Superhero movies are loaded with Easter Eggs, references to previous films, and callbacks to the origins of the various characters. Some of them are obvious, but others are so buried, you pretty much need to have the film on Blu-ray so you can pause the feature frame by frame and be looking for clever nods. But when Jon Watts hinted that a deep-dive Spidey clue was waiting to be found in the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, amateur sleuths got to work, and this is what they found:

Mike Sampson once ran ScreenCrush, so the man understands movie news better than most. While combing over the most recent Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, Sampson noticed that the license plate on the car on the Staten Island Ferry references the first appearance of The Vulture from The Amazing Spider-Man #2. Back then, the Vulture looked like this:

The Vulture in Marvel Comics

Now, as played by Michael Keaton, he'll look like this:

The Vulture in Homecoming

So yeah, a serious technological upgrade. As for the sleuthing skills of young Mike Sampson, they were almost immediately confirmed by Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts on Twitter. Someone send Sampson a No-Prize!

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, a younger version of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is coming back down to earth after helping Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) battle the forces of Team Cap in Captain America: Civil War. Spidey is eager to sign on the dotted line and become the newest Avenger. Only, Tony tells him to be "a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man," and stop trying to battle high-powered bad guys.

This becomes nearly impossible when Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) takes tech left behind by the battle of New York and fashions a souped-up Vulture suit to trigger a crime wave. Spider-Man commits to bringing the Vulture down, and it creates at least two major tentpole set pieces on a Staten Island Ferry and an airplane of innocent passengers.

Check that trailer out one more time.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters on July 7. Did you see any other Easter Eggs in that trailer?

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