Easter eggs are traditionally a major part of every Marvel Studios film. After all, the movies are based on/heavily inspired by decades-worth of material that deserves endearing reference, and the strength of the continuity allows for a bit of fun to be had. Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest to join this custom, and boy does it have a lot of great Marvel Easter eggs.
From beginning to end, the latest web-slinging adventure is filled with nods to the comics and past Marvel Cinematic Universe projects -- and it's in this feature that we will examine and dissect each one of them. But before we go any further...
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming. If you have not yet seen the film, and don't wish to have any specific details ruined, please bookmark this page and come back after your screening!
Principal Morita And The Howling Commandos
Watching Spider-Man: Homecoming, die-hard Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will quickly recognize Kenneth Choi from his role in another one of the franchise's films. While he plays Midtown High's principal in the new movie, in Captain America: The First Avenger he was cast as Pvt. James Morita -- a soldier who wound up fighting alongside the titular star-spangled hero as a Howling Commando in World War II. Because of the strength of the Marvel continuity, it's weird to see Choi playing two different characters, but there's actually a very clear connection between them: Principal Morita is the grandson of Pvt. James Morita.
How do we know this? Well, the last name is a pretty obvious starting place, but Spider-Man: Homecoming actually goes out of its way to drive home the familial link. If you look in the background of the scene where Peter Parker is called to Principal Morita's office, you can clearly see a World War II photograph of his father with the Howling Commandos. It's yet another great example of the close attention paid to continuity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.