The latest issue of Spider-Ham takes a shot at Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker with a surprising new version of Spider-Man.
Marvel readers found a bizarre new version of Spider-Man in the latest issue of Spider-Ham that combines Peter Parker with Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck in Joker. After the X-Men villain Mojo had captured Spider-Ham and his amazing friends to drop them in sitcom-based realities, the issue showed that Peter Parker himself had fallen to a similar fate, entering the scene wearing a Spider-Man inspired suit and tie, with long slicked back hair and wearing Spider-Man face paint. The villain explained how he’s using this new Webhead:
“to explore complex, mature themes like violence and mental illness. No idea what I’m actually saying about them, but still… Pretty cool.”
Clearly the issue is taking a shot at Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, which examined mental illness and violence while exploring what makes the Clown Prince of Crime tick. Later on while the rest of the heroes are fighting Mojo, the Joker/Spider-Man parody dances right into the frame, oblivious to the action unfolding behind him. It’s another not-so-subtle nod to Phoenix’s famous dance scene on the steps after he’s embraced his new alter-ego. There’s even a line ripping off the put on a happy face motif from the film, with Peter singing “put on a Spidey-face.”
What do you think of the new version of Spider-Man influenced by Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker? Do you think he deserves his own spin-off issue? Sound-off in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker is now available on Digital HD, Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news regardig Spider-Man and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and be sure to check out and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube account for more great content.
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