Peter Porker a.k.a. Spider-Ham, has emerged as one of the breakout characters of Sony Pictures’ hit film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Porker’s voice actor John Mulaney has pitched a solo Spider-Ham movie that focuses more on his day job as an investigative journalist. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse started out its theatrical run by dominating last weekend’s box office and looks to continue adding to its global haul based on the strength of an A+ CinemaScore.
Sony’s animated feature is an origin story for the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, and seamlessly weaves in other iterations to create a full multiverse of realities. In addition to Morales and two modern-day Peter Parker Spider-Men, Spider-Verse introduces onscreen versions of Gwen Stacy as Spider-Gwen, a 1930s Spider-Man Noir, a futuristic Peni Parker with her robotic Sp//dr suit, and the cartoonish Peter Porker a.k.a. Spider-Ham. Peter Porker is a crime-fighting pig with the typical spidey powers who works as a photographer for the Daily Beagle, his hometown newspaper. While Spider-Ham occasionally looks and acts like a Porky Pig impersonator, and Spider-Verse even drops a joke about copyright infringement, he first appeared in 1983's humorous Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham comic book.
Now, as news heats up that Spider-Verse producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad are keenly interested in Spider-Ham's spinoff potential, Variety reports that Mulaney, has an interesting pitch for the standalone movie:
"[Spider-Ham] is a fun guy who is capable of great rage. To go see him back at the Daily Beagle — I could see a Watergate-like story at the Beagle where he’s both a reporter and Spider-Ham by night. 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 ham-fisted.'"
Mulaney, the co-creator of Oh, Hello and a central character in the hit animated series Big Mouth on Netflix, expertly hits the right tone for the oddball Spider-character who wields a wooden mallet. While the success of Spider-Verse has already spurred talk of additional spinoffs and sequels, including an all-female film in which Spider-Woman and Silk join Gwen Stacy, Mulaney and Spider-Ham might be lucky they were included at all. Reports indicate that Spider-Verse came close to introducing Australian Spider-Man, and who knows if that would have come at the expense of one of the other characters.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been a tremendous success thus far on numerous fronts, not the least of which is widening inclusion and diversity in film. A new standalone featuring its comical anthropomorphic star doesn’t exactly help add to this, but it does offer a fun new chapter in an ever-growing multiverse.