In ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, the main character, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), teams up with Spider-beings from various dimensions, including an older, more experienced Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) and her Sp//dr construct, Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). It has already been announced that Spider-Gwen is slated to get her own spin-off movie, ‘Spider-Women’.
When asked if any other ‘Spider-Verse’ characters might get their own showcase, producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller expressed a desire to see more of Spider-Ham. Miller stated, “I’d love to see a string of Spider-Ham shorts.” He and Lord then joked about creating an entire Spider-Ham-Verse, before Lord agreed:
“I just want to Spider-Ham’s shorts. I want to spin off the Spider-Ham cinematic television universe.”
The voice of Spider-Ham, a.k.a. Peter Porker, John Mulaney recently won an Emmy Award for his Netflix standup special ‘Kid Gorgeous at Radio City’. This is his second Emmy, after winning one as a writer for ‘Saturday Night Live’. He can regularly be heard as the voice of Andrew and others on the popular Netflix adult animated series ‘Big Mouth’.
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 ‘Spider-Ham’ series which began in 1985 and lasted 17 issues and is perhaps best known for featuring funny animal versions of other Marvel characters like Captain Americat, Deerdevil, and Goose Rider. For the record, in one issue, Spider-Ham battled the King-Pig, a parody version of the Kingpin, the main villain from ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ voiced by Liev Schreiber.
The film also features the voices of Mahershala Ali as Prowler, Kathryn Hahn as Doc Ock, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis, Zoë Kravitz as Mary Jane Watson, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, and Luna Lauren Velez as Rio Morales. Chris Pine also voices another version of Peter Parker, while Oscar Isaac is portraying a character listed simply as “Interesting Person #1.”
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ currently holds an enviable 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but fans will have to wait two weeks to check it out for themselves. The film opens on December 14, 2018.