Comedian John Mulaney has been tapped to provide the voice of the anthropomorphic Spider-Ham in the upcoming animated movie ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. He joins Shameik Moore (‘The Getdown’) who is voicing Miles Morales, the focal character of the film and Jake Johnson (‘The New Girl’) who portrays Peter Parker. The cast also includes Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker, Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis, Liev Schreiber as The Kingpin, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, and Luna Lauren Velez as Rio Morales. Cage’s casting was rumors about a month ago, but it was confirmed at this panel. (Cage is also voicing Superman in ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’.)
Mulaney’s casting, along with those of Cage and Glenn were announced at San Diego Comic-Con. Moore, Johnson and Steinfeld were there in person, along with producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They presented a clip from ‘Into the Spider-Verse’, which based on the description sounds as if it is closely following the storyline from the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ comic, as it pertains to Miles. Just as Uncle Ben’s death spurred Peter Parker to become Spider-Man and fight crime, someone else dies and serves the same purpose for Miles. Then universes seem to merge as various Spider heroes, including Spider-Ham start popping up.
“Miles’ story takes place in an alternate dimension to our own. The Spider-Verse is basically all of these alternate ways of telling this story and all these different people that experience it. The thought of this movie was, what if those different stories intersect? How would it shake them up? What would happen if these people met?”
Mulaney has multiple Primetime Emmy nominations for his work as a writer on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and won one. He is nominated again this year for his Netflix standup special ‘Kid Gorgeous at Radio City’.
Spider-Ham debuted in the 1983 one-shot ‘Marvel Tails: Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham’, a “funny animal” parody of Marvel Comics. This was followed by an ongoing series which began in 1985 and lasted 17 issues. His exploits were published sporadically after that. Benjamin Diskin voiced Spider-Ham in an episode of ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’.
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ opens on December 14.
Source: Entertainment Weekly