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The Best Marvel Easter Eggs In Disneyland's Avengers Campus

Avengers Campus opened at Disneyland's California Adventure on June 4, 2021 to the delight of Marvel fans around the world — and with good reason. The attraction features a life-sized Quinjet, insane rides such as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout (which reimagines the popular Tower of Terror attraction), and stunt shows featuring Marvel heroes such as Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, and Black Panther. There's even a Doctor Strange: Mysteries of the Mystic Arts attraction that sees the sorcerer showing off his impressive magical abilities to the amazement of onlookers.

Of course, what would a Marvel event be without a handful of Easter eggs that reference the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Indeed, there are many secrets sprinkled around the campus, and plenty hiding in plain sight on or around the all-new WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure ride. Read on to learn more about some of the unique Easter eggs you can find at the truly astonishing Avengers Campus!

The random shawarma cart

One of the more obvious Easter eggs eager fans will see at Avengers Campus is a red-and-gold-painted shawarma cart located between the Ancient Sanctum and the brand new Web Slingers ride. Obviously, this is a nod to the end of Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" film during which our heroes, immediately following the battle of New York in which the titular squad teamed up for the first time to take on Loki and a massive Chitauri army, head over to a shawarma restaurant to enjoy some much-needed R&R and chow down on the popular Levantine Arab dish.

There are only a few items on the cart's menu, namely an "Impossible Breakfast Sha-warm-up" along with a chicken and garlic plate called "New York's Tastiest" and a plant-based "Impossible Victory Falafel," but all three are guaranteed to give hungry Disney parkgoers enough to stuff their faces in a manner Thor would appreciate.

The Incredible Hulk tree

One of the best things about Disney's California Adventure is the minor details hidden in plain sight such as those radical — yes, radical! — headlight/taillight plants scattered around Radiator Springs, or the various mailboxes sprinkled throughout the park featuring the names E. Valiant (aka Eddie Valiant from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit") and P. Peabody (aka Peavy Peabody from "The Rocketeer").

Avengers Campus takes this concept a step further and features a very unique, Hulk-esque tree located just outside of WEB Slingers that doesn't quite match its fellow shrubs. Taking a closer look, fans will see a pipe marked with the words "Caution: Gamma Radiation" protruding from behind the tree that continuously spills dangerous chemicals on the plant. As such, this particular tree has sprung up much faster (and larger) than its siblings, making it something of an Incredible Plant (trademark pending).

Fans of the Hulk will recall the big green guy's mutation stemmed from an exposure to this specific brand of radiation. And while we never actually saw the spectacular (or tragic, depending on your point of view) event happen in the MCU, save for a few brief snippets during the opening sequence of 2008's "The Incredible Hulk," Bruce Banner's transformation is obviously canon and a well-known bit of comic book lore. It makes sense that Peter Parker and/or Bruce would spend a little time messing around with a dangerous chemical at the very public Avengers Campus, right?

Miles Morales spray-paint art

Peter Parker has basically taken over Avengers Campus with his WEB Slingers attraction, but that doesn't mean other Spider-Men can't join in on the fun. Case in point: keen-eyed park attendees will spot a bit of spray-painted wall art near Spidey's ride proclaiming the word "WEB" in bold, orange and blue lettering surrounded by spider-bots — themselves an integral part in the web-slinger's journey.

Look closer, however, and you'll see that the art was designed by none other than Miles Morales, aka the Spider-Man created by writer Brian Michael Bendis in 2011. As of now, the character hasn't appeared in any of the big-screen, live-action Spidey flicks, but did receive his own animated adventure in 2018's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and also enjoyed his own video game adventure, 2020's "Spider-Man: Miles Morales."

Could this be Marvel's way of teasing future plans with Miles in the MCU? With back-to-back sequels planned for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," the studio may not want to muddy the waters by introducing a live-action iteration just yet. Although considering the multiversal direction the MCU is taking, it makes sense for Miles to appear alongside Tom Holland's Peter Parker at some point in the near future.

Parking spots for Peggy, Howard, and Jarvis

Avengers Campus went through a couple of iterations before landing on its current form. Notably, the location served as part of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, or SSR, in the 1940s, and was headed by none other than Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and Edwin Jarvis before their S.H.I.E.L.D. days. As proof, you can spot parking spaces belonging to the awesome trio hidden around the campus — and may even catch a glimpse of the SSR logo near the WEB Suppliers gift shop.

Of note, the parking signs are a bit difficult to spot considering their size and location. They're not fixed near any of the more traversed areas of the park and are rather easy to miss unless you're really looking for them. Here's a tip: search for the SSR logo and then peer across the way to the opposite wall to find the signs. It's a simple but effective Easter egg for diehard Marvel fans.

Hawkeye's Lucky Pizza Dog

The MCU has been carefully planned out for some time, which means there are a couple of Easter eggs at Avengers Campus that tie into shows that hadn't even been released when the park first opened.

One example is Lucky the Pizza Dog, aka that cute canine hanging around with Hawkeye and Kate Bishop in the Disney+ series "Hawkeye." Apparently, Lucky has his own pizza joint, "Lucky Dog's Pizza," where he serves as the mascot. Signs for the restaurant are carefully hidden through Avengers Campus, notably in a display case inside the Web-Slingers Spider-Man attraction tucked under a postcard from Peter Parker's European vacation.

As an aside, Lucky the Pizza Dog is played by a golden retriever named Jolt, who actually has his own Instagram account. Fans should head over to @jolt.of.genius to check out the happenings of the furry rascal, including a post of the adorable canine reacting to himself in the "Hawkeye" TV show.

Peter and Ned's LEGO Death Star

One of the best parts of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is the well-crafted relationship between Peter Parker and his pal Ned. The duo do everything together and eventually team up to take on bad guys when Peter is outed as Spider-Man — Ned is Spidey's "Guy in the Chair." Of course, in between fighting criminals and evading space gods like Thanos, Peter and Ned enjoy getting their geek on with some LEGO tinkering, notably by building the massive LEGO Death Star set, complete with a tiny, evil, lightning-wielding Emperor Palpatine.

In "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Ned has the massive set completed but ends up dropping it on the floor when he first spots his friend dressed as Spider-Man. Later, the pair team up to rebuild the set — and apparently, Peter opted to store the completed "Star Wars" toy atop some shelves in his lab, where it sits in Avengers Campus.

Sure, the location is a little random for something that allegedly carries sentimental value, or maybe this was Peter's way of reminding himself to stay grounded. In any case, the prop makes for a fun find for fans perusing the park for secrets.

Also of note: Good luck trying to put the Death Star together. The massive set features a whopping 4,016 pieces and costs hundreds of dollars. How many lawns did Ned have to mow to save up for that?

Harley Keener's potato gun

In "Iron Man 3," Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, missing his Iron Man gear, teams up with Ty Simpkins' Harley Keener to take down Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. In dire straits, Tony reverts to some old school methods and builds a series of homemade weapons — notably a tripwire, a dart gun, a camera taser, and an ornament bomb, among others — after receiving inspiration from his pint-sized pal.

At the end of the film, Tony pays back Harley via a series of upgrades, including a brand-new potato gun dubbed "Mark II." Well, that particular model pops up in the WEB Suppliers Store and is also given a tribute on the WEB Slingers ride cue, where guests will pass a sign stating "39 Days Without a Potato Gun Malfunction." It's a cute nod to "Iron Man 3," but also another example of how Tony never stops tinkering with even the most simplistic tech.

Pym Test Kitchen menus

There are a number of fun little details located inside and outside Pym's Test Kitchen, including oversized props such as soda cans, pretzels and condiments, to say nothing of the menu items featuring oversized/undersized food options. There's even a conveyer belt hanging overhead in the main portion of the restaurant that enlarges pretzels.

Keen-eyed guests will note a register inside the restaurant powered by three enlarged "Harbulary" batteries, which, of course, are the ones Drax referenced in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" during a brief exchange with Peter Quill in the film's opening action scene. During the bit, Drax asks Quill, "What are they called again," referring to the large batteries attracting an inter-dimensional monster. Quill responds, "Anulax batteries," to which Drax nonchalantly replies, "Harbulary batteries." 

"That's nothing like I said at all," Quill snaps.

Later, Rocket steals a batch of batteries from the Sovereign, and while they're never specifically called or labeled, we can assume they're from the same "Harbulary" battery family referenced earlier. At any rate, it seems Hank Pym was partial to the name and crafted his own battery brand after Harbulary, or maybe it's purely coincidental and there just happens to be a similar brand of battery at various locations in the universe. Either explanation works for us.

The old Stark Industries map

Avengers Campus has a storied, and rather vibrant, history. Notably, the location was originally called "Stark Industries Complex" when Howard Stark ran the joint. You can see references to the original campus on a plaque that states: "Originally, this site was a restricted Stark Industries complex, dedicated to top-secret research. Now, its doors have been opened. It has been remade into Avengers Campus to be a home where Earth's mightiest heroes can assemble from across time and space to freely share their technology, skills, and knowledge with all."

The campus also features an old map of the original site that shows off previous locations, including Stark Motors, Pym Labs, Stark Aeronautics, a couple of hangars, and even a mysterious quarantine zone. The map is located on a post near WEB Slingers if you feel like taking a picture.

Another unique feature recently added to Avengers Campus is the ability for Magic Key Holders to collect a complimentary keepsake map of the old Stark Industries complex. In other words, you can take home a rare piece of the MCU's grand history, which is certainly not to be missed. 

Scott Lang's oversized cell phone

One extremely cool Easter egg located at the Pym Test Kitchen and Pym Tasting Lab is the digital menu guests can order from. Sure, they may look like regular old digital screens, but look closer and you'll see that they're actually oversized cell phones. Hope Pym's (Wasp) phone stands outside Pym's Test Kitchen, while Scott Lang's (Ant-Man) is located at Pym's Testing Lab. Look even closer and you'll see the occasional text message from the likes of Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (and the current Captain America), and Tony Stark

Even Peter Parker gets in on the fun, albeit in a manner that continues his WEB Slingers Spider-Bot mishap. On the ride, the young scientist accidentally begins duplicating Spider-Bots that begin to run amok in his lab. Riders combat the little droids in an interactive video game setting and eventually help Spider-Man save the day. Except in Peter's text, it seems his problems continue, leading him to send Scott the message, "Before you get mad ... I'm sending more Spider-Bots over to clean up the other Spider-Bots. And the food. And the drinks. And the broken plates. Sry. Also, can I get a pretzel?"

It's another clever Easter egg that expands upon one of the storylines from a park ride, but also offers a little more insight into the Avengers team dynamic. 

Bread tie with Hope Pym's birthday

Another fun detail in Pym's Test Kitchen involves the Wasp, who fought alongside Scott in the blockbuster sequel "Ant-Man and the Wasp." If you take a gander at the aforementioned giant soda cans suspended from the roof of the restaurant, providing fluid for the soda fountains, you'll notice a giant bread twist tie stamped with the date 03AUG. A quick Google search reveals that date to be the birthday of Evangeline Lilly, who plays the Wasp — a special date she presumably shares with her character. Ah, Hank, you sentimental fool.

The fun doesn't stop there, however, as the soda fountain on the other side of the restaurant features Paul Rudd's birthday, 06APR. So, despite his orneriness towards Scott, it seems Hank liked him enough to give the man a nod in his test kitchen. Although the dates do beg the question: do all the heroes' birthdays line up with the actor playing them?

An assortment of Spidey lockers

Finally, returning to WEB Slingers, fans will pass a wall of lockers painted with all manner of artistic designs. A closer inspection reveals that each locker belongs to a different character within the Marvel Universe — there's Harley Keener, who obviously spends time on the campus perfecting his potato gun, Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, and even Mary Jane Watson. Other lockers include Ms. Marvel's friend Bruno Carrelli, Amadeus Cho (Brawn), Shaun Lucas (Patriot), Dante Pertuz (Inferno), and Anya Corazon (Spider-Girl).

Many of these characters haven't popped up in the MCU just yet, although again, the introduction of the multiverse certainly provides a means for the likes of Mary Jane, Miles Morales, and Gwen Stacy to appear in some way, shape, or form. And who knows — there could be Easter eggs for Marvel films and series that haven't even been released yet scattered around the park.