Marvel movies are filled with fun tidbits and hidden easter eggs. Here are ten hidden details in Spider-Man: Far From Home that fans may have missed.
There is a lot of debate over what the best Spider-Man movie is. Spider-Man: Far From Home makes a pretty compelling case, with a fun story, compelling villain, and a thoughtful and exciting progression of the character further into the broader MCU universe.
One thing that makes the movie great is the nearly infinite details that beg fans to rewatch it. Hidden in the background, in throwaway lines of dialogue, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots, the film features a number of hidden details linking it to the past and future. Here are ten hidden details in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
A Box Of Scraps?!?
Spider-Man: Far From Home features a great two-fold hidden detail in the form of William Riva. Who? Riva is a former Stark Inc. employee who is helping Mysterio with his audacious plan to steal the EDITH glasses.
Riva might be familiar to MCU devotees because he appears as a technician in the first Iron Man film, a victim of Obidiah Stane’s anger (“A box of scraps?”). Better than that, he’s played by Peter Billingsley, AKA Ralphie from A Christmas Story.
A very obscure detail in the movie concerns Peter Parker’s birthdate. Peter and his classmates go to Europe for a pretty amazing field trip. While strangely no year is indicated on Peter’s passport (maybe trying to avoid some timeline confusion that resulted in the first film), the month and date are. AUG 10, or August 10th. This date has a lot of significance in the history of Spider-Man.
August 10th, 1962 happens to be the publication date of Amazing Fantasy #15, the debut comic book appearance of Spider-Man.
In Prague, Spider-Man and Mysterio encounter an Elemental made of molten metal. This frightening creature is based on Molten Man, a villain from the early days of the comic book. The movie version is significantly larger and more menacing than the comic, but the movie pays respect in very small detail.
A license plate on a car trashed in the battle between the Fire Elemental and Spider-Man (er, Night Monkey) reads ASM 2865, for Amazing Spider-Man #28, from 1965, the first appearance of Molten Man.
Even More Plates! MTU83797 / ASM 212
License plates have become a major source of hidden details in the MCU Spider-Man movies. A clever one reflects the comic book debut of the villain Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and there are even more than the Molten Man reference in Far From Home.
A car with the plate ASM 212 pays homage to the first appearance of Hydro-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #212. Hydro-Man formed the basis of the Water Elemental that attacks Venice in the film. Another plate – and there are more still – is MTU83797. This appears to be a reference to Marvel Team-Up #83, from 1979. This saw Spidey team up with Nick Fury as he does in the film.
Quentin Beck says he comes from a different version of Earth than Peter Parker, opening up the door to the concept of the Multiverse in the MCU. It’s all a lie on Beck’s part, another illusion in his plot as Mysterio to obtain EDITH, but it includes two big references. “This is Earth Dimension 616,” he tells Peter. “I’m from Earth-833.”
Earth 616 is, of course, the main Marvel universe in the comics, and 833 is curiously the one in which Spider-Man is Captain Britain.
In the film, Peter’s European vacation is actually a front organized by Nick Fury to get Spider-Man in places where the Elementals will likely attack. Their chaperone is a guy named Dimitri, whose entire demeanor makes it clear he’s best left alone.
What’s curious about Dimitri is nothing in these movies is taken for granted. Dimitri happens to be the first name of another Spider-Man villain, Chameleon. Time will tell if he ends up being the character, but the franchise is setting up lots of villains so far.
Mike Piazza Jersey
Pinned on the wall in Peter’s bedroom back home is a New York Mets Mike Piazza banner. Given that Peter Parker is born and bred from Queens, this isn’t too big of a surprise. It is a nice detail that reinforces some of the comic book lore.
In the comics, a younger Peter would go to Mets games with Uncle Ben at Shea Stadium – now Citi Field – moments that were a big part of his youth. Unclear in the movies are Peter’s thoughts on the current state of the Mets (Citi doesn’t age well post-Snap).
A fun nod to the comic books is on display in the office where May Parker works. When Happy Hogan shows up to present her with a huge check from Stark Inc., a poster featuring wrestler Crusher Hogan can be seen in the background. Crusher goes all the way back to the beginning with Spidey.
In Amazing Fantasy #15, Peter Parker tries out his newfound spider-powers – and tries to make some quick cash – in a three-minute match with the wrestler. Peter wins a hundred bucks, but on his way out the door, lets a crook run past. This crook goes on to kill Uncle Ben.
One of the best twists in the shell-game that is Far From Home is the fact that Nick Fury and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill were both Skrulls. In fact, they’re Talos and Soren, first introduced earlier in the summer in Captain Marvel.
It’s a pretty big shock, but in retrospect, there is one unique tell with Soren at least. Throughout the film, Maria Hill wears no makeup at all. Not sure why, but its absence becomes more obvious when reviewing her other MCU appearances.
Shut Up And Get Out
The best hidden detail is buried in the credits. MCU films, for the most part, all feature post-credits scenes and this is a doozy. Set aside the shocking twist the Mysterio has framed Spider-Man for his murder (is he really dead?) – the detail here is the source.
J. Jonah Jameson makes his MCU debut and he’s played by J.K. Simmons, who famously played the character in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films. Is it just a nice little bit of nostalgia, or is there something else at work?
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