With such a vast and detailed comic book history, it’s hardly surprising that Marvel stuffs their films with as many callbacks and Easter eggs as possible. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is definitely accessible to those without a shred of comic knowledge, but the films also reward observant viewers who have more than a passing knowledge of Marvel lore. As one of Marvel’s oldest and most popular heroes, Captain America has more opportunity than most characters for obscure references and delightful visual callbacks. With three films dedicated to Cap’s adventures in the MCU released so far, it’s a good time to look back at each film in the series — The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War — and the various hidden details they contain. Only the most dedicated Cap fan would have noticed all of the following Easter eggs.
24. MCU Double Duty
In Civil War, after giving his M.I.T. presentation in, Tony Stark runs into a woman who’s been waiting for him backstage. The woman, who calls herself Miriam, accuses Tony of being responsible for her son’s death, as he perished in Sokovia during Ultron’s attack. What you may not have realized is that this woman is played by Alfre Woodard, who also plays a much more prominent role in Netflix’s Luke Cage as Mariah Dillard. In general, actors are not allowed to play two different characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s strange that an exception was made in this case. Perhaps Robert Downey Jr. was able to pull some strings, as the two actors go way back, having shared the screen in 1993’s Heart and Souls and 2003’s The Singing Detective.