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  • Acting in the Dark: Gwyneth Paltrow thought she was shooting a scene for an Avengers movie. She didn't realize it was for Spider-Man until years laternote .
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • This version of Aunt May is Italian-American, according to Mr. Delmar the deli owner. So is her actress Marisa Tomei.
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    • Laura Harrier is mixed race just like Liz is.
    • Abe Brown is a Ghanian residing in the United States, much like his actor Abraham Attah.
  • Approval of God: Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield praised Tom Holland's performance as Peter Parker in the film.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Jacob Batalon and Laura Harrier get billed below Zendaya (and don't even get to appear on the poster) despite the fact that Ned and Liz have much larger roles than Michelle does as Peter's best friend/Secret Keeper and love interest, respectively.
    • Gwyneth Paltrow gets fourth place billing in the end credits despite only appearing as Pepper Potts in a cameo less than a minute long.
    • Jennifer Connelly wasn't even in the animated CBB despite voicing the A.I installed in the Spider-Man suit.
  • California Doubling: Though the majority of the movie takes place in Queens, New York, much of the movie was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional footage shot in Germany. A portion of the film was still shot in the real New York City, though.
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  • The Cast Showoff: Tom Holland is a trained and experienced dancer and gymnast, which made it easier for him to perform a lot of his own stuntwork.
  • The Danza: Ghanaian teen actor Abraham Attah portrays a student named Abraham Brown; the character, a minor character and brother to the more well-known Hobie Brown, has existed since 1974, however, so the name wasn't created for Attah. In the Spanish dub, he's even voiced by Abraham Vega, taking it a step further.
  • Dawson Casting: Laura Harrier was 26 at the time of filming, playing the high-school student Liz Allan. It actually became a point of criticism as next to the much more convincing Tom Holland, the age difference really sticks out.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Extended footage of Peter Parker's blog during his trip to Berlin, including scenes of him bringing his homework to Berlin, discovering he has a television in his bathroom, and also one where he, as Spider-Man, goes to a Berlin nightclub and hangs out with the other party-goers, allowing a few of the girls an opportunity to be swung from his webs. He also inadvertently ends up saving the chancellor and is dubbed as "Der Erstaunliche Klebrige Junge" by the German media.
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    • Peter explains to the other debate club meetings that he has no choice but to drop out of the Academic Decathlon, citing that Flash Thompson would be a suitable replacement. The other students heckle Peter by throwing food at him, and Peter has a conversation with Liz.
    • After having his backpack and his clothes stolen, Spider-Man runs home with the cover of darkness. At the same time, the man that Peter thought was a carjacker is still stuck to his car, struggling to be freed, and his neighbor informs him that the fire department have dealt with Spider-Man's webs before, and that their advice is to let it dissolve with time.
    • After speaking with Happy Hogan on the phone during his trip to Washington, D.C., Peter and Ned react to the Department of Damage Control's presence surrounding the Triskelion. Michelle answers Ned's questions of curiosity by stating that Damage Control is cleaning up after Captain America destroyed the Helicarriers. Ned replies that Captain America did it to save the people from tyranny, although Michelle responds that that is what they want the public to think.
    • Adrian Toomes sulks in his warehouse, sulking over his inability to gather new materials as Spider-Man has interfered with his business. Liz gives him a phone call to ask about the noise the water heater is making, and Toomes assures her that he will fix it when he comes home. After ending the phone call, Toomes throws down a shelf on the floor in frustration.
    • Aaron Davis is still stuck to his car in the parking garage, unable to free himself. He drops his car keys to the ground and is unable to pick them up, or convince a bystander to help him. After a while, he calls his nephew, Miles Morales, and apologizes for not being able to make it.
    • Peter tells Ned that he has to continue stopping Vulture even without Stark's Spider-Man Suit, adding that he has been practicing with his homemade variation. Ned offers to help, but Peter rebukes him, stating that the "guy in the chair" position is not a real thing. Peter and Ned then do their secret handshake while Ned offers Peter the best of luck on his mission, with Peter returning the sentiment towards Ned and his upcoming quiz.
    • After loading the Stark Cargo Plane, Happy Hogan calls his mother to gloat that he finally pulled off something for Tony Stark without a hitch. However, he notices the cargo plane smoking and plummeting in the distance, and tells his mother that he will call her back later. After ending the call with her, he calls Stark Industries and asks to speak with Tony.
    • After the Ambush on Peter Parker, Betty Brant and Jason Ionello, the two anchors of Midtown School of Science and Technology's news team, report that Herman Schultz was found webbed to a school bus by students after the homecoming dance had ended, with various students taking selfies and images with the assailant. Morita, the principal, makes a special announcement where he warns the students to delete the images from all of their social media accounts, lest they be wary of the consequences. It is also revealed that Shocker's Gauntlet was retrieved by Tiny McKeever, who is seen wearing it during the news footage.
    • Along with other school topics, Betty and Jason do a segment on who Spider-Man might be under his mask, and interview Roger Harrington, Ned and Michelle. Harrington is unaware, Michelle states that she isn't sure but she has her suspicions, and Ned states that the identity of Spider-Man is a mystery no one will ever know.
    • A segment called "Mr. Harrington In Love" is shown, with Harrington speaking with the students on the bus, Wilson, as well as the tour guide at the Washington Monument, about his ex-wife, Tabitha.
  • Dueling Works: Came out one month after Wonder Woman. Both Wonder Woman and Homecoming feature a top tier iconic hero of their respective comics publisher (DC and Marvel). Said hero is super strong, good-hearted and somewhat initially naive. Both were introduced on film as part of an ensemble cast in 2016 in their respective universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Wonder Woman and Captain America: Civil War for Spider-Man. Both films got equally raving reviews. Wonder Woman ended up the strongest at the domestic box office, grossing over $412 million while Homecoming ended up just over $330 million (which is nothing to scoff at nonetheless). Homecoming won internationally however, with over $880 million and counting vs Wonder Woman's $821.7 million (being released in 30 more countries than WW didn't hurt).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: As usual for superhero leads, Tom Holland gained several pounds of muscle for the part.
  • Epileptic Trees: A decidedly gothic-looking girl with white hair who appears as a background character in various scenes is believed by several fans to be the MCU incarnation of Felicia Hardy.
  • Fake American:
    • Tom Holland, a Brit, is playing an American superhero.
    • One of Peter Parker's classmates, Betty Brant, is played by Angourie Rice, an Australian.
    • Canadian-born Michael Mando as Mac Gargan.
  • Fan Nickname: Iron Man's heavy involvement in the film and his Wolverine Publicity in the promotional materials, especially after his prominence on the final poster, has caused some fans, both joking and serious, to call the movie Iron Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Homecoming Starring Iron Man, Iron Man 4, or Iron Man 7.note 
  • Flip-Flop of God: Jon Watts claimed that the MCU Spider-Man won't have Spider-Sense due to not wanting to "lean" on it. This is in spite of the fact that this power was subtly utilized in Civil War. Kevin Feige then said that he did have it but intended for the film to make it "second nature" rather than an over-the-top reaction like the Raimi or Webb films. Spidey definitely has Spider-Sense in Avengers: Infinity War.
    • In this film, one may look at the moment where he reacts to Adrian sending his wing pack flying at him from behind without looking. Reacting with no surprise, he dodges at exactly the right moment, but nothing is made of how he knew. Bonus points for its similarity to a scene from the final confrontation with Norman Osborn in the 2002 film (where Peter's reaction - a similar backflip - being preceded by his Spider-Sense tingling was more explicitly shown.)
  • God Never Said That: One regarding a rumor behind Michael Barbieri's casting. Hot off of the controversy of the Race Lift of the Ancient One in Doctor Strange (2016), there were rumors that Barbieri's character would be a Caucasian version of Ganke Lee, the Korean-American best friend of Miles Morales, causing certain circles to decry Marvel as once again being discriminatory against Asian actors. Director Jon Watts was quick to debunk the rumor, however, stating that Barbieri's character would not be Ganke, nor a character based on Ganke. It was later revealed that Jacob Batalon's version of Ned Leeds will adopt Ganke's traits (which would avoid bringing up issues with race, since Batalon is Filipino), avoiding the issue altogether. In the end, Barbieri's character ended up being Charles Murphy, a very minor character from the original Amazing Spider-Man comics, who was white to begin with.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many people pretty much called it when it was announced that Michael Keaton would indeed play the villain: Adrian Toomes / Vulture. As mentioned above, people figured that it would be done as an Actor Allusion to his already-meta role in Birdman.
    • Many fans figured there would be a Captain America cameo, noting how Cap has made an appearance in at least one MCU film every year since 2011note , with the chances of one being in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 or Thor: Ragnarok unlikely due to both mainly taking place off Earth, leaving Homecoming as the most likely chance for an appearance. This ended up being confirmed when later trailers showed a scene with Peter's class watching a fitness video hosted by Cap.
  • Image Source: Age Lift (bottom half)
  • Inspiration for the Work:
    Kevin Feige: "I will tell you, I haven’t brought it up before, is we wanted a ground level villain. We wanted a villain to parallel Peter’s journey of what’s it like to be a normal person in this world. And an example that Amy [Pascal] used and it became a touch point ... was a film by Akira Kurosawa called High and Low, which I hadn’t seen before. And that we watched a number of times. And other than just exposing me to a great movie I’d never seen, which I appreciated ... it was a great touch point of inspiration from Amy about somebody who looks up at a wealthy person almost in a tower every day in their life and feels the need to respond to that in a villainous way.”
  • Method Acting: Tom Holland attended New York City's Bronx High School of Science for a few days to get a feel for what American high school is like. He declared that he'd initially suggested it as a joke, and was quite surprised when the execs took it seriously.
  • Milestone Celebration: This film was released in 2017, the 55th anniversary of the character. It's also the centennial of Jack Kirby, the co-creator of Iron Man, and who while having minimal involvement in Spider-Man (Ditko/Lee) did pencil the original famous cover of Amazing Fantasy #15. 2017 is also the 90th birthday of Spider-Man's co-creator Steve Ditko.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The signature shot in the trailer of Spider-Man and Iron Man swinging/flying toward the camera is not in the movie itself and was made exclusively for the trailers.
    • Peter doesn't kiss Liz at the homecoming dance.
    • The shot with The Vulture descending down the interior of the recognizable Atlanta Marriott Marquis isn't in the final film.
  • Mythology Gag: During the weapons deal with Aaron Davis, Brice mentions special climbing gear, which piques Davis's interest, a reference to the equipment the original Prowler used.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Michael Keaton playing a supervillain might come as a bit of a culture shock to fans of the 1989 Batman movie, where he played the title superhero. For others, it's right up his alley.
    • Zendaya herself describes Michelle as a dry, awkward bookworm. This is quite a far cry for her, since she's best known as an Idol Singer sitcom star.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Much like Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland has mentioned in interviews that he was a big Spider-Man fan to begin with, and getting the role was a dream come true for him. In a promotional video for Avengers: Infinity War, Holland added that he never imagined that he'd be a part of the setting, much less playing Spider-Man, after watching the first movie.
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  • Real-Life Relative: The Spider-suit A.I. a.k.a. "Karen" is voiced by Jennifer Connelly, the wife of Paul Bettany a.k.a. J.A.R.V.I.S. and The Vision.
  • Reality Subtext: Tom Holland has become rather infamous for his inability to keep his mouth shut about Marvel secrets in interviews. The opening scene to Homecoming shows Peter Parker recording his entire trip to Berlin and fight with Captain America and his allies while Happy Hogan chastises him for failing to be discreet.
  • Recycled Script:
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
    • Several pieces of merchandise depicted Shocker #2 in an MCU-style costume, complete with a mask and second gauntlet. He never wears anything remotely similar to that in the actual movie, so this was likely the merchandisers trying to make him look a little more "toyetic".
    • Due to production costs, most of the Vulture action figures have significantly undersized wings. One of the few figures to accurately depict his wingspan's scale is the Marvel Legends version, which had the wings as a Build-a-Figure.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise:
    • While the Tinkerer had already been heavily rumored, the surprising announcement that the Shocker would be in the movie was accidentally made at a panel for Diamond Collectibles' toy line for the movie.
    • Photos of Spider-Man action figures in his homemade costume spoiled the fact that it was a lot more important than previously thought.
  • Throw It In!:
    • According to Tom Holland, the majority of scenes between Tony and Peter are improvised by Holland and Downey.
    • The poster of Spidey lying down in front of Avengers Tower uses a picture a photographer took of Tom Holland napping in-between takes, without Holland's knowledge.
    • Ned wearing the Spider-Man mask came from a point in production where Holland and Batalon weren't allowed to leave the bedroom set between filming and they started playing around with the props.
  • Trolling Creator:
    • The post-credits Stinger is a cheesy informercial from Captain America about the virtues of patience. It's a deliberate troll job on people who were expecting a tease for a future movie.
      Captain America: Sometimes it leads to very little and it seems like it’s not worth it. And you wonder why you waited so long.
    • To say nothing of the whole thing with Michelle being "MJ" all along — in spite of her actress repeatedly saying that this would not be the case — and this fact being revealed rather anticlimactically in the context of the movie itself. There was a later clarification explaining that "MJ" isn't necessarily a stand-in for Mary Jane, but it makes one wonder why the movie had an insane degree of cover-up for what's effectively a non-spoiler.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Asa Butterfield was Marvel and Sony's first choice for the role of Peter Parker, but lost out on it because he thought he couldn't keep Marvel's secrets — which is Hilarious in Hindsight as Tom Holland has said himself Marvel has stopped telling him secrets since he's revealed a bunch in interviews.
    • Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, and Woody Harrelson were considered for the role of Adrian Toomes before the casting of Michael Keaton. Harrelson would later go on to portray Cletus Kasady in Venom (2018).
    • Jonathan Levine, Theodore Melfi, Jason Moore, Jared Hess, and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were considered to direct the movie before Jon Watts was hired. Daley and Goldstein would eventually go on to write the screenplay for the film.
    • Marvel originally considered integrating The Amazing Spider-Man into the setting, which would have meant that Andrew Garfield could have continued playing the character. The decision to reboot the franchise again had to do with Sony looking to recast Garfield anyway due to behind-the-scenes drama that happened as a result of Garfield's Creator Backlash to the company.
    • The idea of having Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes all the way back to its conception stages, as there had been two attempts at making the Spider-Man Trilogy a part of the universe. One of the drafts for Iron Man mentioned that Tony Stark had some degree of involvement in the creation of Otto Octavius' robotic tentacles, and Tobey Maguire was planned to cameo as Peter Parker in The Incredible Hulk. Due to Marvel Studios and Sony being unable to come to an agreement at the time, both attempts fell.
    • Jon Watts originally wanted Nick Fury to be the MCU character who would mentor Peter, which would have made it similar to the Ultimate comics, but the execs suggested Iron Man instead since the characters already knew each other in Civil War.
    • According to the writers, Vulture was originally going to be Peter's teacher, before they decided to have him away from the school.
    • The Pepper Potts cameo nearly didn't happen, but was added during reshoots.
    • A piece of concept art was released shortly after the film depicting Vision helping pull cars out of the water during the ferry scene.
    • One possible MCU Spider-Man costume would have been based off of the one used during Superior Spider-Man.
    • The original ending was going to have Peter reveal himself as Spider-Man in front of the press conference, in a recreation of the famous Civil War moment where he unmasks himself.
    • At one point, War Machine and The Vision were planned to cameo during the Ferry rescue scene.
    • The screenwriters described a scene they had penned that did not make the final cut of the movie which would have implied that Michelle has a difficult home life. Peter and May would have offered to give her a ride home after family does not show up to bring her home in the aftermath of the Washington Monument incident.
  • Word of God: Martin Starr, who plays Mr. Harrington, previously had a cameo as "Computer Nerd" in The Incredible Hulk. Kevin Feige eventually confirmed that both of Starr's roles are the same person.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • When asked what he thinks the "Instant Kill Mode" does, Tom Holland expressed his belief that it was probably a Non-Indicative Name and was more akin to an EMP bomb than an actual mode for killing people. Avengers: Endgame eventually cleared it up that it was Exactly What It Says on the Tin, at least for the Iron Spider suit.
    • According to the screenwriters, Michelle has a difficult home life that informs her guarded and snarky demeanor.
  • You Look Familiar: Kenneth Choi, who plays Principal Morita, previously played his grandfather Jim Morita in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., making this a case of Identical Grandson. You can spot a portrait of grandfather Morita in his office.

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