Spider-Verse Producers Excited About Spider-Ham Spinoff Potential

Spider-Ham may yet star in his own spinoff film, if the producers of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as to be believed. The animated Spider-Verse adaptation doubles as both an origin story for Miles Morales and an introduction to an entire multi-verse of realities, each of which has a web-slinger (or two) to call their own. In addition to Miles and modern-day Peter Parker (both of them), the movie features appearances by Gwen Stacy aka. Spider-Gwen, the black and white Spider-Man Noir (Peter Parker from the 1930s), Peni Parker and her Sp//dr suit, and of course, Peter Porker aka. Spider-Ham.

Strange he may seem, Spider-Ham has been around in comic book form since his introduction in 1983's humorous one-shot Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. The character has since appeared in major Marvel comic book events, cartoon TV shows, and even several Spider-Man video games over the years. What's next? Well, potentially, his own animated film, by the sound of it.

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Spider-Verse producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad were interviewed by Vanity Fair about Spider-Verse and the potential of spinoffs for each and every web-slinger featured in the film, right on down to Peter Porker himself. When asked about the idea, Pascal responded “Of course! You can imagine how much the kids love that character". Arad was similarly direct when asked about the possibly of a Spider-Ham solo movie, saying "Yeah. We want piggy".

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It's no secret that Sony intends to spin multiple films out of Spider-Verse; the studio is already working on one such spinoff, in the form of an all-female superhero movie featuring Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, and Silk (among others). However, as noted in Vanity Fair's writeup, what's great about Spider-Verse is that no two such spinoff films need look or feel the same, given how different - stylistically and in terms of genre - the movie's web-slingers are from one another. A Spider-Ham movie especially lends itself to a zany Looney Tunes-style adventure in the vein of the Spider-Verse sequences that explore Mr. Porker's backstory and his equally cartoony fight scenes (not to mention, the... unusual corner of the multi-verse he comes from).

While there's obviously the risk of a Spider-Ham spinoff being a one-note joke taken too far, it's worth reiterating that the web-slinger has a fair amount of comic book mythology for a movie to draw from. Much like The LEGO Batman Movie, a Spider-Ham spinoff could combine meta-comedy based around Peter Porker and his rogues gallery (which, yes, includes villains like Kingpig and Raven the Hunter) with a more heartfelt and layer narrative that fleshes the character out into a fully-developed protagonist. Like Pascal said, a Spider-Ham film would certainly go over well with the juice box crowd, if handled right - and after seeing what Spider-Verse accomplished with the character, it's probably an idea that a lot of adults are down for, too.

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Source: Vanity Fair

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