Director Jon Watts has paid tribute to Star Wars by recreating the original trilogy in the most geeky way possible:
Jon Watts, the director of Spider-Man: No Way Home, has paid tribute to Star Wars by recreating the original trilogy in the most nerdy way possible—using LEGO. In this fascinating (and highly nerdy) Easter egg, Jon Watts recreates the classic Star Wars trilogy, from A New Hope to Return of the Jedi, using a LEGO Death Star set, within his own Spider-Man trilogy. It all begins in 2017 with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his closest buddy, Ned (Jacob Batalon), decide to create a LEGO Death Star—a massive LEGO set with almost 4,000 parts.
In an interview with Comicbook.com, Holland and Batalon slammed the idea of creating the Star Wars Lego Set:
Holland and Batalon recently informed Comicbook.com that they attempted to make this set themselves… but failed spectacularly. “We tried, and it didn’t really work out,” Batalon said. “We got about ten pages into the instructions and realized this is pretty difficult,” Holland continued. “Yeah, there are a lot of bits,” Batalon said. “May God bless those who actually accomplished it.” Still, the LEGO Death Star made an appearance in the film, and it must have taken Peter and Ned some time to construct. This Death Star, like the one in A New Hope, has been completed. When Ned discovers that Peter is Spider-Man, the set emerges into a funny scenario. Ned discovers Peter’s secret in his room, surprising his pal… In amazement, the Death Star is dropped and smashed. This is similar to how the original Death Star was destroyed in Star Wars: A New Hope.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter has more pressing things to accomplish—the LEGO Death Star does not appear:
Obviously, Peter has more important things to do in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as the LEGO Death Star does not appear, just as there are no Death Stars in Empire Strikes Back. The LEGO Death Star then reappears in Spider-Man: No Way Home, reflecting the reappearance of a half-built Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Peter Parker’s LEGO Death Star is also incomplete, just like the Star Wars trilogy. And, in a scene reminiscent of the conclusion of Return of the Jedi, Peter’s LEGO Death Star is destroyed yet again before it can be completed. Unfortunately, we don’t know if it was equipped and ready to go.
Over the course of three films, the Spider-Man trilogy has featured several Star Wars Easter eggs:
This remarkable Star Wars Easter egg has played out over the span of three films and five years in the Spider-Man trilogy, making Jon Watts possibly the nerdiest Marvel filmmaker to date. It’s even more poignant when you realize Watts was the first filmmaker to finish a trilogy of films within the MCU – and is now creating a trilogy within his trilogy in LEGO form. Spider-Man: No Way Home has already debuted in theaters, grossing a whopping $50 million in its first weekend!