With that in mind, as well as some other similarities — the way J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle are characterized, for one — we couldn’t help asking director Jon Watts if he was influenced by Insomniac’s spin on Spider-Man in any way. While it’s clear someone on the production wanted to get some Easter eggs in, that person apparently was not the director himself.
“It didn’t [influence the movie], only because I started playing the game while we were shooting — and I played it just one weekend on my day off,” Watts told IGN. “I was I can’t do this. I can’t let my break time from Spider-Man also be Spider-Man. I need to find another game to play.”
Keeping things in the Sony family, the other game Watts chose to play was God of War, which was his go-to title during the length of directing Spider-Man: Far From Home.
“Then during post-[production] we played Red Dead [Redemption],” he continued. “There was something very comforting about you’d be editing all day and then you’d go home and get some stew and pet your horse.”
Interestingly, it was through Red Dead Redemption that he found his downtime once again echoing his work; specifically in Red Dead Redemption Online where players kept accidentally turning their characters into Jake Gyllenhaal.
“That’s the only thing where it starts to mirror real life is when your character just turns into Jake Gyllenhaal. Do you know that whole thing? That’s the multiplayer game, but you can make your character look exactly like Jake Gyllenhaal, so that was the only thing where it felt like Mysterio was invading my life,” he said.
Did you spot any of the Marvel’s Spider-Man references we picked up? Let us know in the comments!
For more of IGN’s coverage, be sure to read Watts explaining that big Nick Fury Skrulls twist and how they kept J.K. Simmons’ cameo a secret, plus check out our biggest Far From Home WTF questions, ending and post-credits explained, and how Peter Parker’s identity reveal can be undone in Spider-Man 3.
Check in Monday, July 8th at 9 a.m. PT for our full spoiler interview with Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts.
Terri Schwartz is Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.