Yesterday, fans were blown away by the latest trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which was jam-packed with new gadgets, a cameo from a certain First Avenger, and of course, plenty of Easter eggs. However, Alamo Drafthouse’s Mike Sampson happened to spot a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to the first appearance of the film’s primary antagonist — the Vulture — in quite the unexpected place.
In the below still from the trailer, the focal point is clearly the web-slinger, as he delivers his unique brand of justice as only Spidey can. However, when you zoom in on the image, you can faintly make out a New York license plate that reads “SM2-0563.” This would appear to refer to “Amazing Spider-Man” #2, aka the book in which the Vulture made his debut back in May, 1963.
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) March 28, 2017
Is this merely a coincidence, or was it a conscious decision made by someone behind the scenes? Well, a follow-up tweet from the director himself, Jon Watts, indicates that it’s the latter.
— Jon Watts (@jnwtts) March 28, 2017
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” follows the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” Described as “a coming-of-age story,” the film finds Peter attending his high school for gifted kids, trying to impress his new benefactor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and also dealing with a pesky arch enemy, the Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”), and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7.