Marvel has gotten pretty good at dropping MCU easter eggs in its movies, but Spider-Man: Homecoming dug a whole lot deeper into geek lore for one that pretty much everyone missed. Remember that guy with the boombox? You’ve seen him before.
StarTrek.com reports that Kirk Thatcher, who famously played the Punk on Bus who is taken out by Spock’s nerve pinch in Star Trek IV, also shows up in Homecoming with a similar role. Remember the scene early in the film when Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is chatting with a hot dog vendor? There’s also an old, bearded man holding a boombox in the same scene. That man is Thatcher, and he’s even credited as “Punk on Street” for good measure. Well played, Marvel.
Thatcher said the cameo came together because Kevin Feige is a big Trek fan and thought it’d be fun to slide in a nod to The Voyage Home:
“[T]he reason this all happened is that Kevin is a big Star Trek IV fan and he has told me that he was a big fan of the punk scene," Thatcher continued. "So, I guess it just tickled him to include that character, 30 years later! I'm hoping this turns into a long series of 'Punk on the...' cameos that can fund my early retirement.”
Did you notice Thatcher in that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo? Glad to see he’s still roaming the streets and rocking out? Still waiting for that Spider-Man/Trek crossover?