With Spider Man’s merging with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spidey’s first solo arc was bound to involve tons of fun to the other beloved superheroes. From Robert Downey Jr.’s cameo as Tony Stark/Iron Man, to Peter’s school featuring Captain America, and references to Thor, S.H.I.E.L.D., and so on, there was a lot to take in.
But there were also more subtle agrees to the forever-expanding MCU as well as to the hero’s 55-year history. Here are 10 Easter eggs from SpiderMan Homecoming you may haven’t noticed.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 1: Spider-Man Theme Song
The movie begins with a nod to Spider-Man’s long history. Rather than using the common soundtrack that plays over the Marvel logo opening that’s shown in every movie, the music in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actually comes from the 1967 “Spider-Man” cartoon’s theme.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 2: Peter’s Classmates
Peter’s school life is a much major part of this movie than it was in the precedents, and likewise, he spends more time with his peers. Among them are lots of familiar names from Spider-Man’s history.
Ned Leeds: In the film, Ned (Jacob Batalon) is Peter’s best pal and “the man in the chair”. However in the comics, Leeds is actually the Hobgoblin. It doesn’t seem that the film’s adaption of the character will follow that path.
Liz Allan: Peter’s love interest in the movie is actually introduced the same time Spider-Man did in “Amazing Fantasy” #15. She was the love interest of both Peter and Flash Thompson.
Flash Thompson: Regardless of universe, Flash is always Peter Parker’s high school rival.
Betty Brant: In the comics, she works for the Daily Bugle (same to the Sam Raimi movies where she was portrayed by Elizabeth Banks), but in “Homecoming”, she’s another one of Peter’s friends. She’s getting a promotion as a reporter for the school news.
Fun fact: in the comics, Betty Brant was in a relationship with Ned Leeds before he turns bad.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 3: “My friends call me MJ”
Michelle (Zendaya) sits in the background for most of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” – happier to be reading her novel than caring about what’s happening around her. It isn’t until one of the last sequences of the movie – when she is nominated to be the new captain of the academic decathalon team – that she admits her friends call her MJ.
In the comics, MJ is the nickname of Mary Jane Watson – the love of Spidey’s life.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 4: Vulture’s Henchmen
Michael Keaton’s role Adrian Toomes (a.k.a. the Vulture) has a quite neat operation going by the time Spider-Man begins interfering, but there are two members of Toomes’ crew that stand out as other baddies to our hero.
Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine) has his super-villain name “the Shocker” in Spider Man Homecoming full movie. Not exactly the greatest antagonist in Spider-Man’s collection, but it’s interesting to see him appears on the screen after years playing Green Goblins.
Phineas Mason (Michael Chernus) doesn’t actually get his devious alias in the film, but in the comics he’s called the Tinkerer.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 5: Mac Gargan
The man who the Vulture encounters on the ferry for the weapons deal, and afterward appeared in prison, is Mac Gargan (portrayed by “Better Call Saul” Michael Mando). If you couldn’t work it out by the huge neck tattoo he sports in the movie, Mac Gargan ultimately becomes the Scorpion.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 6: “I got a nephew who lives around here.”
Donald Glover has a minor role in Spider Man Homecoming full movie, but a surprise one for Spider-Man fans. Glover portrays Aaron Davis, a low-level criminal who ultimately becomes a villain named the Prowler. That isn’t what makes him stand out in the movie though.
While being interrogated by Spidey, Davis claims he has a nephew who lives nearby. Aaron Davis is the uncle of Miles Morales (a.k.a. the Ultimate Spider-Man). In the comics, Miles took after the Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker after he was killed by the Green Goblin. He now lives in the main 616 Universe beside the Peter Parker we know and adore, as it appears to be true in the MCU.
What makes Glover’s casting as Miles’ uncle even greater is that the star of “Atlanta” actually fought to get the role of Spider-Man in 2010 before Sony casted with Andrew Garfield. His campaign later led him to voice Miles in a few episodes of the “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated franchise.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 7: Karen
Karen, the Artificial Intelligence imbedded in Spidey’s suit, was a last-minute addition and is voiced by no other than Jennifer Connelly. Connelly is the real life spouse Paul Bettany, before playing Vision in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, voiced Jarvis in Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 8: Principal Morita
In a larger MCU, Kenneth Choi portrays the Principal Morita in Peter’s school. In Captain America The First Avenger, he was Jim Morita – a member of the Howling Commandos. He’s back to importantly play his own grandson in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. In a sequence in his office where he is having a talk with Peter there are pictures of Jim and the Howling Commandos.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 9: “The Amazing Spider-Man” #33
The Spider-Man movies have paid tribute to famous covers and sequences in the past (Peter throwing away his Spider-Man suit in the garbage in Spider-Man 2) and Homecoming is no exception. Near the ending, after the Vulture drops a roof on Spider-Man, Peter struggles to push the crumbles off himself as water pours down on him. This is homage to a well-known Steve Ditko scene from “The Amazing Spider-Man” #33.
SpiderMan Homecoming Easter Eggs 10:The Iron Spider
After the final clash and the thing settles, Peter is then driven to the new Avengers complex in New York where Iron Man offers him an Avengers spot as well as a flashy new costume. Although not exactly the same, it does share a common point to the Iron Spider suit Stark makes for Peter during the Civil War in the comic book.