No Way Home Easter Eggs

The following contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.The Marvel Cinematic Universe installments are known for putting Easter eggs into movies and TV series for eager fans to find. Spider-Man: No Way Home, the final movie in the MCU’s (first) Spider-Man trilogy does the same. It’s virtually packed with nods and references to the wider MCU, but also the comics.

While some Easter eggs are left out in the open and easy for fans to catch, others are a bit more hidden. There are some that only comic book fans will spot, others that might seem like nothing to a casual viewer, and there will likely be even more uncovered as fans watch and rewatch the movie after its initial release. Part of the fun of Easter eggs, after all, is not being able to find them all the first time around.


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The sign for Rogers The Musical in Hawkeye

The series premiere of Hawkeye introduced the MCU audience to the idea of a superhero story in musical form on Broadway. Hawkeye takes his kids to see Rogers: The Musical, and the clip included in the show includes a not-accurate portrayal of the 2012 Battle of New York from The Avengers. Billboards for the musical are seen all over the show. One also makes an appearance in No Way Home. In fact, it appears early in the movie as Spider-Man swings his way across New York. Given the billboard and the presence of the Christmas trees in the movie, it’s likely that the movie and the series take place right around the same time.

In Hawkeye, Yelena Belova tells Kate Bishop that she wants to visit the “new and improved” Statue of Liberty. That is indicative of the intended makeover to give the statue Captain America’s shield, though it does seem that the conflict between the Spider-Men and the villains might have destroyed those efforts.

Peter runs out of Delmar's in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Mr. Delmar is the neighborhood bodega owner. Fans will remember that Peter saved him and his cat in other movies. The new name on his shop is a nod to the destruction it’s seen in the previous movies. It’s no longer called Delmar’s, but Delmar’s III, so this is likely the third time it’s been rebuilt.

Peter wears an

When MJ and Peter get back to the apartment he shares with Aunt May in the movie’s frantic opening as they try to escape reporters, critics, and Spider-Man fans, Peter quickly changes out of his Spider-Man suit. The shirt he throws on when Aunt May walks in on him and MJ will look familiar. It’s the same one he wears in Spider-Man: Homecoming after a disastrous battle that reads, “I survived my trip to NYC.” It’s a nice bit of continuity, but it also hammers home the point that, despite Peter having Stark technology at his fingertips, he’s not refreshing his wardrobe every chance he gets.

A news report from Damage Control in Spider-Man: Homecoming

When federal agents come to Aunt May’s apartment upon learning Spider-Man’s identity, it’s not just any branch of the government, but one seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The agent introduces himself as a member of Damage Control. That’s the same group that cleaned up and catalogued the alien items left behind from the Battle of New York, as revealed in Homecoming. Damage Control serves the same function – cleaning up after superheroes – in the comics. The group has also been namechecked in Agents Of SHIELD, and at one point, there was a television series in development for the organization.

Interestingly, it’s also during the questioning by Damage Control that Peter learns that Nick Fury hasn’t been on the planet in about a year. Peter, of course, believed he was working under Fury’s orders when he battled Mysterio. Fury being off planet, and having his Skrull friend Talos impersonate him, will likely lead into the Secret Invasion series on Disney Plus, though it isn’t clear why Damage Control would even know about Fury’s absence.

Spider-Man carries MJ while swinging on webs in Spider-Man: No Way Home

When MJ is taken in for questioning, her name is revealed to be Michelle Jones-Watson, but she informs the agent that she doesn’t use Watson anymore. She doesn’t just share a surname with Peter Parker’s comic book love interest Mary Jane. Her dropping the Watson could also be a nod to Mary Jane’s comic book backstory. After her father becomes abusive in the comics, her parents divorce. Michelle clearly doesn’t want to be associated with the name for a reason, even if that reason is never revealed in the movie, but it could easily be a nod to something similar.

A split image depicts Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Daredevil

After all of the questioning, Peter Parker gets a familiar face as a lawyer. Matt Murdock, after much speculation about whether Daredevil would appear in She-Hulk, makes his MCU debut on the big screen. He’s played by Charlie Cox, who previously played the character in the Netflix Daredevil and Defenders series. His Daredevil costar Vincent D’Onofrio also recently appeared in the MCU, but whether that means their original Daredevil series is part of the current continuity, or their characters are being rebooted to fit the current timeline is still up in the air. What is clear is that Matt Murdock still has his same abilities as he’s able to catch a brick that comes flying through Peter’s window without so much as flinching.

infinty war tony peter strange Cropped

Tony Stark’s presence is still felt in this movie. His robotic assistance DUM-E is in Happy’s apartment, for one. For another, stolen Stark technology is part of the reason Damage Control is so interested in Peter. The photo used of Happy Hogan by the press is also a nod to his appearance in a flashback in Iron Man 3.

Tony isn’t the only Stark whose presence is felt though. Howard Stark’s portrait is on the wall of scientists in a mural at Peter’s high school.

Flash is surprised at the dance in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Flash Thompson provides an interesting title for his supposed memoir – which he gets out into the world in record time. He titles his book Flashpoint, which will be familiar to fans of DC Comics more than Marvel. “Flashpoint” is a DC story arch which sees the Flash change the timeline when he tries to use time travel to prevent his mother’s murder. Of course, Marvel does actually have their own comic book story with the same title. It collected the first issues of Flash Thompson’s time as Venom in Marvel comics.

Marisa Tomei Aunt May Spider-Man No Way Home

FEAST stands for Food, Emergency Aid, Shelter, and Training. It’s the organization that Aunt May works for as she tries to help others. It’s also a comic book nod. The organization is part of Dan Slott’s impressively long Amazing Spider-Man writing run. It’s originally a cover for the supervillain Mister Negative’s schemes in the comics, but May eventually takes over the charity to help others.

Spider-Man unmasked in No Way Home news

Steve Ditko was a comic book artist who is known for co-creating some of the most beloved Marvel characters of all time. Among them are Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. His art style actually used the half-masked, half-unmasked face of Peter Parker in several comics, and that’s recreated in the Daily Bugle’s depictions of Peter throughout the movie. Even the final suit that Peter sews for himself looks most like Ditko’s original Spider-Man suit in the comics.

Fans will also notice another interesting nod to the character if they keep an eye out: graffiti. His name appears on the roof of the high school and on Aunt May’s FEAST truck. The Spider-Man corner of the MCU does like its graffiti. Spider-Man: Far From Home featured graffiti in memoriam of Tony Stark, and the upcoming Morbius movie trailer features graffiti of Spider-Man with the word “murderer” painted across it, providing a nice link through the stories.

What If Doctor Strange Marvel Studios Disney Plus

When Peter and Doctor Strange mess up the spell to make (most of) the world forget the identity of Spider-Man, the sorcerer contains the spell in a prism. Marvel fans who watched the What If…? series on Disney Plus will find the visual familiar. It’s a similar concept to how the universe that Doctor Strange broke was contained. The visual style is almost exactly the same.

Doc Ock in No Way Home second trailer

When Peter first battles Doctor Octopus on the bridge, he does so while trying to have a conversation with a woman who might be able to get him and his friends a chance to get into university at MIT. Most fans are going to be focused on the fight, but they might want to take a quick look at the license plate on the car. It reads 63A5M3. That sequence corresponds to 1963, the year The Amazing Spider-Man comic book debuted. Issue 3 was the first appearance of Doctor Octopus.

The Blade title card for the MCU

As Ned explores the “wizard’s dungeon” when he, Peter, and MJ are reunited to stop the multiversal villains, he becomes interested in a surprising item in the Sanctum Sanctorum. He picks up a crossbow from one of the tables. The crossbow, however, isn’t loaded with an arrow. Instead, it’s loaded with a stake.

It’s just one of the many subtle (and some not so subtle) references to vampires in the MCU. There is a vampire on the way as Blade has a movie on the horizon, but this appears to be confirmation that the sorcerers, at the very least, know of their existence.

Spider-Man: No Way Home villains

While they aren’t exactly Easter eggs, it would be remiss not to address the fact that the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire versions of Spider-Man – and the villains that join them in this universe – are older versions of the characters they played in their movies. All of the stories they tell are lifted right out of their movies, from Maguire’s Peter losing his Uncle Ben and best friend to Garfield’s Peter losing Gwen Stacy. The mentions don’t require that fans see the previous five movies outside of the MCU continuity, but the stories from the Spider-Men and the villains all line up with their previous movie appearances.

Spider-Man No Way Home Willem Dafoe Green Goblin

While much is made of the versions of Peter Parker having a lot of the same dialogue by MJ and Ned when they meet them, Norman Osborne actually quotes himself. He tells Peter, “I’m something of a scientist myself,” when offering to help find cures for all of the villains, which is a line he first said in the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man.

While he destroys the Goblin mask early in the movie, his purple hooded sweatshirt gives fans a similar visual to his old comic book appearance as well.

A split image depicts Ned Leeds in the MCU and Hobgoblin fighting Spider-Man in Marvel comics

When Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker tells the story of his best friend dying in his arms, he notes that it was after his friend tried to kill him. That is, of course, a nod to Harry Osborne in the original trilogy of Spider-Man films. Ned being the one most affected by that story, however, is a nod to the fact that Ned Leeds does become a villain in one Spider-Man timeline in the comics. He meets a similar sad fate.

Zendaya as MJ falling from the Statue of Liberty in Spider-Man No Way Home

When Flint and Max discuss how they got their abilities and became villains, Flint notes that he fell into a particle accelerator after Max reveals his fall into a tank of electric eels. They joke that you have to be careful where you fall, but the line acts as a nod to other falls, like that of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and MJ’s later in the movie. In fact, when MJ teeters on the top beams of a bridge while Peter is on the phone with Ned at the beginning of the movie, the duo are on top of the Queensboro bridge, which is the same bridge the Green Goblin drops Mary Jane Watson from in Maguire’s Spider-Man movies.

When the trailer for No Way Home was released, fans of the franchise were quick to point out that the shot of Peter trying to grab MJ as she fell paralleled Gwen’s fall in the other movie. It’s fitting then, that after Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker couldn’t save Gwen, that he comes to MJ’s rescue, giving him a bit of closure, not just for the character, but for the audience as well.

The Goblin taking over Norman Osborne just as Peter is making progress with the other universe villains throws him for a loop. It throws him so much that he appears to use another Avenger’s fighting techniques. Peter tends to use a lot of acrobatic moves against his enemies, mostly dodging attacks and using his webs to trap them, but he has to get more physical with the Goblin. When he jumps up, locks his legs around the Goblin, and repeatedly punches him, that’s a move the MCU audience will have seen before. It’s a Black Widow move. Most memorably, she uses it against the Winter Soldier in their confrontations.

The famous line of, “with great power comes great responsibility,” was originally coined by Stan Lee, but it’s given to Peter’s Uncle Ben in the comics. The line has also been said by Uncle Ben in previous movie adaptations. Uncle Ben doesn’t feature in the MCU though. Aunt May takes on an even larger role as Peter’s adviser when it comes to crime-fighting, and she’s the one who gets the line – right before she also gets Uncle Ben’s tragic death at the hands of a Spider-Man villain.

Electro surrounded by electricity in Spider-Man: No Way Home

The original comic book and animated versions of Electro are very different from the character that Jamie Foxx plays. Fans will spot a nod to his original look though. As Max gathers electricity during the climactic battle between all of the villains and Spider-Men, some electricity gathers around his face in the same shape of the mask the character wore in the comics.

Miles Morales Spider-Verse Cropped

When Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man is unmasked in front of Electro, Max is surprised that the poor kid from Queens who fights the villains isn’t Black. He voices his belief that, after meeting multiple Spider-Men, there’s got to be a Black Spider-Man out there. He is, of course, correct, as Miles Morales is Spider-Man in another universe.

Rhino In Amazing Spider-Man 2

No doubt, fans will be analyzing just whether any of the shadowy figures coming through the cracks in the universe are familiar ones. While most of the figures just appear to be humanoid, there are a few shapes that fans might recognize. One of them appears to be Rhino, who is alluded to by Garfield’s Peter earlier in the movie. Likewise, the tail of a scorpion can be seen as a nod to the villain, who has his own version in the MCU already. The figure holding a speer could be Kraven, who is set to get his own Sony film.

Spider-Man Iron Spider Cropped

When the credits for the movie role, fans will spot some familiar notes amongst the animations. One of the notes says, “A minor upgrade – TS.” That’s the note Tony Stark left for Peter Parker when he made some of his own upgrades to Peter’s Spider-Man suit.

Venom Let There Be Carnage Extended Scene

The mid-credit scene picks up where Venom: Let There Be Carnage ends its credits. Eddie Brock is getting the lowdown on the MCU’s heroes and villains while in a bar, but he leaves the MCU almost as quickly as he enters. He leaves behind a little bit of black goo though, leaving the door open for a symbiote to be a part of this Spider-Man universe.

Interestingly, the idea of characters from other universes coming to the MCU was supposed to be, according to Doctor Strange, only characters who already knew that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. That’s the common thread in this particular lineup of villains. Venom, and Eddie Brock, however, haven’t had any interactions with Spider-Man or Peter Parker in their movie universe, leaving fans to speculate as to just how they ended up crossing realities.

A split image depicts Peggy Carter battling a tentacled monster in What If episode 1 and Doctor Strange battling one in What if episode 4

The sequence that plays after the credits is more or less a trailer for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. It’s hard to call a teaser Easter eggs, but one great moment to note is that a version of Doctor Strange is said to be the biggest threat to this universe. That version looks like the same dark version from Marvel’s What If…? that the prism containing his spell alluded to. Shuma-Gorath, the one eyed, tentacled monster, that many fans assume the tentacles in What If…? belong to, also makes an appearance, as does America Chavez.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is slated to release in May 2022. Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently playing in theaters.

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