Not saying that Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in the same universe as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but Spider-Man: Homecoming totally takes place in the same universe as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home*, you guys. Here’s how.
His name is Kirk Thatcher and he is clearly playing the same role in both movies. Remember all that time traveling Kirk and Spock did in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and they crossed paths with a certain archetypal 80’s punk on a bus who refused to turn down his music? Now remember in Spider-Man: Homecoming (assuming you’ve already seen it, ’cause if you haven’t then why are you reading something that is clearly going to spoil the movie,) when Spidey is having a less than epic day of friendly neighborhood spider-manning when he is spotted by a hot dog vendor and his boom box carrying costumer? IT IS THE SAME GUY!
Oh sure, Trek IV took place in San Francisco and Spider-Man: Homecoming takes predominately in New York City, clearly Bus Punk (who’s name is Krash, FYI) had some grand country spanning adventure at some point in the past 30 years. One that we can hopefully get in some sort of a prequel or at the very least via a novelization or web series.
If you doubt these basic facts, I would present to you the fine investigative work of StarTrek.com. They reached out Thatcher to ask how he ended up in Homecoming, and he revealed all:
“I was having a meeting with the guys at Marvel and Kevin Feige had to leave early to catch a plane to New York for the last few days of shooting and wrap on Homecoming. I mentioned that I was going to New York too, only two days later. He got excited and asked if I would be interested in doing a cameo as a punk in Spider-Man? I, of course said, ‘Sure!’ He said the producers would get in contact with me and I changed my flight from a Friday morning flight to a Thursday red-eye. I arrived in Manhattan at around 1:30 in the morning and my call time was 4:30 a.m. the same day… So I grabbed a couple hours sleep, took a taxi to the set and had brought my own wardrobe. They made me look a little grungier, and the whole thing was done by 11:30 that morning! So, it was really only about 48 hours from Wednesday afternoon when he asked if I was interested to Friday lunch time when we had finished shooting the scene! Also, the reason this all happened is that Kevin is a big Star Trek IV fan and he has told me that he was a big fan of the punk scene,” Thatcher continued. “So, I guess it just tickled him to include that character, 30 years later! I’m hoping this turns into a long series of ‘Punk on the…’ cameos that can fund my early retirement.”
Thatcher; who’s replaced the character’s signature catch phrase, flipping time travelers the bird, with a much more nuanced ‘pointing at arachnid based superheros while hot dog vendor asks them to do a flip,’ has been a little tight lipped as to when we’ll see Krash next, but now that he unquestionably links both the original Star Trek franchise with the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and not to mention all the unanswered questions (is that the same boom box? did he ever find out how many megatons? does he still hope I’m blue too?) clearly there is more of his story to tell.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, staring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and Kirk Thatcher; is in theaters now.
*there is a fair chance that the tongue maybe firmly planted in the cheek with this statement, but it’s also a really sweet deep nerd cameo, so enjoy fun things ’cause they are fun.