Regardless of how you feel about them, superhero movies are here to stay.
A comic book isn’t even really a comic book if it’s not also a film at some point, right?
But if you’re feeling a little tired of the constant comic book movies, you can at least take some solace in the fact that the people who make them pay close attention to the details. Very close attention.
The left half of this image is the conversation Alfred and little Bruce have in Batman Begins. The right half is their convo in The Dark Knight. Have you ever noticed the similarities before?
While we’re talking Dark Knight, check out Bruce Wayne’s car:
It’s a Lamborghini Murciélago.
It’s a super fancy car that only people with Bruce Wayne levels of cash would be able to afford, but even more impressive than that is the fact that “murciélago” means “bat” in Spanish.
You can see the shard of glass that the Joker uses to escape from his jail cell in The Dark Knight. It was right there in plain sight the entire time.
Take a good look at the left side of the screen. You can clearly see Dent taking out one of Maroni’s henchman before climbing in on the passenger side.
Look at his finger. He’s holding the gun’s hammer back, which would keep it from firing. Remember, the Joker is all about the illusion of choice. This is just another example of that in action.
Here’s Ego’s car and Peter Quill’s spaceship from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.
When Ego begins regenerating, the final body part to form is his left eye.
That’s a purposeful nod to Kurt Russell’s role as Snake Plissken in Escape from New York and Escape from LA.
In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark and Pepper Potts pose for a photo:
You can see that same photo framed on Stark’s desk in The Avengers.
Gotta love that continuity!
Here’s Nick Fury’s tombstone from Captain America: Winter Soldier:
See the Bible quote engraved on it?
You might recognize it from Samuel L. Jackson’s previous role in Pulp Fiction.
Close viewers of Captain America: Civil War will notice a pretty big difference in Captain America’s uniform.
After he argues with Tony Stark about the role of the Avengers, Captain America removes the Avengers logo from his uniform. He no longer considers himself part of that team.
Here’s another detail you might have missed in Civil War…
War Machine’s armor is way heavier than Iron Man’s.
That’s why he makes the camera shake more.
OK, let’s move on to Spider-Man. In Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker says he needs a “strong focus” before jumping off a building…
Then he lands on a Ford Focus.
Which suffers no damage. Because it’s strong. Get it?
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michelle is reading the book Of Human Bondage.
This is especially relevant because it’s the story of an orphan boy who’s sent to live with his aunt and uncle.
Here’s another tiny detail from Spider-Man: Homecoming:
At one point in the film, Peter watches a video of Spider-Man saving a bus full of kids.
If you actually go to the URL, you’ll see the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Finally, next time you’re watching Spider-Man: Homecoming, take a good look at Peter’s phone throughout the film.
It becomes more and more cracked with each battle. And the final version of cracks sort of looks like a spider web.
This next tiny detail proves that pretty much nothing is ever a coincidence. Not even costumes…
See what Clark wore in the original Superman film?
His outfit in Justice League is a direct homage.
That’s a pretty incredible level of attention to detail.
In Batman Returns, pay attention to the shadows.
Specifically in this shot of Selina Kyle.
The shadows from her glasses foreshadow her role as Catwoman. Look at that — an example of literal foreshadowing.
The opening credits of Watchmen pretty much guarantee that Batman never becomes Batman.
See the couple coming out of the Gotham Opera House?
Remind you of anyone?
This scene from Wonder Woman included an incredible detail for anyone who understands the Blackfoot language.
Chief introduces himself as “Napi,“a trickster demigod.
Napi, also known as Old Man, is a hero of the Blackfoot tribe. He was the first man made by the Creator who also helped to form the world. You might also have noticed that Chief is the first person Diana shakes hands with, even though multiple other characters have tried to offer a handshake.
And finally, take a look at these Stark Industries employees in Avengers: Age of Ultron:
They’re trying to take a sneaky picture with Tony Stark.