Spider-man: Homecoming finally hit theaters this week, and just like any other superhero flick, there’s bound to be a few easter eggs here and there. While Spider-man may appear to have less easter eggs as compared to the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, there are a handful of geeky goodness spread throughout the movies.
Here are the things you may have missed:
(Look out! It’s the Spoilers, Man!)
THE MAN WITH THE SCORPION TATTOO
If you stayed for the end credits scene (I mean this is a given, right?) then you would have seen in the first tag that Adrian Toomes was approached by Mac Gargan in Prison. Gargan was earlier revealed to have been buying illegal tech from the Vulture and was presumed busted in the Ferry Incident. Gargan confronts Toomes on whether the rumors of him knowing Spidey’s identity is true with which the latter lies and says he does not.
Gargan appears to have a tattoo of a scorpion on his neck which is a nod to his comicbook alter-ego the Scorpion. This indicates perhaps that the succeeding movies an appearance from the Venomous Villain is in store. In previous reports, it was divulged by Kevin Feige that the sequel will have a villain that has never been seen in live-action depictions of Spiderman. Scorpion seems to fit the bill in that regard.
Additionally, in the comics, Mac Gargan also becomes the second host of the Venom Symbiote creating a much more maniacal and blood-thirsty version of one of Spider-man’s deadliest foes.
The actor playing Mac is also no slouch to playing terrific (and terrifying) villains! Check him out as Far Cry 3’s Vaas!
Remember that time we were insulted by Spiderman’s Star Wars comment in Civil War? Yeah, the one that made us feel soooooooo old. If you can’t then let me refresh your memory.
When Ant-Man became a larger than life version of himself, aka a giant, Peter suggested he be taken down by the same technique the rebels used to take down the AT-AT Walker. In that scene Peter recalls watching an old movie, which turns out to be Star Wars.
Well, surprise, surprise, Peter turns out to be a fan of the movie series. In the movie he and Ned even have a Death Star building night. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Peter also seems to own an Lego Star Wars AT-AT Walker. This of course was previously shown in the trailer footage while Peter was creeping into his room and accidentally revealing himself to Ned.
NAME DROPS FOR DAYS
There were quite a few name drops in Spider-man: Homecoming. Aside from Mac Gargan who we’ve previously covered, there’s Aaron Davis, played by Donald Glover, who in the comics is a badass burglar called The Prowler. On of that, Davis also makes mention of a “nephew” that lives nearby whom he wants to keep safe. In the comics, that nephew is none other that Miles Morales, the fan-favorite afro-hispanic Ultimate Spider-man from an alternate universe!
On a minor note there’s Betty Brant, who hosts the hilariously awkward student television news network. She would continue to pursue a career in journalism albeit one that isn’t as glamorous as a news Anchor. Betty Brant is J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary in the Daily Bugle and is constantly on the receiving end of a bellowing “Ms. Brant!” from JJ.
Let’s hope the MCU goes for the version where she’s an accomplished investigative journalist instead.
In the final climactic battle of the Spider-man: Homecoming, Spidey and the Vulture crash an Avengers Transport Aircraft into a sea-side carnival. Among the many rides they crash into is the conspicuously named “Thunderbolt”. The glowing neon sign is only on-screen for a few seconds but its enough to warrant a decent amount of suspicion from any self respecting comic fan.
In the source material, the Thunderbolts are a group of reformed criminals who operate under the guise of doing good deeds but are secretly furthering their own nefarious agendas. One notable incarnation sees Mac Gargan as Venom, join forces with Bullseye, Radioactive Man, Moonstone and Songbird and is headed by none other that Spider-man’s arch-nemesis Norman Osborn a.k.a The Green Goblin.
Going back to Mac Gargan, in confronting Adrian Toomes in prison he seemed to allude to a group outside the penitentiary waiting for their chance to strike at our favorite webslinger. This is no doubt another teaser for the next movie but could it also be allusions to the Thunderbolts?
While Homecoming veered away from the whole Civil War shenanigans, except for Peter’s home video of course, the movie kept it centered on Peter’s journey from being a friendly neighborhood spider-man to getting into the superhero big leagues.
However, once the third act came about, we come to learn that Tony is moving out of the Avengers tower and relocating to an Avengers facility. To the surprise of many, this was not the same facility we saw in previous Marvel movies but is in fact an all-new, all different, (wink wink) Avengers facility.
With Captain America being a fugitive, along with his group of heroes, it only makes sense for Tony to setup base at a different facility. It could also mean that Tony is setting up shop for his new Avengers team in this brand new facility.
This could also mean that a “truce” may have been brokered between Tony and Steve, and Tony gave Steve the old Avengers facility as a gift or show of good faith. Which could then mean that there are two Avengers teams operating in the MCU, one led by Cap, the other by Iron Man.
Which brings us to the next nugget…
CAPTAIN AMERICA’S SHIELD
At the end of Tony and Cap’s battle in Civil War, we saw Tony’s petty side by telling Steve that it was his (Tony’s) father who made Cap’s shield, which led to Cap relinquishing his iconic vibranium shield.
Fast-forward to Spiderman: Homecoming, and we hear Happy informing Tony that Cap’s NEW shield is safely loaded on the quinjet and ready for transport. So it begs the question, why is there a new shield for Captain America? Is this also a peace offering of Tony’s?
It also raises the question on what form this shield would come by. Would it be the same shield with minor improvements? Or would it be something different from that? Perhaps akin to the current shield that Cap is wielding in the comics?
Now we’re no stranger to crazy crackpot theories but this nugget may come off as a bit of a stretch. Hear me out:
Spiderman: Homecoming may be teasing a future movie revolving around the current Marvel comic event, Secret Empire. The most telling clue about this is the abundance of Captain America propaganda circulating around middle school from the gym instructional/motivational videos, to the detention videos.
While not connected with the movie, we also have to take account the recent story-arc in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where the world was reimagined under Hydra forces. For all we know, this could be the equivalent of the Cosmic Cube thingamajig for the MCU.
But going back to the point, if Captain America was secretly Hydra, then this propaganda videos may be his first salvo in world domination. Its fairly easy for him to manipulate the youth into making the ideal Hydra citizen by these videos. Even the gym professor professed that while Cap was a wanted fugitive, the government still requires them to show these videos to the students. This right here, smells a little too fishy for my liking.
With critical success of the Secret Empire run, it wouldn’t be easy to envision the MCU adapting this major story arc. Hey, the change in Cap’s shield could also be a sign that this might just happen.
For comic book fans, this was a big, delightful surprise. When Peter arrived at the new Avengers facility, he was given a gift by Tony Stark. What was expected however, was the same suit that Tony took away earlier in the movie. But the big shock here was the debut of the Iron Spider suit.
In the comic books, fans have come to associate this with the suit Tony gave Peter during the events of Civil War. This of course was expected during the live-action adaptation, but was of course a no-show. What a way for the MCU to debut the Iron Spider in a moment that fans least expected it. The downside though, Peter turning it down.
Oh well, at least we know it exists. Maybe Peter dons the suit sometime soon.
So there you have it, the easter eggs that stood out in Spiderman: Homecoming. We are sure that there are tons more easter eggs out there waiting to be uncovered. Let us know what you observed in the comments section below
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