Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home isn't just the first movie to show how the MCU has changed after Avengers: Endgame, and the loss of Marvel's greatest heroes, but begin a new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, pulling from even more of his comic book lore. So it's no surprise that it's overflowing with Easter eggs, Marvel Comic references, and secret jokes. Since there are way too many for a fan to catch in one viewing, we've come to save the day.
Some of the hints at the future of the Marvel movie universe, or the addition of characters like The Fantastic Four in the MCU may be nearly impossible to spot, but other jokes and bits of fan service will simply appear too quickly for most viewers to catch the first time. The final scenes may leave Spider-Man fans in total shock, but as the first Marvel movie to be released into a totally uncertain future, Far From Home may be an Easter Egg goldmine for years to come. So to make sure that none of the cameos, callbacks, or inside jokes and comic references are overlooked, we're collecting every reference and detail fans are most likely to miss, or forget.
With one last SPOILER warning for fans who wish to hunt down these Easter Eggs on their own without any clues, let's get started. Here is our breakdown of 25 Easter Eggs You Missed in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
25. Captain America's Cover Story
The students of Peter's high school may not give the most tasteful tribute to Tony Stark, Black Widow, Vision, and their roles in returning half the universe, but it's a nice sign that kids can still appreciate their sacrifice. But one addition to the "in memoriam" sequence may come a sa bit of a surprise, as fans may wonder if they somehow missed the scene in which Captain America also fell. Or, even more tragically, that the elderly Steve Rogers passed away not long after the last scene in Avengers: Endgame.
More than likely, the Avengers chose to cover for Cap's trip back through time by saying he met his end following the final battle with Thanos--which, in a way, is true. We wouldn't advise people to look any deeper into the issue, since even Endgame's writers don't agree on the time travel, but it's a nice way of tying up a loose end.
24. Crusher Hogan vs. Bone Saw
When Happy Hogan first arrives to give May a donation, and Peter a warning about Nick Fury's assignment, audiences should keep their eyes peeled to the background. Apparently, the hall used for Aunt May's event attracts a diverse crowd, judging by the fight poster advertising a bout between Crusher Hogan and Bone Saw McGraw.
That last name will ring a bell, since Randy Savage portrayed Bone Saw in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, the star of the underground wrestling ring where The Human Spid--sorry, Spider-Man made his debut. Fans will be doubly pleased to find out that in Spider-Man’s first comic appearance (in Amazing Fantasy #15), Peter took on Crusher Hogan in a similar bout.
23. Peter's BFP Suitcase
When Avengers: Endgame concluded by putting Spider-Man at Tony Stark's side in his final moments, many fans (and even cast members) claimed that it gave Peter Parker a new kind of Uncle Ben, rather than making his origin the same as previous films, TV shows, and the original comics. That may not satisfy every fan, since Uncle Ben's death was supposed to play a different role, but it still might have in the MCU version. Either way, Far From Home finds a way to work Uncle Ben into this new story.
To see it, audiences will need to pay close attention to Peter's suitcase as he's packing for his trip to Europe. The briefcase is engraved with the initials "BFP," which comic fans will know stands for Benjamin Franklin Parker, the full name of Peter's uncle. It may be a small detail, but it's nice to know that Peter is keeping his memories of Ben alive, in whatever way he can.
22. Peter's In-Flight Movies
Peter's plan to spark romance between him and MJ goes off the rails almost immediately, leaving the love of his life laughing across the Atlantic with "Brad Davis," while he's left to enjoy the in-flight entertainment all by himself. The screen only offers a second to take on the offerings of movies and documentaries, which means some fans will miss a couple terrific jokes.
For starters, we certainly hope that The Snap is a documentary, and not a fictional account of the Thanos battles, since the poster depicts nothing but the Infinity Gauntlet and its gems. Finding Wakanda and Hunting Hydra confirm the documentary options, but seeing Heart of Iron: The Tony Stark Story is a downer. The real gem goes to a NOVA special on Einstein Rosen Bridges, otherwise known as wormholes, with host Dr. Erik Selvig of the Thor series (whose lower half is obscured, meaning he may or may not be wearing pants).
The similarities between the creatures terrorizing Europe and their comic book counterparts led to plenty of speculation before the movie released, as fans expected Spider-Man and Mysterio to team up against the Elementals. It seems the filmmakers might have known comic fans would be more than a little disappointed to learn that the villains were simply an illusion, and decided to include one extra detail just for them to enjoy as a compromise.
When the kids return to their hotel for the night, Flash shares his own Internet research into the water monster, citing a report that a sailor named Morris Bench became the powerful Hydro-Man due to a strange experiment. That is the villain's original story in the comics, and since Mysterio's team doesn't explicitly say that they spread that rumor, perhaps Morrie is getting born elsewhere in the MCU?
20. Comic Creator Shout Out
By now fans have come to expect that a comic book movie will show some love to formative writers and artists, whether it's buried in false business names, street signs, or any other name drop. While Far From Home doesn't speak any of those names aloud, no sooner had audiences seen the movie than the first reports appeared online. Specifically, street signs in Venice sporting the names of some Key Spidey storytellers--albeit with an Italian flare to blend in.
Names like "Slotto, Michelinio, and Bendisio" may be set dressing for casual viewers, but for those who know their namesakes, they're terrific nods. Dan Slott's run on Marvel's Spider-Man only ended recently, David Michelinie co-created Venom (among other characters and stories), and Brian Michael Bendis rose to Marvel's leading voices when he re-imagined a younger Peter as the Ultimate Spider-Man.
19. 'Uneasy Lies The Head...'
Fans may have different reactions to seeing Peter Parker become "the next Tony Stark," but it's clear that Tony trusted him to carry burdens and knowledge that he wouldn't trust with anyone else. Or as Nick Fury paraphrased when speaking with Peter in Venice, "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."
It's less of an Easter Egg, but most viewers won't know what the quote is referring to, or will have often heard a variation claiming that "heavy lies the crown..." which is almost another way of repeating Spidey's classic motto about "great responsibility." But the quote actually comes from Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part II." The line's actual meaning--emphasizing the "unease" that must come with power, not just the burden--foreshadows this film in particular. Shakespeare's depiction of Henry as an insecure, self-doubting leader fearing unseen threats is an easy parallel to Peter's own situation.
18. The Star Wars Movies are MCU Canon... Wait
Though he may give Peter the keys to his own arsenal, Tony is still aware that Peter is merely a teenager. A point he uses to deliver one last jab, with help from Nick Fury, claiming that Peter's knowledge may not extend much beyond Star Wars. It's a callback to Peter referencing "that really old movie, The Empire Strikes Back," in the airport fight of Captain America: Civil War (followed soon after by him tow-cable-ing Giant-Man).
However, it also creates yet another strange paradox, since Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the Star Wars movies, as Mace Windu of the prequel trilogy. The problems resurfaced in Avengers: Endgame when Tony referred to Thor as "Lebowski," despite Jeff Bridges playing his former business partner Obadiah Stane. But since it's Jackson actually delivering this line, the conflict is even more profound.
17. Marvel's Dimension is Earth-616
The concept of Marvel's Universe existing as just one in an endless web of Parallel realities was recently established in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (as the basis for its entire premise). But Mysterio brings the Multiverse into the MCU in Far From Home... or does he? When he first explains his origins and the nature of the Multiverse, Mysterio (then simply Quentin Beck) claims that the dimension known as the MCU takes place on 'Earth-616,' which comic fans know as the official designation of the Marvel reality.
However, the movie later revealed that Quentin was making up the entire story, which means fans shouldn't put much weight into anything he said as part of his deception. In fact, the movie might actually give the most devoted fans a hint, since 'Earth-616' IS the designation of the Marvel Comics Universe... but NOT the one in which movies take place. A hard contradiction to pin down, but a hint to comic fans who even know that fact that Mysterio isn't speaking the truth.
16. Mysterio is From Earth-833
In the same scene, Mysterio goes on to explain that while this universe is referred to as 'Earth-616' (even though that may all be made up) he comes from the universe designated 'Earth-833.' Obviously, fans will be curious to know about that parallel Earth from Marvel comics, and while it does exist, it shouldn't pose too much of a risk in the future.
'Earth-833' is the home universe of Spider-UK, a version of the webslinger that hails from, you guessed it, the United Kingdom. Regardless of how important that ends up being, it's a nice nod to Marvel's fans on the other side of the Atlantic, since 'Earth-833' is also the home of the Captain Britain Corps, and after Avengers: Endgame hinted at Captain Britain's origin, fans will be hungry for every new clue.
15. The Elementals
When Mysterio gives his introduction to the strange beings terrorizing Mexico, Venice, Prague, and London, he refers to them with some experience, having dealt with their kind on his own planet. According to his description, they are known as Elementals, possessing ancient power over the core elements--Earth, Air, Water, and Fire.
That origin story is later revealed to be total fiction, but that doesn't make it entirely original, either. The creatures strongly resemble villains like Sandman, Cyclone, Hydro Man, and Molten Man, but since they don't actually exist, they can't possibly be those characters. Still, the name of the group itself, the Elementals, is also a comic book reference. That team, comprised of Zephyr, Hydron, Magnum, and Hellfire debuted in 1974's Supernatural Thrillers #8, in which their power and purpose is largely similar to the one claimed by Mysterio.
14. 'Captain Marvel' is Official!
Amidst the chaos of the final Avengers: Endgame battle, Spider-Man got a fan-favorite moment to share the screen with Carol Danvers. After introducing himself as Peter Parker, Carol doesn't actually give her superhero name--and she didn't ever use the moniker Captain Marvel in her origin movie, either. Fittingly, Spider-Man gets the honor in the first film to follow Endgame, and her true debut to the superheroes of the MCU.
When recruited by Nick Fury, Peter asks why the former director of SHIELD hasn't called on another hero, even those who would be way better equipped for this battle--like "Captain Marvel" for one. It's the first time that Brie Larson's heroine is called the name in the MCU, and it may be the last, judging by Nick Fury's response to her name being spoken.
13. Dmitri, The Future Chameleon?
How little evidence is needed to suggest that a potential supervillain has been added to the MCU? Wherever individual fans will set those limits, you're going to be hearing more and more about the supervillain known as Chameleon, a.k.a Dmitri Smerdyakov... who may have just been introduced, thanks to Far From Home.
We say "may" since the future of the Spider-Man franchise is still unclear. Nevertheless, the decision to name Nick Fury's field operative 'Dmitri' isn't a coincidence. Could this be a case of Chameleon given a new origin story, putting his skills of artificial faces to use as an undercover agent, before shifting towards villainy? Only time will tell.
12. Peter's New A.I., Edith
When Spider-Man: Homecoming gave Peter a new superhero suit courtesy of Tony Stark, fans were delighted to learn that he had received his own A.I. assistant. Even more delighted when they realized that the voice of Peter's A.I., Karen, belonged to actress Jennifer Connelly, the real life spouse of Paul Bettany, the voice of Jarvis. Naturally, fans will be straining their ears to identify the voice now supplying Edith, Tony's sunglasses-based assistant.
But for the voice to sound familiar, one would need to be acquainted with Dawn Michelle King, the first assistant editor on Far From Home, who makes her leap into the MCU proper after working as an assistant editor on Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man, among other films.
11. Happy Hogan, Love Machine?
One of the most unexpected surprises of Far From Home is the role created for Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's head of security... now in just as modest pursuit of Peter's Aunt May as a potential romance (or summer fling, or friendship, we'll just have to wait and see how it develops). But believe it or not, the subplot is actually long overdue, in a sense, since one of Happy's major romances in the comics was spoken for in the MCU... by Tony himself.
The love story between Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan in the comics ends in tragedy, so we'll spare movie fans the details. But it's nice to see Happy finally get to pursue a happier ending, and a potential long term place in the Spider-Man franchise going forward.
10. The Telltale License Plates
Spider-Man: Homecoming set a precedent for movie fans to keep their eyes glued to random license plates, after the numbers and letters corresponded to specific, story-relevant issues (like the one seen above). And those efforts will be rewarded in Far From Home, even if there are way more to keep track of.
So far, we've been able to spot the license plate "TASM 143," referring to The Amazing Spider-Man #143 in which Spidey heads to Paris to battle Cyclone (the one place he doesn't get to go on film). Fury and Maria Hill can be seen in a car with the plate MTU83779, almost certainly Marvel Team Up #83, "Spider-Man and Nick Fury" released in July, 1979. A boat marked "ASM212" in Venice refers to Hydro-Man's debut in Amazing Spider-Man #212, and so on, and so on, and so on...
9. MJ Swaps in For Gwen Stacy
No matter how the movies may be remembered, no Spider-Man fan will forget the death scene of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Ironically, the sequence plays out in a far more complicated manner, thanks to the actual events of the comic tragedy being previously used for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. In that first film, Green Goblin holds Mary Jane out over the edge of a bridge, threatening and then making good on his promise to drop her to her death, sending Spidey nosediving after her.
Spider-Man: Far From Home pays tribute to both versions when Mysterio wraps Peter up in an endless illusion, conjuring an image of MJ, holding her out over the edge of a bridge, and dropping her in a perfect recreation.
8. The Marvel Zombies Iron Man
The nightmare/hallucination sequence pays tribute to another iconic comic book tragedy, swapping teen heartbreak for the dark horror of the Marvel Zombies miniseries released in 2006. Written by Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, the tale imagined a zombie outbreak across Marvel's Earth, claiming every one of its heroes, one by one. And unlikely as it seemed, Mysterio also brings that horror into the MCU.
Bot the actual zombie outbreak, of course, but the hallucination of Tony Stark's grave... soon disturbed by thezombified remains of Iron Man crawling free and attacking Peter. Pay close attention, comic fans, because the filmmakers and artists made sure to recreate the exact half broken mask and skull sported by Iron Man in the famous cover if Marvel Zombies #1.
7. The Civil War Spider-Man Suit
The movie version of Civil War didn't bear much resemblance to the comics, but Spider-Man: Far From Home does deliver on the events biggest moment for Peter (in the mid-credits scene). However, fans might also miss an earlier nod, when Peter is taken aboard Tony's jet by Happy Hogan... and directed to the on board lab to create himself a new supersuit. Peter begins by loading the design Tony never put into production, revealing the Iron Spider armor from the Civil War comics.
To be clear, we're not referring to the version of armor that Peter receives in Avengers: Infinity War, taken to be the MCU's rendition of the Iron Spider armor, complete with robotic spider legs deployed from the back. No, the design seen in the hologram is an exact version of the comics, with its chest logo, profile, and spider legs noticeably different from the movie version. Even if Peter doesn't make it, it's nice to know Tony at least considered it.
6. The Kree Are in Hiding, Too
As proof of just how much a single line of dialogue can suggest about the state (and future) of the MCU, audience should listen closely when the action suddenly cuts to Nick Fury and Maria Hill getting an update on the larger action. The development cuts their conversation short, but it's the line Fury is speaking when the camera jumps to them that is most important.
Fury makes reference to "Kree sleeper cells" spread through Earth, suggesting that the blue-skinned aliens have yet to complete their role in the MCU. After being shown as villains in Captain Marvel, this could be a sign that Spider-Man sets up a new twist on Secret War. But with this Fury later revealed to be a Skrull, Marvel has the ability to claim something different, should they choose to down the line.
5. Mysterio Takes His Own Life
The version of Mysterio in this movie is driven to get his revenge no matter the cost, but is a genius in his own rite. That's a bit of a departure from the comics, when Mysterio met his end in a battle against Daredevil. Not by being physically beaten, but thanks to Matt Murdock beating him to the ground, and then lecturing him about what a failure and mockery of imitation his life really was. The "Guardian Devil" scene is a dark one, mainly because of the effect Daredevil has on the defeated villain.
Pulling a gun, Mysterio shoots himself in the head, claiming he "stole this one, too" from the villain Kraven the Hunter. While the movie swaps in Spidey for Daredevil, and the self-inflicted gunshot isn't directly a suicide attempt, it's more similar than it is different, as Mysterio sees everything he built falling apart, and decides death is a better end.
4. The Spider-Man Game's Selfie Nod
Once Peter Parker returns home to New York, it doesn't take him long to return to his hobby of swinging through the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Only now, he has MJ to text while swinging (dangerous as that may be)--complete with taking a selfie to show her he's on his way. And in the process, paying tribute to one of the other Spider-Man successes of recent years.
We're referring to the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man video game from Insomniac, in which players can dabble with a custom photo mode that allows Peter to pull out his phone for a selfie at any location. The movie mimics that exact ability, right down to Peter throwing up a peace sign before taking the picture.
3. The Future of Avengers Tower
Even if audiences miss the very real statue located at the base of the fictional Avengers Tower, the wide shot of Spider-Man landing gives a clearer look at the new construction. MCU fans know that the iconic tower is now under new ownership, and undergoing renovations... but what will it become?
Written along the fence encircling the construction zone is a tease that the owners can't wait to show what comes next, and the 1-2-3-? sign has led to some serious theories. The most exciting being an obvious and explicit hint that the Fantastic Four are joining the MCU, replacing the Avengers Tower with their own famous Baxter Building. More broadly, the message may be from Marvel teasing Phase 4 of their movie universe. Fans can take their pick.
2. Mid-Credits Scene: Spidey's Identity Exposed
The award for the most shocking mid-credits scene goes to Spider-Man, and it's going to be insanely difficult to beat. Apparently, those on Mysterio's team creates a contingency plan to take revenge on Spider-Man, should the boss die in the fight. Not only does J.K. Simmons return as J. Jonah Jameson, now an online personality instead of a newspaper editor, but he drops a bombshell on New York City.
Exposing the identity of Spider-Man is a huge move, even if plenty of people are aware of his identity among Nick Fury's operatives, and now his closest friends. In the comics, it changed Peter's storyline so much that Marvel had to eventually undo the reveal, but it remains to be seen how it will be handled in the MCU.
1. The Post-Credits Scene: Skrulls!
The movie will drop jaws in its mid-credits scene, but fans will be left scratching their heads by the tease after the movie's credits. As Maria Hill and Nick Fury shapeshift out of their appearances and back into their natural, Skrull exteriors, it becomes clear how extensive Nick's friendship with Talos, leader of the Skrulls refugees orbiting Earth, has become. This reveal will raise questions about how long, and for which jobs Fury has had Talos impersonating him... but the reveal of Nick Fury relaxing aboard a massive Skrull spaceship or space station will raise far more.
Those are all the Easter Eggs, Marvel Comic references, and hints of what the MCU's future may hold that WE could spot in Spider-Man: Far From Home, but we're sure to have missed a few. More are guaranteed to be found, so if you know of one we missed, share it in the comments!