There is a special joy in finding little hidden cues and easter eggs in the movies you watch. Many people comb through every frame and every second of a movie in the hope of finding any new clue in their search. The Easter egg hunt is a fun and interesting old movie tradition.
There were many references to other IPs and cool little details sprinkled throughout Spider-Man: Via the Spider-Verse, but you probably didn’t catch them all on first viewing. The best Easter eggs are the ones you can see, but the little details are, at times, totally adorable.
10 Address card glitch
Avid fans may have noticed that with each new iteration of the Spider-Verse universe, the movies’ title card has become more and more destabilizing. The first movie had a standard comics-style title card, and the dominant colors were red, with a hint of blue on the borders.
Cross-Spider-Verse takes it a step further and adds a similar distortion effect to the anomalies shown in the movie. The blue starts to become more visible, but the base color is still red. Meanwhile, in the leaked image of the third movie’s title card, we can see that the color scheme is changing, with purple becoming the dominant color instead of red, and becoming more attractive.
9 Villains in Spider Society
When Miles is introduced to the Spider Society, he sees amazing sights and wanders around different parts of the world. He also goes through a prison where various spider anomalies are kept or people or creatures ending up in a different dimension will be sent back to their home world.
Among these villains are Moosterio, Spider-Ham’s version of Mysterio, the classic Spider-Man Rhino villain, and a really old Green Goblin from the Atari era, where he was barely recognizable as a green man with a waving hand. It’s great to see the Spider-Verse pay attention to the lesser-known Spider-Man comics.
8 Spider-Verse is part of the MCU
After bringing Miles to the headquarters of the Spider Society, he meets the head of the entire operation, Miguel O’Hara. Also known as Spider-Man 2099, the Leader explains to Miles the consequences of opening multi-domain portals and why it’s not a good idea.
During this sermon, Miguel also mentions the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and calls Doctor Strange stupid. This proves that even characters in their reality thought Doctor Strange was acting a little out of character. It also establishes that the Spider-Verse is part of the same reality as the MCU.
7 Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man
When explaining the concept of canon events, Miguel shows a series of photos of the various Spider Variants losing loved ones in the form of Uncle Ben. During this sequence, we see both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield mourning their dead uncle.
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse has used a large variety of art styles, even incorporating live action where appropriate. There’s a good chance the third movie will have more live-action elements in it as well, so we might get a crossover between several of the Spider-Man trilogies, similar to what we got in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
6 Spider animals
Hidden among the Spider Society’s many Spider Variants, the audience gets a look at several cool Spider Variant designs. We introduced the first Spider-Verse to Spider-Ham, a web-slinging pig, but now we have even more animals that we can adore.
There is Spider-Cat, Spider-Horse, and even Spider-Monkey, among others. The coolest and most anticipated was definitely the Spider-Dinosaur variant that Miles discovered during the chase scene.
5 Spider-Man meme, again
Getting a boom in 2015, Spider-Man refers to the Spider-Man meme very much in the present day. First, he appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – it was a bit of a laugh, but he was there for fans to know. After that, he appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home to the delight of the entire cinema.
In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the meme is used again when Miguel orders the Spider Variants to capture Spider-Man. truly? once again? Talk about a horse hitting a dead spider. I will see myself out.
4 More details on the spider which is a few miles away
One of the coolest details in The Spider-Verse is the very obvious foreshadowing they did in the first movie. The particle collider explosion has more effects than just bringing in two different spider variants. She gave birth to the villain from the second movie and directly started the events of Across the Spider-Verse. The smaller detail that I may have slipped off is about the spider biting Miles.
It is revealed in the second film that the Radioactive Spider was not actually part of this universe at all. She came from Earth 42, which left this reality without a Spider-Man of its own, a fact that will be relevant in the third movie. In the trailer for Into the Spider-Verse, we see Miles’ dysfunctional spider, as all anomalies should. At the time, no one thought much of it, but with the power of hindsight, the filmmakers added really cool details.
3 Donald Glover as The Prowler
A longtime fan who’s tried to be a part of the Spider-Man movie several times, even campaigning for it, Donald Glover has finally gotten his wish in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. He plays as a living alternate version of Uncle Aaron, who is destined to be sent back to his own reality.
Seeing an actual version of the Prowler suit was cool, and seeing a character as prolific as Donald Glover in an animated movie was even more amazing. The Spider-Verse has consistently used a variety of media and art styles and mixed them together in a way that works (and works well), and it’s amazing to watch it happen.
2 Phenom Grocery Store
The main villain of the Spider-Verse, The Spot, realizes he has dimension-hopping powers and goes on a field trip, visiting different realities and encountering a variety of worlds, from the Lego version of the Daily Bugle to the convenience store in Tom Hardy’s Venom.
He interacts with the shop owner, Mrs. Chen, and then returns to his body without giving it much thought. While Venom itself wasn’t part of the movie, there is speculation that the infamous symbiote may appear in the next movie.
1 Janky plays Marvel’s Spider-Man
The coolest thing I’ve ever seen at the cinema was Miles’ right-hand man, Janke Lee, disingenuously playing a version of Marvel’s Spider-Man. Is Marvel Studios also part of the MCU? Do they also make in-universe superhero movies? How does promoting real-life heroes work? How much mileage do you earn from this game? Well, maybe there isn’t any because it’s not in it; The other Spider-Man in his world is him.
So many questions but so few answers. We’ll probably never know the full extent of Marvel’s in-universe influence on the events of the world they live in. But one thing is certain; We need to know if Marvel made a Spider-Man into a Spider-Man movie.
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