This weekend Spider-Man Homecoming blew through expectations bringing in $250m worldwide for its debut. And this latest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise had another surprise, a very subtle Star Trek easter egg. There is a scene that includes the young Spider-Man swinging through Queens when he is cheered on by a couple of guys on the street. Some people saw something familiar about one of those guys, specifically the one holding a boom box.
— Mo Monster (@greenfurrydude) July 6, 2017
Turns out that guy is Kirk Thatcher who played the “Punk on bus” with a loud boom box who gets nerve-pinched by Spock when the original crew travels back in time to 1986 San Francisco in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Thatcher himself confirmed it on Twitter joking that he is ‘an easter egg.’
YEPPERS! I am now an Easter egg!! https://t.co/o3MG6U2Goi
— Kirk R Thatcher (@KirkThatcher) July 7, 2017
And in another tweet when asked if his Spider-Man role (which is credited as “Punk on street”) was reprising his role as the “Punk on bus” from Star Trek IV, Thatcher said it was “spiritually speaking.”
Spiritually speaking…yes!! https://t.co/SNb0pr1svI
— Kirk R Thatcher (@KirkThatcher) July 6, 2017
The new Spider-Man had a few nods to 80s films including Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the Voyage Home easter egg was probably the most subtle. It isn’t clear how this came about but being that it is so hidden, it is probably just something that director Jon Watts or one of the producers at Sony or Marvel thought would be fun.
Tweet of the Week: Patton Oswalt Trek trolls Mark Hamill
Star Wars icon Mark Hamill congratulated nerdy comedian Patton Oswalt on the announcement of his engagement to be married, and Patton replied with some cross-franchise fun.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 6, 2017
Live long and prosper! No, wait…
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 6, 2017
More Great Star Trek Links
Investment site Seeking Alpha has some Star Trek-themed advice: Think Like A Vulcan Or Pounce Like A Klingon, But Don’t Be A Ferengi.
SyFy Wire argues Klingon isn’t the language of warriors. It’s the language of scholars.
Den of Geek offers their picks for the 10 worst Starfleet Admirals.
A father and son team built their own Star Trek: TNG-style warp core complete, check out their project blogs (and the final result below).
That’s it for this week in Trek links! Keep up with all the Great Links here at TrekMovie.