Having acquired Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox, Disney's grasp on Hollywood continues to tighten every year. As it holds onto control of the MCU and Star Wars franchises, the House of Mouse truly dominates the pop culture world. While the MCU continues to be the biggest thing going in the modern blockbuster world, that title once belonged to Star Wars, a franchise multiple generations have now grown up surrounded by - including Spider-Man himself, Peter Parker.
Tom Holland's Spider-Man franchise has dropped many references to the galaxy far, far away over the years. From replicating the Battle of Hoth to building a LEGO Death Star, Peter Parker has proven himself to be a true Star Wars fan during his MCU tenure.
With the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, one Star Wars reference, dating back to 2017's Homecoming, turned out to be a much more clever easter egg than once thought.
Spider-Man Pays Homage to Star Wars Trilogy
Spider-Man: No Way Home recently paid homage to the original Star Wars trilogy with a clever easter egg that spans throughout Tom Holland's 5-year Spider-Man saga.
Within 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ned drops and breaks a LEGO Death Star in shock as he first discovers Peter's heroic identity - just as the giant space station was initially destroyed in A New Hope. The Star Wars replica was then absent in Far From Home, similar to its absence in The Empire Strikes Back.
The unfinished LEGO Death Star later returned in 2021's No Way Home, only to be destroyed again by a Robot arm in Happy's condo - once again mirroring the destruction of the Death Star II in Return of the Jedi.
Director Jon Watts cleverly referenced George Lucas' legendary original trilogy with the LEGO Death Star's destruction in the first and third installments while remaining absent in the second chapter.
LEGO Star Wars' Significance in Spider-Man
Even going back to Spider-Man's MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker has always been a huge Star Wars fan as he presented an Empire Strikes Back-inspired plan to take down an enlarged Ant-Man.
Since then, the high school hero has been shown with the famously expensive LEGO Death Star in both Homecoming and No Way Home. As Peter moved into his own flat with the final moments of his most recent flick, he was shown to have kept hold of an Emporer Palpatine Minifigure as the rest of his Death Star set was presumably destroyed.
Peter started his heroic journey with a LEGO set worth hundreds of dollars before ending up with only a Minifigure worth just a few bucks - cleverly symbolizing the riches to rags turn of Parker's story to date.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing now in theaters worldwide.