While Marvel’s first Guardians of the Galaxy movie hit theaters in 2014, it still hasn’t given up all of its secrets. One of the reasons that fans have continued to comb over the film’s details is that director James Gunn has repeatedly said that there is a big easter egg that no one has found yet. Earlier this week, a fan laid out an intriguing theory that the last major easter egg was related to the origin of Galactus. In Marvel’s official history, Galactus was once known as Galan of Taa, a mortal who survived the end of his universe and emerged as the devourer of worlds in the current universe. Unfortunately, Gunn has denied that this was the easter egg in question, and the hunt will continue.
In the meantime, SYFY WIRE has put together a list of our favorite easter eggs from Guardians of the Galaxy. It may not be completely comprehensive, but if and when the final easter egg is revealed, we’ll add it here!
There is no planet called Morag in the Marvel comic book universe, but 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.
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 Korbintite to appear. 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.
Is Stan Lee a Skrull?
Gunn confirmed this Easter Egg earlier this year. 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.
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 “favorite daughter.”
It should be noted that Gunn has mentioned a desire to change that detail, so it may come up again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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.
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 starcharts.
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.
The Collector's Menagerie
The Collector’s most notable Marvel Easter Eggs were Howard the Duck 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.
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.