Every project in the MCU is always connected somehow and these connections are established in the projects in awesome ways. Often one project sneaks in tiny details to another project and viewers have to look twice to ever realize that it was a reference. Fans were expected to see if Spider-Man: No Way Home would be referenced in the MCU projects that came out before it. While very much is yet to be found out about the movie so that people can actually talk about it, the project still will have some implications on the MCU. The next big movie Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness will be a direct sequel and also reference these events. The ongoing Hawkeye series made a reference to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home with the most recent episode. Here’s the No Way Home Easter Egg that you might have missed in Hawkeye.
The Disney+ show Hawkeye is filled with various references to the events of the MCU. There were a lot of references to the events of the Infinity Saga in the initial episodes because the series is built around his past. Over the past few episodes, we saw nods being made to the New York Battle, Thanos’ snap. the Blip, and the ramifications of the Endgame. There were even major references to the Matt Fraction and David Aja comic books which have a kinda similar narrative to the show.
The show also introduced us to some rather major events and some completely new things that we had not witnessed before. There were some massive references towards the inclusion of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and we finally got to see him. Plus there was the entire reference to what happened to Yelena and who actually hired her to kill Clint. This is exactly the reason we get to hear a massive reference to Spider-Man: No Way Home. Both the projects are based in New York and this was something that had fans wondering when we will get to see a connection between the two projects.
No Way Home Easter Egg
Marvel used a very smart method of putting an Easter Egg to the events that we got to see in the trailers for No Way Home in the recent episode for Hawkeye. In the episode, we got to see Yelena meet Kate Bishop and they have a proper conversation regarding what happened on the rooftop. Yelena comes clear about her motivations and Kate realizes what’s going on. But before she could actually reveal all, she makes a fun nod to something that will feature majorly in No Way Home.
The conversation between Kate and Yelena goes as follows:
Kate: “So what do you want?”
Yelena: “Well… It’s my first time in New York! But it’s a business trip so time is limited, but I do want to see some things. I want to see the Empire State Building, the new and improved Statue of Liberty, and the Rockefeller Center.”
Fans could see she mentions “the new and improved Statue of Liberty” and this is a major reference to something that is happening in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In the trailers and various other clips for the movie, we saw that they were going to update the statue with a tribute to Captain America. This update would involve a Shield being placed on Lady Liberty’s hand. The finale of the movie takes place right as the trailers even revealed Doctor Strange trying to manage the entire multiverse from opening as he stood on the top of the statue.
One of the biggest events in the trailer actually takes place around this statue as we got to see the moment where three of the villains – Electro, Lizard, and Sandman pouncing towards Spider-Man(or Spider-Man!!!). The trailer for the movie indicated that the statue will be destroyed and that makes clear sense considering the finale of the movie will take place here. Fans have been wondering when the events of Hawkeye take place in comparison to No Way Home and it is clear that they take place after the movie. “New and improved” clearly means that some updates will be made to the statue and things are better now regarding it.
Spider-Man: No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church, and possibly, the previous two Spider-Men.