In the new animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales finds himself facing the responsibilities that come with wearing the mask of the web-swinging superhero Spider-Man! But Miles isn't the only one who has gained amazing spider superpowers: when Wilson Fisk activates a device that opens a portal to several parallel universes, he encounters half a dozen friends who are themselves shouldering the great responsibility that comes with spectacular spider-themed powers.
Inspired by the Spider-Verse story that took place in Amazing Spider-Man #7 - 15 (2014) by Dan Slott, Oliver Coipel, and Giuseppe Camuncoli, the movie unites Spider-People from several different parallel universes to stand against the world-threatening machinations of the Kingpin. Along the way, audiences are treated to a cavalcade of allusions to the thousands of Spider-Man adventures that have taken place since the character was first introduced in 1962. While some of the easter eggs are easy for fans to catch, others take the form of subtle details or blink-and-miss it background billboards, and it may make take several viewings to catch every clever reference hidden in the web of Spider-Verse. But you can seem more informed about the multiverse than Alchemax head scientist Olivia thanks to this handy guide to all the easter eggs fans probably missed!
28 THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY SEAL
The seal of approval for the Comics Code Authority appears during the opening credits of Into the Spider-Verse, giving fans the first clue that they're about to witness a loving homage to the medium of comics. First debuted in 1956, the CCA seal of approval used to appear on the cover to let readers know the content within had been deemed "wholesome."
While Marvel Comics stopped using the CCA seal of approval in 2001, its appearance here references the many decades that Spider-Man covers included this guarantee.
Alchemax first appeared in the main Marvel universe in Superior Spider-Man #17 (2013) by Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, John Livesay, and Edgar Delgado. In the year 2099, society is controlled by the Alchemax corporation. Eventually, it is revealed that Alchemax was founded by an incognito Norman Osborne, who wanted to secure his family's corporate legacy.
In Into the Spider-Verse, the spider that bites Miles originated with the less-than-wholesome corporation, which is also responsible for the supercollider experiment that brings the various Spider-People to Miles's version of New York City.
The spider that bites Miles and gives him super powers is Alchemax experiment number 42. The numerical motif reoccurs as Miles is experimenting with his powers, appearing when giant numbers are knocked off the side of a building and on the sign for the Time Square subway station.
This is likely a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the seminal science fiction trilogy (of five) by Douglas Adams. The H2G2 series of novels, which includes several plot points concerning parallel universes, cites 42 as the "ultimate answer."
25 PUERTO RICAN DECAL
One of the ways Miles is able to express himself before he becomes Spider-Man is through stickers. As Miles packs his bag to leave for Visions boarding school, a decal of the Puerto Rican flag is seen on his suitcase. Like his comic counterpart, Miles's mother is Puerto Rican and his father is black.
Miles's family and heritage play an important role in who he is and how he navigates the responsibilities inherent in wearing the Spider-Man mask, and the inclusion of the Puerto Rico sticker on his bag communicates this early in the movie.
24 SPIDER-MAN 3 DANCE
In the opening scenes, the Peter Parker from Miles's universe recounts his storied career as Spider-Man, making reference to a number of events from the previously released live-action movies.
Included among these references are several triumphant events from the Raimi trilogy, including Spidey's daring rescue of the runaway train in 2004's Spider-Man 2 and the iconic upside-down kiss between Spider-Man and MJ from the 2002 Spider-Man. But Parker also begrudgingly admits to performing a questionable dance, alluding to the infamous "evil Peter" musical sequence from 2007's Spider-Man 3.
23 "TRUE LIFE TALES OF SPIDER-MAN"
When Miles begins realizing that his spider bite may have resulted in some spectacular abilities, he turns to the Spider-Man comic his roommate at school has left out on his desk to bain some perspective.
The cover of the comic matches Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the first appearance of Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man! In Miles's universe, the title has been changed to "True Life Tales of Spider-Man," but the issue still contains the origin of Parker's superhuman abilities!
22 CALL THE ARTIST
When Miles opens up his cell phone and scrolls through his contacts, he speeds past the name Sara Pichelli, which pays homage to the fact that she is the artist who co-created of Miles with Ultimate Fallout #4 (2011) by Pichelli, Brian Michael Bendis, and Justin Ponsor.
The previous generation's artist is remembered thanks to Miles's father, Jefferson Davis. When Jefferson opens up his cell phone contacts and scrolls through them, the name Steve Ditko, the artist who co-created Peter Parker, can be glimpsed.
21 SKETCHES BY BOZ
When he intentionally fails a comprehension test about the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, Miles is told to write an essay that describes his personal reaction to the text.
Between 1860 and 1861, Great Expectations was serialized: chapters of the story were released weekly in the magazine All the Year Round. These chapters featured illustrations by the artist Boz, whose art is visible on the copy of the book Miles uses to write his report. While Spider-Man comics first appeared a century after Great Expectations was published, they continue the tradition of illustrated and serialized storytelling popularized by Dickens.
The Peter Parker of Miles's universe is dispatched by Kingpin before the end of the first act. In his final minutes, Parker meets Miles, and the two have a moment of recognition -- they both have amazing Spider-Powers!
The actor who plays the late Parker is Chris Pine, famed for playing the role of James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. The Trek "redshirt" trope denotes the low survival rate of characters wearing a red costume. If only this Spidey had been wearing the symbiote suit, he might have survived for the movie's sequel!
The Spider-Buggy makes several appearances in Into the Spider-Verse. When Miles enters the secret underground base that belonged to the late Peter Parker of his universe, several iterations of the vehicle can be glimpsed on display in the bunker.
However, the buggy is commemorated in song as well, as the snippet of lyrics from the Spider-Man Christmas album that plays when Miles has locked himself in the school security officer's references the well-known buggy sustaining the loss of a wheel.
18 BROKEN BACK
When Peter B. Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson, meets Miles, he quickly recounts the history of his exploits, and while the beginning of his story is familiar, it eventually turns tragic: after parting ways with his beloved MJ, Peter B. spins into a deep depression, and a series of tragic events follow.
One of the misfortunes recounted by Peter B. is that he "broke his back," likely a reference to the back injury Tobey Macguire sustained on the set of 2003's Seabuiscuit that nearly resulted in Jake Gyllenhaal replacing him as Spidey for 2004's Spider-Man 2.
When the characters in Into the Spider-Verse travel from one version of New York City to another, one of the most striking differences is the brands being advertised on the billboards. While Coca-Cola is the most famous soft drink in the world in Peter B. Parker's universe, a similar logo advertises "Koca-Soda" in the universe Miles calls home.
The difference between their universe's respective sodas was a topic discussed by Miles and Gwen in Spider-Gwen #16 (2017) by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi.
16 FROM DUSK TO SHAUN
The entertainment choices in the universe Miles calls home are sometimes familiar, but with key differences. In Times Square, a poster advertises From Dusk to Shaun, featuring an image that alludes to a never-made-sequel to the 2004 movie Shaun of the Dead.
According to Shaun of the Dead co-writer Simon Pegg, From Dusk to Shaun would have been essentially the same as the 2004 movie, but with vampires in place of zombies. The inclusion of vampires alludes to Morlun, the vampire who is the main antagonist of the original Spider-Verse comic.
15 PAINT IT RED
Each of the different Spider-People come from their own respective universes, and in part, these universes are differentiated by color. When Miles first meets Spider-Man Noir, he comments that he's "black and white," and Spidey Noir seems to have trouble telling one color from another.
The color that defines Miles's universe is red, and there are many allusions throughout the movie: posters advertise the Red Man Group, packages are delivered by RedEx, and even Jefferson's license plate includes the word "RED."
When Peter B. Parker is teaching Miles how to swing using the web-shooters, he describes the action by telling him that he has to double-tap after each "Thwip!"
"Thwip" is the iconic onomatopoeia that is written to represent the sound effect made by Spidey's web shooters, and just like the "Snickt" of Wolverine's claws or the "BAMF" made by Nightcrawler's power of teleportation, the sound effect is instantly recognizable to readers of Marvel comics, providing fans with a nice auditory easter egg.
13 COSTUME CLOSET
When Miles enters the secret underground base of the late Parker from his universe, many costumes can be seen on display in the background, providing a whole basket of easter eggs.
Among the costumes that can be seen are the MK II Spider-Armor from Amazing Spider-Man #656 (2011) by Dan Slott, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente, the caped costume from What if #19 (1980) by Peter Gillis, Pat Broderick, Mike Esposito, and Roger Slifer, and the Advanced Suit from Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4.
12 CHANCE THE RAPPER
While the Biggie song Miles listens to on his headphones suggests some music in his universe is the same as the music in ours, the poster for the Chance the Rapper mixtape Coloring Book that can be seen on the wall of Miles's dorm room indicates that there are also some musical alterations.
In our universe, this is Chance's third mixtape, indicated on the album cover through the number 3 that appears on his cap. Into the Spider-Verse has replaced the 3 with a 4, suggesting that in Miles's universe, Chance may have dropped an additional mixtape before Coloring Book.
11 FISH INDUSTRIES
When Spider-Ham is describing how he came to find himself in Miles's universe, he can be seen next to a box that is labeled "Fish Industries," the cartoon-animal universe version of Fisk Industries, the company owned and operated by Kingpin Wilson Fisk in the pages of Marvel comics.
Spider-Ham's story contains several additional references to his origin in the comics, including the fact that he was originally a spider who gained his powers when he was bitten by a radioactive pig.
10 STEPHEN COLBERT
Among the billboards that can be seen in the version of New York City Miles calls home are advertisements for famed journalist Stephen Colbert.
Stephen Colbert appeared in the Amazing Spider-Man #573 (2008) story by Mark Waid, Pat Olliffe, Serge LaPointe, and Rain Beredo, where he ran for office as an independent. While this agent of truthiness does not appear in person on-screen in Into the Spider-Verse, this easter egg may hint that Peter isn't the only Spider-Man to face pushback from an unsympathetic but opportunistic journalist.
9 BILLBOARD FOR BENDIS
Brian Michael Bendis is the writer that co-created Miles Morales, who replaced Peter Parker as the Ultimate Spider-Man. Miles first appeared in Ultimate Fallout #4 (2011) by Pichelli, Bendis, and Ponsor, where bystanders expressed their feeling that it was disrespectful for him to wear the late Parker's costume, a sentiment echoed in the movie by officers of the PDNY who catch Miles at the grave of the original Spidey.
Into the Spider-Verse pays homage to Bendis by including his name on a billboard that can be glimpsed on the streets of Miles's NYC.
8 * TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH
When the supervillain known as the Scorpion bursts into the Parker home, he delivers a line in Spanish. A translation of the line appears in a speech bubble above his head, with an asterisk leading to a box below the character that explains that the dialogue was "translated from Spanish."
This easter egg alludes to the Marvel house style for translated dialogue, which is accompanied by a box noting the translation and the original language. For Miles, who is bilingual, the translation is unnecessary.
When Spider-Ham is preparing to return to his home universe, he offers his mallet to Miles, telling him that the comically oversized hammer will fit easily in his pocket despite the fact that it is too large.
This statement refers to the cartoon trope of "hammerspace," the capacity possessed by cartoon characters to fit oversize objects in spaces that are too small to contain them. Hammerspace is frequently used by the classic animal cartoon characters to whom Spider-Ham pays homage.
6 AUNT MAY'S SECRET HISTORY
When Miles enters the late Parker's secret underground lair, he discovers a variety of fantastic technological goobers used by Spidey over the course of his superhero career.
A few lines of dialogue suggest that Aunt May played a key role in providing the late Spidey with some of his spectacular tech -- and the fact that she refers to antagonist Oliva as "Liv," a nickname the villain claims only her friends use -- suggests that this version of May might have played an integral role in the late Parker's exploits.
5 ALWAYS SIX THERE MUST BE
Over the course of Into the Spider-Verse, the six heroic Spiders face off against variations on six classic Spider-Man antagonists: Kingpin, Tombstone, Prowler, Scorpion, Norman Osborne as the Green Goblin, and the enigmatic scientist Olivia.
While the team of six super villains never refers to themselves by the name during the movie, they come together to form an unofficial "Sinister Six," a name frequently adopted by teams of antagonists who align with one another in order to attempt to defeat Spider-Man.
4 THE VANISHING BUILDING
In the wake of the climax of Into the Spider-Verse, the ultimate result of Fisk's activation of the supercollider is revealed: the building above the device that opened the interdimensional portal has completely vanished!
This is strongly reminiscent of the fate of the Horizon Laboratory building in Superior Spider-Man #19 (2013) by Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman, John Livesay, and Edgar Delgado, which vanishes in a controlled implosion that might have destroyed all of New York City had it not been contained!
3 JUST SITTING HERE...
During the closing credits, the audience is treated to a montage of many different versions of Spider-Man. In addition to showcasing many distinct versions of Spidey's costume, there is also a reference to the infamous meme of Spider-Man just... sitting at a desk.
The unforgettable image, which shows the Spidey from the 1967 animated series at a desk with a framed picture of himself hanging on the wall, was also referenced by Web Warriors #1 (2015) by Mike Costa, David Baldeon, Scott Hanna, and Jason Keith.
2 SPIDER-MAN 2099
The Spider-Man who appears in the after-credits scene is Miguel O'Hara, who first appeared in Spider-Man 2099 #1 (1992) by Peter David, Rick Leonardi, Al Williamson, and Steve Buccellato. Miguel was a genetic engineer for the Alchemax corporation who was attempting to replicated Peter Parker's amazing abilities when his own genetic code was re-written, giving him superpowers.
In addition to Miguel, his holographic A.I. assistant, Lyla, also appears in the final minutes of Into the Spider-Verse, assisting Miguel in performing the first individual inter-dimensional leap.
1 WHO POINTED FIRST
The location Miguel chooses as a destination is Universe 67, the designation given to the universe of the original Spider-Man animated series.
Miguel states that he's going back to where "all this began," and in a way, he succeeds in his goal: he arrives at the point in the animated series most familiar to many fans from the popular internet meme of two Spider-Mans pointing at one another. Fortunately, journalist J. Jonah Jameson is on the scene to set the record straight once and for all as to who pointed first: Spider-Man!