Who is Peni Parker from Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse?

Those who have watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse must have sympathized with the anime version of Spider-Man, the character named 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 movie and has already appeared in the comics. She first appeared in comics in October 2014 and was created by Gerard Way and drawn by Jake Wyatt.

Who is Peni Parker from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?

Its origin in the comics is from Earth-14512 while in the movie it is Earth-3145. His appearance was in Spider-Verse comics, in Edge of Spider-Verse #5 and Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 and a few 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 studying in high school, she is also a vegetarian.

His father died in an accident while piloting a super tech suit called Sp//dr. She decided to continue her father's project and allowed herself to be bitten by a radioactive spider which allows a psychic link with the suit and pilot.

Who is Peni Parker from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?

With this costume that does the same things as a spider-man and more, she defends the city as usual cliché. She meets Daredevil who knew her father, has fought Mysterio and also met Spider-Pig.

in the comics Spider-Geddon, Peni Parker finds a rival of her Meka SP//dr called the 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 Suit. All inspired by Evangelion and Venom.

Fun facts about Peni Parker

The character Peni Parker was clearly inspired by Japanese animations and manga. It sounds kind of cliche, but they tried to fit one in Meka (robot) in the character, because of the high influence of robot anime in the west such as Evangelion.

Who is Peni Parker from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?

The movie trailer Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse That's what made the character popular. Although the character appeared in 2014, only in 2018 the amount of Google searches increased by 100x.

Like anything that appears on the internet, rule 34 has been applied. In other words, after the popularity of Peni Parker on the Internet, several Fan Arts appeared, including hentai. 

The sp // dr from the comics is very different from the movie, much darker and really resembles the Evangelion robots. Even his costume resembles the plugsuits in the anime.

Several of Peni Parker's colleagues are references to mecha anime characters, such as:

  • Kei from Dirty Pair;
  • Simon from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann;
  • Asuka Langley Sohryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion;
  • Hikari, Nagisa, Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion;
Who is Peni Parker from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?
All Peni Parker Appearances in Spider-Man ComicsSpider-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 interesting facts 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.

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