People Need to Stop Saying There's a Buffy Easter Egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Friday, 11 September 2015 - 10:45AM
Avengers
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Friday, 11 September 2015 - 10:45AM
People Need to Stop Saying There's a Buffy Easter Egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron
I started to do some premature geeking out when I heard that there was a Buffy Easter egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron, until I actually saw what it was. The above screenshot from Thor's delirious visions of Asgard shows three masked men dressed as a wolf, a ram, and a hart. Joss Whedon confirmed on the Blu-ray commentary for Age of Ultron that this was an intentional nod to Wolfram and Hart, the LA law firm that turned out to be the incarnation of all evil (because of course it is) from the Buffy spin-off, Angel

I happen to love Angel, so this was still exciting news for me, but I'm still going to rant, because there is not, I repeat NOT, a Buffy Easter egg in Avengers: Age of Ultron. There is an Angel Easter egg. Screencrush first reported it as a Buffy Easter egg in their headline, but made it clear in the article that it was actually an Angel reference, and then at least eight other outlets (some of which are card-carrying nerd sites) reported it as a Buffy Easter egg. The only outlet to call it what it was- a nod to Angel- was the Italian site Cinefilos, but no one in America managed to get it right.


I won't call out the specific sites, because I know that Buffy is a grabbier headline than Angel, but come on now. At least call it a Buffyverse Easter egg, that would have pacified me just fine. But it doesn't make any sense for everyone to be calling it a Buffy Easter egg; Angel was a spin-off of Buffy, but it was distinctly its own show, with its own setting, themes, tone, and mythology. It's like if Batman v Superman had a Flash reference and everyone decided to call it an Arrow Easter egg just for funsies.

Okay, nerd rage over.
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