With the recent confirmation that Spider-Man: Homecoming will begin a trilogy of movies based around the wall-crawler, it’s likely that Marvel have planned ahead and have at least some idea of what they’ll do in the following two outings. For instance, they might already know which villains will turn up, and if they do, might they tease those characters in Homecoming and its tie-in materials? The answer, apparently, is yes.
An official app for the movie which allows users to browse through Peter Parker’s phone contains a reference to a name that will be familiar to Spidey fans. In a text conversation between Peter and his best pal Ned, a “Ms. Warren” is mentioned. The easter egg was first spotted by Reddit user @JakeM917, and you can check it out below.
The name brings to mind supervillain The Jackal AKA Peter’s college professor Miles Warren. In the comics, Miles has a brother named Raymond who was Peter’s high school science teacher. It’s possible that the MCU has gender-swapped Raymond Warren, hence Ms. Warren, ahead of her brother’s appearance in a later film. Alternatively, Ms. Warren could be a female version of The Jackal, with the character’s backstory merged with that of his brother’s.
Either way, we know that actress Selenis Leyva has been cast as Ms. Warren in the movie, so we’ll definitely see the character on screen in Homecoming. Will her role be a set-up for a major part in a future movie? Or is her name just an easter egg for fans to pick up which won’t actually go anywhere? Of course, if the Jackal is adapted, that probably means that his creation, Ben Reilly AKA The Scarlet Spider, won’t be far behind. But is it too early in Spidey’s career to introduce Peter Parker’s clone? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton and is directed by Jon Watts. It swings into cinemas on July 7th.