The Comics and MCU Easter Eggs from No Way Home

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If there’s one Marvel franchise that’s sure to get audiences thrilled when it comes to Easter Eggs, it’s Spider Man. Considering the character’s popularity and audiences’ familiarity with her world, whether it’s through comics, movies, TV, or video games, it’s pretty hard to catch fans off guard with references to the larger Spider-Man mythology. And with Spider-Man: No Path Home, references are triple as three generations of Spider-Men reunite for an epic Marvel team after a spell gone wrong violates the multiverse. The return of a number of familiar faces from the past 20 years of Spider Man movies offers the chance to catch plenty of references to past movies, comic book history, and Spider-Man’s future… just like flies. Boom!

The MCU’s MJ (Zendaya) has the distinction of not being called Mary Jane but Michelle Jones, which has always been a sticking point among worried fans which could mean that Mary Jane Watson didn’t exist or would be introduced anymore. late, which would complicate matters. Corn No way home consciously addresses this, revealing that MJ’s full name is Michelle Jones-Watson. The character tells federal authorities that she is not going through Watson, suggesting a difficult relationship with her father, similar to her counterpart Raimiverse played by Kirsten Dunst. While the name reveal doesn’t impact her character, it’s a funny nod that confirms that she is indeed the only true GM in this universe.

The officially Stark-funded Damage Control agency shows up to interrogate Peter (Tom Holland) and his friends, which ultimately gets them pinned as accomplices in Mysterio’s death, which leads Spidey to search for Doctor Strange. It’s sort of a complete moment, as Damage Control’s presence after the Battle of New York City cost Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) and his team their jobs, leading him to become the first big villain. of Peter, the vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

After Peter’s identity was revealed to the world, he was asked to call a lawyer and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) gave him the best lawyer in New York: Matt Murdock. Charlie Cox reprise his role from Netflix daredevil, and with Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin appearing in Hawk Eye, it looks like Marvel Television’s Netflix characters will finally be brought into the MCU itself. There’s also a bit of fun to be had in the fact that playing the lead role of Ben Affleck daredevil (2003), Favreau played Murdock’s best friend Foggy Nelson, which helped him land the directorial job for Iron Man (2008), effectively launching the MCU.

Murdock’s appearance and brief demonstration of his skills isn’t just a moment of affirmation for fans of the canceled series. It also establishes the beginnings of a relationship between Spider-Man and Daredevil, one of Marvel Comics’ oldest and most popular friendships, dating back to The Incredible Spider-Man No. 16 (1964). The two not only consoled each other in difficult times, but even shared villains like the Kingpin, Mysterio, Owl, Tombstone, and Electro, given their closeness to New York City. With Murdock also rumored to appear in the upcoming she-hulk series on Disney +, we can only hope it won’t be long before we see him dress up and team up with Spider-Man.

Peter’s decision to go see Doctor Strange for help No way home borrows from controversial Spider-Man plots An extra day and A moment in time in which aspects of Peter’s story (like his marriage to MJ and the death of Harry Osborn) are erased so Peter can save his dying Aunt May. While Strange can’t save Aunt May and Peter resorts to a secret deal with Mephisto, Strange casts a spell to make everyone forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man (and at the last minute, Peter changes the spell to may Mary Jane remember). No way home Right away goes with the repercussions of such an alteration – although it ends with a different, albeit deserved, outcome in Peter’s life.

Since returning from the Blip, May Parker (Marisa Tomei) has made it her mission to help displaced and homeless people after half of the population returns from non-existence. We saw those who returned struggling to find shelter and medicine for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which takes place shortly after the events of No way home. But it is good to know that there are ordinary citizens who are doing what they can to help. FEAST, an acronym for Food, Emergency Aid, Shelter and Training, became a central part of May’s service work in the comics, starting in 2008, and it was also featured in the 2018 PlayStation game, Spider Man, which makes it increasingly important to the Parker legacy. In the comics and the PlayStation game, FEAST was a front for a criminal empire led by Martin Li, aka Mister Negative, before he was defeated and May restored the organization’s name to the community. Although there is no reference to Martin Li in No way home, he could take the opportunity to take over FEAST in the aftermath of May’s death, leading him to come to blows with Spider-Man.

There is a moment of flirtation between May and Otto Octavius ​​(Alfred Molina) in Happy’s apartment before everything collapses. It’s brief and probably meaningless, except for those familiar with the story between May and Otto: in The Amazing Spider-Man No.131 (1974), they dated for a while and were almost married. It’s an achievement no one really wants to think about, but just as recent a reference as last week’s comic book issue. The Incredible Spider-Man No. 80.BEY, in which May and Ock team up to save Peter’s life and exchange an uncomfortably suggestive dialogue.

Ned (Jacob Batalon) finally receives a surname in No way home, and it’s just as expected: Leeds. In the comics, Ned Leeds has an interesting history as the husband of Betty Brandt and a reporter for the Daily Bugle who is a work friend of Peter. First introduced in The Incredible Spider-Man No.18 (1964), he also happens to be one of many men to adopt the Hobgoblin guise, using the abandoned technology and costume of Norman Osborn. But Leeds was never the real Hobgoblin, just a downfall guy brainwashed by the real bad guy Roderick Kingsley who took up the torch after the Leeds murder.

So, is a similar fate in store for the MCU version of Ned? The two variants of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) revealed their troubled histories with their best friends, Harry Osborn, who attempted to kill them. With the memory of Peter Parker’s Ned gone, it’s unclear who he is without this relationship. There are several nods to a potential goblin transformation in the ancestral blades displayed on his house wall, the sewing machine with sewn green fabric, and the fact that Ned displays limited use of magic, something that seems to run in his family. If Ned does Goblin Up, it would be nice to see a reversal of the antagonistic relationship between Peter and his best friend that we’ve seen unfold in the previous two franchises. It would be more interesting to see him as a good guy like Phil Urich, who started out as a heroic embodiment of the Green Goblin. But of course, maybe Easter eggs aren’t meant to become anything more, and Ned is capable of simply becoming a successful scientist at MIT.

In this week’s episode of Hawk Eye, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) tells Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) that she should check out the “new and improved Statue of Liberty”, a nice synergistic planning like No way home reveals a new statue, complete with Captain America’s shield. Although given the destructive events of the final battle in No way home and the fact that Hawk Eye takes place about a year later (perhaps during the same Christmas period as the epilogue of No way home) which should be the “newly improved and rebuilt again Statue of Liberty. “And speaking of Hawk Eye, a poster for Rogers: the musical can be seen during Spidey’s opening swing with MJ.

While not a major plot development, when Electro (Jamie Foxx) shows up powered by an arc reactor for the final battle, the lightning bolts around his head are shaped like the classic comic book mask of Electro, which he wore when he started out in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 9 (1964).

Electro tells Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) that he always imagined Spider-Man would be black, before saying that somewhere in the multiverse there must be a Black Spider-Man. As MCU fans know, Miles Morales was already indirectly established thanks to a cameo from his uncle, Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. With Tom Holland expressing his excitement for a colored Spider-Man, we keep our fingers crossed that we meet Miles Morales soon. And when we do, hopefully the film takes a page from the current comics and PlayStation game, in which Peter and Miles both serve as Spider-Man in a mentor-protege relationship.

When the box housing Peter’s corrupt spell is smashed by Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), the shadows of villains from across the multiverse who know Spider-Man is Peter Parker begin to appear. Some of them are difficult to distinguish. But one figure, holding a spear, clearly appears to be Kraven the hunter. Kraven is set to make his own film debut as part of Sony’s Marvel Character Universe, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the role. Before knowing if No way home would be able to sign on all of his faces back, Kraven was seen as the main villain. While the management No way home took was clearly the right choice, we’re hoping to see Kraven take on Spider-Man eventually, that is, if the character doesn’t have his hands tied with a certain symbiote.

No way homethe mid-credits scene follows the post-credits scene from Venom: let there be carnage, in which Eddie Brock and his symbiote, Venom (Tom Hardy) are transported to the MCU. Rather than fighting Spider-Man, Eddie spends his days in Mexico, learning the history of this world from Iron Man to Thanos, before being suddenly transported to his own world. So! It doesn’t look like Holland and Hardy will be facing each other anytime soon. But audiences feeling disappointed should find solace in that a piece of the Venom symbiote is being left behind, which could easily lead to the MCU’s own Spider-Man symbiote storyline. Hardy’s Venom the franchise is free to continue doing its own thing, while the MCU now has access to different iterations of these characters, thanks to the multiverse. Spider-Man will continue to swing, and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

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