Disney’s grasp on Hollywood continues to tighten every year. The mega-company has acquired Lucasfilm, Marvel, 21st Century Fox, and Pixar. It also has a hold on the Star Wars and Marvel franchises. Due to this, Disney truly dominates the pop-culture world.
It’s clear that the MCU is the biggest franchise in the modern world. Once upon a time, this title belonged to Star Wars, a franchise that multiple generations have grown up surrounded by- even Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
Holland’s Spider-Man franchise has dropped multiple references to the franchise set in a galaxy far, far away. From building a LEGO
From Death Star to imitating the Battle of Hoth, MCU’s Peter Parker has proven to us that he is indeed a Star Wars fan.
With Spider-Man: No Way Home’s release, one Star Wars reference dating to Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017 turned out to be more than just the clever easter egg it was thought back then.
In 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ned Leeds dropped and broke an LEGO Death Star in shock as he discovered Peter’s heroic new identity. This is similar to how the giant space station was destroyed in A New Hope.
The Star Wars replica was absent in the sequel Far From Home, similar to how it wasn’t present in The Empire Strikes Back. But it wasn’t the end of the unfinished LEGO Death Star. In 2021’s No Way Home, that LEGO Death Star was brought back.
But it was destroyed once more by a robot arm in Happy’s condo. This mirrored Death Star II’s destruction in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
So, director Jon Watts very cleverly put in a reference to George Lucas’ legendary original trilogy with the LEGO Death Star’s destruction in the first and third movies, while keeping it absent during the second one.
It must be said that even before he appeared in his own franchise, the MCU’s Spider-Man showed that he was a big Star Wars fan. In his debut appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker showed an Empire Strikes Back-inspired-plan to take down an enlarged Ant-Man.
After that, the swinging hero is seen with the famous LEGO Death Star in both Homecoming as well as No Way Home. As Peter moved to his own flat in the final moments of his most recent movie, he was shown having an Emperor Palpatine mini-figure. The rest of his Death Star set was destroyed.
Peter began his journey as a hero with an expensive LEGO set, but right now, he only has a mini figure that’s worth just a few bucks. This symbolizes the riches to rags story of MCU’s Peter Parker.
After all, many Peter Parker fans wanted to see this Peter since they felt that he shouldn’t have been a rich kid in any way. As such, he is truly a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man now for many.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing now in theaters worldwide.
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