If there is one thing everyone can agree upon after watching Marvel Studios and Sony’s new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, it is that the fresh take on the iconic superhero brings forth so many new ideas for the Marvel universe. Between the interesting settings that young Peter Parker takes us to or the diversity shown in each character, it’s welcoming to see that Spider-Man truly is home. Up until now, Marvel have been working solely on the Spider-Man comics, while Sony was in charge of the past two Spider-man films. Now this article isn’t bashing the first two films at all. Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played excellent rolls as Spider-Man, especially the AMAZING emo Peter Parker from Spider-Man 3 (please sense my sarcasm). Joe Russo, the co-director of Captain America: Civil War said it best stating, “Maguire and Garfield are great actors, but they were cast at the wrong age. He’s supposed to be a kid.”
That being said, Tom Holland fits perfectly into the role as Peter Parker. Throughout the film, Marvel, having finally being able to take control of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, didn’t waste any time throwing in references to the comics. These little Easter eggs help tie together new and old fans of the superhero. The result gives fans a completely new look into Peter Parker’s life and the history of Spider-Man. Lets start revealing my top 3 Easter eggs of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
WARNING: From here on out this article will contain spoilers for the movie and comics. If you have not seen the movie and don’t want to be spoiled, please refrain from reading any further.
- Amazing Fantasy No. 15
Comic: The Amazing Fantasy No. 15 comic book was created in 1962 and is the first adventure of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. The comic introduces his fictional high school, Midtown High.
Movie: In the movie, The t-shirts that Peter and his friends wear at school for gym class and the academic decathlon show that Midtown High was built in 1962, referring to the Amazing Fantasy comic.
2. Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) No. 35
Comic: In this comic, Spider-Man has an epic battle with the villain Morlun in the “Coming Home” story. This battle results in Peter being badly injured, his suit ripped, and in need of rest. While passed out on the brink of death, Aunt May returns home and finds Peter in the suit, revealing himself as Spider-Man.
Movie: After returning home from The Avengers base in upstate New York, Peter finds a bag with his new costume from Tony stark. He puts on the suit, presuming Aunt May isn’t home, until she walks in on him and ends the movie with a ” what the f—!”
3. Amazing Spider-Man No. 33
Comic: This comic includes on of the most iconic moments for Spider-Man outside of his origin story. The “Master Planner Saga” has a lot to do with Peter trying to balance his life as a teenager and a superhero. In it, Spider-man is buried under tons of steel, desperately reaching for a vile of medicine on the floor close to him that can cure his dying Aunt May’s illness. The room is flooding with water and it puts Spider-Man in a hopeless situation. It isn’t until Peter starts to believe he can survive because of the people he has to save that Spider-Man is able to lift the steel.
Movie: During the last battle with The Vulture, Peter finds himself buried after a building collapses on him. The way Tom Holland portrays Peter as hopeless is incredible. Spider-Man struggles to get up and calls for help because he can’t lift the rubble that’s pinning him down. It isn’t until Peter convinces himself that he is Spider-Man with or without the suit that he gains the strength to be the hero he is destined to be.
If I wanted I could write forever about all of the Easter eggs that are present in Spider-man: Homecoming. I listed these three because I think they stand out from the rest by portraying Spider-Man as a character that has persevered so much. Overall, Spider-man: homecoming shows the origin of Peter Parker. The movie showcases how Peter struggles to juggle trying to live as a teenager and also become a superhero. It isn’t until the end of the film when Peter turns down Tony Stark’s offer to join The Avengers, that you see how much he’s grown. The maturity that Peter obtains is shown when he politely thanks Tony for everything he’s done, but feels it would be best if he “stayed close to the ground.”
Whether you are a Spider-Man fanatic like I am or just watching the famous web crawler taking down villains for the first time, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a perfect example of a fantastic superhero movie. The movie is filled with comedy, action, and plenty of emotion to really make you feel for Peter Parker. I highly recommend you watch the movie and encourage you even more to read the comics. Remember, ” with great power comes great responsibility.”