Into the Spider-Verse's Homages to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy

Raimi Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in theaters now.

Sony's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has swung into theaters with pop-art sensibilities and an inventive, hyperkinetic style. It's a love letter to the iconic superhero's history across comic books, animation and live-action film. While there are certainly nods to Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield's turns as Peter Parker, the big-screen incarnation referenced the most is Tobey Maguire, who starred in three films directed by Sam Raimi.

Below is a comprehensive list of homages to Raimi's popular trilogy found in Into the Spider-Verse.

Subway Emergency Stop

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As the Peter Parker of Miles Morales' universe shares his origin story in the film's comic book-style prologue, he's depicted using body and webbing to stop to a runaway subway train above the streets of New York City.

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The sequence is drawn straight from 2004's Spider-Man 2, in which had the hero uses his body to stop a train sent careening out of control by Doctor Octopus. He emplyes webbing as multiple stress points to slow its momentum. The standout action scene from that film, the sequence was also homaged earlier this year in a quick moment from the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man video game.

Upside-Down Kiss

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The most overt callback to the Raimi trilogy is another scene from opening prologue, as Peter Parker mentions him falling in love with Mary Jane Watson. The couple is seen enjoying an upside-down kiss but, in a wink to the audience acknowledging this is an alternate universe, the positions are reversed with MJ upside-down rather than Peter.

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The sequences comes from 2002's Spider-Ma, in which Maguire's Spider-Man receive his first kiss from Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane after saving her life from a group of street toughs in the rain. The scene is recreated again in Into the Spider-Verse as Peter B. Parker from a different universe recounts his own origin, with the kiss depicted with Peter upside-down, as in the original film.

Dinner, Interrupted

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The prologue contains one more nod to Spider-Man 2, as Peter and Mary Jane are seated inside a restaurant, only to be interrupted by a taxi sent flying through the window. Warned by his Spider-Sense, Peter spins around in the nick of time to knock the vehicle back outside.

Near the end of Spider-Man 2, Peter (there in his civilian clothes) and MJ are having an important conversation in a cafe about their relationship. However, they're interrupted by Doctor Octopus throwing a car into the cafe as Peter regains his powers just in time to pull himself and Mary Jane out of harm's way.

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