If the headline didn’t set off your Spidey senses, we’re about to swan dive off Avengers Tower and straight into the playground of Marvel’s Spider-Man. So if you don’t want to know some of what awaits the epic new Playstation 4 game, head off back to Queens.
For the rest of us, this new story centered around a more experienced Peter Parker battling the Sinister Six is centered in an expansive world of the web-slinger. There are nods to other heroes of the Marvel-verse, some of those Spider-Man movies (yes, even that movie with goth Tobey Maguire), and one or two brow-raising cameos.
Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum
177A Bleecker Street is the address of the Sorcerer Supreme, no matter what dimension he might be traipsing through.
Shoutout to Steve Ditko
Spider-Man: Homecoming recreated this iconic image from the Marvel Comics archives for Tom Holland’s film. Marvel’s Spider-Man game director Ryan Smith also confirms to EW that the moment where Spidey is saving civilians from rubble in Fisk Tower is similarly meant as a nod to comic artist Steve Ditko, who died this year.
King T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther) also exists in this world. He must be too busy, you know, running a nation to deal with whatever issues are going on in New York.
Yes, that is a Stan Lee cameo. You can count on one hand how many Marvel movies don’t include a pop-in from the legendary comic creator. Keep an eye out for him in the game. He’s hard to miss, as long as you don’t skip those cut scenes.
Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Apparently the Avengers are off on some international mission — or maybe Thanos snapped them out of existence — because the superhero team are nowhere to be found when everything goes to hell. But there, in the middle of the chaos, stands Avengers Tower.
If you swing down to the Financial District, you’ll find New York’s famous statue of the Wall Street bull is no longer there. Instead, it’s Lockjaw, the gigantic teleporting pet dog of the Inhumans royal family.
One of Spider-Man’s missions will see him trying to stop a runaway train. He tries to use his webs to slow it down, but they break almost instantly. “This worked the last time,” he exclaims, which is a reference to that scene in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Maguire’s web-slinger was able to pull it off.
In case you haven’t been keeping up with Iron Fist on Netflix — don’t worry, it doesn’t seem like many Marvel fans are these days — Rand Corporation is the family company of Danny Rand (a.k.a. the Immortal Iron Fist, a.k.a. an easy target for Jessica Jones).
Another member of The Defenders referenced in Marvel’s Spider-Man is superhuman functioning alcoholic Jessica Jones. While the character doesn’t make an appearance, you can stand outside the headquarters of her P.I. business, Alias Investigations.
Nelson & Murdock
The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is all over this digital Hell’s Kitchen. The law offices of Nelson & Murdock (that would be Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock) have been slapped with a pink eviction notice. You know how difficult it is for them to pay the bills! And there are a few more indicators…
Daredevil's watering hole
Around the corner from Nelson & Murdock is Josie’s, a favorite bar of Team Daredevil.
Fogwell’s Gym was where Battlin’ Jack Murdock, Matt’s father, trained and boxed until, you know, he couldn’t anymore… because he died.
Clinton Mission Center
And then there’s Matt’s mother: Sister Margaret Grace Murdock. Maggie entered the nunnery and would later encounter Daredevil again in the comics at the Clinton Mission Center.
This company name has been prevalent in Marvel’s comics, shows, and films. But it had a signifcant presence in the Defenders series on Netflix and Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger.
This name refers to the clean-up crew sent in to deal with all the messes left behind by superheroes. At one point, ABC was going to make a comedy show based on this group in the comics. These were also the folks who appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming that propelled Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes down the path to becoming Vulture.
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man
After the big Kingpin-boss battle that kicks off the game, Wilson Fisk is left dangling upside down, trapped in Spider-Man’s webs. Our hero grapples down and remarks, “Should we kiss now?” Smith, too, notes this is a reference to Peter’s kissing scene with Mary Jane Watson in the Raimi run.
Spider-Man is looking to help out his friend on the police force, Yuri, but she’s in need of some midnight reconnaissance. “Do you have a black-and-white suit?” she asks. No, this Spider-Man doesn’t. But other Spider-Men do. It’s the symbiote (NOT SYM-BYE-OTE!) suit.
Sinister street art
Vulture, as we’ve seen in the trailers, is one of the many villains who take on New York’s wall-crawler in this game, and a scenic tour of the Big Apple will reveal Adrian Toomes has a bigger presence than you might realize.
Full disclosure, I might be looking too much into this. Playing Spider-Man for the past week-and-a-half straight will do that to you. So while this sign definitely reads “SLLIK,” my eyes see Silk, which is the name of another web-slinging hero. Silk, a Korean-American classmate of Peter’s who was also bitten by a radioactive spider, is also getting developed into a feature film.
Felicia Hardy has a role to play within the grand scheme of the game. We won’t spoil it now, but there’s also a DLC coming that’s all about her. In the meantime, you’ll spot Black Cat art as you make your way through the city.
Symkaria is another fictional country in Marvel Comics. Its borders are joined with Latveria, the home of Doctor Doom from The Fantastic Four. Silver Sable, who appears in the game as yet another foil for Spider-Man, calls Symkaria home.
As Deadpool would say, "Yay, superhero landing!"
If you leap off a tall building and just let yourself fall at high speed straight to the ground, you’ll land in a familiar superhero pose.
What other Easter eggs can you find in Marvel’s Spider-Man (available now on Playstation 4)?