It isn’t every day that the dean of a business school shows up in a
blockbuster movie. But when Spider-Man: Homecoming opened three days
ago, a rather familiar B-school dean showed up in a cameo role: Harvard
Business School Dean Nitin Nohria.
In a brief scene in the summer blockbuster movie about the famous
Marvel character, Nohria plays the role of Dean Crimson. He appears in a
YouTube video showing Spider-Man’s alter ego, Peter Parker, how to tie a
Windsor knot–a thick, wide and triangular tie knot said to project
confidence (see an example in the photo of Nohria left).
As the English Beat rocks to “Save It For Later,” Parker watches the video to pretty himself up for a big dance in the movie.
its opening weekend, the movie had the third-biggest domestic revenues
of the year at $117 million and has already exceeded $250 million
worldwide. Not bad for a third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.
his feature film debut, Nohria appears as is, without a colorful Marvel
costume of any kind. It’s not known how his surprise appearance came
about or if it will make Nohria eligible for an Academy Award