Spider-Man: Homecoming has plenty of easter eggs that reference both other Marvel films and beloved pop-culture works like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but that's not all. As it turns out, the film also pays homage to 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
The easter egg occurs early in the film, when actor Kirk Thatcher appears as a homeless-looking man holding a boombox while Spider-Man (Tom Holland) talks with a hot dog vendor (Zach Cherry). Credited in Spider-Man: Homecoming as "Punk on Street," Thatcher also appears in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home as "Punk on Bus." In that film, Thatcher's character -- who also carries a boombox -- refuses to turn his music down for Admiral Kirk until Spock uses the Vulcan nerve pinch to incapacitate the young punk.
Thatcher originally confirmed the easter egg on his Twitter, writing, "YEPPERS! I am now an Easter egg!!"
YEPPERS! I am now an Easter egg!! https://t.co/o3MG6U2Goi— Kirk R Thatcher (@KirkThatcher) July 7, 2017
He later expanded on how his cameo came to be in an interview with StarTrek.com. "I was having a meeting with the guys at Marvel and Kevin Feige had to leave early to catch a plane to New York for the last few days of shooting and wrap on Homecoming," he recalled. "I mentioned that I was going to New York too, only two days later. He got excited and asked if I would be interested in doing a cameo as a punk in Spider-Man? I, of course said, 'Sure!' He said the producers would get in contact with me and I changed my flight from a Friday morning flight to a Thursday red-eye. I arrived in Manhattan at around 1:30 in the morning and my call time was 4:30 a.m. the same day... So I grabbed a couple hours sleep, took a taxi to the set and had brought my own wardrobe. They made me look a little grungier, and the whole thing was done by 11:30 that morning! So, it was really only about 48 hours from Wednesday afternoon when he asked if I was interested to Friday lunch time when we had finished shooting the scene!"
In theaters now, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.