Ready Player One References

10 Pop Culture References from Ready Player One That You May Have Missed (SPOILERS)

5. The T-800’s Thumbs Up from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

5. The T-800’s Thumbs Up from Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2 Thumb's Up

Again, we already knew that the Iron Giant, the titular character from Brad Bird’s animated cult classic, would be making an appearance in Ready Player One. What we didn’t know, however, is that Spielberg would use the big iron bot to pay homage to another metallic 90s icon. After sustaining damage in the final battle around Anorak Castle, the Iron Giant is lowered into a pit of molten lava, at which point it gives the camera a quick thumbs up, referencing the demise of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in James Cameron’s iconic Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Don’t worry, though. The T-800 made its way back to the big screen for three subsequent films, and we’re sure that if Ready Player One warrants a sequel, we’ll see the return of the Iron Giant, too.

4. Blink and you’ll miss ‘em cameos from Robocop, Spawn, Gundam and Bender

Gundam in Ready Player One

When people enter the OASIS, they can take on whatever avatar they want, which means that every time we pan across a crowd of people inside the virtual reality utopia, we’ll see a handful of familiar faces. Early on, you can see Robocop casually strolling along in the background. If you look closely throughout the film, you can also snag a glimpse of Spawn (on the big screen for the first time since 1998!) during the final battle. Some fans were particularly chuffed that an early model Gundam makes an appearance.

Bender from The Breakfast Club also makes a brief cameo. The films of John hughes are actually a key reference in the film, as Watts uses trivia about Hughes’ beloved teen films to test villain Nolan Sorrento’s (Ben Mendelsohn) geek credibility. As it happens, Sorrento passes the test, but only because he has a team full of true nerds and pop culture lovers whispering the answers in his ear. It turns out that all of Hughes’ films feature teens from Shermer High, a fictional school just outside of Chicago.[/nextpage]

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