Over the years we’ve gotten used to Stan Lee’s iconic cameos in the MCU, however it’s his appearance in Ralph Breaks the Internet that could have contained an Avengers Easter Egg.
The 2018 Disney animation features the Marvel godfather in a scene that may or may not foreshadow one of Endgame’s most memorable and heartbreaking sequences.
The scene in question sees Lee talking to Iron Man, in the background there’s a sign showing the number 3000.
Of course there’s the conversation between Tony Stark and his daughter in Endgame, in which she tells her dad that she “loves him 3000” – a particularly poignant moment considering his fate.
Stan Lee makes a posthumous cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet alongside Iron Man with the number '3000' in the background. A possible reference to the "I love you 3000" line in Avengers Endgame which would be released 5 months later. pic.twitter.com/plzQ3fjl2g— Movie Details (@moviedetail) August 9, 2019
The scene was made even more touching when it emerged that the line had actually come from Robert Downey Jr relaying a story about one of his children telling him the same thing.
Understandably the directors thought the line was endearing and went on to include it in the script.
Another of Robert Downey Jr’s iconic lines from the movie almost didn’t make it into the film.
During his final moments – as he tricks Thanos into thinking the villain still has the working Infinity Gauntlet – Stark utters the line “I am Iron Man” that really kicked off the whole MCU, moments before he bowed out of it.
“Tony used to not say anything in that moment and we were in the editing room going, ‘He has to say something. This is a character who has lived and died by quips.’ And we just couldn’t, we tried a million different last lines,” the Russos said.
“Thanos was saying, ‘I am inevitable.’ Our editor Jeff Ford, who’s been with us all four movies and is an amazing storyteller, said ‘Why don’t we just go full circle with it and say ‘I am Iron Man’? And we were like, ‘Get the cameras! We have to shoot this tomorrow.’”