As per IMDb

In Perry White's office at the Daily Planet there is a bugle trophy on top of the shelf.

This is surely a reference to the Marvel Comics newspaper office the Daily Bugle and I think I have also seen something like this in the film but with blurred memory.

So is there really a Bugle reference in the film or is it just miss-interpretation. If yes then, is it just an homage to Spider-Man or an approval of the Marvel universe's co-existence?

  • That linked page doesn't really 'confirm' anything. It's an un-sourced wiki. Anyone can put anything up there.
    – user209
    Commented Jul 16, 2013 at 14:48
  • @Keen their is none other confirmation then this IMDb link, so for the moment i am deleting this question till i got any proof.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 12:17

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You have two questions here. Is there a bugle in the office and, if so, what does it symbolise.

So firstly, what is a bugle? As per Wikipedia?:

The bugle is one of the simplest brass instruments, having no valves or other pitch-altering devices.

This is the picture from Wikipedia:


So now we at least know what we're looking for.

To answer the first question, a quick speedrun of the film reveals that there is a bugle on Perry White's bookcase. I have included a screen below (taken at 43:21 in the film) with a box around the bugle:

Picture of Bugle

However, there appears to be no way to definitively answer the second question. I would argue it is extremely likely it is a homage to Marvel Comics, but I've found no interviews with either cast or film maker to corroborate this.

I believe it's a reference to Spiderman but, for now, I think it's largely a case of decide for yourself what you think it symbolises (if anything).

  • It SHOULD be on Lois' desk... 'cuz that woman loves to toot her own horn.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 3:37

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