Although the long-awaited first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't address how Tom Holland's Peter Parker is resurrected in Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, it does show he's alive and well, and headed to Europe for a school trip. The footage is jam-packed with returning characters, such as Aunt May, Happy Hogan, Ned Leeds and MJ, and new additions like Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury. While the biggest takeaway is the live-action debut of classic comic book villain Mysterio, complete with classic fishbowl helmet, there's a clever Easter egg that diehard Spider-Man will likely recognize.
In the scene where Peter picks up his passport, his birthday is listed as Aug. 10. His year of birth isn't specified, but it stands out as a tribute to Spider-Man's first appearance in The Amazing Fantasy #15, widely recognized as having been released on Aug. 10, 1962.
It's worth noting, however, that, according to copyright records, that landmark issue was actually published on June 5, 1962. But even Marvel Comics recognizes Aug. 10.
Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Steve Ditko, Amazing Fantasy #15 introduced Spider-Man's now-familiar origin: An orphan living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May in Queens, New York, high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, and gains the agility and proportionate strength of spider. He at first sought to use his newfound abilities for fame and fortune as the costumed Spider-Man. But when his uncle was murdered by a criminal that Peter failed to stop, the teen tracked down the killer and accepted that, with great power comes great responsibility.
Another interesting element from the passport scene is that it removes something from Spider-Man canon: his middle name. It's generally accepted that he's known as Peter Benjamin Parker in the comic books. This time around, however, he's just plain old Peter Parker.
Nonetheless, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't disappoint, and provides several moments of fan service. Knowing Marvel and Sony, there will be other Easter eggs hidden in future trailers, and in the film itself.
Opening July 5, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.