“Spider-Man: Homecoming” brings Peter Parker (Tom Holland) officially into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding to the story told in “Captain America: Civil War” and creating more crossovers with the Avengers. The movie’s full of character Easter Eggs too, dropping well-known Spider-Man comics characters into roles throughout Peter’s life.
There’s another Easter Egg character hidden in the life of Peter Parker as well, with a hidden tie to the world of Captain America (Chris Evans). And it’s not the videos Cap appears in to tell kids about exercise or sexual education — it’s Peter’s principal.
Eagle-eyed audience members might have caught a few clues in the office of Principal Morita (Kenneth Choi), who has a scene in which he warns Peter about keeping his academic career on track. In the corner of Morita’s office is a black-and-white photo of a military serviceman. That’s actually another Morita — Private Jim Morita, one of the Captain America’s Howling Commandos from “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
The Howling Commandos were a group of World War II soldiers Cap recruited during that movie. Cap helped rescue Morita (also played by Choi) and other prisoners from a HYDRA weapons facility.
Morita later joined up with the Howling Commandos, led by Captain America, to return to the front lines and take on HYDRA. As a communications officer, Morita worked as the radio man for the Howling Commandos.
In addition to being a part of the team during “Captain America: The First Avenger” and helping to capture the Tesseract, an artifact that was also a huge part of the plot in “The Avengers,” Morita was also part of the group with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) that captured another important Marvel Cinematic Universe artifact. That object was the Obelisk, a deadly item the Howling Commandos took from HYDRA during World War II that HYDRA agents would attempt to steal back on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
After Cap apparently “died” in the 1940s, Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) took over the Howling Commandos and continued to fight. Captain America would later find out from S.H.I.E.L.D. files that Morita was killed during the war.
Whether Principal Morita’s role as a descendant of one of Captain America’s crack commandos will factor into later “Spider-Man” movies isn’t clear. But at the least, Morita is another Easter Egg that ties the Marvel Cinematic Universe together.