Spider-Man: Homecoming has many Easter Eggs & references lying around that the average filmgoer wouldn’t notice. Luckily, I am great at spotting the references hidden within & here are the best ones. Obviously SPOILERS FOLLOW:
Spider-Man & Star Wars:
Peter Parker’s friend Ned is building the Death Star out of Lego throughout the film & action figures on his shelf of characters from the franchise.
The future villains for Spider-Man:
In Homecoming, we are introduced to The Vulture (Michael Keaton), but there are several other villains revealed that were hidden in plain sight.
The first is The Shocker (Logan Marshall-Green) who is quickly replaced by (let’s call him Shocker #2) Bokeem Woodbine.
Mason, the second hand man to The Vulture is actually a character named The Tickerer.
One that is hidden well but isn’t ever actually explained properly is The Scorpion. Michael Mando is listed as Mac Gargan, but if you payed attention, he has a scorpion neck tattoo & in the post-credits scene he reveals he’s going after Spider-Man.
The secret villain now – Donal Glover’s character is Aaron Davis, who seems like a harmless low level criminal but when Spider-Man sees his criminal profile page, his alias is revealed to be The Prowler – who’s a villain in the comic books.
Parallel universe Spider-Man – Miles Morales:
Donald Glover reveals in the interrogation scene with Spider-Man that he “doesn’t want the weapons in this neighbourhood, I got a nephew that lives here.” In the comic books, there is a parallel universe where a character named Miles Morales is the one who becomes Spider-Man. There’s a complicated history between the interactions of the original Spider-Man Peter Parker and the former, but I won’t delve into that quite right now… The point is that Miles Morales is said nephew of Aaron Davis (Donald Glover).
The school Peter attends is for gifted students:
In Spider-Man Homecoming, it appears that Peter Parker goes to a school for the highly gifted – there’s a mural with science figures in the background with Howard Stark on it. As well all the students in the hallways appear to have incredibly advanced science projects.
The principal is a descendant of one of Captain America’s Howling Commandos:
Kenneth Choi plays the principal in Spider Man Homecoming, but his character is actually a descendant of his character in Captain America: The First Avenger.
MJ & Betty Brant:
In the school, there are daily morning briefings done by none other than Betty Brant who in the comics ends up working for J Jonah Jameson at The Daily Bugle. Another interesting reference is actually towards a character that is only truly revealed at the end of the movie – Michelle turns to M.J. This is so clearly a reference to Mary Jane – the love interest of Peter Parker. Who knows what this means for the future of the character & Tom Hollan’s Peter Parker, we will just to wait & see…
The future for Spider-Man:
All throughout Spider-Man Homecoming, Tony Stark is mentoring Peter so that he will join the Avengers on a more permanent basis. The first poster for Avengers: Infinity War has been released & it for sure includes every character from The Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Spider-Man & Doctor Strange. From the poster art at least, it appears Spider-Man is still fighting alongside Iron Man.
As for the future of the characters involvement in Marvel films, it’s still uncertain – it was a brilliant business move for Sony to do a crossover with Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and then having Iron Man in Homecoming so that Marvel could in turn bring Spider-Man into the forefront of The Avengers Part 3. After that, the plan is uncertain for his future involvement between SONY and Marvel.
Did you catch any other Easter Eggs in Spider Man Homecoming? What was your favourite reference? Any idea what the future holds for Spider-Man & Marvel?
Comment below and let us know!
7/25/2017 – 7:32 pm