The Incredible Hulk Furious 7 Nod [cameos & easter eggs]

Lou Ferrigno & Vin Diesel, voice actors for two of the bulkiest onscreen superheroes, meet onscreen for the first time, but certainly not the last:

hulk vs groot

DOMINIC TORETTO: “You risk life and limb to save the free world and what do they give you?
Jell-O and a ‘bad’ seventies TV show.” HULK: “RAWRRR!”

A bit of fourth-walling, meta information being communicated here, no? Nothing featured is an accident when it comes to planning big budget motion pictures. This moment works on two levels, as it’s also a call back to Fast and Furious 6 when Tej (Ludacris) refers to Hobbs as The Hulk, saying, “Now we work for the Hulk?” So perhaps what I’m about to suggest is coincidental and ‘confirmation bias’ all in my head, or perhaps this is a little precursor to Hulk and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) from “Guardians of the Galaxy”, one day duking it out in an upcoming Marvel installment featuring Thanos and the infinity gauntlet. Side-note: Bruce Banner in “The Avengers” is played by Mark Ruffalo, and although CG Hulk is modeled after Ruffalo, he is actually voiced by TV’s original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno (uncredited). Here are some pics to think upon:

I dunno. Maybe I’m just batshit crazy. Not a spoiler, just mentioning another easily missed easter-egg here; later on in the same movie, while Hobbs (The Rock) is in the hospital, he watches a football game play on that same TV:

Hobbs

It so happens that’s from the November 16, 1991 game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles. That defensive tackle — #94 — you see sacking the quarterback is none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. So, The Rock, as Hobbs, is sitting in a hospital bed watching a football game where The Rock, as Dwayne Johnson, is making a big play. Worlds are colliding! Side-note: Johnson was injured during that season which derailed his NFL career, leading him to become “The Rock”, and eventually an actor…watching himself for real from within a fictional world. Some Southland Tales shit right there.

November 16, 1991 game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles. That defensive tackle — #94 — you see sacking the quarterback is none other than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

I enjoy paying attention to background details, just as much as I’m sure there are people who enjoy putting it there.

Batman vs. Superman film billboard seen in I am Legend (2007)

To end, here is one more geeky reference of an easter-egg courtesy of the Fast & Furious franchise (Fast Five/Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist) — Han’s last name is Seoul-Oh. As in, his full name is Han Seoul-Oh! It’s a “Star Wars” reference, people.

Han Seoul-Oh

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~ by Fionnlagh on April 18, 2015.

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