The opening of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy centers around a young Peter Quill in his childhood home in the 1980s, and features plenty of era-appropriate Easter eggs for players to find. Although this section is brief, players will revisit his home multiple times throughout the course of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Some might be tempted to just rush through to get to the next part of the game, but those that have a look around will be rewarded with a plethora of ’80s-era pop-culture references.
[Warning: The following contains some SPOILERS for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.]
Some are far more obvious than others, but fans should pay close attention to stuff in Quill’s room and throughout the rest of the house. Although not really an Easter egg, Eidos-Montreal noted that the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is all ’80s music as that’s when Peter was abducted from Earth. All he had with him when he was taken was a tape player with some songs on it and a special little toy from another beloved sci-fi saga.
The Easter eggs present in Star-Lord’s childhood home encompass multiple aspects of the decade’s popular culture, ranging from film and TV to music, comics, and even some in-universe references to other Marvel comic book characters. They’re great references on their own, but they also serve a valuable purpose in setting the tone of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s story, distinguishing it from the 1970s-inspired MCU movies, and adding a new ’80s dynamic to Star-Lord’s character. Here are all the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Easter eggs players may have missed, or wish to revisit.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Chewbacca Action Figure
This one is very difficult to miss unless the player is not looking at the screen. Although it’s never stated what the exact year is at the start of the game, Marvel’s GotG begins in the ’80s. With that said, the Star Wars craze has certainly taken over and Kenner toys are flying off the shelves. As Peter’s mom is leaving his room, she steps on an action figure and picks it up, imitating Chewbacca with English instead of his native tongue of Shyriiwook – which just sounds like gargling noise.
She throws it to Peter, who notes he doesn’t talk like that. The figure looks to be an authentic 1977 Kenner action figure, which is an impressive level of detail. The figure reappears multiple times throughout the rest of the game.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Rolling Stone Magazine
If players look over to their right, they’ll find a Rolling Stone magazine sitting next to Peter. The cover features Marvel GotG’s fictional band, Star-Lord. Quill got their new tape for his birthday and is such a big fan that he takes on the name when he tries to make a name for himself in the galaxy.
The origins behind the Star-Lord name may differ greatly in the comics, but this is another nice touch of further distinguishing GotG from other interpretations. Besides, Rolling Stone is a bit of a rite of passage for musicians and is one of the biggest pop culture magazines out there, so it’s a nice touch to see the fictional band on the cover.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Marvel Comics
Once players get off of Peter’s bed and can roam around, they can walk over to a shelf on the right side of his room. They’ll encounter yet another reference to Marvel’s GotG’s Star-Lord band, but this time in the form of a comic book. It’s not just any comic, though. It’s one published by the legendary Marvel Comics. Of course, there is no Star-Lord (the band, not the actual Marvel character) comic book as of right now, but perhaps one could be made if fans respond well to the game.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Peter Quill’s Tron Poster
Yet another Disney property can be found in Peter’s room. A poster for Tron hangs beside Peter’s bed. It’s one of many seminal ’80s films and although it got a sequel in the 2010s, the IP has lied dormant for a while.
Tron is a quintessential ’80s classic, but there are also other cult-favorite films that get a nod in Peter’s bedroom. Other posters that seem to reference The Last Starfighter, WarGames, and a newspaper ad that has imagery reminiscent of They Live are dotted around, only with different names instead.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Spider-Man’s Newspaper
This isn’t necessarily an ’80s reference, as Spider-Man has existed since the 1960s, but it is an Easter egg players will want to keep an eye out for. Despite Marvel’s GotG being set in its own universe, there is a “Weekly Bugle” newspaper in Peter’s room. The headline is slightly obscured, but it does make mention of a “vigilante“. That’s pretty vague, as New York City is home to dozens of vigilantes in Marvel’s comics, but the Daily Bugle is the paper that Peter Parker works for in New York City. The Weekly Bugle might be some sort of alternate universe version of the paper, but that doesn’t mean Spider-Man doesn’t exist in this universe still. Either way, it would be a substantial coincidence given the logo of the paper is almost identical to the Daily Bugle.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Pac-Man Birthday Cake
Eidos-Montreal included a reference to another acclaimed game in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Later in the game, Peter flashes back to his home and walks up to his kitchen to celebrate his birthday. His mom has prepared a Pac-Man birthday party for him with a Pac-Man cake. The iconic arcade game was released in 1980 and was a pop-culture staple for that decade.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Stanley Kubrick Dog
A dog by the name of Kubrick can be found in Peter’s home and yes, the player can pet it. The dog is likely named after director Stanley Kubrick who directed films like The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and one of the most revered sci-fi films ever made, 2001: A Space Oddysey.
2001 is even referenced by name later in the game. Given how sci-fi-heavy this story is with characters like Cosmo and The Worldmind appearing in Marvel’s GotG, it’s fitting to have a nod to one of the masters of the genre as well.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Eggs – Knight Rider
A TV guide listing of Knight Rider, a popular 1980s TV series starring David Hasselhoff, can be found in Star-Lord’s living room. Knight Rider is also referenced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when Gamora recounts a story from Peter’s youth where he pretended that Hasselhoff was his father and was never in town because he was filming the show.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is out now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC, and Nintendo Switch via cloud streeaming.
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