Spider-Man: Return to the Spider-Verse Episode 7: Power of the Sun

When Spidey needs to acquire precious Tritium to recreate the power of the sun, he and OG turn to Otto Octavius. Unfortunately, the duo might get more tentacles than they signed up for!

Easter Eggs

Doctor Kafka

Doctor Ashley Kafka is a psychiatrist at the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. She's been a character in Spider-Man comics for years, and has had several on-screen appearances. So when I decided to throw Otto in Ravencroft for rehabilitation, it was none the than Dr. Kafka who was assigned to treat him. Voiced by my wonderful mother Kensala Smith-Westbrook, who is in school to get her psychology degree! Way to go mom!

Olivia Octavius

Gwen brings up the pain-in-the-butt Dr. Olivia Octavius, who True Believers will remember as the female Doc Ock from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! Since she did construct the original Super Collider for Kingpin, it only makes sense that she'd have cliff notes on the schematics, right?


Precious Tritium is the fuel that makes this project go. The rare element, of which Doc Ock states there is only 25 pounds of on the planet, is what he used to ignite his fusion reactor in Spider-Man 2.

The Power of the Sun

Hey, that's the name of the episode! Yes, True Believers, you all remember the famous line from Doc Ock, that was repeated very recently in Spider-Man: No Way Home. "The power of the sun, in the palm of my hand." Geez, that's all Doc Ock really wants! Someone just give the man his sun power!

Peter Speaks Spanish

Scorpion seems quite puzzled when he discovers that Spidey can speak Spanish. If you think back to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter catches Delmar's comment about Aunt May, then replies with a snarky comeback about his daughter. He's not perfect at it though, it's stated multiple times in Homecoming that he's still taking a Spanish class, and in a deleted scene in Far From Home, Delmar has to help him remember how to say 'dual headphone adaptor'.

OG lines

Were you paying attention? OG drops some lines from Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man movies. "Where do all these guys come from?" Then there was "Trying to do better" and "No, not exactly." Did you spot anymore? Let me know!

Bully Maguire

Tobey Maguire has basically become a meme across the internet known as "Bully Maguire". Most of the dialogue in Bully Maguire videos comes from his time in the black suit, but there is an instance when poor Tobey was being harassed by some idiot paparazzi that were flashing cameras in his face and blocking his car in. Tobey, rightfully so, got upset and told them to get out of the way, that there were cars there and he couldn't see. I just thought I'd squeeze that moment in the video as a little bit of Bully Maguire fun!

You've got a Train to Catch

Probably the most famous scene in Spider-Man 2 is when Spider-Man stopped that train. So how could I not pay homage to this moment in OG's premiere episode! And honestly, what better way to stop a truck from falling off a bridge, am I right?

Hello Peter

As probably the most famous line in recent Spider-Man history, I feel like I don't need to explain this one. I'm just really happy I got to include it in here!

Superhero Landings

I'm still not sure how much we want to fool with spoilers, but if these poses look familiar, that was intentional. That's all I'll say on that.

Spider-Man 2: The Game

There were plenty of lines to choose from Doc Ock's dialogue in the Spider-Man 2 video game. I restrained myself and chose my favorite: "What? Hit him again? What an excellent idea!"

Here are some I could have chosen: "This is fitting vengeance for my poor Rosie!", "You! Will! Die!", "I will laugh over your broken corpse!", "Fight me! Stand! And! Fight me!", "I'm gonna kill her you know.", "Miserable creature!"

Yeah... Doc Ock was pretty intense in that game...

Blindfolded Fight

Nobody can forget that horrific hospital scene from Spider-Man 2! (A lot of things in the Raimi Trilogy made more sense when I figured out he was a horror director). I thought it was insane that Doc Ock took out a room full of doctors not only unconscious, but blindfolded! So I had that moment where Spider-Man webs his glasses and Doc Ock still overpowers them! Also, you know, Spider-Man always webs Doc Ock's glasses.

The Chrysler Building

As we know, OG likes to go to the Chrysler Building to clear his head. We saw it in Spider-Man 1, the movie and the game, and it was mentioned by him later on. So when figuring out how to end the video, I decided to use a beautiful shot (if I do say so myself) of him up on the eagle statue, over the traditional yellow-tinted city (Which is actually a Spider-Man movie poster I had). With that classic Danny Elfman score behind it, oh my goodness. I almost made myself cry with that one!

That's it for this episode! Man, this one took a lot! A midair fight!? Come on! What did you think? What was Spider-Man 2099 trying to tell Peter? And why is Dr. Kafka working for the Master Planner! So many questions! Stay tuned, you'll get your answers! Maybe... And I know a lot of you have been looking forward to the next episode featuring Spider-Man's arch-nemesis: Venom! I can't wait! Face Front True Believers, and I'll see you in the Multiverse!