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43 "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Details That Are Small, Amazing, And Prove It's The Best Spider-Man Movie

Spider-Man: No Way Home includes a subtle Easter egg for Stan Lee on a license plate.

🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE — and I mean massive — spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: No Way Home!🚨

1. First, in the opening minutes of the film when Peter and MJ are swinging through NYC, you can spot two posters for Rogers: The Musical, which was first introduced in Hawkeye.

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Hawkeye director and executive producer Rhys Thomas detailed how Rogers: The Musical ended up in the show in an interview with BuzzFeed earlier this year. He said, "I pitched it to Kevin [Feige] and talked about doing a musical about the Battle of New York. It felt like a cool way of paralleling what we see in the beginning and showing how these traumatic moments can sometimes get reframed. It felt interesting."

2. Peter and MJ briefly stop on top of the Queensboro Bridge after his identity is revealed, and in Spider-Man, Green Goblin notoriously dropped MJ from this exact bridge.

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3. When Peter and MJ pop out of the sewer while swinging back to Peter's apartment, they stop in front of Delmar's deli, which was featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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4. Damage Control shows up at Peter and Aunt May's apartment shortly after his identity is revealed. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we learned about how this agency is the reason Adrian Toomes lost his job following the Battle of New York.

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This is also important to note because it's most likely why they know that Nick Fury has been off world.

5. When MJ is being interrogated at the police station, it's the first time we learn her real last name. Up until this point, we've only heard her referred to as "Michelle Jones," but now we know her full name is "Michelle Jones-Watson."

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Of course, in the comics, MJ Watson is Peter's main love interest and later his wife. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #25 in 1965 before making her official first appearance in Issue #42. 

6. While Matt Murdock's appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home isn't a hidden detail, it is a nod to an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man when Peter is arrested and is represented by Matt.

Matt Murdock speaking to someone
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In Amazing Spider-Man Issue #219, Peter is hilariously arrested while trying to break into Ryker's Island, and Matt represents him in court.

7. Inside Happy's apartment, you can spot a Downton Abbey DVD, which we learned was Happy's favorite show after Tony mentioned it in Iron Man 3.

Tony mentioning it as Happy is in a hospital bed
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8. Protestors outside Peter's school are holding several signs that refer to Spider-Man as the devil, and, not to go all Mephisto on us, but in the Spider-Man: One More Day seven-issue comic run, Peter makes a deal with Mephisto to bring back Aunt May.

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We'll get into more specific nods to this comic series later on too, but yes, Mephisto does appear and Peter does make a deal with this slippery devil. Mephisto even takes the form of Peter and MJ's future daughter in the comic.

9. When Betty Brant is giving her newscast outside of the school, she tells Peter to "go get 'em, tiger," which was also said by MJ at the end of Spider-Man 2.

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10. When Peter is talking to his teachers at school, there is a mural of famous scientists, innovators, etc. behind him. If you look closely, you can spot Howard Stark and Hank Pym.

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In Spider-Man: Homecoming, you can also see the mural, but it only features Howard Stark. It looks like Hank Pym has since been added.

11. When Peter, MJ, and Ned are hanging on the roof between classes, you can spot some graffiti reading "DITKO" on the wall behind them. This is a nod to Steve Ditko, a comic book artist who co-created Spider-Man.

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Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko famously worked together to create Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Ditko also went on to create Doctor Strange, who plays a huge role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. You can also spot "DITKO" graffiti on the moving truck Peter and Aunt May keep Lizard in later on.

12. When Peter visits Doctor Strange and asks for his help, you can see he's wearing a Columbia University sweatshirt. In the comics, that's the college Doctor Strange attended too.

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You can also see the sweatshirt again a little later when Ned, MJ, and Peter go to the basement to work.

13. During Doctor Strange's spell, Peter continues to add to the list of people he wants to make sure DO remember him. This is similar to a storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man comics where Peter asks Doctor Strange if everyone can forget except for MJ.

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This storyline is famously called "One Moment in Time" and takes place over the course of The Amazing Spider-Man Issues #638 to #641.

14. When Aunt May and Peter are opening his college acceptance letters, you can see that he's building a Lego Death Star from Star Wars with DUM-E. This is a callback to Spider-Man: Homecoming when Ned destroys his Death Star after finding out Peter is Spider-Man.

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Before ending up in Happy's apartment, DUM-E helped Tony Stark in his lab throughout the Iron Man movies.

15. When Peter is walking down the highway to try and catch up to the MIT vice chancellor, you can see the license plate on her car reads "63ASM-3," which is a nod to The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #3, which was released in 1963.

Dock Ock saying "Hello, Peter"
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That comic features the first appearance of Doc Ock, who, of course, Peter encounters for the first time in No Way Home moments later.

16. And speaking of license plates, the taxi behind the vice chancellor's car has a license plate that reads "1228," which is a nod to Stan Lee's birthday, Dec. 28.

Stan Lee posing as if he's shooting a spider's web from his wrist in front of a Spider-Man poster
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This date also appeared in WandaVision Episode 7 during the opening credits. A license plate reading "Wanda" had the numbers "122822" included on it, which stands for Dec. 28, 1922. 

17. When the teaser trailer dropped for Spider-Man: No Way Home, people thought that the Peter in the suit on top of the car was actually Tobey Maguire's Peter. While that turned out to be false, the suit is a nod to Spider-Man 3.

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In Spider-Man 3, Peter wears the suit when he fights Harry, aka the new Green Goblin.

18. When Doc Ock first arrives and confronts Peter, he says, "The power of the sun in the palm of my hand," which is the same thing he said in Spider-Man 2 right before he was turned into Doc Ock for the first time.

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Later in No Way Home, he starts saying the line again when he's holding the arc reactor, only this time Tobey's Peter finishes the line.

19. When MJ, Peter, and Ned are working in Doctor Strange's basement, MJ picks up a box for a goatee template, which is just hilarious.

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20. When Peter goes out to find Electro and Sandman, he's wearing a black and gold Spider-Man suit, which is his suit turned inside out. This was previously referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Peter removed Tony's tracking chip.

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21. In the movie, we see that Aunt May works at F.E.A.S.T., which is a homeless shelter taken directly from the Marvel's Spider-Man video games. In the games, Miles Morales also volunteers there.

Aunt May speaking at an event with Spider-Man standing behind her
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22. Norman Osborn brilliantly says the line, “You know, I’m something of a scientist myself" when he's trapped in the "wizard's dungeon" with the rest of the villains. This quote is a nod to Spider-Man, where he says the exact same thing to Peter.

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23. When Peter is trying to steal the rogue spell from Doctor Strange, he briefly wears Doctor Strange's cape, which not only happened in What If...? Episode 5, but in the comics as well.

An animated Spider-Man wearing Doctor Strange's cape while speaking to another character
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24. At the same time, Doctor Strange walks past a newsstand where you can see Liz Toomes, Peter's girlfriend from Spider-Man: Homecoming, on the cover of People Magazine with the quote, "He's a liar."

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Clearly Liz is capitalizing on Peter's blown identity. 

25. When Aunt May low-key flirts with Doc Ock and asks what kind of water he wants, it relates to the comics, where Aunt May and Dr. Otto Octavius date for a brief period. To be fair, Marisa Tomei has chemistry with everyone.

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In fact, in The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #131, Aunt May actually marries Dr. Otto Octavius. This issue follows Spider-Man as he tries to stop the wedding and save Aunt May from making his archenemy his new uncle.

26. When Aunt May is dying, she utters, "With great power there must also come great responsibility," which is a heartbreaking callback to Uncle Ben in Spider-Man.

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The famous line was also said in an Amazing Spider-Man 2 deleted scene where Richard Parker talks to Peter at Gwen's grave. 

27. Ned learns that Tobey's Peter dealt with his best friend, Harry, betraying him and then dying, and Ned looks worried. Sadly, this is a nod to Ned's comic book trajectory, where he is thought to be Hobgoblin.

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Hobgoblin's origin in the Spider-Man comics is a great (but heartbreaking) one. Basically, his identity remains a secret until Ned eventually dies and Peter thinks he was Hobgoblin. However, it's eventually revealed that Hobgoblin was never Ned in the first place. Thank GOD. But if we get another Spider-Man movie, I'm curious if Ned heads down this path too.

28. The absolutely iconic meme of the Spider-Men pointing at each other is re-created twice in this movie by Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland, and Tobey. Once when they are inside the science classroom and Ned calls their names, and then again when they are figuring out how to work together at the Statue of Liberty.

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The meme originated from the 1967 animated TV series Spider-Man. The moment was also re-created in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

29. While preparing to fight all of the villains, Andrew's Peter adorably cracks Tobey's Peter's back after he talks about how it bothers him. It's a funny moment that is actually a callback to Spider-Man 2 when Peter hurt his back after jumping off a building.

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30. When the three Peters are chatting, Tobey's Peter calls Andrew's Peter "amazing," which is an on-the-nose nod to Andrew's films being called The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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31. Tobey's Peter mentions that he fought an "alien made out of black goo," which is a reference to Spider-Man 3, where he fought Venom.

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Now, in the mid-credits scene of No Way Home, some goo is left in our universe too.

32. Tom's Peter hilariously tries to explain who The Avengers are to the other Peters, and he says "Earth's mightiest" before Tobey's Peter cuts him off. This is a nod to the Marvel comics, where The Avengers slogan is "Earth's Mightiest Heroes."

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33. When Electro meets the Peters at the Statue of Liberty, he's now rocking a suit that closely mirrors his look from the Marvel comics.

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When he's charging himself with electricity, you can see several small lightning bolts shooting out around his head. This is a nod to the mask he wears in the comics.

34. Andrew's Peter reluctantly takes the codename "Peter three," which could honestly be a nod to the fact that, for years, Andrew's portrayal of Spider-Man was notoriously ranked last after Tobey and Tom's.

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35. When Doctor Strange eventually returns from the Mirror Dimension, he says he was dangling over the Grand Canyon for 12 hours, similar to how he left Loki falling in Thor: Ragnarok.

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Benedict Cumberbatch even delivers the line with the same inflection as Tom Hiddleston.

36. When Andrew's Spider-Man is unmasked, Electro says he always imagined Spider-Man as a Black man and there has got to be a Black Spider-Man out there somewhere. This is a perfect nod to Miles Morales, who we've met in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Miles Morales looking at himself in the mirror while holding his Spider-Man mask
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37. The most heartbreaking callback in No Way Home is when Andrew's Peter is able to save MJ after she falls off the Statue of Liberty. This is something he wasn't able to do in Amazing Spider-Man 2, when Gwen tragically fell to her death.

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This gives Andrew's Peter the closure he needs, which is something we most likely would've seen if he got a third The Amazing Spider-Man movie.

38. When the multiverse begins to crack open, you can spot the silhouettes of Rhino and Scorpion in the sky. Both are famous Spider-Man villains who we've previously seen iterations of in the live-action movies.

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A version of Rhino appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Mac Gargan, who is the most famous person to use the Scorpion villain name, appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Rhino first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #41 and Scorpion in The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #19

39. The world forgetting Peter Parker also happened at the end of the Spider-Man: One More Day comic book run. In the comic, Peter and MJ trade their memories of their wedding and life together to Mephisto in an attempt to bring back Aunt May.

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Also in the "One Moment in Time" storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man comics, Peter asks Doctor Strange to do a spell so everyone forgets he is Spider-Man after MJ is seriously injured. 

40. After the battle, you can see that the Statue of Liberty is fixed and has not been turned into a Captain America memorial just yet. This "new and improved" version is mentioned in Hawkeye Episode 5 by Yelena.

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41. When Peter goes to see MJ after her memory is erased, you can see that she's still wearing the broken black dahlia necklace Peter gave her in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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42. When Peter is moving into his new apartment, he places a Lego figure of Palpatine from Star Wars on his desk. This figure was featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Ned invites Peter to build a Lego Death Star with him.

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43. And finally, Peter's new suit at the very end of Spider-Man: No Way Home is a nod to the classic Spider-Man suit from the comics, complete with the vibrant blue and red.

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Did you catch any other Easter eggs or cool details? Have a better theory for one mentioned above? Tell me everything in the comments below!

There are also A TON of details in the second post-credits scene trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness we'll have to discuss, and you can find a detailed breakdown of it all HERE!