Note: Contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
As ever with Marvel movies, Spider-Man: Far From Home is absolutely packed with Easter eggs and references to the wider MCU.
From surprising comebacks to Phase 4 teases, there’s plenty for Spider-Man fans to savour, so we thought we’d round up the best for you to enjoy. Needless to say, plenty of spoilers await.
Let’s start with a couple of the biggies. Shocker, but Mysterio wasn’t telling the truth and Quentin Beck is just a disgruntled former employee of Tony Stark.
It turns out that Beck was responsible for the holographic technology that would go on to become BARF – Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing – which we saw demonstrated in Captain America: Civil War.
But BARF isn’t the only callback to Tony’s past as the weaponised drones that Beck is using come from William Ginter Riva (Peter Billingsley), the scientist who is berated by Obadiah Stane in the first Iron Man movie.
It’s a really neat way to offer a different view of Tony’s legacy in Far From Home.
On the one hand, you have Peter Parker, who wants to make his mentor proud, and on the other, you’ve got a bunch of annoyed former employees.
The plot they concoct also has a comics nod as Beck says he’s from Earth-833 and that the MCU’s Earth is Earth-616, both realities in the comics – so we’d love to know how Guterman came up with those.
2. J Jonah Jameson
In case you didn’t notice, that really was JK Simmons in the mid-credits scene, reprising his role of J Jonah Jameson from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.
The MCU has reimagined The Daily Bugle as a “controversial news website” and Jameson gleefully reveals Spider-Man’s true identity to the world, with the help of Mysterio’s (apparently) final words.
While it’s not happened in the movies to date (apart from the subway scene in Spider-Man 2), Spider-Man’s identity has been revealed in the comics, most notably in Civil War where Peter chose to reveal he was Spider-Man.
He did end up undoing that reveal with a spell though.
Of course, Tony Stark wasn’t the first person that Peter has lost in his life. Even though the MCU movies have avoided recreating the death of Uncle Ben, there is a touching reference to it as Peter’s suitcase has the initials BFP.
Benjamin Parker doesn’t officially have a middle name, but was reportedly modelled on Benjamin Franklin, so it probably stands for Benjamin Franklin Parker.
4. Ned and Betty
One of the funniest subplots in Far From Home revolves around a very short-lived holiday romance for Ned and Betty.
While the MCU’s Ned isn’t exactly Ned Leeds from the comics, that Ned did at least have an on-off relationship (including marriage) to Betty Brant. This actually happened after Betty broke up with Peter. Awkward.
5. Pepper Potts
Don’t worry Gwyneth, you haven’t forgotten another appearance in a Spider-Man movie as you’re not in Far From Home.
However, it’s good to see that despite Tony’s death, Pepper is still running Stark Industries as shown by her signature on a massive cheque Happy Hogan brings to Aunt May’s fundraiser.
If you look in the background of this scene, there’s also a poster for a wrestling match featuring Crusher Hogan. He’s the wrestler that Peter first tested out his superpowers on in the comics (renamed to Bone Saw McGraw in the first Spider-Man movie).
Aunt May’s new job is a link to the comics too as she once worked at a homeless shelter called FEAST (Food, Emergency, Aid, Shelter and Training).
6. Morris Bench
After the water Elemental attacks Venice, Flash Thompson reveals that he read online that the creature was originally Morris Bench, who gained the powers after his exposure to an experimental generator.
This is a nod to Morris ‘Morrie’ Bench who became Hydro-Man in the comics, so even though this Elemental isn’t Hydro-Man as its just an illusion, it could be a sign that the real Hydro-Man exists in the MCU. Maybe.
7. Licence plates
Talking of Hydro-Man, each time the Elementals attack, there’s a fun nod to the comic origins of Hydro-Man, Molten Man, Sandman and Cyclone, the characters that inspired each of the Elementals.
Keep your eye out for licence plates that read 463 (Amazing Spider-Man #4, released in 1963, Sandman’s debut), ASM212 (Amazing Spider-Man #212, Hydro-Man’s debut), ASM28965 (Amazing Spider-Man #28, September 1965, Molten Man’s debut) and TASM143 (Amazing Spider-Man #143, Cyclone’s debut).
The post-credits scene revealed that instead of being on Earth, Nick Fury has actually been chilling up in space with some Skrulls, leaving Talos and Soren to look after things in his absence.
We assume that Maria Hill is up there with him, or just enjoying her own holiday, but the Skrull ship could mark the arrival of SWORD – Sentient World Observation and Response Department – in the MCU.
Basically the organisation is SHIELD in space and since Fury says it’s time to get “back to work”, maybe this is something to do with the “Kree sleeper cells” that Fury (well, Talos) spoke about earlier in the movie.
Is the Kree-Skrull War coming in Phase 4? Or even a reversed Secret Invasion?
Peter gets to try on all manner of suits throughout Far From Home, from his Iron Spider one all the way back to his original homemade suit.
Fury even makes him an all-black Stealth Suit/Spider-Man Noir-esque outfit, while Peter gets to make his own and channel Tony Stark ahead of the final battle with Mysterio. With Happy putting AC/DC on, the sequence is very reminiscent of Tony’s suit-building in the first movie.
And pleasingly, Peter decides to go for a classic red-and-black suit. If it ain’t broke…
10. Brad Davis
Unlike Peter, Ned, MJ and co, Brad Davis (on the left in the photo above) wasn’t Snapped away, meaning that he’s five years older from when they last met him – and it turns out he’s got his eye on MJ.
The name isn’t a coincidence. For one issue in the comics (Amazing Spider-Man #188), Brad – Empire State University’s star quarterback – is Mary Jane’s boyfriend, during the time she’s broken up with Peter.
He doesn’t stick around long though and given that Brad isn’t that successful in wooing MJ in Far From Home, we don’t know that we’ll see him again in the MCU either.
11. Spider-Man writers
The ramshackle hotel that Peter, MJ and Ned have to stay at in Venice has a special name: Hotel DeMatteis. This is a nod to JM DeMatteis who wrote the much-celebrated Spider-Man story Kraven’s Last Hunt, among others.
Talking of Venice, the street names also pay tribute to Spider-Man writers, including Roger Stern, Brian Michael Bendis and Gerry Conway. Their surnames appear with an extra o, like Calle Sterno.
MJ’s fashion choices have a link to the comics as she’s seen wearing a shirt with a tiger on it, a reference to Mary Jane’s introduction to Peter Parker in the comics: “Face it tiger… you just hit the jackpot.”
This isn’t the first tiger reference in a Spider-Man movie though as Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane said “go get ’em, tiger” at the end of Spider-Man 2.
13. Zombie Iron Man
After Peter has worked out Mysterio’s true nature, an extended hallucination sequence (that ends with him getting hit by a train) sees Peter come face-to-face with a zombie Iron Man.
It bursts out of a grave bearing the name Anthony Edward Stark and is a nod to the Marvel Zombies series, written by Robert Kirkman. This takes place in a reality where the superheroes have been infected with a zombie virus, established in Ultimate Fantastic Four #22 and spun out into its own series.
14. Phase 4
During the movie’s final sequence as Spider-Man takes MJ for a swing through Manhattan, a sign can be seen that reads: “1—>2—>3—>? And we can’t wait to show you what comes next!”
Some have thought this is a reference to the Fantastic Four arriving in the MCU, but it’s most likely a nod towards Phase 4 as Far From Home wraps up Phase 3 and every Marvel fan is desperate for Phase 4 details.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is out now.
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