There’s a lot of hype around CAPTAIN MARVEL and for many reasons. This is the first time Marvel has made a female-led superhero film. It will explain how Carol Danvers fits into the post-INFINITY WAR MCU. It’s going to bring the Kree-Skrull conflict to life on the big screen. And most importantly of all… it’s set in the ’90s, so I can look for CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Eggs! Okay, that’s probably not the biggest thing for most people.

However, I grew up in the ’90s and it’s wonderfully fun/incredibly saddening to think of all the childhood memories that will be turned into Easter eggs for this film (Oh God, I’m 90-old!) Specifically, the film takes place in 1995. There were a lot of events in the world and pop culture going around, which means there’s a lot to fit into this film. So let’s see what ten CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter eggs this film might grant us with.

10. Blockbuster

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Let’s get the obvious CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg out of the way first. The teaser trailer released for the film clearly shows Carol crashing into a Blockbuster video store. Now, I didn’t have cable or a lot of money for video games as a kid. Blockbuster was my main ticket for movies and a chance to try any new games that came out. I loved that place, especially when they would sell old DVDs for cheap. It’s a little unclear what they can do exactly with this nod, though. There’s an option for Disney to go meta since TOY STORY was released that same year. Or it could just be a scene for Stan Lee to get in one more cameo as a store manager.

9. Oklahoma City Bombing

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Ok, so this is a dark one, but it could factor into the film. Carol’s return to Earth coincides with the Kree and Skrull warring on the planet. Given the destruction these two races can cause, it’s not hard to believe a CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg could bring up references to this 1995 tragedy. However, there’s another possibility for Carol as well. She returns to Earth after years of serving in the Starbreakers. Imagine her coming home and seeing the destruction that she wasn’t around to stop. It could very well be the galvanizing event that pushes her to fight for her home planet.

8. Pogs

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This one’s more of a personal hope, but I’d love to see POGS be a CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg all the same. These cardboard discs were huge in the ’90s, and a brief scene of them would be fun. Imagine something along the lines of a Kree trying to kidnap an Earth kid, while the kid tries to save himself with POGS. Trying to explain THAT fad to an alien is ripe with comic potential.

7. BATMAN FOREVER

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While the ’90s Batman films were hit and miss, most regard the two later films as the worst. So should Marvel include this film just for a potshot at its rival company? Not quite. BATMAN FOREVER was actually a big hit in 1995, so seeing it wouldn’t be too weird. What would be good would be a scene for Carol unsure of what to do against Kree. Imagine her saying something akin to ‘heroes fail sooner or later’ and then walks towards a sign for the film? Hey, this wasn’t BATMAN AND ROBIN, but it was still pretty bad, people!

6. Windows 95

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Ah, remember when this was the pinnacle of computers? Obviously, Windows 95 has become obsolete in modern times, but it was a huge deal in 1995. It’s easy to imagine a CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg of Carol sitting down at a computer after years of Kree Tech, only for this to pop up. Honestly, if she doesn’t shoot the computer after hearing the dial-up noise, I’ll be shocked.

5. FRIENDS

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Yeah, we can’t get more CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg than this. FRIENDS were all over the tube in 1995, and even today, I don’t know why. I’d love to see this as part of Carol’s reintroduction to Earth. Just imagine Nick Fury sitting her down and going, “This should give you an idea of the world today,” and that familiar theme hits? Classic.

4. The Macarena

Look, all I’m saying is that the Kree and Skrull need a reason to invade Earth. Maybe they saw this 1995 dance craze and thought they were doing the universe a favor? It could happen!

3. Christopher Reeve

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Okay, Christopher Reeve was a well-established star long before 1995. However, 1995 was the year Reeves was tragically paralyzed. The injury ended his career, but Reeves would go on to become an inspirational figure, raising funds for medical research and proving that his injuries didn’t define him. That could be a great CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg for Carol to remember her humanity, and how much human beings can accomplish in the face of tragedy. Besides, what’s a bigger inspiration than Superman?

3. OJ Simpson

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Obviously, this is an event that shouldn’t be too heavily featured. OJ Simpson’s trial was a long and complex part of American history that deserves its own movie (and got one). However, it’s also too big a part of 1995 for the film to ignore. If there was ever a way to set the scene for the year, a mention of OJ’s trial would do it.

2. Spawn

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1995 saw comics in swing again, especially Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN. McFarlane pushed his creation further into the mainstream with his line of action figures. These toys were everywhere, so it’s not hard to imagine a CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Egg of Carol seeing them, or some other kind of Spawn merchandise in the movie. It’d be a nice nod to McFarlane (who is a former Marvel artist) or a little jab that his biggest creation is just a toy, while Marvel is a film franchise.

1. The Doomsday Clock

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This is more of an ’80s reference than 1995, but it bears a look for one important reason. The Clock was a scientific gauge of how far the world was from catastrophe. By 1995, despite tensions, the clock was at fifteen minutes to midnight, which was safer than most in the ’80s. While we don’t know exactly when Carol left Earth, it’s reasonable to think she was taken at a far more tense point in the clock’s history. So her coming back at a point when the clock is less threatening could be a unique story. Of course, the conflict will also set it right back.

Nostalgic Ride of CAPTAIN MARVEL ’90s Easter Eggs

There’s a lot riding on CAPTAIN MARVEL — being the first female-led Marvel film, keeping the franchise going, etc. There’s every confidence that the movie will succeed, but hopefully, it can utilize its setting for a unique flavor that makes it stand out. After all, if GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY can use 70’s pop, why not use the ’90s?

Besides, our music was better anyway.

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