What does it take to become a superhero? After seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming, one thing is clear: it takes more than one outing with the Avengers. After making his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut in Captain America: Civil War, the newest Peter Parker is going solo with Homecoming. And, as the first Spidey movie in the MCU, Spider-Man: Homecoming is full of Marvel Easter Eggs.
Peter might be the star of the show, but Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) is also a huge player in the movie, which means a majority of the 19 Spider-Man: Homecoming Easter Eggs listed below aren't necessarily to connect Spider-Man to the MCU. Instead, these references are used to fill in some MCU plot holes, like how they were able to rebuild New York so quickly after Avengers. (Seriously, how'd they do that?!)
Most of the Easter Eggs in Spider-Man Homecoming connect the movie to the pre-established MCU plotlines (specifically the events of Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron) or offer winks to the comics. However, a few references offer serious hints as to what's to come for the MCU, like how Tony and Captain America might reunite in Avengers: Infinity War, or what villain Spider-Man might find himself fighting against in the future. So, if you want to know more about the MCU and what's to come, these Spider-Man: Homecoming Easter Eggs are not to be missed. Spoilers ahead!
The destruction of New York form The Avengers plays directly into the plot of Homecoming, with the big bad, Vulture, starting out as a down on his luck construction worker who uses alien tech from the New York attack to make illegal weapons.
2Department Of Damage Control
The Department of Damage Control makes its debut in Homecoming as a Tony Stark-owned company tasked with cleaning up supernatural/superhero related messes. The Department of Damage Control is actually established in the comics as a company started by Tony and Wilson Fisk (the bad guy in Season 1 of Daredevil).
3The 'Spider-Man' Theme
The iconic Spider-Man theme from the 1960s cartoon makes a few appearances in the film, most notably in the beginning, when it plays over the Marvel logo.
4The 'Civil War' Vlog
Peter Parker might have super spider powers, but he's also still a 15-year-old, which means he records everything, including his first fight with the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War.
5The Stan Lee Cameo
Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee makes his traditional Marvel cameo in the film as Gary, a bystander who yells at Spidey for triggering a car alarm.
6The Avengers Robbery
When Spider-Man stops a group of robbers wearing Avengers masks, he introduces himself to Thor and Hulk — "Thor, Hulk, nice to meet you guys" — the only two he didn't meet in Civil War.
7The Sokovia Accords
The Sokovia Accords, aka what drove the Avengers apart in Civil War, are now taught in high school history in the MCU. All the more reason for Spider-Man to keep a low profile.
Cap makes a few appearances as America's beloved hero in educational videos clearly made sometime near the events of Avengers, aka pre-Civil War. In the videos, Cap issues a "Fitness Challenge" in P.E., helps teach kids about puberty, and lectures Peter in detention.
Vulture and his crew also steal old Ultron tech to create their alien weapons (like a Black Hole Grenade), including a decapitated Ultron head.
10"Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man"
The title of "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man" was frequently given to Spidey in the original Marvel comics, and even inspired its own comic book series that ran from 2005-2007. In Homecoming, it's how Tony describes his vision for his new recruit.
In Homecoming, Shocker is a member of Vulture's crew, and he doesn't do too much except use this alien tech to fight Spider-Man. In the comics, Shocker is a villain who has a suit that helps him send out shock waves and break into banks. He's one of Spider-Man's big rivals.
Another one of Vulture's accomplices, the engineer Phineas Mason, is modeled after one of Spidey's foes from the comics, the Tinkerer. In the comics, the Tinkerer also uses alien tech for nefarious purposes.
There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to the "Triskelion mess" in Homecoming, referring to the destroyed SHIELD headquarters from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Karen, the A.I. in Spider-Man's high tech suit is voiced by Jennifer Connelly, who is married to Paul Bettany (aka the voice of Jarvis and now Vision).
15Gwen Stacy Call-Back
In a nice reference to Gwen Stacy's death, Spider-Man struggles to save Liz, the girl he's hopelessly in love with, from falling down an elevator shaft in Homecoming.
As low-level criminal Aaron Davis, Donald Glover only appears in a few scenes of Homecoming, but in the comics his character is actually the criminal uncle of Miles Morales, the current Spider-Man.
17Cap's New Shield
Towards the end of the film, Tony and Happy mention something about the prototype for Captain America's new shield, hinting at a potential reconciliation between the two superheroes. Fans will remember that Tony took the shield back from Cap at the end of Civil War, but he seems more than ready to bury the hatchet now.
18Thor's Magic Belt
Tony also mentions a prototype for "Thor's magic belt," the Megingjord. In the comics, the belt is not made by Tony, but a piece of Norse mythology that enhances Thor's strength. The belt can also help people other than Thor pick up the hammer, a trick used to defeat Ragnarok in the comics, which means it might feature into Thor: Ragnarok, the next MCU film.
Yes, the rumors are true: Michelle is actually MJ, Peter Parker's famous love interest. Unfortunately, MJ isn't (figuratively) unmasked until the end of Homecoming, which means fans will have to wait until the sequel for any MJ-Peter romance.
In other romance news, Pepper Potts and Tony Stark are officially back on, and maybe engaged to be married. Hallelujah!
Peter Parker's high school principal, Principal Morita, has a framed black and white picture of his father or grandfather who happens to look exactly like him wearing a soldier's uniform in his office. Eagle-eyed fans will recognize Principal Morita as played by the same actor as Jim Morita, a member of Captain America's Howling Commandos. Crazy coincidence, right?
Mac Gargan, a criminal Spidey helps the FBI take down in Homecoming, shows up in only two scenes in the film, but that's enough to make him a sworn enemy of the web-slinger. In the comics, Mac Gargan is the identity of the villain Scorpion, later named Venom. Given the fact that Tom Hardy has already been announced as playing Venom in a MCU villain spinoff, it seems a safe to assume that Mac could return to the MCU as Scorpion.
Now, I don't know about you, but I'm going to need Spidey to help me keep track of this web of Easter Eggs.