Wait, Did Hawkeye Feature A Cameo From Another OG Avenger?

If there’s one thing most people know about Marvel Studios, it’s that it likes to find ways to create links between its productions. One of the key ways the company does this is by adding cool cameos here and there. For instance, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier featured a certain character who also popped up in Black Widow. Likewise, Loki hate a show-changing surprise that involved a Thor alum. The holiday-themed Hawkeye had its share of treats as well but, now, it would appear the show also included a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo from a certain OG Avenger.

What’s incredibly cool about Marvel Studios’ projects is that a number of the people working on them are fans themselves. This is the case when it comes to ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Vincent Papaix, who oversaw post-production on Hawkeye. The visual artist recently chatted with befores & afters, during which he revealed that his team managed to “hide one Avenger that nobody has found yet.” Well, The Direct did a rewatch and seemed to spot said hero during the first episode’s opening scene. The site later reached out to Papaix, who confirmed the assumption:

It is indeed Hulk jumping from building to building and getting a blast from a Chitauri weapon.

Mark Ruffalo (as the Hulk) in The Avengers

(Image credit: Marvel Studios)

The show kicks off with a flashback to the Battle of New York, which took place in 2012. The exciting sequence sees a young Kate Bishop watch the Chitauri’s assault on the city from her damaged penthouse. It’s during this scene that Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton also unknowingly saves her life. However, while Kate is looking at the destruction, the leaping Hulk can be seen in the distance. It’s a cameo that not even the most observant fans could catch the first time around, so kudos to the visual effects team for slipping in such a sly Easter egg.

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