Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming follow! The Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures film is now playing in theaters worldwide.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was loaded with Easter Eggs and references to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, much of which the titular hero has not yet been exposed to. With Tony Stark and Happy Hogan playing key roles in the mentoring of the youngest hero in the world of the Avengers, the connections and references to characters and events outside of the film seemed endless.
The post-credits scenes were no exception.
“It’s not coming down in any way,” Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts said of the Easter Egg and reference choices. “It’s more like you’re just a bunch of people sitting around writing fan fiction. I remember the initial list of all of the stuff in that scene when Happy’s talking about the magic belt. Chris Warden and I, who wrote that part of the movie, we wrote up just a page long monologue of all the things that they could have. It was basically a page-long monologue of Easter eggs.”
“There’s no dictates really. It’s more just the ball is in my court to come up with as many fun things as I could, and just see how many we can squeeze into the movie, because everyone is just a fan. You’re working with the biggest fans in the world basically, so all of that stuff is welcomed.”
With the ball in Watts’ court, the director must have a few plans up his sleeve for the sequel if the post-credits scenes are any indication…
Sony has previously revealed plans of a Sinister Six film but the discussions have been halted since Spider-Man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe following a collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. The first scene which followed the movie, technically a mid-credits scene, revealed that there are still plans for the Sinister Six characters to come to the big screen.
Following Adrian Toomes’ being locked away by law enforcement after losing his battle with Spider-Man, the character was approached by Mac Gargan in prison. Gargan revealed to Toomes that he heard Toomes knew the true identity of Spider-Man. Toomes, however, covered for the young boy who had spared his life.
Gargan’s hunt was far from over though. He knows “a few guys” who would like to hunt down Spider-Man. Those guys are the Sinister Six, of which Mac Gargan’s alias of The Scorpion is a part of.
The Sinister Six consists of a six-man roster selected from villains such as Scorpion, Vulture, Shocker, Chameleon, Mysterio, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Hobgoblin and, sometimes, Venom. Which line-up of these characters might be included in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is still unknown but their arrival appears to be imminent.
The true post-credits scene needs little explanation. Captain America spoke to the audience, giving them a lesson in patience. Sometimes you wait for something which you anticipate being amazing and awesome and are incredibly let down.
In the case of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it doesn’t appear anyone was let down by the post-credits scenes. The Sinister Six tease got the dedicated Spider-Man fans excited while Chris Evans in his full Captain America suit delivering a public service announcement earned laughs from each corner of the audience.
“When we shot those… you talk about feeling like you are filming a documentary?” director Jon Watts told CinemaBlend. “That’s what it was like. It was like Captain America showed up. I generated so many of these dumb things, along with one of the other writers. We just wrote — everyone had ideas for things that Captain America could say [on screen]. So we just put them into a teleprompter, and had Evans stand there and really read through them. It’s really funny, because Chris is so not like Captain America in person, but him being Cap and then just reading this stuff totally fresh, in that old costume, was so funny. It was all so very funny. … There’s a very fun improv comedy to all of that. We shot so many more than are in the movie, too. Which will probably be on the Blu-ray someday.”
Let’s just hope Captain America isn’t referring to Avengers: Infinity War, which fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been patiently waiting for since Thanos first showed his face in the post-credits scene of 2012’s The Avengers.