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Nick Fury: I'd like to know what Loki did to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys.
Thor: Monkeys? I do not understand—
Captain America: I do! [beat, while Cap proudly but shyly and adorkably smiles] I understood that reference.
— Nick Fury makes a reference to The Wizard of Oz, and throws Steve Rogers a bone, The Avengers

Works set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have a tendency to refer to other works:


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  • Thor:
  • Thor: The Dark World:
    • The scene at the beginning with an abandoned building with strange physics is highly reminiscent of the "Beyond" segment of The Animatrix, especially the gravitational anomalies and oddly behaving bottles.
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    • When a Dark Elf ship crashes into the Asgardian throne room, it appears to be a shot-for-shot rendition of this cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic.
    • The Dark Elf fighters resemble the B-wings, also from Star Wars.
    • Bor's helm looks a lot like a Balrog's head and horns.
    • Thor and Malekith sliding down London's Gherkin may be a Shout-Out to the climax of Adventures in Babysitting, where a Thor-obsessed/costumed little girl gets stuck on the windows of the similarly-sloped Smurfit-Stone building in Chicago.
    • When Fandral covers Thor and Loki's escape, he swings from ship to ship on a rope, much like Errol Flynn, who the character is based on, is famous for doing.
    • Algrim, before his transformation, is a Dark-Skinned Blonde reminiscent of an entirely different take on "dark elves".
    • The scene where Loki is lying on his prison bed while tossing a goblet in the air and catching it is a reference to the movie The Great Escape, where Steve McQueen's character is tossing a baseball in solitary.
    • The scene where a flock of starlings is flying through a portal beneath Jane, Darcy and Selvig and startling them is a nod to Hitchcock's The Birds.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp:
    • Hope used to play hide and seek in a wardrobe as a girl. As an adult, she uses the alias "Susan", which was the name of the girl in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe who had long black hair.
    • The name of the Wombats' security company, X-CON, is an obvious play on the X-COM video game series. Their logo even resembles the tile for the 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown expansion "Enemy Within".
    • While miniaturized inside a car, Scott gets a scare from a gigantic eye peering at him through the window — in fact a mere pigeon. The setup makes it a clear shout-out to the iconic scene from Jurassic Park.
    • The climactic Car Chase through the streets of San Francisco can be seen as one to Trope Codifier Bullitt, especially Luis's Slo-Mo Big Air jump. It does verge into Affectionate Parody territory.
    • Toward the end, Cassie, Scott and Hope watch Them! (a movie about giant ants) on a portable computer, although reduced in one of Pym's cars to get the feel of an old-school drive-in.
      • Also, when Bill Foster is working in the lab and sees a bunch of ants, he shouts "It's them!".
    • Early on there's a brief clip from The Incredible Shrinking Man as well.

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  • Agent Carter:
    • The "long-distance" typewriter Green Suit uses to report to and receive orders from his superior is similar to the typewriter Fauxlivia used in Fringe to report to and receive orders from her superior in the other dimension.
    • Angie performs a brief monologue from A Doll's House in "A Sin to Err". Dooley also name drops King Kong.
    • invokedWord of God says that Ovechkin, the Russian private seen in the flashback in "SNAFU", is a reference to hockey player Alexander Ovechkin. Interestingly enough, with the knowledge that "Ivchenko" is actually an alias, Dr. Fennhoff may have intentionally chosen it as an anagram for the soldier's name.


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