It’s no secret that Marvel is big on Easter eggs. And Spider-Man: Far From Home carries the age-old tradition forward after Avengers: Endgame. The movie was filled to the brim with Easter eggs. Needless to say, a fair few of these Easter eggs teased Marvel’s future. The others were references to Marvel comics and past MCU films. While the focus of the movie is young Peter, the movie still manages to somehow tell us more about the franchise through the hints and references.
This article will contain nothing but SPOILERS. You have been warned.
Tony’s undying love for acronyms makes a stark appearance (pun intended) in Far From Home, too. E.D.I.T.H stands for ‘Even Dead, I’m The Hero’. Now I, for one, don’t know how to react to this. I mean, it literally screams Tony Stark, what with the amount of sass and snark the name exudes. But at the same time, it’s true. Tony Stark is dead, and he is most definitely the hero. And that’s just very, very sad.
Aunt May’s Humanitarian efforts.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter and Aunt May have lost their home. This seems to have inspired May to help people who were affected in similar ways. Now, May has some history of being humanitarian and just helping people in general, both, in the comics, and the PS4 video game. Her work in the movie also sounds quite familiar to F.E.A.S.T. It is a sort of charity center and was introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man #548.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, MJ has two suitors. One is Peter, obviously. And Peter’s competition is Brad Davis. Brad Davis also appeared in the comics, albeit only for one issue. And he was Peter’s competition in the comics, too.
The Mike Piazza Jersey
There is a Mike Piazza jersey hanging in Peter’s room in Far From Home. It is a nod to the comic Peter Parker: Spider-Man #33. In the comic, it is mentioned that Peter Peter attended Mets games with uncle Ben. The comic also tells us that he continued to do so even after his uncle’s death.
Ned and Betty
Ned and Betty in Spider-Man: Far From Home
Ned and Betty’s romance, although short-lived, garnered quite a lot of attention in the movie. The relationship came seemingly outta nowhere and ended just as surprisingly as it started. But that’s exactly how their relationship was, even in the comics. They end up marrying each other in the comics, but God knows how many times they broke up before that.
All the Important License Plates in Spider-Man: Far From Home
When Maria Hill and Nick Fury go to investigate the hassle in Mexico, the license plate in the scene reads 463. This is a direct reference to the comic the Amazing Spider-Man #4, published in 1963, that marked the very first appearance of Sandman.
This one’s pretty simple. When Betty’s taking Ned’s picture in Venice, there’s a boat in the background with ASM 212 written on it. The 212th issue of Spider-Man comics introduced Hydro-Man for the very first time.
When Spider-Man goes up against Molten Man, the number plate on one of S.H.I.E.L.D’s vehicles reads “ASM28965”. Molten Man first appeared in the Amazing Spider-Man #28, which came out in September 1965. The number plate is a nod to this very issue that saw the debut of Molten Man.
When Peter discovers that Mysterio’s been bluffing the whole time, he’s quick to approach Nick Fury to inform him of the truth. As he does so, we see that the plate on one of the cars reads “MTU83797”. This is a nod to Marvel Team-Up #83, a comic that was released in July, 1979. In that particular issue, he teams up with Nick Fury to fight off yet another dangerous super-villain. That is also what he’s seen doing in the movie.
Ah, this is yet another Hydro-Man reference. Peter and his friends are seen reading a BuzzFeed article about a certain ‘Morris Bench’ turning into a water villain. Interestingly enough, Morris Bench is also the real name of the very first Hydro-Man introduced back in 1981.
We meet Dmitri at the same time when we meet Quentin Beck in Spider-Man: Far From Home. He was an agent who led Peter and his group of friends to the destinations Nick Fury wanted them to be at. But, after a while, he disappears into thin air. Now, his character might not have seemed all too important, but the comics might suggest otherwise. In the Amazing Spider-Man #1, Spider-Man fought the Chameleon, a villain who basically performed plastic surgeries upon himself to take up different identities. Sure sounds like a fun job to do. Now, let us get back to the topic at hand. It was later revealed in the comic book that the Chameleon’s real name was Dmitri. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Marvel won’t let such “coincidences” happen.
Earth-616 and Earth-833
When Mysterio spouted out the Multiverse nonsense, he mentioned that Peter belonged to Earth-616, and Mysterio hailed from Earth-833. Now, this doesn’t serve the plot much, obviously, because, as I mentioned, it was all just a bunch of lies that Mysterio made up for his own gains. But this is a nod to the comics, wherein the multiverse actually exists. Both these universes have made an appearance in the comic books. Earth-616 is the prime universe wherein a majority of the events in Marvel comics take place. And as of Earth-833, it is home to a different version of Spider-Man, Spider-UK.
Kree Sleeper Cells
Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..L to R: Bron-Char (Rune Temte) and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2019
Nick Fury- who’s actually Talos in disguise- indifferently mentions the “Kree Sleeper Cells”. Now, the last time we saw the Kree, they weren’t all too pleasant beings. I doubt that attitude has changed in the three decades. Especially towards Earth, considering Earth is the very planet they tried to wreak havoc at back in the ’90s. But what does Talos even mean by “Kree Sleeper Cells”?
Reminiscent Street Names
When Peter and his friends are leaving Venice, they turn around a corner, and we can see a wall with street names on it. Now, all of those names start with “Calle”, so that’s not important. Calle is a Spanish word that literally translates to Street in English. up, I just Googled it. What’s so special about those street names is the fact that the letter ‘o’ is just added towards the end of some of the most iconic Spider-Man writers. The street names are “Calle Sterno”, “Calle Slotto”, “Calle Bendiso”, “Calle Michelinio”, and “Calle G. Conveyo”.
The first street is named after writer Roger Stern. He is one of the most celebrated Spider-Man authors of all time. The second street, “Calle Slotto”, is named after Dan Slott. Again, he’s a widely celebrated Spider-Man writer, and also the oh-so-creative brain behind a lot of Spider-Man comics. Next up is “Calle Bendiso”. This is direct reference to Brian Michael Bendis, who prepped Spider-Man for the modern comic audience, back in 2000. David Michelinie is who “Calle Michelinio” is named after. He remains one of the most notable Spider-Man writers by far. And last, but definitely not the least, is Gerry Conway. He was an extremely noteworthy writer who took over writing for Spider-Man directly from Stan Lee. He also killed Gwen Stacy, Peter’s first love.
MJ’s debut in the comic books.
The MCU may not have copy-pasted MJ from the comic books. But there sure are a few similarities and nods to the original Mary Jane Watson. One of them is the t-shirt that MJ is seen wearing in Spider-Man: Far From Home. It had a tiger on the front. MJ met Peter for the first time on the last page of The Amazing Spider-Man #42. Her debut was paired with “Face it, Tiger… You just hit the JACKPOT!”.
J.M. DeMatteis is yet another one of the widely acclaimed and distinguished Spider-Man writers. He co-wrote the very well known comic, Kraven’s Last Hunt. One of the hotels that Peter stays at is named Hotel DeMatteis. It is a direct reference to the popular writer.
In Amazing Fantasy #15 that came out way back in 1962, the newly-made-Spider-Man takes on the challenge to fight a crazily built wrestler, Crusher Hogan, to test his abilities. In the issue, Hogan promises $100 to anyone who can stay with him in the ring for three minutes straight. When we see Happy after Aunt May’s fundraiser in the movie, there is a poster behind him that advertises the very same challenge.
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