Spider-Man: No Way Home is breaking records since its release in theaters on 16 December 2021. After Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, Spider-Man is the fourth superhero in the MCU to have a solo trilogy. The third solo adventure by Tom Holland in the Spider-Man franchise was a high-octane one in Marvel’s last movie of 2021. The movie follows the trail of Iron Man 3 (2013), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Thor: Ragnarok (2017), whose Easter egg is in No Way Home.
This Spidey blockbuster is still running hot on the internet. Fans are revisiting and enjoying moments from the film and they don’t seem to slow down soon. After the initial few re-watches, it’s obvious for them to catch some Easter eggs. While some pay homage to other franchises like the ever-popular Star Wars, there is an abundance of Marvel Easter eggs in the movie.
The ending battle in No Way Home provided significant references to other Marvel films. The battle takes place at The Statue Of Liberty, the very location of a major battle in the X-Men, in 2000. The statue also paid tribute to the very first Avenger, Captain America. No Way Home’s full screenplay is now open to the public, and fans are catching more Marvel Easter eggs.
Spider-Man: No Way Home provided complete and final cut screenplay access via Deadline. Fans have grasped an Easter egg nodding to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The dialogue on page 42 explains how Doctor Strange’s spell that is supposed to make everyone forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man ends.
The script notes that as Peter and Strange float off the ground, Strange’s apprentices upstairs reach for a relic that appears to fall apart as the spell reaches its peak.
As noted in the script, this is the same artifact that Hemsworth’s Thor knocked over when he met Doctor Strange in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, causing it to break into pieces.
“UPSTAIRS, ON THE APPRENTICES: One of them reaches for a shaking relic (the same one Thor knocked over in RAGNAROK). Too late. It falls apart.”
Thor: Ragnarok did not reveal the use or purpose of this artifact. Thor is just seen noodling with it while talking to Doctor Strange. When he realized what Strange was about and stopped trying to put back the small and pointy things on the stand, it made that a giggle-worthy moment. It is unclear from the screenplay whether there was supposed to be a shot showing the unidentified artifact crumbling while Strange was trying to control his haywire spell. However, this shows how enthusiastic the creators are about maintaining the cinematic flow throughout the movies.
Easter eggs in Spider-Man: No Way Home don’t finish here, although it would have been difficult to catch this moment without the script. Fans assume the artifact is still in Sanctum Sanctorum, despite the good time gap between Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The MCU has refreshed moments from Phase 3 with this nostalgic detail. In Phase 4 and beyond, Thor and Spider-Man will have even more adventures, so fans will be on the lookout for more Easter eggs.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is still bustling in theaters around the world. Fans can read it here, the full script made public by the MCU.