Who's The Girl With The Spider-Robot In 'Spider-Verse'?

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is out today, and it's an absolute gem -- not just in terms of story and art style, but also in the way that it introduces lesser-known characters like Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Ham to a wider audience. There's also Peni Parker, a character who differs from the rest of the Spider-Fam in a pretty significant way: She doesn't have spider abilities, but she does have a gigantic spider robot known as SP//dr.

Sony PicturesWhich, when you stop to think about it, is so much better than web-slinging.

Continue Reading Below

Advertisement

The other cool thing about Peni? She was created by Gerard Way, aka the former lead singer of My Chemical Romance.

Continue Reading Below

Advertisement

Peni was introduced into the spider-canon in 2014 via the one-shot Edge Of Spider-Verse #5. After an accident kills both of her parents, she's adopted by May and Ben Parker. It then turns out that her parents, as well as May and Ben, had been working with the government to create SP//dr and, whoopsie-doodles, it turns out that Peni is the only one who can control it. And by "it," we mean the radioactive spider locked inside SP//dr, which both powers the robot and does the actual work of controlling it. In order to talk to this spider, however, Peni first has to establish a psychic link with it ... which she can only do by letting it bite her.

Marvel Comics

Continue Reading Below

Advertisement

Continue Reading Below

Advertisement

Way might seem like an odd person for this job (or indeed, any job), but the dude has chops. Opposite his reputation as savior to the broken, the beaten, and the damned (aka you during your emo phase), he created The Umbrella Academy, a comic series about a group of young superheroes won an Eisner Award and has a Netflix adaptation coming out early next year. (You might have even seen the trailer, which was released earlier this week.)

We really hope Peni makes a reappearance in Into The Spider-Verse 2: The Quest For More Money. That's not just because she's a great character, but because Spider-Verse 2 might be our only shot at seeing a big-screen adaptation of her beating the crap from a murderous robot modeled after Venom.

Marvel ComicsHire Tom Hardy to do the voice and this movie will win all the Oscars, guaranteed.

Continue Reading Below

Advertisement

Continue Reading Below

Advertisement

Adam Wears is on Twitter and Facebook, and has a newsletter dedicated to depressing history facts. It's not as heartbreakingly sad as it sounds, promise!

Support your favorite Cracked writers with a visit to our Contribution Page. Please and thank you.

For more, check out The Cast Of The New 'Star Wars' Show Is Crazy AF and Guy Accidentally Invites 25,000 Strangers To Holiday Party.

Also, we'd love to know more about you and your interesting lives, dear readers. If you spend your days doing cool stuff, drop us a line at iDoCoolStuff at Cracked dot com, and maybe we can share your story with the entire internet.

Follow us on our friendly neighborhood Facebook Page.

To turn on reply notifications, click here

14 Comments

Load Comments

More Articles

5 Screwed-Up Secrets The Ultra-Rich Don't Want You To Know

You don't make astonishing amounts of money without ending up a jerk in some way.

231

5 Billion-Dollar Industries That Treat Workers Like Garbage

Even our most popular forms of entertainment can treat their employees like absolute trash.

252

5 Huge Scandals With Crazy Details The News Barely Mentioned

The news spent weeks reporting on these giant scandals without bothering to mention the stupidest parts.

126

5 Acts Of Charity That Went Horrendously Wrong

The road to losing your tax exemption status is paved with good intentions.

108

5 Underreported Dumb Annoyances Pro Athletes Put Up With

Being at the top of your game can really drag you down.

130

5 Dark (But Hilarious) Times Big Tech Companies Failed Hard

Well, this is ... bleakly hilarious.

106