The Spider-Man 2 Call-Back That Most Folk Seemed To Miss (Spoilers)

There have been a metric tonne of articles on other websites looking at all the references to other Spider-Man movies in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Some of them are very, very obvious like, Norman Osborn's "I'm something of a scientist myself", Otto Octavius' repeatly holding the power of the sun in the palm of his hand, the falling MJ/falling Gwen "you're okay" and so much more. But there was one that I didn't see mentioned – not even in The Hollywood Reporter's Definitive List – and yet it was the one that grabbed me most seeing the movie in IMAX last week. That showed how people had changed, that time had passed, but how we all remain the same people we were.

The first time Peter Parker met Doctor Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 2 (and didn't laugh at his name). Otto knew the name and said "You're Conner's student. He tells me you're brilliant. He also tells me you're lazy." Peter Parker replied "Trying to do better".

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, a reformed Otto Octavius sees his Spider-Man for the first time in the movie. "You're all grown up. How are you?" And his Peter Parker replies again "Trying to do better". He really is.

Spider-Man: No Way Home - New Peter vs. Doc Ock Clip
Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. PHOTO BY: Courtesy of Sony Pictures. ©2021 CTMG. All Rights Reserved.

Any way, thought it was worth mentioning as most other folk seem to have brushed over that one a bit and I thought it was worth a headline. Hope you don't mind. You can now get back to other articles looking into what issues of Spider-Man the number plates of the cars on the bridge referred to. And I am sure someone, somewhere is going to write a scene by scene comparison of Spider-Man: No Way Home to Doctor Who: The Three Doctors but it won't be me. I've got Christmas cards to make…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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