The Guardians of the Galaxy made their cinematic debut in 2014, featuring a motley crew of space adventurers including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, with Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket. The film is also notable for being the first appearance of Josh Brolin as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released three years later in 2017, and has firmly secured itself as a fan favourite the world over.
Apart from having a killer soundtrack and a goldmine of random 80s references, Guardian of the Galaxy is famous for having a ton of Easter eggs hidden in the movies. We’ve put together a list of all of our favourite easter eggs from Guardians of the Galaxy, did you spot them all?
1. Clever Coordinates
The coordinates for locations in Guardians of the Galaxy are either A) A real Place that has been spotted and coordinated in the Andromeda Galaxy, or B) Made-up numbers that when placed into a number-to-letter puzzle create a message.
2. A Dark Location
The location of the Dark Astyr translates to “This is Moms Cancer,” which shouldn’t exactly be taken literally, but is more in reference to Peter’s journey in the film itself.
3. Rob Zombie Guest Appearance
The Ravager ship’s computer is voiced by musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie, who has previously lent his voice to other James Gunn projects. So yes, Rob Zombie is in the MCU.
4. Planet Morag
Planet Morag, where we first meet Star-Lord in the first movie, actually did not appear in the Marvel comic book universe. However, there was a Kree leader named Morag who played a key role in the history of his people. Morag was among a group of Kree who built a city at the Blue Area of Earth’s moon, where the Inhumans took refuge centuries later. Morag was also the instigator of the very first Kree-Skrull War because he believed the Skrulls favored the Kree’s rivals, the Cotati.
5. The Milano
Peter Quill’s spaceship is called ‘The Milano’, a pop culture reference to Peter’s childhood crush on Alyssa Milano, star of popular 80s TV show ‘Who’s the Boss?’
6. 80s References
As mentioned, Guardians of the Galaxy is peppered with obscure 80s references. One of the most obscure references in the film occurs when Peter Quill refers to Groot (Vin Diesel) as “The Giving Tree,” which refers to Shel Silverstein’s novel, which shows how his pop culture
knowledge ended after he left Earth in the year 1988. Quill also refers to Rocket Raccoon as Ranger Rick, the mascot of a children’s nature magazine which was popular in the 1980s.
7. 12% in the Marvel Universe
One of the most humorous moments in Guardians of the Galaxy is where Peter Quill tries to explain that he has “part of a plan” for defeating the nefarious Ronan the Accuser. When asked how much of this plan he has formulated, Quill says “12%,” but you may recall that the figure is a nod to a scene from Marvel’s The Avengers. The scene in question features Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) telling Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) to take some of the credit for the creation of Avengers Tower. When asked how much credit she should take, Tony says “12%,” which Pepper referred to in another scene when she said she was having “12% of a moment.”
8. The Korbinite Skeleton
The likeness of a warrior who resembled Beta Ray Bill appeared on the side of the arena in Thor: Ragnarok, but he may not have been the first Korbinite to pop up in the MCU. Near the beginning of the film, as Star-Lord dances his way through Morag’s ruins, he comes across a skeleton that appears to be Korbinite. That horse head is a pretty distinctive look.
9. Is Stan Lee a Skrull?
When Rocket spots Stan Lee’s unnamed character on Xandar, the on screen text is written in the Skrull language. When translated, one of the lines is “Excelsior,” Lee’s favorite catchphrase. It could mean that the device Rocket was using is of Skrull design or it has a Skrull language setting. Alternatively, it may suggest that Lee played a Skrull in that scene. Those alien shapeshifters can look like anyone, and they will make their official MCU debut in Captain Marvel.
10. Gamora’s Mugshot
During Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos boasted that Gamora’s race, the Zehoberei, had thrived since he and the Black Order wiped out half of the planet’s population. However, Gamora’s mugshot on Xandar calls her the “last survivor of the Zehoberei people.” That’s either a mistake or Thanos was lying to his “favourite daughter.”
11. Rocket’s Mugshot
Another revealing mugshot from Xandar features two shoutouts to Rocket’s comic book origin. It lists his origin (or homeworld) as “Halfworld”, before mentioning Lylla by name as one of Rocket’s known associates. Lylla was one of Rocket’s friends and significant others during his comic book adventures on Halfworld. We may never see Lylla in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, but she could still be on her own in the vast MCU.
12. Groot’s Mugshot
Groot’s Easter Egg was a little bit of a deeper dive. His homeworld is simply listed as “X.” But in the comics, Groot made his debut as a space monster from Planet X. The modern Groot isn’t the same loquacious enemy of humanity, although he recently regained the ability to say more
than just his name. X is another destination the MCU will probably not get around to, but it’s on somebody’s star charts.
13. The Flower of Groot
This is more of a homage than an Easter Egg, but Gunn has admitted that the scene where Groot gives a young girl a flower is directly referencing James Whale’s Frankenstein movie from 1931. Unlike Frankenstein’s monster, Groot doesn’t accidentally kill the young girl.
14. The Collector’s Menagerie
The Collector’s most notable Marvel Easter Eggs were Howard the Duck (voiced by Seth Green) and Cosmo the Spacedog. In the comics, Cosmo was actually an ally and even briefly a member of the Guardians who used his telepathic and telekinetic abilities to protect his friends and serve as Knowhere’s head of security. A Dark Elf and a Chitauri warrior have also been spotted in the collection, alongside a prototype cocoon from the Sovereign, and the alien parasites from Slither, a horror film directed by Gunn.
15. The Celestials
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 established Ego the Living Planet as both Star-Lord’s father and a member of the Celestials. Within the Marvel comic book universe, the Celestials are essentially all-powerful space gods. Eson the Searcher is briefly seen in the first Guardians of the Galaxy in footage from the distant past as he uses the Power Stone to destroy a world. If the Power Stone magnifies the abilities of the user, it means that Eson should have been unstoppable. It’s currently unknown how and why he relinquished the stone before it was hidden away on Planet Morag. Considering that The Eternals is on Marvel’s shortlist for upcoming films, it seems likely that we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Celestials when they eventually make their way to Earth. The Celestials are also directly involved in the creation of the Eternals and their rivals, the Deviants.
16. A Note in the Credits
In addition to the other thanks and notices, a note appears that ‘No Raccoons or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this film. The same cannot be said for handlers of said raccoons or tree creatures.’