Obviously – spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow. Don’t read on unless you’ve seen the movie – or you don’t care.
If you’re still here – we’ve put together some of the coolest Easter Eggs in Spider-Man: Homecoming for you to check out. Did you spot them all? Any we missed?
If you’ve seen the new Spider-Man (I’ve seen it three times #soznotsoz), chances are you’ll have noticed a figure in the school scenes dressed in a Tiger costume running through the background of the shot – only ever for a second. If you believe Moviepilot, this is an apparent reference to Mary Jane’s nickname for Peter – Tiger.
The Theme Song
After the Vulture’s introduction, the usual Marvel Comics reel plays, but this time with an added twist – the music used is actually an instrumental version of the ’67 animated theme.
His character first appears on the Staten Island Ferry, and later in the post-credits scene with Toombes in prison. Yep, I’m talking about Mac Gargan – who eventually becomes Spidey villain The Scorpion.
The Sokovia Accords
Of course, if you’re a Marvel fan you’ll know that the Sokovia Accords were introduced in Captain America: Civil War following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron in which an entire city was almost destroyed. The Accords were put in place as a means of delegating what the Avengers can and can’t do, and insisting that they operate under Government control. Whether or not these Accords should be signed by the team was the basis of the last Captain America film, and it was a nice touch to see them being taught in class in a brief scene in Homecoming.
“Suit Lady” – aka Karen – is seemingly Spider-Man’s version of F.R.I.D.A.Y. She’s an AI in Peter’s suit designed by Tony Stark to help him out. But here’s the good part – she is voiced by Jennifer Connelly, who is – wait for it – married to Paul Bettany. Yep – Vision, and previously J.A.R.V.I.S. Cool, huh?
This one’s probably a bit of a stretch, but Homecoming is the second Marvel film to feature a Ferris Bueller reference. Remember the post-credits scene in Deadpool that was a parody of the Ferris one? Sure, the 20th Century Fox films don’t really exist in the same Marvel Comics Universe, but they’re using the Marvel characters so they count. And of course, the Homecoming equivalent is when Parker is running through the backyards of a neighbourhood trying to catch up with The Vulture’s men, and the similar scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is playing on a TV in a backyard. Chk-chk-chk-ah.
Remember that powerful scene towards the end where Peter is trapped under the building the Vulture has just dropped on him? That sequence drew heavy inspiration from Amazing Spider-Man #33, and is widely regarded as one of the most iconic sets of frames in Spider-Man’s history.
Remember Elizabeth Banks’ character in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man? Me either. Granted, I should probably rewatch those old ones, but Banks played Betty Brant – those of you playing at home will recognise the name as the blonde newsreader on the school’s TV panel. Brant is J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary – yeah, this guy:
Who knows if she’ll grow up to work at the paper, but it’s a nice nod to the Universe nonetheless.
I have saved the best for last. I went into Spider-Man not knowing anything about the casting except what I’d seen in the trailers, meaning that Donald Glover showing up was a fair surprise. So, at first I was all, ‘Ha-ha, you got him in ’cause he wanted to be Spider-Man and he’s voiced Miles Morales, etc,’ but then I looked closer. Glover’s character in Homecoming is Aaron Davis – aka The Prowler. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, stay with us. Remember when Parker pulls him up in the parking lot to find out where The Vulture is, complaining about the illegal weapons trade? And Davis says “I don’t want those weapons in this neighbourhood either, man. I got a nephew who live here,” his character just so happens to be the uncle of Miles Morales. Whoa!