By now you’ve probably all watched and rewatched the Ready Player One SDCC 17 trailer again and again. The whole two and a half minutes are jam packed with so many Easter Eggs, tips of the hat, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them pop culture references that it’s impossible to keep up, and one viewing simply isn’t enough.
Well fear not, because we’ve managed to break down the trailer for you, and pull out as many of the Easter Eggs as possible.
Fans of the Ernest Cline bestselling book may have a slight advantage over the rest, but let’s see how many of these you managed to spot.
1. A World of Pure Imagination
As the trailer just starts to get going, right before the Warner Bros logo hits, we hear the brief tinkling of a piano tune. If you listen close enough, it’s the music from 1971’s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Why is this significant? Well, if you boil down the story of Ready Player One to its very essence, it’s a modern day spin on the famous Roald Dahl story, except instead of an eccentric confectionery guru, Ready Player One has an eccentric gaming genius, searching for one worthy person to inherit his empire.
2. Hey Puddin’
When our hero, Wade Watts, walks into the Oasis for the first time, he passes two very familiar looking characters walking the opposite way – Harley Quinn and Deathstroke.
3. An Iron Giant
This was the sequence that made my wife jump out of her seat. If you don’t recognise this iconic character then simply put, your childhood was rubbish.
The Iron Giant seems to feature prominently in this sequence, so let’s hope Vin Diesel reprises his role if there’s any dialogue.
We’re still scratching our heads as to who that is in the background though.
4. Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
There’s a bucket load of famous movie vehicles in the trailer (more on those later), but the first one we see on screen – and perhaps the coolest and most iconic of all time – is the DeLorean from Back to the Future.
Does it look like it’s travelling at 88 mph to you?
5. Acererak the Demi-Lich
Joust was an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It’s particularly important to the story of Ready Player One because it’s the game players must defeat in order to obtain the Copper Key. That is, if they can get past Acererak the Demi-Lich.
If you look closely enough, during the trailer, you can clearly see the Ostrich riding knights made famous in the game. It make us wonder if the gaming challenge sequences will look more like simulated combat than simply having Wade playing on an arcade machine.
6. Welcome To My Nightmare
Perhaps the coolest sequence in the trailer, and the one that has the most people talking is the inclusion of iconic horror demon Freddy Krueger. Freddy, who is more famous for appearing in A Nightmare on Elm Street than he is Steven Spielberg movies, appears during a battle sequence that also includes Duke Nukem and some huge, cybernetically augmented creature carrying an assault rifle from the Halo game series.
7. Hey look, Coins!
Krueger’s screen time is only short, as he’s quickly dispensed, before turning into a bunch of online currency, not dissimilar to the post battle sequences in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
8. Today’s Tom Sawyer, Mean, Mean Pride
As the first licks of Rush track ‘Tom Sawyer’ kicks in we see a ton of cars lined up, looking like they’re ready to race. Presumably this represents the start of the metaphoric race to find the keys, and complete Haliday’s challenge.
The majority of the vehicles belong to The Sixers, but standing out from the crowd is the A-Team van and Stephen King’s demonic 1958 Plymouth Fury, Christine. Some other keen eyed folk claim to have spotted Lara Croft in the crowd too, you’ll have to see if you can spot her yourself.
The choice of ‘Tom Sawyer’ for this sequence is also an Easter Egg all to itself. If you remember back to the book, Rush were Haliday’s favourite band.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a light cycle from Disney’s Tron, but it’s actually much cooler than that. It’s Shotaro Kaneda’s bike from iconic Manga, Akira.
The rider appears to be female too. Could this be Art3mis?
10. Back to the Future … Part 2?
Right before the trailer reaches its climax we are treated to one final look at the DeLorean, amidst this same death race like sequence, which also featured Kaneda’s bike, the uniformed Sixers cars and the world famous Monster Truck known as Bigfoot. Remember Bigfoot?
Well, that’s all the Easter Eggs we could see in the 2:35 trailer. Why not rewatch the full tease below, and let us know if you spot anything else.