Since his first film was released in 2002, Spider-Man has had quite the interesting run on the big screen. The first two films were well-received and made Sony a pretty penny during their respective theatrical runs. Unfortunately, the final film in the original trilogy was awful, and left a bad taste in the mouths of Spider-Man fans everywhere. In 2012, a new Spider-Man film franchise was kicked-off, raking in a ton of money while netting some favorable reviews. The sequel, however, played much like Spider-Man 3, receiving some poor reviews, and slamming the door closed on any further installments. The world had seemed to be done with Spider-Man, and interest in a new film was virtually non-existent. In 2016, that would all change when Spider-Man made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, cranking up the heat on a third reboot for the character.
Finally, Spider-Man: Homecoming was released to rave reviews, and appears ready to dominate the summer box office. Actor Tom Holland did an exceptional job with his portrayal of the famed web-slinger, and his performance has fans ready for more. The movie was made via a partnership between Sony and Disney, and the studios collaborative efforts have yielded amazing results.
The film’s focus on Peter Parker being a kid is one of its best aspects, and it blends in perfectly with the MCU. Aside from the great writing, directing, and acting, the film’s inclusion of Easter Eggs is impressive, and there are a good number of them that will pass by viewers practically undetected. These 15 Easter Eggs are the best of the bunch. Did you catch them all?
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead.
15. The Black Hole Grenade
One of the most under-utilized weapons in the MCU, the black hole grenade was first seen in Thor: The Dark World, and the Dark Elves show the utter devastation that the weapon is capable of. Once activated, the grenade creates a black hole, and with its immense gravitational pull, all things in the vicinity of the weapon are sucked in, effectively wiping them off of the plane of existence. The small weapon may not look like much, but it packs a devastating punch.
Throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming, we are able to see a number of impressive weapons that have been salvaged and repurposed, and if you catch it, you will see a black hole grenade. The Vulture makes his living off of selling powerful weapons, and seeing a black hole grenade in the film was both shocking and fulfilling. Thor: The Dark World came out back in 2013, and it is great to see some of the elements of that film still be used today.
14. Bruce Banner
Ever since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bruce Banner has been virtually non-existent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans have been chomping at the bit for the Hulk to make a triumphant return. After the trailer dropped earlier this year, fans were thrilled to see that he will be a centerpiece in the film Thor: Ragnarok, hopefully taking pieces from the Planet Hulk storyline from the comics. Bruce Banner might not be a heavy player in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but he is referenced in the movie, and his picture is even seen hanging up in a classroom.
During the ATM heist scene, Spider-Man, while attempting to stop the thieves from getting the money, mentions the fact that he has yet to meet Thor and the Hulk. If you remember, neither of those two heroes were in Captain America: Civil War, and Spidey mentioning this fact was a nice touch by the film’s writers. Elsewhere, a picture of Bruce Banner can be seen along with other pictures of famous scientists throughout history above the chalkboard in Peter’s class.
13. The Scorpion
Now that we have had a total of 6 separate Spider-Man movies, most of the beloved hero’s main villains have been defeated, but there are a few who haven’t been formally introduced. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Vulture acts as the main antagonist for Peter Parker, but some of his henchman and business partners have had run-ins with Spider-Man in other iterations of the character. Among the more popular villains working with Vulture in this film, the one who got fans’ blood pumping was none other than The Scorpion.
Portrayed by Michael Mando, The Scorpion’s name isn’t formally announced, but a quick look at the character’s tattoos reveal his true identity. In the film’s first post-credit scene, The Vulture and The Scorpion cross paths in prison, and The Scorpion’s tattoo is clearly visible. He asks about the identity of Spider-Man, which The Vulture denies knowing. It was a great way to set-up future installments of the new franchise.
12. Chitauri Technology
Spider-Man: Homecoming kicks off immediately following the events of The Avengers, showing the aftermath of the invasion and inevitable destruction of the Chitauri race. While watching The Avengers, fans were able to get a good idea about their advanced technology, and they saw the jaw-dropping amount of damage that was absorbed by the city of New York. One of the biggest plot points of the film is centered around the salvaging and illegal use of this technology for financial gain.
The Vulture’s ability to make money from this illegal operation causes massive amounts of problems in the film, and much like The Scorpion being involved while remaining unnamed, another character, The Tinkerer, finds himself in the same position. Through his harnessing of Chitauri technology, the film’s villains are a much larger threat than Spider-Man can even begin to imagine. It is once again a perfect way to blend our newest Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a way that doesn’t feel forced.
11. Pieces Of Ultron
Aside from salvaging and using Chitauri technology for weapons and financial gain, The Vulture’s impressive ability to track down and use advanced technology is further on display when we catch a glimpse of another Avenger’s foe: Ultron. The Avengers seem to have an uncanny ability to level half of the planet with each battle, and this controversial element to their team is a major tipping point for the film Captain America: Civil War. In that film, the team’s battle with Ultron is highlighted by General Thunderbolt Ross, and is used against them.
It is mentioned in Spider-Man: Homecoming that one of the weapons engineered by The Vulture and The Tinkerer use a salvaged piece of an Ultron arm. At another point in the film, fans were treated to a brief look at a salvaged Ulton head. If you remember, Ultron had created an army of clones to try and do his bidding, but was eventually thwarted. The Vulture saw his opportunity and jumped all over it.
10. Peter Parker’s Day Off – An Homage To An 80s Classic
As a huge fan of 80s movies, this was probably my favorite Easter Egg in the entire film. As Spider-Man is tracking down a van full of illegal weapons, he makes his way through the suburbs by any means necessary. This involved the young Spidey having to cut through people’s backyards and hop over fences to keep up with the van. He was even polite enough to greet the people that he ran by, displaying his ability to be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. If this sequence sounds a bit familiar to you, fear not. I’m here to confirm what you might be thinking.
This hilarious scene is in fact a nod to the 1980s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. For those who are uncultured and haven’t seen it, Ferris is doing his best to beat his parent’s home to keep up the ruse that he is sick in bed. Spider-Man: Homecoming did an excellent job with this, and for safe measure, even showed the very clip that it paid homage to on a television set in someone’s backyard during the chase.
9. The Kiss
Back in 2002, Spider-Man finally made his way to the big screen, and delivered the goods to eager fans around the world. Though the third film may have ruined the luster of the first two, they were excellent movies, and they set the bar for a good Spider-Man movie incredibly high. While the first film was chock full of memorable scenes, there is one in particular that remains entrenched in pop culture lore. I’m referring of course to the upside-down kiss that was shared between Spider-Man and MJ. It was a dramatic and rain-soaked smooch, and Spider-Man: Homecoming almost touched on its roots.
During the film’s Washington Monument scene, Spider-Man is able to overcome adversity and save his friends who are in mortal danger in an elevator shaft. After Spider-Man pulls off the heroic feat, he is briefly hanging upside down in front of his friends and his crush, Liz Allen. It is while in front of Liz Allen that Spidey is encouraged to give her a kiss, giving lifelong Spider-Man fans a good laugh.
8. The Sokovia Accords
Given that the film has grossed over one billion dollars, I’m willing to bet that you have probably watched Captain America: Civil War. If you have, then a quick recall to the film’s events will have you remembering the Sokovia Accords, the documents that ultimately divide Iron Man and Captain America, leading to their confrontation. The Sokovia Accords are meant to prevent massive amounts of damage being taken by cities caught between the heroes and villains. Spider-Man: Homecoming does a great job with showing the fallout from such a battle, and briefly mentions the Sokovia Accords.
While Parker and Ned are in class, Ned is continuing his questioning of his friend, trying to learn what he is truly capable of. During one of these questions, the boys are in class, and the teacher is lecturing about the Sokovia Accords. It was subtle, and it made fans of the MCU grin with joy.
7. Damage Control
We have seen time and time again that one event can cause a major turning point for a character, and The Vulture’s turn comes in the beginning of the film. As his crew begins to clean up the wreckage from the events of The Avengers, The Vulture (who is still Adrian Toomes), learns that his company has lost the salvage job and that another company is taking over. Toomes is crushed that his family and his crew’s families will also suffer massive financial loss, though this doesn’t appear to bother anyone else involved with the incoming team. Come to find out, that team is none other than Damage Control, a cleanup crew that has been around since the 1980s.
There was some speculation that Toomes could be the one running Damage Control to salvage Chitauri technology, but this was quickly put to rest in the film. With Damage Control taking away a huge opportunity for Toomes, he resorts to a life of crime to support his family, giving way to the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
6. The Howling Commandos
The Howling Commandos are no strangers to comic book fans, and they have played an important role in both comics and film. They may have been under the leadership of Nick Fury in the comics, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe decided to have Captain America lead the infamous group into war. They were prominently featured in Captain America: The First Avenger, and were also featured in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While the Howling Commandos have been MIA for a while, there is a brief scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming that brings the legendary unit back into the fold.
As Peter Parker is being lectured by his principal, there is a picture of Howling Commando member Jim Morita that is clearly visible. This had people’s minds spinning, and it appears that Peter’s principal is in fact a descendant of Morita. It was a nice little Easter Egg, and it gives Spider-Man another connection to the MCU.
Peter Parker’s friendship with Ned Leeds is one of the highlights of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and when Ned finds out the truth about Peter’s coveted Stark Internship, he can hardly contain himself. Peter swears him to secrecy, and like any person who finds out that their best friend is a superhero, Ned has a million questions for his old pal. While questioning his abilities, Ned asks one question that may have went right above the audience’s head. Ned asks Peter if he is able to summon and control an army of spiders, which, of course, he can’t. This appears to be, however, a reference to Superior Spider-Man and the Spider-Army.
Now, the Spider-Army is not comprised of millions of spiders doing Spider-Man’s bidding. They are a group that is comprised of members who span the Multiverse. While this reference could have been Ned asking a silly question, I am willing to wager that the writers knew exactly what they were doing. After all, the concept of a Multiverse was introduced in Doctor Strange.
4. Captain America: War Criminal
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, our beloved Captain America is on the run from the law. He sets out to free the other heroes that joined his side during the film, and even lets Tony Stark know that he will always be willing to help. Cap did what he felt was right, but in the eyes of the law, he is nothing more than a criminal on the run. Spider-Man had his run-in with Captain America in the aforementioned film, and, during a scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming, their fight is briefly talked about.
There are several occasions in the film where the school is using Captain America PSA videos for the students. After one of the videos is shown, the teacher mentions that he is required to show the video even though Captain is more than likely a war criminal now. It was a funny moment that helped tie things together. For those of you who were patient enough to sit through the film’s credits, you were “rewarded” with one of the funniest post-credit scenes that Marvel has done so far.
3. Miles Morales
Leading up to the release of the film, fans were left wondering what role Donald Glover would be playing. For years, people have been vocal about wanting Miles Morales to make his way onto the big screen, and rumors were swirling that Glover was going to finally make our dreams come true. Well folks, I am happy to let you know that Miles Morales was referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The first time we see Glover, he is looking to buy some illegal weapons from The Vulture’s crew, though Spider-Man intervenes, giving way to the chase scene that pays homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The next time we see Glover, the big reveal was made.
Spider-Man, after tracking Glover down, does his best to intimidate and interrogate the criminal (in what is one of the funniest scenes in the film). It is here that we learn that Glover is in fact Aaron Davis, the uncle of Miles Morales. While he isn’t mentioned by name, Uncle Aaron does mention that his nephew lives in the area, indicating that a possible Miles Morales feature could be right around the corner.
2. The Triskelion Incident
One of the hardest parts of acquiring the use of Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to be integrating our favorite web-slinger into the established world in a way that felt natural and unforced. We got a taste of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, though he was used sparingly in the film. In order to make Spider-Man feel like he’s been around this entire time, droplets of past events were referenced throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming, and this reference may have slid under most people’s radars.
In one of the most ferocious and devastating events in the MCU, the battle that was waged on the Triskelion back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a massive moment in the film. It pitted Captain American against his old friend Bucky Barnes, and the amount of destruction left in its wake was unfathomable. The incident is briefly mentioned in the film, helping Spider-Man gain a seamless fit into the MCU.
1. Spider-Man Theme Song
Capping off our list is one of the first Easter Eggs of the film, and as a huge Spider-Man fan, this one made me incredibly happy. It’s no secret that Sony and Disney teamed up to make this movie, and the first few credits we see are for Sony. Finally, when the Marvel logo is shown, fans were treated to a modern rendition of the Spider-Man theme song, which immediately brought smiles to the faces of people in the theater who love the character. Some of the younger members in the audience may have missed the reference, but those who caught it were pleased.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was such a blast to watch, and stands out as one of the better films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans in the audience soaked in every moment of the film, and it would seem that this movie will kick start some incredible installments in the new series.
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