Here Comes Peter Porker
Marvel has come through once again with a new holiday treat for us, this time in the form of their newest animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. The “Spider-Man” feature – with voices from Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali and more – focuses on the character of Miles Morales and his encounter with the multitude of spider people (and pig) and their distinct universes and has finally made it’s way into theatres in the U.S. today. This means you need to get out and see it as soon as possible so you can join us as we count down 10 of the best easter eggs and details you probably missed in the film! We’ll try not to go into too many spoilers but proceed with caution if you haven’t seen the film yet.
#5: Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper was briefly mentioned in a 2017 issue of “Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man.” Weirdly enough, “Into the Spider-Verse” has another reference to the young star. In Miles’ dorm room, you can spot a Chance the Rapper poster hanging on the wall. What makes this Easter egg especially clever is that Chance’s famous #3 baseball cap has been swapped out with a #4 hat. It’s established that Miles’ dimension is similar to others, but with a few little differences. Seems like, in Miles’ universe, Chance has already dropped his fourth album… hopefully, our dimension will catch up sooner rather than later.
#4: Tobey Maguire’s Backstory
Although he isn’t voiced by Tobey Maguire, both Chris Pine’s and Jake Johnson’s Spider-Man share a great deal in common with the Peter Parker from Sam Raimi’s original trilogy. For starters, they had an upside-down kiss with Mary Jane, just like in the 2002 original. They also stopped a runaway train and acted quickly when a car came crashing through a café, referencing two set pieces from “Spider-Man 2.” The film even acknowledges one of the most infamous moments from “Spider-Man 3,” although Peter, fortunately, doesn’t break out his emo clothes here. According to co-director Rodney Rothman, the filmmakers actually considered enlisting Maguire to reprise his role, but they ultimately feared that, quote, “it would just really confuse people.”
#3: 60s Spider-Man Meme
The 1960s “Spider-Man” cartoon hasn’t aged incredibly well, but it did inspire a catchy theme song and some of the internet’s funniest memes. Arguably the most recognizable meme is the image of Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man, which is brilliantly worked into the after credits of “Into the Spider-Verse.” On a mission to seek out others like him, Spider-Man 2099 decides to go back to the beginning. In other words, the first animated incarnation of the web-slinger. The futuristic Spider-Man thus winds up in the episode “Double Identity,” pointing at his 1967 counterpart. Needless to say, animation and comic book adaptations have come a long way since then.
#2: Spider-Man 2099
While most people are at least vaguely familiar with the 60s “Spider-Man” cartoon, you’d have to be a true web-head to recognize Spider-Man 2099. Part of the Marvel 2099 comic line, Miguel O’Hara is the futuristic equivalent of the wall-crawler, as well as the first Latino character to take on the identity of Spider-Man. In this film’s post-credits scene, Miguel, voiced by Oscar Isaac, receives an interdimensional travel device and sets out to assemble others like him for a Spidey initiative. Seeing how “Into the Spider-Verse” is already set to get the sequel and spin-off treatments, expect to see more of Spider-Man 2099 in the future.
Check out the video at WatchMojo.com to find out the full list of the Top 10 Things You Missed in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!
Until then, if you are interested in knowing more about the animated heroes in this film, take a look at a few of their origin stories below!