Nearly 15 years before Marvel changed Hollywood by connecting all its films into a single overarching narrative, Kevin Smith created his “View Askewniverse.” All of his early films existed in the same universe (or at least the same part of central New Jersey). The characters in one film would appear in another; infamous events in one story may be referenced again later.
While Smith eventually moved away from exclusively making films in the View Askewniverse in the mid-2000s, he has returned to it in recent years, first with his Jay and Silent Bob reboot and so on Clerks III, which really brings him back to his roots and tells the story of two lowly grocery store clerks (played once again by Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson) trapped forever behind the register at the Quick Stop in Leonardo, New Jersey. In this episode, Anderson’s Randal suffers a near-fatal heart attack and decides he needs to do something with his life. As a lifelong movie fan, there is only one option: make a movie and put it in Quick Stop.
It turns Clerks III into a non-stop parade of references and callbacks to the original Clerks, the movie Randal is making bears a close resemblance to the one Kevin Smith wrote and directed about his own time working on Quick Stop back in 1994. Characters and actors from the past return, past footage is duplicated exactly, and even one or two films outside the View Askewniverse are mentioned. Below, you’ll find several dozen Easter eggs hidden throughout the film. If you plan to steal them to write a piece of your own, let us know. Thanks.
Clerks Easter eggs in Clerks III
For longtime Kevin Smith fans, Clerks III is filled from top to bottom with references, easter eggs and callbacks to the entire View Askewniverse.