Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. It also introduced some interesting new parallel universe versions of Peter Parker.
Perhaps the most exciting addition is Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. He smells delicious, and is a true scene stealer. To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Digital and the upcoming 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release on 3/19, we want to share a Peter Porker bonus clip, along with concept art of the Spectacular Spider-Ham!
The concept art features design work by Jim Mahfood, (bottom) Craig Kellman. John Mulaney stars as the voice of Peter Porker, bringing the hammy antics of this pig to life on the big screen for the first time ever. Some believed that Peter Porker was created just for the movie, but the succulent little fellow has been spinning his joke web since the 80s.
The Spectacular Spider-Ham was created by created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong, and made his comic book debut in 1983, with Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. The issue was a hit, and before long, the little oinker was starring in his own bi-monthly series called Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. The character exists on Earth-8311, which was a universe populated by anthropomorphic animal versions of the Marvel superheroes.
Because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is such an action packed movie with tons of characters, fans didn't really get a deep dive into Peter Porker's backstory. Here is the origins of this unique animal.
Peter Porker was born a spider (simply named Peter). He resided in the basement lab of May Porker, a slightly goofy animal scientist who had created "the world's first atomic powered hairdryer", hoping that "the introduction of nuclear fusion into America's beauty salons" would "revolutionize the hair care industry". After dousing her head with water and activating the dryer, May Porker accidentally irradiated herself, and in a fit of delusion, bit Peter, who then found himself transformed into an anthropomorphic swine much like May Porker herself. Running from the Porker homestead disoriented, Peter soon came to realize that he still retained a spider's abilities. After this startling series of events, Peter (who adopted the surname "Porker", that of his benefactor May Porker, who after the accident mentally attuned to a state in which she believed she was Peter's loving aunt) dedicated himself and his new-found abilities to fighting injustice and the occasional animal parody of established Marvel Comics villains. May Porker's scientific genius was transferred to Peter, giving him the know-how to devise his webspinner gauntlets to replace his lost natural ability."
That's quite the story. Spider-Ham has appeared in the animated Spider-Man TV show, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the little guy's first appearance on the big screen. There has been talk that he could get his own movie. And he'll definitely show up in the sequel to Spider-Verse. You can check out the clip and art here.