I recognized a few faces of the Yakuza people that Ronin attacks in Avengers: Endgame.

Is this intentional cross-seed of The Wolverine possibly?

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    Sound confuisng – Ankit Sharma Apr 26 '19 at 4:49
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    It's more likely that there are limited number of stunt men, actors and extras of Japanese ethnicity and they have simply been cast in both films than an intentional tie-in. – Sarriesfan Apr 26 '19 at 5:38
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    please be more elaborate with your question so that it can get the right people to answer it. – Anu7 Apr 26 '19 at 10:26

Highly unlikely.

The actor you might have recognized is Hiroyuki Sanada, who in Endgame plays Akihiko, the only Yakuza who stays alive long enough for us to see his face. In The Wolverine, Sanada was playing Shingen Yashida, Mariko's father, who had more of a role already.

But apart from the fact that they're played by the same actor, there is no real reason to think they're related:

  • Comics-wise, Akihiko has a grand total of one single appearance (Nick Fury #2, 2017). Shingen Yashida is more prominent but the two have no connection that I know of;
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe and X-Men Cinematic Universe aren't the same (yet). So characters from one aren't related to characters from the other - if you want to go down the "played by the same actor" road, remember that Chris Evans (Captain America) technically played the Human Torch some years back;
  • Shingen Yashida died in The Wolverine and has no particular reason to pop up in an unrelated Avengers movie.
  • I understood his name was Akihito during the movie :/ – Taladris Apr 28 '19 at 12:29
  • @Taladris Sanada is listed as "Akihiko" on IMDb and Akihito doesn't ring a bell in Marvel universe (doesn't mean there isn't though). Maybe there were both an Akihiko and an Akihito in the same scene? A Yakuza shouts "he killed ____" (Akihito ?) If memory serves – Jenayah Apr 28 '19 at 12:34
  • that was a joke. Akihito is the Emperor of Japan (until early May). – Taladris Apr 30 '19 at 1:25
  • @Taladris completely missed the joke :-) – Jenayah Apr 30 '19 at 4:38

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