Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse—the highly anticipated follow-on to Sony’s Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse—is now in theaters.
Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse is loaded with tons of Marvel easter eggs and cameos from the animated universe, as well as the live-action universe and video game!
Here are the best Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Easter eggs and cameos.
The Best Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Easter Eggs and Cameos
SPOILER WARNING: If you have not seen Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse, turn back now. Spoilers ahead.
In the upper right corner of the screen in a comic font, the word COUGH is written. This is an ongoing gag from writers Lord and Miller, who made 22 Jump Street. At one point during the making of that film, Miller coughed, and they left the cough in the final sound mix for the film.
We see the Marvel logo glitch and morph into the animation style of the movie indicating that the multiverses are tied together.
Comics Code Authority Seal
The Comics Code Authority (CCA) Seal flashes on the screen.
The CCA was formed by The Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA) in 1954 as a response to widespread public concern over graphic violence and horror imagery in comic books. Comics that bore the seal were more likely to be carried by publishers as they adhered to moral content guidelines.
We meet Gwen Stacy in her world, Earth-65 at the start of the film
On Earth-65 we hear J. Jonah Jameson, voiced by J. K. Simmons, yelling about a Spider menace.
We meet the Steampunk Vulture (Renaissance Vulture) that Gwen battles in a 2014 comic cross-over event that included many versions of Spider-Man, as well as many versions of Vulture and a steam punk Lady Spider.
When we meet Miguel, aka Spider-Man 2099, we see him glitching, and his fangs and retractable talons are shown. In the comics, Miguel’s fangs secrete a non-toxic yet paralyzing venom.
Earth-1610 is Miles Morales’ universe. We see another J. Jonah Jameson and J. K. Simmons voice cameo.
Miles’ roommate, Ganke Lee is back. We first met Ganke in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse. It turns out that Ganke is Miles’ confidant and helps him out when he is doing Spider-Man-related tasks.
Ganke is officially more than the “Guy In the Chair,” which is also a callback to the between Ned and Peter in Spiderman: Homecoming in which Ned tells Peter he wants to help him and be more than just the Guy in the Chair.
The Daily Bugle
In Miles’ dorm room, there is an issue of The Daily Bugle.
In the comics, Peter Parker was a photographer for the newspaper.
Marvel PlayStation game
In Miles’ dorm room, you can see Ganke facing a TV with gameplay footage of the Marvel PlayStation game.
“True Life Tales of Spider-Man”
When Gwen first drops into Miles’ room, one of the comics floating in the air is “True Life Tales of Spider-Man.”
“True Life Tales of Spider-Man” is a comic book series fictionalizing the real adventures of the superhero Spider-Man and is what the first Spider-Verse movie is based on.
The Mitchells Vs. The Machines
On the shelf in Mile’s room is a wooden moose from The Mitchells Vs. The Machines, which Lord & Miller were producers on.
Williamsburg Bank Building
In addition to the incredible visuals that go with this sequence, Miles and Gwen have an upside-down seat on the Williamsburg Bank Building to ponder life. This is the spot Miles says is his favorite thinking spot to be alone, but it’s also a nod to Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Maguire’s Spider-Man goes to the top of the Chrysler Building, while Garfield’s Spidey prefers the top of the Empire State Building because it has a better view. MJ and Ned Leeds tell us Holland’s Spider-man heads to the roof of his Queens high school when he needs to be alone.
When Gwen says goodbye to an invisible Miles, the composition is a callback to the scene of the iconic upside-down kiss between Spider-Man and Mary Jane in Spider-Man (2002).
Loads of Universes
Lego Spider-Man and Earth-131222
As The Spot transports to other universes, including LEGO Earth, he shows up in front of The Daily Bugle office in Earth-131222. Inside the Daily Bugle, we see LEGO Peter Parker, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Bugle J. Jonah Jameson, and LEGO Spider-Man.
It appears that J. Jonah Jameson is the same in every universe and is voiced by J. K. Simmons.
Lord and Miller, who wrote the Spider-Verse films, also wrote and directed The LEGO Movie.
Earth-TRN688 and Mrs. Chen
Mrs. Chen, portrayed by Peggy Lu in Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, is still working in her convenience store in Chinatown.
Mrs. Chen is a friend of Eddie Brock and is the owner of a convenience store in San Fransicso’s Chinatown District. Eddie and Venom saved Chen at one point, so she now helps the symbiote duo when necessary.
Earth-50101 and Mumbattan
Earth-50101, better known as Mumbattan, is where we meet Deadpool’s Karan Soni who portrays Pavitr Prabhakar
Miguel O’Hara is from Earth-928 and it is also where the Spider-Man headquarters is located.
There are loads of Spider-People everywhere.
Scarlet Spider, one of the many Spider-people at Spider-Man headquarters is voiced by Andy Samberg.
In the comics, Scarlet Spider is a genetic clone of Peter Parker.
The Spare Fantastic Four Costume aka “The Bombastic Bagman” or “The Amazing Bag-Man” is a costume Peter Parker (Spider-Man) had to wear as a result of being separated from the alien symbiote in the Baxter Building and first appears in “Amazing Spider-Man #258” (November 1984).
Parker’s Spider-Man suit was destroyed and he needed a new outfit in a pinch. As a result, the Fantastic Four provided him with a spare outfit, which happened to be a Fantastic Four costume with a brown paper bag mask to hide his identity.
Other Spotted Spider-People
- Margo Kess aka Spider-Byte
- Malala Windsor aka Hijab Spider-Woman named after Malala Yousafzai.
- Takuya Yamashiro aka Spider-Man from the 1978 Japanese television series
- Marvel Mangaverse Spider-Man
- Otto Octavius aka Superior Spider-Man
- Earth-X Spider-Man
- Cyborg Spider-Woman
- Iron Spider
- Spider-Parked Car
Yuri Lowenthal, the voice of Spider-Man in the PlayStation game, makes a cameo as Insomniac Spider-Man.
Spider-Man Spectacular also has a cameo, voiced by Josh Keaton.
Following his cameo as Uncle Aaron in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Glover makes a surprising cameo as his alter-ego The Prowler.
The musical zeitgeist for the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse album voices Black and White Spider-Man.
Taran Killam cameos as the voice for both Patrick O’Hara/Web-Slinger and his Spider-horse Widow. Taran Killam is known for writing Marvel comic Western-themed “SPIDER-VERSE #4,” “Hamilton” on Broadway, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” “SNL,” and Night School.
During Miguel’s rant, he includes a nod to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and Doctor Strange and Christine Parker from Earth-199999 (Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness).
This is a humorous nod to the MCU but also a nod to the controversy among fans as to the true designation of Earth: Earth-616 or Earth-199999.
May “Mayday” Parker
May “Mayday” Parker is the first child of Peter B. Parker and Mary Jane Parker in a future, alternate universe. She’s first seen in “What If…? #105” (December 1997) and again as Spider-Girl in “Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 3) #15” (February 2015)
When Miguel is discussing canon events and breaking the timeline, he shows a timeline that looks very much like the one shown in “Loki.”
During a sequence talking about the ASM-90 canon event by Miguel O’Hara, we are shown cameos, and the first we see is a shot of the 1967 Spider-Man TV show.
Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man
The first live-action cameo we see is Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man.
The ASM-90 canon event was the death of a police captain close to Spider-Man died, and Miles is shown footage of Captain Stacy dying at the hands of Garfield’s Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Tobey Maguire and Uncle Ben
During a sequence talking about the canon event that every Spider-Man must face (the death of someone close) as he accepts the mask of Spider-Man, we see footage of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man when he loses Uncle Ben.
For Miles, it was his Uncle Aaron; for Peter B. Parker, it was his Uncle Ben.
The ASM-90 aka “The Amazing Spider-Man” #90 also refers to the iconic November 1970 issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” written by Stan Lee, where Captain Stacy dies after trying to save a child from the falling rubble of a building.
We see Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) say “Hello, Peter.”
Spider-Man Pointing Meme
As Miles is running away from Miguel et al, the infamous Spider-Man pointing meme happens.
We see a Spider-Man sitting in the therapy office talking about seeing his Uncle Ben dead.
We see Peni Parker in her new SP//dr suit.
Web of Life and Destiny
The Web of Life and Destiny is a 3-dimensional construct in 5-dimensional space that acts as a model of the entire Multiverse and enables travel between realities.
The nexus of the Web of Life and Destiny lies in Earth-001 and is maintained by the Master Weaver and totemic spider deities.
When Miles escapes back to Earth, he lands on Earth-42, instead of his own. Earth-42 is the universe the spider that bit him came from.
J. Jonah Jameson is talking about the Sinister Six on the news. In the comics, the Sinister Six is a group of supervillains who band together to try and defeat Spider-Man. The original Sinister Six consisted of Doc Ock, Vulture, Electro, Kraven, Mysterio, and Sandman.
Because the spider that bit Miles bit him in HIS universe and not on Earth-42, Earth-42 doesn’t have a Spider-Man. But it does have a Miles and Miles has become the Prowler, the moniker used by Miles’ Uncle Aaron in his own universe.
Old Spider Friends
Gwen puts together a team of friends to rescue Miles. Familiar faces include Peter B. Parker, Mayday, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker, as well as Spider-Byte and Hobie aka Spider-Punk.
About Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the Multiverse’s very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must set out on his own to save those he loves most. Anyone can wear the mask—it’s how you wear it that makes you a hero.
Directors: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, David Callaham
Based on the MARVEL COMICS
Producers: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg
Executive Producers: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Aditya Sood, Brian Michael Bendis
Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman, Issa Rae, Karan Soni, Daniel Kaluuya, Oscar Isaac
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