With all of the love coming in for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse,’ it is not at all surprising to see Sony starting to muse which properties from the movie are the most suitable for spin-offs. Oddly, one of the fan-favorite characters from the film is John Mulaney’s wacky Spider-Ham, a perfect mash-up of Mulaney’s comedy and throw-back cartoon humor, as the character is very reminiscent of the old Porky Pig character from Warner Bros (even to the point of jokes being thrown around in the movie about getting sued). It seems that there are some ideas being thrown around about a potential ‘Spider-Ham’ movie, which would be insanity, but I know I would see it.
Mulaney himself recently spoke about the idea, even sharing some ideas he had about what they could do. Here are some of Mulaney’s pitch ideas, according to Variety:
“[Spider-Ham] is a fun guy who is capable of great rage. To go see him back at the Daily Deagle — I could see a Watergate-like story at the Beagle where he’s both a reporter and Spider-Ham by night…never thought that the Clark Kents and the Peter Parkers leaned enough into the day job. This would be more like ‘The Post’ or ‘All The President’s Men’ or ‘Spotlight,’ but we’d make it family friendly. Lots of bacon jokes, or, ‘that’s hamfisted,’”
Mulaney also shared some of his own history with comics including an irreverence for “collectibles” coming from the desire to simply enjoy comics for what they are. In his words:
“I remember buying the ‘Superman Death’ series, when he died in the ’90s. I went to Moondog Comics in Chicago, which was under Tower Records, but you know that. I got it in a sealed thing, with the black Superman logo on it. Everyone was putting them in these cases, and I opened mine to read the book. And they were like, ‘You fool. That’s no longer sealed. You just possibly lost yourself $100,000.'”
What did you think of Spider-Ham in the movie? Do you think he is worthy of getting his own spin-off? Or is he better suited as a side-character, more comic-relief than star in his own right? Feel free to share your opinions, thoughts on the character, and anything else you want to say in the comments below!