Discover the secrets and hidden references of the Marvel Spider-Man: Far From Home movie.
Marvel knows how to place hidden winks, references and details in its feature films, only meant to be found by comic book fans or keen-eyed viewers. For Spider-Man: Far From Home, they gave it their all, the proof.
Reference to comics
We know from Spider-Man: Homecoming that director Jon Watts is a regular at easter eggs hidden in license plates. This is still the case with Far From Home and this first plate of the film, 463, which indicates the number 4 of Spider-Man, released in 1963, dedicated to the super-villain Sandman, who makes his first appearance there. The Sandman that we see next in the film is an illusion of Mysterio.
On the high school TV show, the presenter played by Angourie Rice announces that it’s time to move on to “a new phase in our lives”. Reference to the fact that Spider-Man: Far From Home was Marvel’s final Phase 3 movie, focusing on the Infinity Stones arc, and that Phase 4 was about to begin.
Catch Them If You Can
Behind Peter and Happy is a poster of a wrestling match with Crusher Hogan, who comic book fans know as Spider-Man was the one on whom Spider-Man first “tested” his powers. We can also see on the poster that Crusher was to fight Bonesaw McGraw, a character who appeared in Sam Raimi’s first film in 2002, as Randy Savage.
This is the suitcase of Benjamin Franklin Parker, Peter’s uncle, hence its somewhat “vintage” appearance, and it is the suitcase that Peter will take with him on his trip to Europe.
On your screens
Among the films available for Peter on the plane, there is a film on the snap of Thanos’ fingers directed by… Paul Greengrass! A documentary on Wakanda, another on the hunt for HYDRA agents around the world and another on Einstein presented by Doctor Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) seen in the first two Thor films and the first two Avengers.
A heart of iron
The title of the documentary dedicated to Iron Man is called Heart of Iron, “Heart of Steel”, which echoes the Ironheart comics, in which the torch of Tony Stark in Iron Man is taken up by a young genius of 15 years. The theme of passing on and grieving Iron Man, who died in Avengers: Endgame, is central to Far From Home.
Hotel De Matteis
The hotel in which the teenagers stay in Venice is called “De Matteis”, a tribute to John Marc DeMatteis who will notably create a narrative arc around the hunt for Spider-Man by Kraven the Hunter, one of the most popular of the superhero.
Mysterio is everywhere
During his visit to Venice, Peter meets MJ and spends some time with her, but is unaware that he is being watched by a very discreet Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal). And it’s not over !
An ordinary spy
Another discreet character, Guterman (played by Nicholas Gleaves) also spies on Peter. A member of Quentin Beck’s team, he is the one who scripts his boss’ lies and ensures that the whole plot is well-crafted to trap Spider-Man.
Man down !
Flash reads that following the attack on Venice, a sailor was exposed to an experimental underwater generator. His name is Morris Bench, he is better known to comic book fans as Hydro-Man, capable as his name suggests of transforming all or part of his particles into water.
Passage in the Lands
Quentin Beck informs Peter that he is on Earth 616 (the main Earth, in the comics), and that he is from Earth 833. The latter is the home Earth of Billy Braddock aka Spider-Man UK aka Captain Britain . The finale of Far From Home takes place elsewhere in London.
On these Venetian plates, Jon Watts pays tribute to the creators of various comics: G. Convayo refers to Gerry Conway (author of The Spectacular Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man n°111 to 149), BM Bendisio is for Brian Michael Bendis (originally Ultimate Spider-Man and Miles Morales), D. Michelinio for David Michelinie (co-creator of Venom and Carnage), R. Sterno is Roger Stern, to whom we owe the Green Goblin and Calle Del Slotto refers to Dan Slott, who worked on The Amazing Spider-Man.
My name is Dmitri
Played by Numan Acar, Dimitri is one of Nick Fury’s trusted men. Fans wondered if this man was hiding Dmitri Smerdyakov, better known as the Chameleon, a well-known supervillain from the Spider-Man universe.
Not off the mark
This plate is a nod to the comics The Amazing-Spider-Man (ASM), issue released on September 28, 1965 (9/28/65), which was dedicated to the supervillain Molten Man aka the Metal Man.
Music that speaks volumes
During this touching scene, we hear the song of The Jam Town Called Malice, which we hear in the film Bonjour les vacances II, which takes place during a trip to Europe as Far From Home, but also in Billy Elliot, whose the theatrical adaptation made it possible to make known a certain Tom Holland!
This character is Quentin Beck’s visual effects supervisor and creates all the illusions the supervillain uses to fool his world and Peter Parker. Former employee of Stark Industries, we had seen William Ginter Riva in Iron Man, and we find him 11 years later in this feature film. The character is played by Peter Billingsley, who was also an executive producer on Iron Man.
When Nick Fury picks up Peter, his car bears the MTU 83779 plate, for Marvel Team-Up n°83, released in July 1979. And precisely, the comics shows the alliance between Spider-Man and Nick Fury. When the director mentions what happens on screen in fiction… with a very real reference.
Thanks to Tony Stark’s technology, Peter can make himself a new suit. Among those that we see appearing on the machine, we note from left to right the Spider-Armor and the costume of Superior Spider-Man (both unseen on screen and specific to the comics), then that of Homecomingthat of Avengers Infinity War andEndgame and finally that of Far From Home.
During the attack on the bridge, we can again see a license plate referring to a comic book, in this case perhaps for number 48 of The New Astonishing Spider-Man, released in 1995, and which introduces the She-Venom character. The latter also appeared in the film Venom in the guise of Michelle Williams.
And it’s not the last! MJ and Peter have just kissed after the final fight, but Jon Watts is not done with his nods to comics, like here with The Amazing Spider-Man 143, dedicated to the super-villain Cyclone, and which shows the two characters kissing for the first time.
A message from Marvel
far from home concluded Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it was fashionable for Marvel to send a message to its fans. Thus, at the turn of the traditional final flight of Spider-Man over New York, a message can be read on a wall: “We can’t wait to show you the rest”. Everything was said.
J. Jonah Jameson, emblematic character of the Marvel universe, editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, appears in the MCU as the presenter of a controversial internet show in the guise of JK Simmons, who already played the role in the trilogy of Sam Raimi. Still just as overexcited, Jameson goes after (unsurprisingly) Spider-Man.
They see Skrulls everywhere!
In the post-credits scene, as Nick Fury and Maria Hill (actually replaced by Skrulls) are driving, we can read that the license plate (the last!) refers to Hawkeye and Mockingbird (HNM) #6 released in 2011, and which already included a Nick Fury replaced by a Skrull.