Spider-Man’s 'Breakfast Club' Homage Casts Peter as the Nerd

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' pays a homage to 'The Breakfast Club' and in doing so sets Peter up as the Nerd.

John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club is about five strangers coming together during high school detention on a Saturday. Spider-Man: Homecoming only featuers a couple quick detention scenes, but the teen vibe that director Jon Watts aimed for with the latest solo Spidey film pays direct homage to the style of Hughes. To take it a step further, a new poster for Homecoming directly evokes The Breakfast Club’s own poster, and it squarely paints Peter Parker as a total nerd.

The Breakfast Club famously depicts vastly different kids breaking down the stereotypes they’ve built up of one another: There’s a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel, and a recluse who all somehow become friends in the end. They ultimately figure out that they’re not so different after all, and the “brain” pens a letter as a huge diss to their grumpy principal.

In the Homecoming Breakfast Club homage, Peter is front and center sitting in as the nerdy “brain,” which seems about right considering how awkward he is as both Peter and Spider-Man:

Now take a look at the original poster for The Breakfast Club. Despite the rebranding of these characters as “a fanboy, a tomboy, a rebel, a bully and a babe,” you just can’t deny that Peter is and always will be the brainy nerd. Besides, is Peter supposed to be the fanboy or the rebel here? We really aren’t sure.

"A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse."
"A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse."

Position-wise, Zendaya’s Michelle matches up with the recluse, Ned is the “rebel” (probably because of the really cool hat), Flash is the jock (which seems like a total stretch), and of course Liz is the beauty.

You can’t fool us, Peter. You’re definitely the nerd, and even though you might be the fanboy, you’re definitely not a rebel.


Spider-Man: Homecoming is out now in theaters, with Spider-Man set to return in Marvel’s Infinity War due out May 8, 2018.