It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.
Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.
With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!
5. Wonka-brand Easter Egg
What’s that you say? You don’t remember any Easter Eggs in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory?
Well, that’s because I cheated – there aren’t any. If it seems like kicking off this list with a flat-out lie makes for a pretty rocky start, you’ve still gotta admit that even though we never actually SEE any Wonka-brand Easter Eggs, surely the eccentric chocolatier makes them, and surely they are ah-mazing.
From snozzberry-centred dark chocolate eggs through to pralines that taste like full roast dinners, Willy Wonka’s festive output would undoubtedly be truly next level confectionery.
4. The Golden Egg
Ok, so this next entry – or more to the point, the movie it’s drawn from – is a bit…niche.
The Million Dollar Duck is a widely-panned Disney live-action comedy from the 1970s, in which a penniless scientist accidentally invents a duck capable of laying solid gold eggs.
Basically, it’s a play on the classic Aesop’s Fable of “The Goose That Lays The Golden Egg”, except with a duck and excruciatingly awkward “humour” added into the mix.
Still, setting aside the less than stellar source material from which this particular egg is drawn – and overlooking the unforeseen complications that almost always crop up in these sorts of scenarios – it’s pretty hard to knock the idea of poultry that can serve up 24-carat yolks.
3. Phoenix Egg
So this next one is a bit of a mixed bag – after all, the arrival of the Phoenix in the Marvel Universe usually means that the end of the world is imminent.
Even so, without a Phoenix egg – like the one ultimate Phoenix host Jean Grey hatched from in Grant Morrison’s swansong X-Men story arc, “Here Comes Tomorrow” – we’re pretty much screwed.
That’s because the role of the Phoenix Force is to ensure that evolution (and thus life itself) persists, and therefore to stop the apocalypse, proving the incredible value of this particular egg.
That said, for a less ominous variety of Phoenix Egg, you can always opt instead for those seen in Harry Potter, which house more literal – and benign – phoenix birds.
2. Humpty Dumpty
Let’s make one thing clear right up front: ostensibly, a sentient egg-creature is kinda horrifying.
But it has to be said that there’s something oddly appealing about an egg that not only acquired the ability to walk and talk, but wasted no time using this newfound intelligence and mobility to climb a wall – even if, according to Puss in Boots, said egg possessed some fairly glaring character flaws.
If you think about it, that feat alone makes Humpty Dumpty easily the most accomplished egg of all time (almost a high cholesterol equivalent of Neil Armstrong), so it’s only right to give this doomed ovum his due.
(Sidenote: For the even more hilarious, militarised version of Humpty Dumpty, gaze upon the glory that is DC Comics villain Egg-Fu)
1. Dragon egg
If you think I’m going to justify awarding the top spot to this Game of Thrones gem by saying anything other than “It is an egg that dragons hatch from”, you clearly haven’t visited this site before…