Audiences everywhere are flocking to Spider-Man: Homecoming, eager to see the many Easter eggs and Marvel Cinematic Universe teases the film has to offer. As some eagle-eyed fans have begun to notice, Homecoming also includes a very small homage to another popular property - Star Trek.
Spoilers incoming for Spider-Man: Homecoming, so if you haven't seen it yet, you've been warned.
Kirk Thatcher recently confirmed that he reprises his 'Punk On Bus' role from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in the Marvel Studios film. Thatcher, credited in Homecoming as 'Punk On Street', is featured in a scene early in the film, where Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is conversing with the owner of a hot dog stand. Thatcher stands in the background, dressed in homeless-looking attire, and holding a boom box on his shoulder.
YEPPERS! I am now an Easter egg!! https://t.co/o3MG6U2Goi— Kirk R Thatcher (@KirkThatcher) July 7, 2017
Trek fans might remember Thatcher's memorable The Voyage Home cameo, in which he plays a boom box-wielding punk who gets Vulcan nerve pinched by Spock (Leonard Nimoy) after annoying him and Kirk (William Shatner) on the bus. You can watch the scene below.
Thatcher, who was an associate producer on the film, requested that he play the role, and even wrote the memorable 'I Hate You' song that his boombox is playing.
There's no indication of how exactly Thatcher ended up reprising his role in Homecoming, or what significance it is supposed to have on the scene itself. Nevertheless, it's an added homage for Trek fans - one of the many Easter eggs that might warrant a rewatch of the film.
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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.0comments
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, JacobBatalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.
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