While Spider-Man: No Way Home was largely a massive tribute to the various Spider-Man films and continuities before it, there were still quite a few references to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, fans are just now discovering an Easter egg referencing Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, in the new film. As fans know, Tony Stark was one of Peter Parker’s mentors throughout the MCU, and his death had a massive impact on the young superhero. As such, it’s rather fitting that there’s more than a few subtle references to Iron Man in the film, including the newly discovered Easter egg.
As noted by a user on Reddit, there are a variety of newspaper clippings in J. Jonah Jameson’s office. J. Jonah Jameson, played by J.K. Simmons, has appeared in both Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and these latest two Spider-Man films. This variant, however, is different than the one found in the original Spider-Man trilogy – and it appears that he might have an obsession with the MCU as a whole. Because, as it turns out, one of the newspaper clippings in his office actually references Iron Man.
Indeed, for those eagle-eyed No Way Home fans, if you look close enough during the scene, there’s a newspaper with the following headline:
“I am Iron Man.”
It’s obviously a reference to the end of the original 2008 film, in which Tony Stark tells the world his secret identity. It’s a defining moment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as such, it’s nice to see that it still has some impact all these years later. It goes to show that Spider-Man: No Way Home isn’t just a culmination of various Spider-Man franchises – it’s a culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Fans will be able to view Spider-Man: No Way Home digitally on March 22, 2022. The physical release which includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD copies of the film, will be released on April 12, 2022.