People love Easter eggs, both the candy-filled kind and the ones that pop up in movies and TV, but Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon was mostly way too tired to deal with focusing on the latter in his movie. He told us at the time that,
Yeah, there aren’t a ton of Easter eggs. It’s so hard for me to make a movie, especially this movie, I don’t spend a lot of time going, “You know what else would be hilarious?!” I’m more like, “Was the gun in the frame? Oh my God, I’m so tired.” I mean I would leave set every day and go home and write because it wasn’t quite right; it wasn’t quite finished. It needed to be better. So not a ton.
But “not a ton” doesn’t mean “none,” so there are a few, and ScreenCrush picked up on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer one in Thor’s vision of Asgard. It was a trippy scene that was hard to make much of in general, but there are indeed three masked men in a doorway wearing a wolf, ram, and hard (i.e. stag) mask respectively. This nod to the Buffy spinoff Angel’s villainous trio was apparently confirmed by Whedon in the director’s commentary on Age of Ultron.
And for those who need a primer on those characters:
On Angel, The Wolf, The Ram and The Hart were an ancient trio of true demons who, in present day Earth, are “senior partners” at the Los Angeles law firm Wolfram & Hart. Through this organization, they enact their evil will, representing murderers and other demonic individuals.
To me, it just looks like something out of True Detective. Either way, creepy and kinda cool.
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