Deadline provided access to the full and complete final cut screenplay for Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is currently playing in theaters. One moment included an Easter Egg from 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
On page 42, the action and dialogue detail the end of Doctor Strange’s spell that’s supposed to make the entire world forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
As Peter and Strange are lifted to their feet, the script notes that Strange’s apprentices upstairs are reaching for a shaking relic that “falls apart” as the spell reaches its most chaotic point.
The script specifically notes that this is the same artifact that Chris Hemsworth’s Thor knocked over upon meeting Doctor Strange in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, causing it to fall apart.
“UPSTAIRS, ON THE APPRENTICES: One of them reaches for a shaking relic (the same one Thor knocked over in RAGNAROK). Too late. It falls apart.”
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The way the screenplay is written, it’s unclear if there was supposed to be a shot of this unnamed artifact falling apart while Strange tried to contain the haywire spell he was casting. Even so, Marvel noting that this is the same specific item that fans in Thor: Ragnarok shows once again how invested the team is in maintaining its continuity.
In Ragnarok, there were no signs pointing to what this artifact actually did since it was only shown as something Thor used to unsuccessfully keep his hands busy upon meeting Strange. The stand he played with housed seemingly more than a dozen small and pointy spear-looking things, and it brought a comedic moment when he gave up on putting them back as he found out what Strange was all about.
While this wasn’t the only Thor: Ragnarok Easter Egg utilized in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s one that likely never would have been found by simply watching the movie.
Viewers may have expected that this artifact would still be in the Sanctum Sanctorum regardless of how much time passed between Ragnarok and No Way Home, although Marvel noting its presence in the script provides a fun memory of that moment from Phase 3. Fans will be on the hunt for more moments like this, especially with both Thor and Spider-Man set for more adventures in Phase 4 and beyond.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters worldwide.