He may take a back seat to Miles, but Peter (Jake Johnson) still plays a crucial role. Only, this isn’t the web-head you know and love. “He’s a 40-year-old Peter Parker,” Johnson explains.
“A Peter Parker who is past the excitement stage of being Spider-Man, and at the point where he doesn’t know the values of being Spider-Man any more, and needs someone to remind him.” That reminder comes in the shape of Morales, but their mentor/mentee relationship is a two-way street. “The original premise was: ‘Let’s do The Karate Kid, but where Mr. Miyagi isn’t wise at all, and the young kid has to teach him to be a teacher,’” laughs Lord, who thought it important to distance their Peter from the three live-action Spideys. “The idea that he’s a little older, a little more beat up, that he’s bigger, he’s wider, he looks like a man – that was really important to see him in a slightly different light, and to differentiate him from Tom Holland’s character.”