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.”
Seen in the same frame as the Doc Ock reference.
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)
Electro spends a short period of time in the famed institution, known for holding Spidey’s rogues gallery.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
As Electro bangs Spider-Man around the power grid, the columns play this nursery rhyme.
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.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is in theaters now.