War for the Planet of the Apes Easter Eggs And References (Spoilers)

Since War of the Planet of the Apes is a part of an established franchise, the movie pays homage to the older series of films released in the '60s and '70s. Some references and nods carry over from the last movie, while others are completely new. Here's what we found out while watching the movie.

Bear in mind heavy spoilers for War of the Planet of the Apes will be discussed in this article. This includes what happens during the movie as well as its ending. If you don't want to know about those details yet, come back here after you have seen it. You have been warned.

The names of the apes are pretty obvious as they carry over from the last films. Caesar was the name of the ape that led the revolution in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The orangutan named Maurice is based on the actor Maurice Evans who played Dr Zauis in the original movie.

Then there's Caesar's family who are mainly named after the chimpanzee named Cornelius who was also in the original movie. Caesar's wife is named Cornelia while their youngest son is just named Cornelius. The roles are reversed in the new films because Cornelius was actually the father of Caeasar in the original series of films. Lastly they have another son named Blue Eyes which is the nickname the ape Zira gave Charlton Heston's character in the 1968 movie.

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One of the biggest revelations of this film is that it explains why humans are primitive and mute when we see them in the original movie. Due to the simian flu virus, apes get smarter around the world while the virus has mutated to an advanced state making humans unable to speak. This is when Caesar and his gang adopt a young girl named Nova who cannot speak.

Nova is also a nod to the original movie because she played the girlfriend of Charlton Heston's character. She too was mute in the original movie, although she was the prettiest girl in the entire movie. Heston's Taylor wanted her around since he was pretty much surrounded by apes for the majority of the film.

At the end of the movie, Nova pretty much lives with the apes in harmony. It will be interesting to see how she evolves if they decide to make more films. The Planet of the Apes TV show was different to the movies as they showed humans living side-by-side with apes. Humans were still classed as second rate citizens, but they were still able to speak and do common tasks like farming and more. Nova could evolve and learn to talk if they go that route.

During the end of the film, the apes go live in the desert. This might be referencing the ape city that we saw in the original film. This might be the same place where Zaius will live when he is born and where Taylor was captured. It looks similar in terms of its landscape as far as I can tell.

The last reference and easter egg I could find happened during the end of War for the Planet of the Apes. Just before Caesar dies from his wounds, he sheds a small tear in his left eye. This is a little call back to the end of Battle for the Planet of the Apes. In that movie, a statue of Caesar also sheds a small tear in his right eye. Both Caesar's might have been happy that peace has finally been restored. You can check the reference yourself in the video below from the 2 minute mark onward.

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