa coldly remarked "I don't care."
    • During the climactic battle between the two armies of heroes and villains, Steve refers to Spider-Man as "Queens," referring to the conversation they had about their mutual New York roots in Civil War.
  • Doctor Strange:
    • When Doctor Strange signals to Tony that they are indeed in the one timeline where they defeat Thanos, his hand is still trembling.
    • When Professor Hulk goes to the New York Sanctum to get the Time Stone and says he's looking for Stephen Strange, the Ancient One says he's about five years too early and Strange is busy performing surgery at a hospital; she mentioned in Doctor Strange she had peered through time to learn about Strange. However, she's surprised when Hulk mentions Strange gives up the Time Stone to Thanos willingly, which fits with her mention in Doctor Strange that one cannot look ahead past the point of their own death.
    • In his film, Strange did his studying using his Astral form while his body slept. Bruce was using his astral form to talk to the Ancient One while Hulk's body slept in a corner. Unlike the former, the latter wasn't in this form by choice.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
    • Nebula is taken aback after winning against Tony in their paper football game, referencing back to Nebula's reveal in Vol 2 that she never won once in any of her matches with Gamora.
    • The Blue Planet where the Ravagers gathered is visible in the portal that they emerge from during the Battle of Earth.
    • We found out why Drax never wore shirts in this movie. He's certainly holding his own well during Tony's funeral wearing the A-Frame shirt.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming:
    • In this film, one of the Running Gags of the film was the suit's AI Karen suggesting to Peter that he use the "Instant Kill" mode. In Endgame, he finally does activate it against the Outriders.
    • Homecoming featured Tony rejecting a hug from Peter, telling him "we're not there yet." As soon as Tony sees Peter resurrected in Endgame, though, he gives him a big hug.
  • Thor: Ragnarok:
    • Before he dies on a cliff in Norway, Odin tells his sons to "remember this place" and calls it "home." In the end, New Asgard really is located in Norway, specifically in Tønsberg, which is a small village by the sea.
    • Hulk/Banner still calls Valkyrie "Angry Girl", and we still haven't gotten her name.
    • Frigga asking Thor what is wrong with his right eye above in Thor: The Dark World is also a reference to the eye he lost in this film and had subsequently replaced with an artificial one in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Black Panther:
    • Shuri has both of her gauntlets back; she had lost one to Killmonger in this film, which never returned in Infinity War. She may have had a spare in her lab that she acquired.
    • During the sprint to the van with the Stark Gauntlet, we see T'Challa use the Shockwave Stomp ability he acquired from Shuri's upgraded suit as well.
  • Avengers: Infinity War:
    • In his Apocalyptic Log to Pepper, Tony recalls that he promised Pepper "no more surprises", which he did at the beginning of Infinity War.
    • Tony's daughter is named Morgan, just like the son in his dream as disclosed to Pepper in Infinity War.
    • Professor Hulk is eating Ben & Jerry's "Hunka Hulka Burning Fudge" during the "Time Heist" brainstorming session, which Wong mentioned in Infinity War.
    • The Asgardian soldiers call Rocket a "rabbit," just like Thor keeps calling him throughout Infinity War.
    • When Captain Marvel battles Thanos, she holds his fingers apart to prevent him from snapping his fingers, just like Captain America did in this film. She's much more successful than Steve, though.
    • T'Challa led his army with the "YIBAMBE!" warcry again.
    • At the end of both this film and the first one, Thanos sits down, overlooks the area and gives a final expression. In Infinity War, after he snapped half the universe out of existence, he retreated to an uninhabited, beautiful looking planet and he smiled up at a quiet sunrise. In Endgame, it is the complete opposite: once Tony snaps Thanos and his army out of existence, he is in the dark, obliterated remains of the Avengers' base, and hangs his head down to the ground with an expression of defeat and agonized sorrow just before he's dusted.
    • In his first scene, Steve is seen just wrapping up shaving his beard that he grew to cover his identity in this film.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp:
    • When Clint is teaching his daughter archery, a tracking device can be seen on his ankle; the very same device that Scott wore when he was under house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords just like Clint.
    • After giving Scott crap for calling Steve "Cap", Hope doesn't hesitate to address him that way herself in front of Scott. The two share a grin, acknowledging the point.
    • Scott's van still retains the X-Cons logo from this movie.
    • When Past Nebula uses the Quantum Tunnel to bring the Sanctuary II to the present day, it's shown rapidly growing to proper size in the same way Hank Pym's vehicle did while returning from the Quantum Realm in this movie.
  • Captain Marvel:
    • Carol is visibly upset as a result of finding out that Fury had been dusted.
    • Just like in her origin film, Captain Marvel destroys a huge starship by the simple expedient of using her Space Stone-granted durability to fly through it several times.

TV Series

  • Agent Carter:
    • Natasha's braided hair is reminiscent of 1940's Red Room graduate Dottie Underwood's during her childhood.
    • Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark's butler from this series, makes an appearance in 1970 New Jersey. This also makes Jarvis the first character who originated in a Marvel TV series to appear in an MCU movie.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • The STRIKE team in 2012 mention taking the Scepter to Dr. List, the main HYDRA scientist working under Wolfgang von Strucker though he would be working as a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist at the time as one of the many HYDRA moles infiltrated in the organization.


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