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While we're all getting our underoos in a twist, waiting to see whether Tom Holland can deliver in his first solo venture, we here at Movie Pilot have painstakingly (wall) crawled through every frame of Spider-Man: Homecoming to share more Easter Eggs, MCU links and comic book references than even the combined intellect of the Science Bros could discover in one sitting.

After all, with great movies comes great responsibility, so join us in our extensive breakdown for the most detailed recap yet of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

1. Avengers Face-Off

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in the aftermath of the alien invasion that almost destroyed New York City in The Avengers, providing our first callback to these events since Luke Cage. Among the wreckage surrounding Avengers Tower, eagle-eyed fans may have spotted a Chitauri Leviathan whose face falls off in the background. Sure, this could just be a reference to Marvel's first team-up movie, but we wouldn't be surprised if this is the same creature that the Hulk and Iron Man defeated after punching it directly in the face.

2. Damage Control

"The assholes who made this mess are getting paid to clean it up."

Adrian Toomes and his clean-up crew are intercepted by Damage Control, an agency who work to repair the city after various superhero battles destroy it. While the organization has been around in Marvel Comics since 1988, Tony Stark's comic book equivalent originally shared Damage Control with Wilson Fisk, otherwise known as the Kingpin. Unfortunately, Daredevil's archenemy is nowhere to be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

3. Does Whatever A Spider Can...

Continuing a longstanding tradition, Spider-Man: Homecoming features composer Michael Giacchino's reworked version of the original theme tune from the '60s cartoon. Following his musical offerings on , Marvel's new favorite composer nails the spirit of the original song while updating it for modern audiences.

4. A Film By Peter Parker

Our first introduction to the titular arachnid recaps the events of from Spider-Man's perspective. Filmed on Parker's smartphone, the footage reveals how Peter was led to believe that Captain America was "going crazy," which is why he had to intervene.

5. Feline Friends

In our first visit to Peter's high school, we couldn't help but notice a girl with striking white tresses walking behind Peter in the hallway. While this student never speaks and doesn't seem to appear again, it's worth noting that in the comics Spider-Man dated a white-haired woman named Felicia Hardy. Although she's set to star in her spinoff, Silver & Black, this could well be our first glimpse of Black Cat in live action. It's probably a coincidence, but how many high school girls do you see with white hair?

6. Spider-Man 3.0

During chemistry class, Parker continues to experiment with the web fluid that he's invented. Bottles containing the solution are marked Version 3.0, which literally refers to how many iterations of Spider-Man have used webbing on the silver screen. While the first incarnation changed Parker's abilities, granting him the power to create his own webbing organically, this third version stays truer to the comics, reimagining his webbing as artificial.

7. You Just Hit The Jackpot

The Amazing Spider-Man [Credit: Marvel Comics]
The Amazing Spider-Man [Credit: Marvel Comics]

In Spider-Man 2, there's a moment when Mary Jane Watson tells Parker:

"Go get 'em, tiger!"

This time around, director Jon Watts approached this classic line from the comics in a different way, instead using the catchphrase as part of the banners that adorn the school's hallways leading up to homecoming. Even though there's no Mary Jane in Spidey's latest film — well, sort of — her voice can still be heard in this subtle reference. As if that wasn't enough, a tiger mascot can also be seen running around frantically in the background during these key moments.

8. Be Careful Of What You'll Find In A Teenage Boy's Bedroom

Like we first noticed in this trailer breakdown, Peter Parker's bedroom is filled with more secrets than Gretchen Wieners' hair. From the Mike Piazza flag — a reference to Parker's favorite baseball team, the New York Mets — to the AT-AT Walker that inspired Spidey in Civil War, there are many intriguing details to be unearthed.

9. Spider-Man, An All-American Hero

Spider-Man movies always crowbar in a scene where Parker stands in front of the American flag in full costume and Homecoming is no different. However, Marvel veers away from blasting orchestral music to capitalise on this patriotic moment, instead cutting quick to people on the ground who interrupt Spider-Man before he can properly pose.

10. Stan 'The Man' Lee

After Spider-Man accidentally sets off an annoyingly loud car alarm, Stan Lee makes his 38th Marvel cameo, shouting;

"Don't make me come down there, you punk!"

While this may have less impact in the MCU than his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is he playing the Watcher's Informant again, or someone else entirely?

11. "You Got Heart, Kid. Where Are You From?"

Although some sections of the film were shot in Atlanta, enough scenes took place in Queens to remind us that New York City is integral to the character of Spider-Man. From his local sandwich place to the skyscrapers that he swings from, Parker will always be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man of NYC.

12. 'I'm Starting To Think You're Not The Avengers'

Remember how the first Spider-Man trailer showed Peter fighting bank robbers who were wearing Avengers masks? Not only does the familiar look of each mask combine the MCU and Marvel's comic book heritage in ways never before seen on screen, but there's also a moment when Spider-Man forces "Thor" to punch "Hulk," reminding us of their numerous battles over the years, both on page and on screen.

13. Moving Day

The final confrontation arises when the Vulture attempts to steal technology from the Avengers as they move from Manhattan to upstate New York. Not only does this tie Homecoming directly to our first glimpse of the new HQ in Civil War, but mention is also made of a variety of equipment, including Captain America's new shield, Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor and Thor's strength-enhancing belt Megingjord.

14. Ultimate Bagley

Among the kind of graffiti one might see in Spider-Man's NYC, one name stands out more than most — and that's Bagley, which undoubtedly refers to the famed comic book artist Mark Bagley. Not only did Bagley work on Spider-Man during some classic storylines from the '90s — including "Maximum Carnage" and "Clone Saga" — but he also teamed up with writer Brian Michael Bendis on the rebooted series Ultimate Spider-Man. Together, their partnership lasted for 111 issues, beating out Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's combined effort on Fantastic Four to become the longest-running creative pairing that ever worked at Marvel.

15. According To Sokovia

While Ned continues to needle Peter in class about his secret identity, a teacher can be heard in the background, droning on about the Sokovia Accords. This law played an integral role in Captain America: Civil War, regulating the use of superpowers by the government, but it's surprising that this would have become part of the curriculum so quickly.

16. That's Mr. America To You!

Spider-Man: Homecoming [Credit: Marvel Studios/Sony]
Spider-Man: Homecoming [Credit: Marvel Studios/Sony]

Despite the events of Civil War, schools continue to use educational videos in the classroom that feature Captain America. As one teacher puts it:

"I'm pretty sure he's a war criminal now."

Still, it's great for old-school MCU fans to see Cap suit up in his old attire once again. Reference is also made to his hiatus between Captain America: The First Avenger and Winter Soldier:

"Take it from a guy who's been frozen for 65 years."

17. Howling Principal

Speaking of Captain America, there's a surprising Easter Egg that references The First Avenger in the background of Principal Morita's office. Actor Kenneth Choi first appeared in the MCU as Private Jim Morita, a member of the Howling Commandos, but died some time later. Surprisingly though, an old picture of Jim propped up behind the Principal suggests that the two characters that Choi has played are in fact directly related in some way.

18. With Great Origins, Come Great Responsibility...

One of the ways in which Homecoming intelligently reboots Spider-Man without retreading old ground is to eschew the death of Uncle Ben in its entirety. The only reminders we have of this tragic backstory is during a scene where Peter begs best friend Ned to keep his identity a secret from Aunt May, as he's worried what the stress may do to her.

"With everything that's happened to her..."

This way, Marvel managed to retain a key motivation for Peter's character without boring audiences with yet another speech about responsibility.

19. Did He Just Say 'Venom'?

In a similar fashion, Marvel also chose to introduce Spider-Man without rehashing his origin story again. The only reference made to this is during a conversation with Ned where he asks whether Peter can lay eggs or summon an army of spiders, undoubtedly a reference to Ant-Man. The most interesting question of all though provides diehard fans with a potential reference to the upcoming spin-off Venom;

"Can you spit Venom?"

Sure, this doesn't mean that a crossover between Spider-Man and Venom is on its way, but fans will surely sit up and take notice when the name of the symbiote is mentioned, even in passing.

20. Damn It, Barry!

Barry Allen sure does like to f**k with the timeline, but did he just accidentally merge Marvel and DC together? Probably not, but during Liz's party, students refer to Flash Thompson as Kid Flash, which just so happens to be the superhero moniker adopted by Wally West over on TV show.

21. F**k, Marry, Kill

During gym class, some of the girls play F**k, marry, kill, and to be honest, their choices make total sense;

  • F — Thor
  • M — Iron Man
  • K — Hulk

However, Liz Allan then surprises her friends by bringing Spider-Man into the conversation, which gives Peter some hope. As Ned says;

"You're an Avenger. If anyone has a chance with a senior girl, it's you."

In contrast, Flash Thompson can only dream of having a chance with one of the Avengers, even if he did joke that he has a hot date with Black Widow lined up.

22. Peter Parker's Day Off

As if the school banners reading "Totally '80s Homecoming" weren't obvious enough, Watts makes more '80s references in his bid to create a modern-day John Hughes superhero movie. Most obvious of all is a cut between Spider-Man running through hedges and Ferris Bueller on a TV screen at school doing the exact same thing.

23. Black Panther Shout-Out!

While practicing for the competition in Washington, one of the questions asked on the bus mentions a mysterious substance called vibranium. The fictional metal has been a mainstay in Marvel Comics, most notably associated with the superhero Black Panther, who safeguards the material in the Kingdom of Wakanda. The nearly indestructible metal was also used to help create Captain America's shield and Ultron's refurbished body.

24. Requiem For A Spider

Hulk [Credit: Universal Pictures]
Hulk [Credit: Universal Pictures]

After the news broke that Jennifer Connelly would be appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans wondered who she would be playing. Now that we've seen the film, we can confirm that Connelly doesn't appear in the flesh — rather, she serves as the voice of Spider-Man's spider-suit A.I., which he affectionately names Karen. Coincidentally, Connelly's real-life husband Paul Bettany voices Tony Stark's A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S., which means that both suits are connected by each star's real-life commitment to each other.

25. Upside-Down Kiss

After Spider-Man rescues Liz, the suit's A.I. tells Peter that this is now his perfect chance to kiss her. However, before he can reenact that memorable upside-down kiss from the first Spider-Man film, Peter's webbing loses its grip and he plummets down the elevator shaft.

26. Avengers: Age Of Shocker

While we already knew from the trailers that the Vulture was harvesting Chitauri technology, what we didn't know is that one of the robotic arms recovered from Ultron's attack on Sokovia was used as the basis for The Shocker's weaponry, creating a direct link between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Furthermore, the gauntlet itself was previously used by Crossbones during the opening scene of Captain America: Civil War.

27. Tri-Harder!

Happy Hogan mentions briefly that the Triskellion is still being cleared up. This building served as the primary headquarters for S.H.I.E.L.D. before it was heavily damaged during the final scenes of Captain America: Winter Soldier. Damage Control really needs to up their game, it seems.

28. Washington Monument

During the Washington Monument sequence, there are a number of callbacks to the comics, including the underarm webbing that we first saw in Spidey's first ever appearance, hostility from the police who don't understand out beloved webcrawler and Liz Allan's rescue, which almost ended the same tragic way as Gwen Stacy's. Fortunately Parker managed to web Liz's hand, rather than her neck, so no high school girls were lost during the making of that scene.

29. Man-Spider?

During a news recap of the events that took place at the Washington Monument, a banner scrolls across the screen, featuring the headline:

"Man Spider Climbs Monument."

While it must have been disappointing for Parker to see his name wrong on screen, this serves as a reference to the Man-Spider, a mutated form of Spidey from the comics who was particularly prominent in the '90s animated series.

30. Jason Who?

Jason Ionello plays a small role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, appearing onscreen as one of the school's teenage anchors, but it's still surprising to see him here at all, as the guy plays an even smaller part in the comics, picking on Peter occasionally alongside Flash Thompson.

31. Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Ultimate Spider-Man [Credit: Marvel Comics]

Aaron Davis only appears here briefly, helping Spider-Man track down the Vulture, but his presence in Homecoming may have two huge ramifications later down the line. One, Donald Glover's character could return as the Prowler, a vigilante who recently became popular in Ultimate Spider-Man. Two, reference to his nephew suggests that Miles Morales is in fact part of the MCU, which means he could also eventually become Spider-Man, just like his comic book counterpart.

32. Changes To The Shocker Will... Surprise You

In the comics, Herman Schultz is The Shocker, a C-grade villain who's antagonised Spider-Man regularly over the years. Homecoming introduces Schultz too, as played by Bokeem Woodbine, but before that, Logan Marshall-Green plays the villain, working for the Vulture. While neither incarnation wears the same costume as the comic book Shocker, hints of yellow and brown in their clothes reference the original color scheme.

33. Sting In The Tail

Mac Gargan's on-screen debut hints that he may reappear in the MCU as his villainous alter ego Scorpion, using his strength and armor to defeat the wallcrawler once and for all. Oh, and in case you missed it, actor Michael Mando even has a scorpion tattoo emblazoned across his neck. Subtle.

34. Spider-Man Fails

One criticism of earlier Spider-Man movies is that the more 'heroic moments' can be somewhat cheesy at times. However, when Parker fails to save the Staten Island Ferry, the cheers of bystanders soon turn to Iron Man instead, subverting what we've seen before.

35. Keep It In The Family

In a surprise bait and switch, Marvel managed to trick fans into thinking that Zendaya's character Michelle was going to be the Vulture's daughter, only to then reveal that Liz Allan was the offspring of Adrian Toomes. While Liz is still an innocent high school girl in Homecoming, the Vulture's daughter was called Valeria Toomes in the comics and even briefly joined S.H.I.E.L.D. at one point.

36. 'If This Be My Destiny...!'

After the Vulture literally brings the roof down on Spider-Man, Watts focuses on Parker's struggle to shift the rubble, thus recreating one of the most unforgettable comic book covers of all time. Published in February 1966, the cover to The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #33 remains one of Steve Ditko's most memorable images, and the story within perfectly captures the essence of Parker and why he remains such an iconic character all these decades later.

37. Half Man, Half Spider

During the aforementioned scene, there's a moment when Peter looks into the water and sees his reflection staring back at him, one which is split down the middle between his two personas. In the comics, readers regularly see the half-Spidey mask appear, whether it's on the covers of older issues from the '80s or whether it's during those moments when Parker's Spider-Sense begins to tingle.

38. Identity Crisis

While most superheroes take their masks off completely when needed, Parker is always more cautious of people discovering his secret identity, which is why he only pulls his mask up away from his mouth. Even when he's eating a snack, like he does earlier on while surveying the NYC skyline, Peter still keeps most of the mask on at all times.

39. Face It, Tiger

For months, fans thought that Zendaya's character Michelle was just a code name for Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man's longtime love interest in the comics. However, a recent junior novelization seemed to reveal that Michelle was in fact the daughter of Adrian Toomes. As anyone who's seen Homecoming knows, Michelle does in fact refer to herself as MJ, suggesting that Zendaya's character is indeed Mary Jane Watson after all! Well played, Marvel. Well played.

40. Iron Spider Armor

Spider-Man already wears a new costume designed by Tony Stark for most of Homecoming, one that contains advanced technology meant to enhance his powers, but that's nothing compared to the new suit Parker turns down at the end of the film. While it's never officially named as such, the golden tints suggest that this was in fact the Iron Spider Armor that Stark gave to Spider-Man before the events of the "Civil War" story arc in the comics. The tech contained in this suit is clearly too advanced for the MCU's Spider-Man to currently wear, but don't be surprised if we see this fan-favorite costume return at a later date, possibly even in Avengers: Infinity War.

41. Pepper Parker

Eagle-eyed fans of the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer may have spotted that Peter Parker wears the same geeky t-shirt in Avengers HQ that Pepper Potts wore in Iron Man 3. Sure, both characters love science, but it sure does seem strange that the pair are linked by Tony Stark's affection for them both too.

42. "What The F**k!"

Throughout every movie incarnation we've seen to date, Aunt May has always been blissfully unaware of Peter's superhero identity, but in the final scene of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marisa Tomei walks into her nephew's bedroom and finally discovers the truth. While this also happened in the comics after a few decades, we imagine that the MCU version of Aunt May won't have this knowledge erased by a demon named Mephisto, unlike her comic book counterpart.

43. Spider-Man For The MTV Generation

The end credits recap the events of Homecoming through stylized animation inspired by the overtly colorful visuals that became so prominent on MTV in the '80s. It's also worth mentioning that Stan Lee pops up once again in the credits, but in animated form, making this one of the rare Marvel movies in which he appears twice.

44. "I've Got Some Friends On The Outside"

The first post-credits scene depicts a meeting between The Vulture and Mac Gargan in jail, where they discuss the possibility of killing Spider-Man once they're released. While Adrian ultimately keeps Parker's identity a secret from the future Scorpion, mention of friends on the outside implies that a sinister team-up between six of Spider-Man's greatest villains could be on the horizon. In the comics, the Sinister Six rotated members such as the Vulture and the Scorpion regularly, although we're yet to see the team unite onscreen.

45. Captain America Schools Us All

After a considerably lengthy wait, finally arrives in the film's second post-credits scene to discuss... patience. That's right — Anyone expecting to see links to Avengers: Infinity War may be disappointed to learn that Cap reprises his public service announcement videos from earlier in the film to parody the very notion of post-credit scenes;

"Hi. I'm here to talk to you about patience... Sometimes it seems like it's not worth it. You wonder why you waited so long for something so disappointing..."

Although this may not have been what fans were expecting, it's hard to deny that Watts has made a bold move here, hilariously subverting Marvel's need to force people to sit through the credits for just the smallest glimpse of what's to come next.

Spider-man: Homecoming is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, October 17 — Pick up your copy today!

Did you spot any Easter Eggs or Marvel references that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments section below!


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