The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally has a worthy (sort of) video game tie-in, in the form of Insomniac Games' Spider-Man for PlayStation 4. Already the fastest-selling game of the year, Spider-Man allows players to don the famous Underoos and go web-slinging around New York City, which is packed with Marvel Easter eggs and references. You can swing by Avengers Tower, pay a visit to the Wakandan Embassy, stroll past Nelson & Murdock while giving finger-guns to passing pedestrians, and even use the photo mode to take a morbid selfie in front of Uncle Ben's grave.
The Easter eggs don't end with the obvious. There's also a Grand Theft Auto IV cameo, a nod to Spider-Man's appearance on Family Guy, and even a marriage proposal (which unfortunately has an unhappy ending). More secrets are being discovered every day as gamers scour the streets (and rooftops) of Peter Parker's New York City, so we've gathered together all of the cameos, references, Easter eggs and inside jokes we can find in one place, so you can go hunting for them yourself.
- This Page: Cameos and Special Locations
- Page 2: Documents and Other Easter Eggs
First things first: Spider-Man, naturally, has a Stan Lee cameo. The Marvel Comics icon appears in a cutscene at the end of the mission Don't Touch The Art, when Peter and Mary Jane visit a diner that they apparently went to a lot while they were dating. As MJ walks out of the diner, Lee (in the role of the diner's short order cook) comments, "Love seeing you two together again. You always were my favorites." Both Peter Parker and Mary Jane were, of course, co-created by Lee more than half a century ago, so it's natural that he would have a soft spot for the couple.
Going outside of the Marvel universe for a moment, Spider-Man includes a fun nod to Grand Theft Auto IV, which also featured a sprawling open-world map based on New York City. During the side-quest Spider-Man P.I., Spider-Man foils a heist being planned by a man in a tracksuit with a Slavic accent called Niko, who mentions his "brother's kid," Roman. In GTA IV, Niko was the main character and Roman was his cousin.
Spider-Man has a large map that's dotted with landmarks, many of which you can take photos of in order to earn Landmark Tokens, which can be used to unlock new suits and upgrades. There are also Secret Photo Ops to reward exploration even further. All told, you can find dozens of locations linked to the wider Marvel universe. Here's a list of the Marvel locations to look out for:
- Avengers Tower - This one's pretty hard to miss. Climb all the way to the top to get the "Hero For Higher" achievement.
- Rand Enterprises - The family business of Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist.
- Nelson & Murdock - The workplace of Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil.
- Josie's Bar - Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson's favorite watering hole.
- Fogwell's Gym - The gym where Matt Murdock's father trained
- Clinton Mission - The shelter where Matt Murdock's mother, Sister Maggie, works.
- Roxxon Building - Roxxon Energy Corporation is a huge and far-reaching conglomerate with somewhat shady interests.
- Alias Investigations - The detective agency run by Jessica Jones.
- Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum - Peter pauses to note that there's something a little "strange" about this building.
- Wakandan Embassy - Here, Peter ponders whether T'Challa was bitten by a radioactive panther.
- Symkarian Embassy - Symkaria is the fictional country that Silver Sable hails from.
- Empire State University - The college that Peter attended.
- H.E.A.R.T. Clinic - Founded by Dr. Elias Wirtham a.k.a. Cardiac.
- Damage Control HQ - the headquarters of the construction company that Tony Stark established to clean up damage from super-fights.
- Uncle Ben's Grave - Pay sombre respects... or just take a selfie.
- Lockjaw Statue - One of the photo ops is with a bronze statue of Lockjaw, the Inhumans' faithful dog companion, who stands in place of Wall Street's Charging Bull.