Leading up to the worldwide release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel and Sony are continuing to tease Spidey fans with new footage of the highly-anticipated threequel, ranging from Peter Parker's post-Far From Home woes to the film's cast of Multiversal villains. However, while the film is confirmed to see the return of foes from former Spider-Man franchises, No Way Home may also be revisiting the past of Tom Holland's Spider-Man, including his Homecoming crush, Liz.
In addition to dropping the opening scene of the film and new footage of Peter and his friends in the Sanctum Santorum, Marvel and Sony also debuted a new clip showing more of Peter Parker and Doctor Strange's stand-off that leads from New York City to the mirror dimension.
However, before things get, well, strange in this clip, there's a detail dating back to Peter Parker's early days as the web-slinger and where his first crush is now.
New No Way Home Clip Reference's Spider-Man: Homecoming's Liz
At the start of the clip, Doctor Strange is seen coming around the corner of a newsstand where a variety of publications all about Peter Parker's identity as Spider-Man are displayed.
Among the selection of Spidey-related reading material is a copy of People Magazine with Liz's image on the cover, with the quote: "He's a Liar."
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Liz is a senior, the leader of Midtown Science High School's decathlon team, and Peter Parker's crush. It's only after he works up the nerve to ask her to the homecoming dance that Peter discovers her dad is Adrian Toomes, or the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton.
After Peter defeats the Vulture and saves his life, Liz informs him that she and her mother are moving to Oregon since her dad didn't want his family in the city during the trial. She also tells him that leaving her at the dance was "a very crappy thing to do," while also expressing her hope that he figures out what he's dealing with.
Apparently, this magazine confirms that Liz now knows what Peter was dealing with during Homecoming, and likely how his actions contributed to what happened to her father.
The full clip can be seen below:
Special thanks to @isaiahpierce3 for pointing this out to The Direct.
Is Liz's Magazine Foreshadowing Vulture's Return?
While this magazine is the first Marvel fans have seen of Liz since Spider-Man: Homecoming, the same can't be said for her father as the Vulture. The latest trailer for Sony Pictures' Morbius, which is set to release in January 2022, not only included Spider-Man references but also showed Michael Keaton's Vulture.
Just why the Spidey villain is in Morbius' universe is currently unknown, as is how and why Sony's Venom crossed over into the MCU following Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Since marketing for No Way Home has only shown five villains, fans have speculated a secret sixth antagonist may be in store for the threequel to complete Spider-Man's Sinister Six. Considering Toomes' Vulture is out there, it's possible that it could be him, and Liz's magazine cover could be a clever use of foreshadowing.
If not, the nod to Liz is one of the many examples of Marvel's attention to detail, as well as the studio connecting the final chapter of this Spider-Man trilogy to the MCU's original solo Spidey film.
Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on December 17, 2021.