In Spider-Man: Homecoming, there are two references in the film to substandard food, Aunt May's "turkey meatloaf" and Flash, discussing a branzino whose freshness was questionable.

Considering that both branzino and meatloaf appear in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spiderman, in the scenes during which Peter dines with the Staceys and upon the night he returns home hungry on first gaining his powers, is there anything to suggest that the references in Homecoming were deliberate digs at The Amazing Spiderman films, which were of course not universally loved?

  • No. Nothing at all. Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 11:12
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    Would you be prepared to elaborate on that comment by posting a definitive answer for me? If you have information that provides insight into the intentions of the writers please do not be shy sharing it within a qualified answer - it is kind of the point of posting on here. Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 14:05
  • Kudos to who ever edited the question title - it does read much better but the previous incarnation (TAS-M) were a duo of films, not a trilogy... Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 3:05

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Regarding the branzino reference, you aren't the only one who noticed. This article in Vulture picked up the reference, too:

How could you forget this pivotal scene (assuming you did), considering its inclusion in a post on this very website titled “The Things We Can’t Forget From This Summer’s Movies”? Or that another website, the Awl, asked you nicely not to: “Let Us Never Forget the ‘Spiderman’ Branzino Moment.” (Itself a reference to a blurb written in the New York Times Magazine praising the fish as having the “Cameo of the Year.”) By featuring one iconic close-up and what seemed like 16 separate references to the European sea bass, the branzino scene from The Amazing Spider-Man was the fish-centric dinner scene from a major motion picture released in summer 2012.

Thankfully, the most unlikely part of The Amazing Spider-Man resulted in the most unlikely reference in a film lousy with references to various bits and pieces of the Spider-Man universe. No one likes spoiled fish — except that creep Heathcliff — so I won’t give too much away about when the reference happens, but just know that spoiled fish is a little hint, as one character is served branzino offscreen and is not pleased with the result. (Once you get to know the character, you’ll know the moment is classic that character.) Seems small, sure, but this joke gets nearly as much screen time as Zendaya.

As for whether the line is a specific jab at the previous movie is up to interpretation. As Screen Rant said in this article:

Once Peter finally arrives at the Homecoming dance, he's barely given a moment to take in the surrounding before running off to save the day. But there's enough time to overhear Flash arriving, claiming that the dinner he just came from was underwhelming at best since "that branzino wasn't fresh." And he knows branzino. Which means he wouldn't have missed the sea bass being served at the Stacy family's dinner in Amazing Spider-Man. Whether Flash is implying that the fish was past its prime, or the film in which it appeared... fans can decide for themselves.

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    That is as good an answer as I may get - appreciated alondo and well spotted! Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 5:08

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