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  • The Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels are named after different Spider-Man comic series, in order from easiest to hardest: "Friendly", "Amazing", "Spectacular", and "Ultimate".
  • In the opening cutscene, one of the sticky notes reads "Call T.S. back re. job offer", likely referring to Tony Stark. At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Stark offers Peter a spot on the Avengers, and signs off his note with those same initials when returning the suit.
    • Another post it mentions "RR", likely Reed Richards. It mentions contacting "RR" about the ballistics of a fabric, referencing Richards' famous unstable molecules costumes.
      • Another note reads "Need catchphrase: "It's webbin' time?" a clear shout out to Ben Grimm.
      • One other note is slightly obscured but what is legible reads ". . .Mobile. Good idea or great idea?" a shout out to the infamous Spider-Mobile that appeared in the Spidey comics of the 1970s and was revisited during the 'Big Time' story arc by Dan Slott.
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  • Norman Osborn is the current mayor of New York City. In Spider-Verse Vol. 2, Norman Osborn is mayor (and eventually Baron) of an alternate New York City named Arachnia.
  • There's a poster visible in Peter's apartment for "Crusher Hogan vs. The Spider". The two resemble their Ultimate Spider-Man counterparts.
  • Vulture's appearance can be best described as "his classic look and his Spider-Man: Homecoming look combined".
  • This exchange from shortly after Kingpin's arrest.
    Spider-Man: So why'd you call? Need a date to the policeman's ball?
    Yuri: You got a black and white suit?
    Spider-Man: (nervously) Uhh...
  • During the Raft breakout, there's a sequence of Spidey climbing after Electro while the latter attacks him from above. This is similar to a level from Spider-Man 2 – Enter: Electro, where Spidey climbed a museum exhibit to reach Electro while he summons lightning to stop Spidey. Electro's dream of becoming pure energy also brings to mind his Hyper Electro form from that same game.
  • During a bank robbery, Spider-Man defeats Shocker by letting him knock out the support columns and dropping the ceiling arrangement on top of him. A scaled-down version of how he beat him in The Spectacular Spider-Man, and a reference to their first clash in the comics.
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  • The absence of the Avengers is Handwaved away with a line about the team being busy on the West Coast, a nod to the West Coast Avengers series from the 80s and early 90s.
  • During one of his radio shows, J. Jonah Jameson rants about "NAZIS MADE OF BEES!". Swarm, an obscure member of Spidey's rogues gallery, is an actual Nazi whose body is composed of a large swarm of bees.
    • During "The Heist" DLC he also mentions a "dinosaur man", likely referring to another obscure villain, Stegron.
  • There's a scavenger hunt side mission about tracking down Peter's old backpacks that are webbed up around the city, bringing to mind Spider-Man: Homecoming where we see Peter gained a habit of losing his backpacks that way while he patrolled as Spider-Man.
  • The grading system for some challenges replaces the traditional Bronze, Silver and Gold with Amazing, Spectacular and Ultimate. All three titles are adjectives that have been placed in front of Spider-Man's name in various comic books. Ultimate, however, refers to the fact that the stories that took place in those comic books are set in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
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  • Some of Spider-Man's gadgets have been seen before. The Impact Webs were an invention of his clone, Ben Reilly, in the comics. The Electric Webs are similar to the "Taser Webs" from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon (the main difference being in the show it was used as a web line, while in the game it's fired as small projectiles). The Spider-Drone is similar to the drone in the MCU suit (which itself appears as a suit power). Even the Concussive Blast resembles the "Seismic Blast" from The Amazing Spider Man 2 video game.
  • One trailer has Peter call in to Jameson's show under the alias "Ben Reilly". Ben Reilly is the name of a notable Spider-Man clone who went on to be the Scarlet Spider (the name itself is a combination of Uncle Ben's first name and Aunt May's maiden name).
  • One of the conversations has a mook saying that he heard there’s more than one Spider-Man. The other mook tells him to shut it as the last thing they need is an army of Spider-Men, which also counts as foreshadowing.
  • At one point, Spidey attempts to stop a speeding subway train using the exact same method from Spider-Man 2 (shooting two separate webs and holding the train back with his body). It doesn't work this time.
    Spider-Man: That totally worked last time!
  • The suit power of the Scarlet Spider costume is creating holographic clones that claim to be the real Spider-Man to distract enemies.
    Holo-Spidey: And this is why we don't do clones! No clones!
  • Checking a post-it board in the F.E.A.S.T. centre has Peter mention that Flash Thompson had done good work advocating for wounded veterans. Flash himself famously lost both his legs below the knee during a tour in Iraq prior to becoming Agent Venom, though it's unclear if that remains true since he doesn't appear in-game.
  • In the game's Japanese dub, the Spidey holograms will occasionally call themselves "The Emissary of Hell!"
  • Right after the final battle, Otto says that Peter is like a son to him, calling to mind Norman Osborn's pleas in the 2002 Spider-Man film.
  • The game's stinger shows Harry Osborn being bonded to the Venom symbiote, much like in Ultimate Spider-Man.
    • The Venom symbiote being used as a part of Harry's life support is likely a nod to the Symbiote's healing ability, such as it keeping Eddie Brock's cancer in check in the comics and the symbiote being designed as a cure for cancer in the Ultimate universe.
  • Tombstone offers Spidey a partnership, just like he did in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
  • After defeating Kingpin in the prologue and webbing down to face him while upside down, Spidey asks if they should kiss now - just like how he kissed MJ in the first Sam Rami movie while upside down.
  • During the 'Spider-Men' sidequest, Peter expresses relief that his Costume Copycat isn't a "lethal protector".
    • During the same mission, Spidey is worried that Chameleon, a member of his rogues gallery with a knack for mimicking others, might be impersonating him again.
    • At the end of the mission, the imposter promises to "Hang up the costume. Spider-Man no more!"
  • The backpacks in general offer a trove of these, with references to other villains not seen in the game, equipment used by Spider-Man in other media and even nods to other people. Among these references:
    • An ID card for Oscorp holds the Identification Number "ASM1471964", translating to "Amazing Spider-Man #14, July, 1964", the first appearance of the Green Goblin.
    • The "Mk. I Web-Shooter", which is based off of Peter's comic web-shooters.
    • A Good Luck card who lists a number of Daily Bugle employees include Joe Robinson, former secretaries Glory Grant and Betty Brant and even Eddie Brock, who was a Bugle employee in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Spider-Man 3.
    • Among various villain items include a vial of sand from the Sandman (which Spidey worries may release him again), the blood of the Lizard, a jammer to stop the Vulture, Shocker's old uniform, and a broken piece of Mysterio's head-dome. There's also an article from the Bugle claiming Spider-Man for Electro's crimes and a pair of rubber gloves Spidey used to defeat Electro, which both happened in Electro's first appearance in the comics, Amazing Spider-Man #9, 1964.
    • There's a vial of prototype web-fluid with the identification number "TASM1965-31", which translates to "The Amazing Spider-Man'' #31, 1965", the first appearance of Gwen Stacy and the Master Planner (an identity of Dr. Octopus).
    • A thank-you picture from a kid for Spidey saving his balloon, a nod to the Spider-Man 2 side mission. There's also a pizza hat, a nod to the pizza delivery missions and Peter's job as a Pizza delivery man in Spider-Man 2.
    • A locket with photos of Richard and Mary Parker. Peter mentions that they were secretly government agents as they were in the comics.
    • Underarm webbing, which was seen in many of the old comics. Peter mentions that it could have been used for gliding, which he's done a few times.
    • Fabric for a prototype stealth costume he couldn't get quite right.
    • Peter's thesis paper has a note on the front from a "Prof. Warren", most likely Professor Miles Warren, aka the Jackal.
    • Spider-Tracers are shown, though Peter couldn't get them working to a lengthy useful range. Most incarnations of Spidey wouldn't get as far as hooking it to his Spider-Sense.
    • The Spider-Signal is also used and revealed that it was way too hot.
    • There's a business card for Nelson and Murdock that freaks Spidey out when he realizes the blind guy figured out who he was.
    • On the prototype mask designs, one of them resembles Deadpool, who has a big Running Gag of being mistaken for Spidey.
      • It also bears a resemblance to the mask of the Prowler, a recurring extra who's clashed with Spidey as often as he's helped him. The Prowler is also Uncle to Miles Morales.
  • Martin Li's office features a chessboard with the pieces looking like a game was in progress. In the comics, Li had a go board on which he moved a white piece every morning. Sometimes the black pieces were moved without his knowledge by his alter ego (whom also in the comics, he wasn't aware of), allowing him to play a match against his unknown opponent.
  • At the Halloween party and a few graffiti murals, you can see classic versions of Electro, Vulture and Rhino's costumes which aren't used by the villains during this game.
  • Landmarks can be seen for Alias Investigations, Nelson & Murdock, Josie's Bar, Rand Corporation, the Sanctum Sanctorum, Wakanda Embassy, Avengers Tower, Empire State University, and more.
  • The scientist Osborn has working on the cure for Devil's Breath and later helps patch Peter up after his second encounter with Doctor Octopus is named Morgan Michaels, an alias used by Michael Morbius. On his bio, Peter speculates that Michael suffers from a disease of some sort, as past photos of him appear pale and sickly.
    • Osborn's secret penthouse room mentions two other names in addition to Michaels: a Dr. Stromm and Dr. von Adder. Mendel Stromm would go on to become a cyborg supervillain, (referenced by MJ noting his specialty in robotics), but both he and Nels von Adder would be instrumental in the early development of what would become known as the Goblin formula.
  • The cases the spider that bites Miles came from are labelled with powers Osborn tried to imbue into them, including "bio-electrokinesis" and "optical camouflage", referencing comic Miles' venom blast and invisibility powers.
  • Mr. Negative's plan to unleash Devil's Breath by putting the virus in a cloud dispersal device built by Oscorp at Grand Central Station is nearly the same as The Lizard's plan in The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • The Rhino's listing as Santa Claus as an alias is a reference an old story from The Incredible Hulk when Hulk fought Rhino while the latter was wearing a Santa suit that he'd worn to disguise himself as a mall Santa to avoid the cops.
  • During one of his audio journals, Otto proudly proclaims that his upgraded prosthesis will be able to take whatever form their user can imagine, allowing them to live out all their "amazing fantasies".
  • At the end of the game, May confessing to Peter that she's known all along he was Spider-Man before passing away recalls her death scene from Amazing Spider-Man #400.
  • While raiding one of the Demon bases, at one point, Spidey asks if they'd surrender if he offered them all some Delicious Fruit Pies, referencing the Marvel Hostess ads from the 70's and 80's.
  • The Dark Suit is created by Black Cat so Spidey can "flaunt his stuff." After he got rid of the symbiote in the comics, Felicia made him a synthetic version of the suit, claiming it was "sexier".
  • The Anti-Ock Suit is created in a situation reminiscent of the Spider-Armor MK. III in the comics, being used as a way to negate the Six's abilities.
  • The Vulture is revealed to be suffering from cancer in the game. In the early 90's the Vulture became afflicted with it and lasted that way until he was able to de-age himself during his "young Vulture" period in the mid-90's.
  • Spidey makes a reference to Speed at one point. In the original PS1 game, Venom made a reference to it in the Subway level.
  • Spidey can discover a pizza restaurant that if approached, has the song "Funiculi Funicula," playing from within the store; the same song that played during the pizza delivery side missions in Spider-Man 2.
  • One of Screwball's followers goes by the username FanCDan, a reference to Fancy Dan of the Enforcers.
  • In the Sinister Six hideout Spidey refers to Rhino as his "second favorite Russian" a clear reference to Kraven the Hunter or the Chameleon, who incidentally are half-brothers.
  • Spidey will occasionally quip after stopping a street crime "No need to thank me. Action is 'my' reward."
  • The final boss fight of the game takes place on the top of a company that personally wronged one of the game's central antagonists, similar to Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Screwball's mission might have been inspired by her appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man Family #5, as both stories involve her orchestrating a fake hostage crisis that can only be resolved by someone (Spidey in the game, Screwball herself in the comic) completing a series of cross-city challenges.
  • For legal reasons, the Wall Street Bull in Manhattan does not appear in the game, and was instead replaced with a statue of Lockjaw, the teleporting pet dog of The Inhumans.
  • Although Mary Jane doesn't seem to call Peter "Tiger" in this game due to her being less sassy than her original comic book characterization, she still finally says it right before the Final Battle with one of her most iconic lines:
    Mary Jane: Go get 'em, Tiger.
  • While Mary Jane's facial model is Stephanie Tyler Jones, the shading and styling of her hair and the outfits she wears evokes Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi film trilogy, as do the references to her frequently needing to be saved by Spider-Man in the past prior to her and Peter's break-up.
  • At the FEAST shelter, two men can be overheard discussing what they'd do if they developed superpowers. They claim they wouldn't bother with fighting crime, they'd get famous and go into pro wrestling. This is exactly what Peter first tried.
  • Aunt May in the main game said that she hoped Peter and MJ would get together because she's sure they would make "beautiful babies". At the end of "The Heist" DLC, Mary Jane assures Peter that he'll make a good father someday, possibly with the right person (with a sly smile and hint). Mary Jane in multiple Alternate Timeline of the comics is the mother of Peter's children, including successful Legacy Character like Mayday and little Benjy Parker, and Anna-May "Annie" Parker. And yes, all three children, have inherited their parents good looks, so yes Aunt May is right, as always.
  • Parts of "The Heist" DLC feels heavily inspired by the Black Cat sections of the console versions of Spider-Man 2. Mainly the fact that Black Cat is first seen in an art gallery after Spidey beats up a bunch of guys trying to rob the place, a nighttime chase sequence with her later on, and Felicia and Spidey teaming up to defeat some bad guys only for her to steal something important when Spidey isn't looking.
  • One of Jameson's podcasts during "the Heist" DLC has him name-drop a handful of old-school Maggia crime families. One mentioned is Don Fortunato, a low-level crime boss in the comics whose son Angelo bought the Venom symbiote at a supervillain auction, and had a very brief run under the name.
  • During the ESU Halloween party, there's a giant Red Skull above the dance floor.
  • The game's score sounds to be a mixture of Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino's respective scores for The Amazing Spider Man 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. When you go web-swinging, the choir-accentuated music sounds suspiciously like Danny Elfman's score for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy.
  • There's several subtle Call-Forward to Norman becoming the Green Goblin by tying him to the titular color. He favors green suits for example. The final scene Has him bathed in green light, giving him a green face.
  • The helmet MJ finds in the Osborn penthouse is called "Oscorp Prototype GG14071964". Read it as "Green Goblin, 14.07.1964" and you have the date of the first appearance of the titular villain.
  • Otto's insanity being caused by the implant allowing his brain to control his mechanical arms happens in Spider-Man 2.
  • One of Black Cat's targets in the stakeout sidequest is Cornelius van Lunt, known in the comics as Taurus of the Zodiac Cartel.
  • Eavesdropping on a conversation between two Hammerhead thugs safeguarding an auto shop in the "Turf Wars" DLC reveals that it previously belonged to Silvermane, another mob boss closely associated with Spidey's rogues gallery.
  • Early in the "Turf Wars" DLC, Spider-Man will give a little info on the other Maggia dons warring with Hammerhead. He lets loose a couple mythology gags:
    • He mentions that Don Costa has ordered the execution of innocent families, and says he needs to be "punished". In the comics, the Costa family were responsible for the death of The Punisher's wife and children.
    • Don Fortunato's son, Angelo, is said to want out of the family business. Angelo in the comics was The Unfavorite, and is best known for his brief stint as Venom.
    • One of the Maggia heads is Caesar "Big C" Cicero, who in the comics was Silvermane's lawyer and next in line to inherit control of the family.
  • Towards the end of “Turf Wars”, Yuri attacks the Bar With No Name and kills all the criminals there in a mass vigilante shooting, mirroring the Bar’s first appearance in the comics where Scourge of the Underworld attacked it in a similar way, the same Scourge who interestingly happened to kill her predecessor, the original Wraith. Also, Yuri’s arc of becoming a Rabid Cop who murders criminals is almost certainly a reference to her identity as Wraith in the comics, and her arc of "breaking bad" in Gerry Conway's "Spiral".
  • There are plenty of mythology gags that even avid Spider-Man fans will have to double check. One of Peter's backpack collectables is of a a self help book by a Dr. Ludwig Rinehart. Dr. Rinehart was an alias used for Mysterio's second appearance where instead of donning a costume he messed with Spider-Man's head to try to get him to reveal his identity. A second is one of Black Cat's locations was the home of country singer Lonesome Pinky. During O'Neil's Spider-Man run Peter was plagued with an annoying singer and eventually found out his quiet neighbor was a wannabe country singer.
  • The Vulture and Electro being friendly seems like a nod to Mark Miller's 12 part Marvel Knights Spider-Man run. In the first four issues Electro and Vulture are the starter villains and Peter ambushes them with Electro taking Vulture out to a high class brothel since they're planning a heist and will leave the country once it is done.
    • In addition, their close relationship may reference the fact that Vulture and Electro are the only members of this iteration of the Sinister Six aside from Doc Ock, whom only just took on the identity who were on the original roster in the comics back in 1964. In fact, they're arguably the two most consistent members of just about every incarnation of the group.
  • Hammerhead gets shot point blank in the head and comes back as a full on Cyborg, which is exactly what happened in the comics.
  • Yuri going into a full fledged Vigilante Man precisely due to the fact that some criminals just bribe their way out and sees more justice in killing them is one giant refrence as to how she became Wraith in the comics.
    • In addition, the markers for the audio tapes and files she leaves are purple cables and yellow police tape, the colors of the Wraith's costume. The tape is often flying loose in the wind, possibly referencing the tendril-like tassels on said costume.
  • One of Screwball's lines when you score "Ultimate Level" on a challenge briefly hints at a word which Spidey fans are all too familiar with...
    Screwball: Awesome! When Spidey does well, I do well. That's called sym...bi...whatever. Don't forget to click the "Like" button!
  • Spider-Man's ability in this game to mix and match costumes and their respective abilities brings back memories from Spider-Man 2 – Enter: Electro, where the same could be done (though not on the fly).
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