Spider-Man No Way Home is no short of surprises; one of which includes a fine nod to Stan Lee.
The legendary comic book writer made his last cameo in Avengers: Endgame, playing a hippie driver during the 1970s. As Steve Rogers and Tony Stark were on their way to nab the Space Stone, Stan Lee reminded us to “Make love, not war”. Though he couldn't appear in the Webhead's latest episode, the film made sure to honour the the late, great figure.
SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME FOLLOW
Spider-Man No Way Home Has A Subtle Stan Lee Reference
The nod lies in the background of the fight between Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Dock Ock on the bridge - the first encounter between the two characters.
Amidst the thrilling action sequence, there is a taxi cab just behind the MIT recruiter's car - the person Peter tracks down on the bridge. The cab itself has a license plate that reads "1228", the birthday of the Stan Lee.
Along with Steve Ditko, the illustrious writer has created some of fiction's most beloved characters, from Captain America to Black Panther, but Spider-Man is probably his most famous.
So it's only right that the writer pops up in some shape or form in a movie following the Friendly Neighbourhood hero. And especially in No Way Home; a once-in-a-lifetime movie that rounds up 20 years of characters from all Spider-Man films.
Spider-Man: No Way Home continues to delight comic book fans, with the movie recently crossing $1 billion in box office worldwide; an impressive feat during the pandemic era. Sony and Disney are also pushing an Oscar campaign for the Webhead's third solo outing while also exploring a possible Amazing Spider-Man 3 witth Andrew Garfield.
Did you catch the Stan Lee reference? Let us know in the comments.