In a three-hour long movie like Avengers: Endgame, there are sure to be plenty of potential easter eggs for fans to fixate on. One of the more interesting ones was Ben Mendelsohn’s potential cameo during the finale.
The actor was thought to have appeared when Peter Parker is seen back at high school for a reunion with Ned, where someone who looks an awful lot like Mendelsohn can be spotted in the background. The suspected appearance by the actor who played Talos in Captain Marvel was thought to imply the presence of Skrulls, but it turns out that’s not the case.
According to Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, they had no idea Mendelsohn was even in the film. In fact, more likely than not, the background character spotted by observant audiences was just an actor who happened to look like the 50-year-old Australian.
This is definitely disappointing to viewers who were already imagining how the villain could be up to no good here on Earth. Now, fans will presumably have to wait until the Captain Marvel sequel to see what the notorious Skrull leader is up to next.
Then again, the writers also admitted that even they’re unaware of every aspect of the production, saying:
“There are things people have told me about these movies, which we have worked on for nearly five years, that I’ve never seen, so I should probably watch it again.”
Perhaps this could imply that someone in the MCU was dropping hints that even the writers didn’t know about? Regardless, viewers know that anything can happen in the franchise and as such, there’s still a distinct possibility that the background character actually is Talos in disguise, plotting a way to bring down the heroes.
As of right now though, it looks like the Skrull leader wasn’t scheming in the shadows in Avengers: Endgame. Still, fans should stay hopeful. More importantly, they should stay vigilant throughout the next few Marvel movies for even more potential easter eggs. After all, it’s impossible to know who’s going to show up in the background at any particular moment.