Given the fact that over the last two decades Marvel movies have done huge business, it makes perfect sense that people talk about them so much these days. However, characters that were introduced in Marvel comics have also been the focus of several spectacular TV shows that deserve just as much attention as their big-screen counterparts.
As any well-informed Marvel fan would likely be able to tell you, the TV shows that feature the company’s characters tend to be chocked full of delightful Easter eggs. Unfortunately, in some cases, Marvel TV Easter eggs hinted at something truly exciting only to never pay off the anticipation they created. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 20 Marvel TV Easter eggs that went absolutely nowhere.
20 New Mutants
During the second season premiere of The Gifted, the character Reeva Payge makes an obvious reference to a famous X team when she calls out a group of “new mutants”. In an interesting twist, this moment appears to be a reference to the New Mutants movie that originally was supposed to have come out by then. However, the Easter egg went nowhere as that movie seems unlikely to ever come out at this point.
19 The Steinbus
Due to the fact that The Runaways are a team that spends a good amount of time evading their parents, it shouldn’t be surprising that in the comics they spend a lot of time on the road. In fact, they even have their trademark vehicle which is called The Steinbus. Briefly referenced in the pilot episode of The Runaways, when we see Molly push a vehicle that looks just like The Steinbus it hints at the group traveling which hasn’t happened yet.
18 Rand Enterprises in Other Hands
When anyone watches the final seasons of all the Netflix Marvel series, it is abundantly clear that their showrunners had no idea that they would be canceled. For example, if the people behind Jessica Jones knew their show was ending we doubt that a season 3 episode would’ve revealed that Rand Enterprises was being taken over. After all, that clearly was meant to be addressed in a potential third season of Iron Fist that never happened.
As one of the Marvel Universe's most notable alien races in the comics, it makes sense that the Kree were a major part of the MCU movie Captain Marvel. On top of that, the Kree also had a part to play in the little-seen MCU show Inhumans as their distinct language was seen in the show. Unfortunately, aside from being a cool little Easter egg, that detail had no part to play in the show.
16 Curtis Hoyle
Due to the fact that The Punisher disposes of most bad guys he comes into contact with in the comics, many of them don’t make a lasting impression. However, Curtis Hoyle debuted all the way back in 1987’s Punisher #1 and he lost his life when Frank threw him out of a helicopter which makes him pretty memorable. That is why it is so puzzling that Hoyle was introduced in Netflix’s The Punisher but he is portrayed as a good guy.
15 Bride of Nine Spiders Appearance
Although she might have seemed like a throwaway opponent to casual Marvel fans, when Iron Fist fought the Bride of Nine Spiders it was a really big deal. After all, in the comics, the Bride of Nine Spiders is a villain who earned her powers just like Iron Fist and both of them are considered one of the eight immortal weapons.
14 Daredevil Deux
Throughout the history of the character Daredevil in the comics, Matt Murdock is the character that has been most closely identified with that heroic alter-ego. However, what many fans may not know is that Danny “Iron Fist” Rand at one time took up the Daredevil identity to aid Murdock. For that reason, it was interesting when at the end of The Defenders Daredevil told Iron Fist to protect the city in his absence but we never saw Rand follow in Murdock’s footsteps.
13 White Tiger
During the first season of Jessica Jones, we often see the titular character trying to shirk any kind of responsibility. For that reason, when Luke Cage approaches her for help in one scene she tries to send him off to a competing detective who never appears on the show named Angela del Toro. In Marvel comics, del Toro is the name of a costumed crimefighter that goes by the code name White Tiger.
12 Fisk Connections
Arguably the best villain in Marvel TV history, Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk is a captivating character. That is why it was so interesting when Cloak and Dagger’s female lead robbed a young rich kid whose initials turned out to be R.F. as revealed by his monogrammed towels. Actually a reference to Richard Fisk, the son of the Kingpin, in the comics he becomes a villain that goes by the name The Rose.
11 Hammer Tech
Clearly the number one industrialist in the MCU, during Tony Stark’s movie appearances he made his dominance clear but he has had rivals including Iron Man 2’s Justin Hammer. Not seen in any full-length movies since Iron Man 2, it was very interesting to see a villain from the show Luke Cage use Hammer Tech’s Judas bullets. That said, anyone who thought Justin may show up again as a result was mistaken.
10 Absorbing Man
When it comes to Daredevil’s origin, the passing of his father after he refused to throw a boxing match played a pivotal role. Interestingly enough, in Netflix’s Daredevil, Jack Murdock’s final fight was against Carl “Crusher” Creel, the person who became known as Absorbing Man in the comics. Unfortunately, the show never showed Creel’s awesome powers although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. included the character and his abilities.
For those of you that aren't familiar with Marvel comic books, on the page S.H.I.E.L.D. has an intergalactic equivalent that seeks to keep threats from outer space at bay. Named S.W.O.R.D., many fans have hoped to see this group appear in an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season. Instead, the group has only been brought up once, when Yo-Yo stated that S.H.I.E.L.D. has a space division called S.P.E.A.R. according to her.
8 Hints At Johnny Blaze
When word broke that Ghost Rider would appear in the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fans were overjoyed at the prospect of seeing him do his thing. However, fans of the original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, never got to see that popular character appear. Instead, he was just hinted at when a poster for Quentin Carnival, the place where Blaze worked as a stunt driver, appeared alongside a motorcycle and leather jacket.
7 Crimson Dynamo
Quite possibly the Marvel TV show that most closely played into the MCU, Agent Carter featured many references to the movies. Unfortunately, when the show included the character Anton Vanko from the comic books, it didn’t work out as well for Marvel fans that knew much about him. After all, on the page, Vanko would become the armored villain known as Crimson Dynamo but in the show, none of that happened.
In one of the more amusing sequences from Jessica Jones, early on in season 2 she meets with a slew of potential clients that all seem like total crackpots. However, when one lady dressed all in blue claims that “lizards are wearing human skins and taking over the government” she may not have been off her rocker. After all, that sounds exactly like the type of thing the Skrulls would do even if the show never confirms her theory.
While it has been exciting to see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reference MCU movies in the past, during the first season episode “The Hub” an even more exciting Easter egg was included. Only caught by eagle-eyed viewers, a screen that could be seen in the background of a scene included the letters H.A.M.M.E.R.. For those that don’t know, that is a group that briefly replaced S.H.I.E.L.D. under the leadership of Norman “Green Goblin” Osborn in the comics.
4 Seagate Prison
During Netflix’s Luke Cage, viewers got to see the character get his powers when he was experimented on during his stay in Seagate Prison. While it may seem like the name of the prison was unimportant, an MCU short film called All Hail the King gave viewers a peak inside Seagate. Revealed to be the place where Justin Hammer and Iron Man 3’s Trevor Slattery were sent to do their time behind bars, either character could’ve had a Luke Cage cameo but didn’t.
3 The Shi’ar
Definitely, the most unusual Marvel TV show in history, to say that Legion isn’t for everyone is an understatement. However, for those that can enjoy atypical storytelling, the show is a visual feast that also plays into its connections to the X-Men universe in a number of ways. While a lot of the Easter eggs are extremely subtle, during the show’s second season the alien Shi’ar race from the comics get mentioned but they never show up.
2 Daredevil’s Connection to Skye
Actually an Easter egg that refers to another Marvel TV show, in one Daredevil scene viewers found that after Matt Murdock’s dad passed away he was sent to St. Agnes Orphanage. At face value, that may not seem overly interesting until you realize that during an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it was revealed that Daisy "Quake" Johnson also was placed at St. Agnes. Could this mean the two heroes grew up together? Sadly, it seems we will never know for sure.
1 Age of Apocalypse
Focused on an alternate reality in which the X-Men villain Apocalypse has completely taken over America, the Age of Apocalypse storyline remains incredibly popular to this day. As such, it was really exciting when the show Wolverine and the X-Men teased that its second season would take place in the Age of Apocalypse reality. However, the show was then canceled which meant the tease was nothing more than an Easter egg that went nowhere.