Those who watched Spider-Man in Spider-Man must have sympathized with the anime version of Spider-Man, the character called Peni Parker. In this article, I did some research and I will talk about some curiosities, origins and references of this character.
The first thing you should know is that Peni Parker is not exclusive to the film and has already appeared in the comics. It first appeared in the comics in October 2014 and was created by Gerard Way and designed by Jake Wyatt.
Its origin in the comics is from Earth-14512 while in the film it is Earth-3145. Its appearance was in the comics of the spider, in Edge of Spider-Verse #5 and Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 and some others.
The story of Peni Parker
She is a girl of Japanese descent who lost her parents and was adopted by Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Peni Parker is 14 years old and studies in high school, she is also a vegetarian.
Her father died in an accident while piloting a super technological suit called Sp // dr. She decided to continue her father's project and allowed herself to be bitten by a radioactive spider that allows a psychic connection with the suit and the pilot.
With this costume that does the same things as a spiderman and more, she defends the city as the usual cliché. She meets the Daredevil who knew her father, has fought against Mysterio and also met the Spider Pig.
In Comics Spider-geddon, Peni Parker meets a rival of his Meka SP // dr called Ven#m equivalent to Eddy Brock. Peni also needs to face MORBIUS, a kind of Kaiju (giant monster) which forces the Sym Engine, developing its own independence in its Mecha Costume. Everything inspired by Evangelion and Venom.
Fun facts about Peni Parker
The character Peni Parker was clearly inspired by Japanese animations and manga. It seems kind of cliche, but they tried to fit one Meka (robot) in the character, because of the high influence of robot anime in the west like Evangelion.
The Movie trailer Spider-Man in Spider-Man was what popularized the character. Although the character appeared in 2014, only in 2018 the amount of searches on Google increased by 100x.
Like anything that appears on the internet, rule 34 has been applied. That is, after the popularity of Peni Parker on the Internet several Fan Arts appeared, including henthos.
The Sp // dr of the comics is very different from the movie, much more Dark and really resembles the robots of Evangelion. Even his costume resembles the plugsuits from the anime.
Several colleagues at Peni Parker are references to mecha anime characters, such as:
- Dirty Pair Kei;
- Simon by Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann;
- Asuka Langley Sohryu of Neon Genesis Evangelion;
- Hikari Nagisae Shinji Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion;
All appearances by Peni Parker in the spiderman comics: Spider-Geddon Vol 1 #5, Edge of Spider-Verse Vol 1 #5, Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider Vol 1 #4, Spider-Geddon Vol 1 #4, Spider-Geddon Vol 1 #3, Spider-Geddon Handbook Vol 1 #1, Edge of Spider-Geddon Vol 1 #2, Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #12
I hope this article has helped you to know a little about Peni Parker and some curiosities about her. What did you think of the reference to Japanese culture in the Spider-Man comics? Did you like the article? Share and leave your comments.