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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Made a ‘Star Wars’ Reference You Might’ve Missed

We’re blasting off to a galaxy far, far away, but this time, it’s not with Luke, Rey, Ahsoka or even Grogu.

It turns out Spider-Man: No Way Home had a touching homage to George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy that you might have missed. Safe to say, these are the Easter eggs you’ve been looking for.

LEGO is presumably rubbing its hands with glee right now, as sales of its (already pricey) Death Star set are sure to go through the roof. Although both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars are light-years apart, we already knew the Force was strong in the MCU.

Casting your minds back to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, you might remember Ned Leeds and Peter Parker took on the epic task of building a LEGO Death Star. Tragically, it was destroyed when Ned realized Peter was Spider-Man and dropped it in shock.

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Jump forward to No Way Home and the Death Star has been rebuilt (Death Star 2.0 if you will) – only to be shattered once more when Dum-E knocked it off the table. In case you didn’t spot it, the destruction of two Death Stars is actually a nod to the OG trilogy.

You might remember 1978’s Star Wars: A New Hope featured Luke’s X-Wing assault where the first Death Star was obliterated. The second Death Star appeared two movies later in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and while supposedly much larger and technologically advanced, faced a similar fate to its predecessor.

The lack of the LEGO Death Star in Spider-Man: Far From Home also mirrors the fact the intergalactic superweapon is MIA in The Empire Strikes Back. Better yet, No Way Home‘s Death Star is even unfinished before it was destroyed – just like it was in Return of the Jedi.

Given that the remnants of the Death Star are featured in The Rise of Skywalker, can we expect to see the LEGO version return in a mythical Spider-Man 6?

The Death Star is even more of a deep cut for geek fandom when you remember some called it out as a plot hole in Homecoming. As Ned and Peter got pumped over the mammoth size of the build, Ned said the set had a whopping 3,449 pieces. The problem is, the remodelled Death Star set that came out in 2016 had 4,016 pieces.

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For anyone thinking Ned might have dusted off an old set from his attic, eagle-eyed fans noted that the set also included the 2016 version of Emperor Palpatine. To quote The Simpsons, “I hope someone lost their job over that”.

Given that the second Death Star is bigger than the first, No Way Home‘s set should technically be a whole new set, but we’ll let that slide.

Sadly, the Death Star (or what’s left of it) is one of the few parts of Peter’s old life that made it through to live again in Spider-Man 4 and what’s tipped to be part of a new trilogy. A parting shot showed Peter moving into a humble-looking apartment and unpacking his possessions.

He placed a figure of Emperor Palpatine on his desk, complete with Force lightning. It looks like yet another wink to Return of the Jedi, capturing the essence of Palp’s shocking showdown with Luke and Darth Vader.

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Much like the end of Return of the Jedi, No Way Home is seen as the end of this era of Spider-Man. There’s also a sense of justice that director Jon Watts is his very own George Lucas, as the first MCU director to complete a trilogy of movies. (Sorry Russos, we don’t quite count Captain America: Civil War as an Avengers: Infinity War prequel).

Thankfully, No Way Home nailed it with its Star Wars Easter egg and return of the Death Star as Peter’s love of the Wampas and Wookiees is a part of his geeky charm. His introduction in Captain America: Civil War even included a line about tripping Ant-Man like the AT-ATs on the ice planet, Hoth.

Now that we know Spider-Man 4 is seemingly on the way, all eyes are on whether the next trilogy will introduce a new crop of heroes, with Peter being a grizzled and exiled Luke Skywalker while Miles Morales is the plucky and eager to learn Rey.

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