Let’s face it, film fans – the first rule is that you still haven’t properly got to grips with Fight Club. How could you, without being fully aware of every last detail hidden in that monstrously clever movie’s production? However, David Fincher’s 1999 black comedy is far from being the only flick to feature fast visual clues, subtle hints and barely veiled secrets.
In fact, there have been many movies down the years that reward repeated viewings in order to catch every nuance of sight and sound intelligently inserted into them by their creators. The following 20 snippets of cinematic splendor will almost definitely have passed you by on first viewing, for instance. Please be warned, though, that there are spoilers ahead…
20. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
It’s not uncommon for superhero movies to make subtle references to previous successes and failures in their own storied pasts. Sly references to characters from other films are considerably rarer, however, and that’s where Spider-Man: Homecoming sets itself apart. In the 2017 blockbuster, there is a very brief nod to none other than the Incredible Hulk himself – Mr. Bruce Banner. You can spy a portrait of Banner in Peter Parker’s science class among real-life scientific geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. Certainly not bad company for Ol’ Green Eyes to find himself in.
19. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Reloaded may not be the best movie in the mind-bending action trilogy, but nonetheless the 2003 sequel does feature a rather clever Easter egg. Specifically, if you look closely at the license plates on the film’s vehicles, you may notice that a number of them actually hold secret references to verses from the Bible. For example, the “IS5416” on the car driven by Hugo Weaving’s character, Agent Smith, seems to nod to Isaiah 54:16. Eerily, that verse reads, “Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy.”