The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Poster's Easter Eggs, Explained

Our spidey senses -- and easter egg senses -- are tingling.
The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Poster's Easter Eggs, Explained

Spider-Man: No Way Home Spoiler Alert: The following article contains speculated spoilers for the upcoming Spider-Man movie. Read at your own risk. And if you ignore this warning? Well, to paraphrase Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man –  No matter what I do, no matter how hard I try, the ones I love will always be the ones who pay … by having their favorite films ruined. 

Well, folks, it may have taken an Alfred-Molina-catalyzed spoiler, a fiasco surrounding a leaked trailer last August, and Eternals actually hitting theaters in all of its Harry Styles-fueled glory earlier this month, but it seems the Marvel overlords have finally blessed us with another hint surrounding the upcoming Spider-Man flick, Spider-Man: No Way Home – a poster absolutely chock-full of villainous easter eggs. 

A hint for what Tom Holland's Peter Parker (and, well, maybe Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire's respective iterations of everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood crime-fighter, if a series of other rumors prove true), the poster seemingly hints at what fans have theorized all along – implying every villain, from Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin to the Jamie Foxx-portrayed Electro will make a triumphant return to the big screen as Spider-Man's adversaries come December 17. 

From metal arms to sandy-looking clouds, here's what the poster's subtle imagery may mean for Peter Parker. 

Doctor Octopus's Metal Arms

Maybe it's because Alfred Molina revealed his role in the franchise's upcoming film earlier this year, or maybe because he was the only villain to make a crystal-clear appearance in the flick's first trailer this summer, but the poster's most obvious villain reference is to everyone's favorite John Lennon-glasses sporting antagonist from the Tobey Maguire series' third installment -- good ‘ol Doc Ock. At the bottom of the image, we can see the foe's metal arms wrapping around the frame, reaching for Spider-Man. 

Sandman's Sand Storm

Believe it or not, a sandstorm, in this case, has nothing to do with Darude's 2000 banger. In the background of the promotional image, we can see what appears to be several clouds of sand ominously whipping through the air, hinting that Thomas Haden Church may reprise his role as Sand Man from the film best known for introducing the ultra-cursed emo Spider-Man, 2007's Spider-Man 3

Electro's Lightning

Weaving within Dock Ock's metal appendages, we see several twisting bolts of green lightning flashing throughout the poster, a clear reference to Jamie Foxx's Electro. First making his big-screen debut in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxx has seemingly hinted that his iconic character may make a comeback in the latest series' third installment. 

“Those motherf--kers are good," Foxx told Men's Health back in September surrounding the speculation of a potential appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The Green Goblin being The Green Goblin

Most surprising of all, it seems Willem Dafoe will once again prove to the world why he is not named Willem Dafriend, with his iconic character, the Green Goblin, appearing riding on a floating disc in the background. Although it's unclear which actor, exactly, will be appearing behind the villain's mask, considering Dafoe's close association with the role, it'd be hard to imagine anyone else sporting that chromatic green suit. 

Back in August, The Wrap asked the star if he'd respond “no comment” to questions surrounding his potential involvement in the film, to which he said he was “afraid so.”

“I got lots of stuff happening now," he continued. “And, you know, I always feel like when a film comes out, that’s when it’s time to talk about it.”

Top Image: Marvel

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