Every reminder of past Spider-Man movies
Spider-Man: No Path Home brought several generations of Spider Man films together on an epic mission to save the Marvel Multiverse (and the various Spider Man film franchises within it) from a catastrophic collapse. When former Spider-Man cast Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire arrived in No way home, he put together a whole slew of fun and deep recall jokes on both Sam Raimi’s original Spider Man film trilogy and both The Incredible Spider-Man restart movies. Some of them were pretty obvious and clear, others might have been easier to miss, especially if you haven’t seen each of the Spider-Man movies or soaked in their many memes and gifs.
Here’s a breakdown of every Spider-Man movie recall reference in Spider-Man: No Path Home – we’ll be adding new ones, so let us know in the comments!
“The power of the sun, in the palm of my hand”
Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock makes several references to having “the power of the sun” in the palm of your hand on several occasions during No way home. It was of course Otto Octavius’ noble mission to create a new source of energy in Spider-man 2 – which then became the destructive ambition of Doc Ock. A cured Octavius finally sees his dream come true in the new Arc Reactor element that Tony Stark invented in Iron man 2.
“Itsy Bitsy Spider”
Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin made this nursery rhyme incredibly scary in the original Spider Man movie. Somehow he made it even scarier with his new take on “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in No way home.
“I’m a bit of a scientist myself”
The main accessories to Spider-Man: No Path Home for having the nerve to recycle one of the biggest and most famous Spider Man movie memes from Sam Raimi’s original film (Willem Dafoe’s The Green Goblin touting his scientific credentials) for No way home.
Which Dr Connors?
When Peter 3 (Garfield) mentions that Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) is the lizard, it sparks some recognition in Peter 2 (Maguire) who knows a Dr. Connors who is NOT a murderous reptile. Actor Dylan Baker played Peter 2’s academic mentor Curt Connors in Sam Raimi Spider Man movies – but sadly Baker never got his lizard makeover when that franchise ended after the third movie.
“My best friend tried to kill me”
While Peter 1, 2, and 3 all do the science work to “cure” their respective villains, Peter 1’s BFF Ned (Jacob Batalon) is his usual curious self. Ned wants to know if Peter 2 (Maguire) had a “guy in the chair” like Ned does for Peter 1; instead, Ned receives a dose of tragedy he never expected when Peter 2 tells him the story of how his best friend (Harry Osborn of James Franco in the original Spider Man Trilogy) ultimately betrayed him, transformed into a monster, and then died in his arms. Peter 3 (Garfield) is no help, as his own best friend (Harry Osborn from Dane DeHaan in Amazing Spider-Man 2) also turned into a goblin monster and murdered Peter’s girlfriend (Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy).
Needless to say, Ned leaves the conversation sorry for asking.
At several points in the conversations, Peter 2 (Tobey Maguire) alludes to the fact that his relationship with his daughter MJ and best friend Harry is “complicated” and that MJ has finally had to find a way to make things work. Given where Spider-man 3 left things (with Harry dead and Peter and Mary Jane somewhat removed), Peter 2’s words are an understatement when referring to the awkward way Raimi’s franchise ended.
“I fought an alien once”
When the best scenes from Spider-Man: No Path Home is the conversation the three Peter Parkers have before the final battle at the Statue of Liberty. Peter 2 (Maguire) and Peter 3 (Garfield) are blown away by Peter 1 (Holland) ‘s story of fighting in space and fighting alongside other overpowered people like The Avengers; all that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man can offer is that he fought an alien once (never been to space) – a reference to Spider Man The infamous 3’s take on Venom (Topher Grace).
“Guy in a rhino costume”
Poor Peter 3 (Andrew Garfield) didn’t have any space or alien combat – all he got was Amazing Spider-Man 2It’s an even more infamous bad ending, which saw Spider-Man return to active service by facing off against Paul Giamatti’s “Rhino,” who was reimagined as a (terrible) mechanized suit.
Spider back problems
“Peter # 2” (Maguire) needs the help of “Peter # 3” (Garfield) before the final battle in No Way Home. Peter 2’s Back Problems is actually a reference to a sneaky behind-the-scenes drama meta-joke with Spider-Man 2. It was rumored that in the early 2000s, Maguire used an alleged back injury to film Seabiscuit. as leverage to delay Spider-Man’s sequel. and get a bigger salary. Who knows what the count of that money is – but at least Maguire is having fun with the drama, now.
“Try to do better, doctor”
The great thing about Alfred Molina’s portrayal of Doc Ock in Spider-man 2 is that Molina brought a nobility to Otto which resulted in a convincing and tragic downfall later. One of Molina’s most famous quotes as Octavius is his early statement that “intelligence is not a privilege, it is a gift. And you are using it for the good of mankind. It was a speech that resonated deeply with young Peter Parker (Maguire) and formed the thematic arc of his struggles as Spider-Man in the film. When Peter # 2 tells Octavius that he always tries to do better after the battle of No way home, it is the poignant return of a brilliant mentor that Peter adored.
The LEGO Empire Strikes Back
Spider-Man: Homecoming used a LEGO model of the Death Star from Star Wars as a symbol of the friendship between Peter 1 (Tom Holland) and Ned (Jacob Batalon). After Peter 1 uses Doctor Strange’s spell to erase everyone’s memories, he moves into a tiny apartment in downtown Manhattan and keeps a precious heirloom on his coat: the LEGO Palpatine of him and the Death Star model by Ned.