Spiderman: Homecoming is the 16th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). At this point, easter eggs and references are second nature to MCU. In this article, the references that I’ll cover include Phase 4 of MCU, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and the comics. So this article contains spoilers. *sounds the spoiler alarm*
1. Spider-Man (1967)
Before the films and TV series, the 1967 cartoon series is one of the first Spider-Man to be seen on screen. To pay homage to the animated series, composer Michael Giacchino has recreated its widely known opening theme song for Spiderman: Homecoming. You can listen to both themes here:
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
We all know Andrew Garfield’s web slinger was not well received by the critics. Yet, the most unforgettable scene is Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) falling to her death in the clock tower. Homecoming precisely mimics the shot where Gwen holds onto a string of web—except that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is able to save his crush, Liz (Laura Harrier).
3. Spider-Man (2002)
There are two instances where Tobey Maguire’s Spidey is referenced. Ned (Jacob Batalon) makes the first one. He postulates that, if he were Spider-Man, he would go on top of a building to shoot webs. That is exactly what Tobey Maguire has done. The second instance is hard to miss. It occurs after Peter Parker saves Liz from suffering a similar fate as Gwen Stacy. As Parker hangs upside-down in front of Liz, the built-in AI Karen immediately said: “Now’s your chance, Peter. Kiss her.”
It is impossible not to include a reference to one of the most iconic and beloved Spider-Man comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—Amazing Spider-Man #33. In the comic, Peter is trapped under tons of steel during his attempt to retrieve the serum for Aunt May. Under his resolution to protect Aunt May and battle his guilt over Uncle Ben’s death, Peter surpasses his plight. Tom Holland’s web shooter greatly alludes to the comic. Although the crushing weight foils his earnest attempt to stop Vulture, his conscience grants him strength to continue his struggle with Vulture.
5. Damage Control
Founded by Tony Stark, Damage Control is a construction crew whose work specialises in cleaning the aftermath of superhero conflicts. The team’s appearance in Homecoming just might point to its upcoming spin-off on TV.
6. Star Wars
A Death Star set appears in the movie. Since Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars, it’s not surprising that a Star Wars reference (or a merchandise in this case) gets thrown into the movie.
7. Stan Lee
When a car alarm goes off after Spider-Man clumsily misinterprets a car owner for a car thief, Stan Lee appears from a window above.
8. Captain America
In a public service announcement featuring Captain America, Peter’s gym teacher mentions that he is now a war criminal. This easter egg is particularly implying the situation of Captain America post-Civil War, who is currently safeguarding Bucky Barnes.
Karen is a built-in AI in Peter’s suit, pretty much like Tony Stark’s Jarvis. What’s cool is that the voice actress of Karen, Jennifer Connelly, is married to Paul Bettany, who happens to be the voice actor of Jarvis.
10. Miles Morales
Though Mike Morales is not explicitly mentioned, his uncle Aaron Davis makes an appearance and hints about his nephew. In the comics, Miles Morales is the successor to Peter following the latter’s death. But this Easter egg alone isn’t enough to prove whether Morales will assume Peter’s mantle in the future.
Towards the end, Michelle (Zendaya) finally reveals her character in Homecoming by saying: “My friends call me M.J.” Other than playing Peter’s personal stalker, Michelle’s role might be a big aspect in Phase 4 of MCU since her moniker is the nickname of Mary Jane Watson. Fans can’t get too excited though. There are speculations that her moniker is merely a homage to M.J. Watson.
12. Sinister six
In a post-credit scene, Scorpion (Michael Mando) flashes his scorpion tattoo while in jail with Vulture (Michael Keaton). Scorpion even mentions his ‘friends’, which could point to the making of a spin-off for Sinister Six. Originally, Sony wanted to debut a Sinister Six film after The Amazing Spider-Man, but plans were cancelled when Andrew Garfield’s web slinger turned out to be unsuccessful. As much as I anticipate for Sinister Six to appear inHomecoming 2, I don’t think it’s probable because Peter is still new to his superhero career. Besides, there is the Avengers to consider since Spidey is now connected to them. Perhaps Sinister Six will appear in Homecoming 3, and maybe it’ll be as epic as Civil War.