Your friendly neighborhood superhero hasn’t just been around in gaming but also in comics, animations, and blockbuster films, too. So, consequently, Insomniac Games has plenty of fan content to reference in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, as they did in their previous Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) and Miles Morales (2020) installments. Even more so, the Marvel universe as a whole, as teenage Spiderman went on to join the ranks of Marvel’s Avengers.
In case you’re wondering, your all-time favorite Marvel superheroes don’t make it to the game itself. But there are certainly nods toward them, including the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, via landmarks placed all around New York. The same goes for far more exciting references to the Spidey and Marvel universes, some of which you may need to pay closer attention to to take notice.
Multiple Easter eggs sprawl in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. We’ve taken out our magnifying glasses to comb every nook and cranny and rank the best Easter eggs in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for your reading pleasure. Which ones are your favorites?
5. Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum
Every superhero has a base. A sort of headquarters, and sometimes residence, they come to. Batman’s Bat Cave. Iron Man’s The Stark Tower Complex. Fantastic Four’s The Baxter Building, and so on.
For Doctor Strange, that headquarters is the Sanctum Sanctorum, which you may have seen in Marvel’s comic books. The Sanctum Sanctorum is not only Doctor Strange’s private home, it’s also the building that houses plenty of the film’s magical artifacts and mystical phenomena.
On the outside, the building looks… normal. It has nothing particularly peculiar about it except for an ordinary-looking townhouse. Stepping into the building, though, reveals a massive space. The rooms can abruptly change their appearance, and plenty of occult and dangerous objects reside here.
Since Sanctum Sanctorum is located at 177A Bleecker Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village (go on, search on Google Maps, and you’ll find it), it makes sense for Insomniac Games to pay tribute to it. In fact, the building appeared in the first entry, Marvel’s Spider-Man, as well as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
The sequel, however, includes the option to visit the place with incredibly fine polish on the PS5. A big surprise is also in store for fans. Insomniac Games takes a step further and incorporates the Sanctum Sanctorum in the “Make Your Own Choices” story mission in a one-of-a-kind and fascinating way.
4. The Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building
Similarly, the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building makes its way to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. You may have seen it in the comics or films, where the building is portrayed as the headquarters base for the superheroes’ operations. Specifically, the building is the long-time residence and lab of genius Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), the leader of the Fantastic Four.
Baxter Building is, in fact, located at 42nd Street and Madison Avenue in New York City. So, fans didn’t hesitate to head out into Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 New York open-world to find it. Just to the south-western side of Central Park, you should spot the Baxter Building. To be sure, though, crawl your way up to the roof, and you should see the iconic Fantastic Four “4” logo, with a bonus fresh coat of paint.
Unfortunately, neither Doctor Strange nor the Fantastic Four superheroes make it to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. All eyes are on Spiderman for now. Surprisingly, the “4” symbol is only half-painted! Perhaps the Fantastic Four are setting up camp or couldn’t keep the lights on? Maybe the next sequel will have answers for us.
3. Stan Lee Statue
While the Stan Lee tribute statue made its debut in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it’s making a comeback in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Stan Lee was a comic book creator and publisher for Marvel Comics. By placing his statue in the game, Insomniac Games honors his memory. You can find the commemorative statue in the Upper West Side neighborhood, across from Central Park.
2. Wakanda Forever
Chadwick Boseman’s sudden and tragic passing still lingers. In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Miles Morales honors his memory with the iconic Wakanda Forever gesture right at the front door of the Wakanda Embassy in the Midtown district, a block away from the water. Look out for the plaque that reads, “Embassy of Wakanda.”
The embassy is a returning Easter egg. However, while in the previous two Spider-Man games, it was a place you could only visit, the sequel makes it so switching to Miles and standing in front of the embassy prompts you to perform the Wakanda Forever gesture.
Onward, you’ll unlock the official Black Panther stunning outfit that you can wear, too. The suit is aptly named “Forever Suit” and fits like a glove. You’ll need Level 26 experience to unlock the Panther suit for Miles.
1. Spider-Man Pointing Meme
Wrapping up on a light note, Insomniac Games outdid themselves by featuring the “pointing meme” in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. It would have been a lost opportunity anyway, with two Spidermen featured in the game. The meme originates from ABC’s animated Spider-Man series, specifically the episode “Double Identity” in Season One. It quickly grew popular, instantly taking over the internet, and is often used to make fun of two people wearing the same outfit or having a comical similarity.
In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the pointing meme won’t always come up. It happens randomly, so be patient for this one. You’ll be fighting a street crime, and the other Spiderman will often jump in to help. Once you’re successful, you can go up to the other Spiderman and press the Triangle button to prompt the Spidey “pointing meme.” It won’t always come up every time Miles and Peter run into each other, but when it does, it sure is a joy to watch.