The Cut Spider-Ham Joke That Took Things Too Far in 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse'

The Cut Spider-Ham Joke That Took Things Too Far in ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

Posted by January 25, 2019 Comment

Sony’s Oscar nominated animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse found that lovely balance between just enough comedy (the right kind of comedy, too), and lots of heart. Turns out, there was almost a very different joke included in the film that would have changed the tone, especially where John Mulaney‘s Spider-Ham character is concerned.

Rodney Rothman (one of three co-writers and co-directors for the film) recently stopped by Jeff Smith‘s The Q&A podcast, and revealed the one joke that would have taken Spider-Ham a bit too far that was cut shortly before the film was released in theaters.

“The way that scene [originally] went is Noir said he lost his Uncle Benjamin, Peter lost Uncle Ben, and Gwen lost Peter,” Rothman said. “We went through everyone. Spider-Ham said he lost his Uncle Frankfurter. And then he said, ‘He was electrocuted, and it smelled so good.’

Spider-Man is a real person with real feelings, and we wanted people to get that.”

Yeaaaaaah, that was probably a good idea to cut that joke, considering the level of humor throughout the rest of the film. We agree with Rothman, it would have been a “bad laugh”.

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is still in some select theaters, and we’re expecting word of a home release soon.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



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(Last Updated January 25, 2019 11:04 am )

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