Now that the "Amazing Spider-Man" series has a world of characters to build, the filmmakers behind "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" decided to pick the sequel with nods to the larger Spidey mythos.
There are supporting characters with meaningful names, villains with meaningful underwear and spider-men with meaningful ringtones. Pretty much everything is significant to the bigger picture, for better or worse.
Here are the Easter eggs that may have escaped your notice in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The movie plays with the theme song of the late '60s animated series quite a bit. The tune is Peter's ringtone, and Harry very slyly mentions that Spider-Man "does whatever a spider can."
They have rhinos on them! Cute!
Alistair Smythe is one of several characters who appear for no apparent reason other than to set up a future storyline. The Spider Slayer inventor's son becomes the Ultimate Spider Slayer, complete with literal shoulder blades.
Gustav Fiers walks past Otto Octavius' arms at Oscorp.
Seen in the same frame as the Doc Ock reference.
Colm Feore's character specifically mentions that Oscorp saved the VENOM from the radioactive spiders. I wonder if this VENOM will have to do with a future appearance of VENOM.
J. Jonah Jameson
Peter's cigar-chomping boss cameos via email, but it's probably the movie's funniest reference to the larger world.
Stan Lee (Of Course)
This guy is everywhere.
Electro spends a short period of time in the famed institution, known for holding Spidey's rogues gallery.
Harry's assistant Felicia Hardy (a.k.a Black Cat) is another character introduced just to tease her importance later in the series.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
As Electro bangs Spider-Man around the power grid, the columns play this nursery rhyme.
The outfit that Gwen wears on the night she dies matches what she wore in the comics on the same fateful night.
Shazam! (Not the DC Character)
Unlike the Marvel Studios movies, you won't catch a post-credits teaser, but if you use Shazam during "It's On Again," you're treated to a hint of what's to come.
This character, known in the comics as The Gentleman, uses his wealthy and privilege to assemble the Sinister Six.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is in theaters now.