Why Race Should Not Make The Man Behind Spider-Man

Motion Picture Prejudice

That Spider-man need be a masculine young adult has never been in question these past fifty years (there’s Spider-Woman for the ladies), but what race Spider-man’s belonged to over suddenly became a much realer question than ever. Could Spider-man be black? Could Spider-man be Hispanic?

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GiantEnemyCrab1509d ago

Why is it only white characters are subject to this? Why can't you create your own POC compelling characters?

Defectiv3_Detectiv31509d ago

Not that I think Disney has the balls to do this, but in this current racial climate it would be an excellent opportunity for commentary. He is a character who is always at odds with the NYPD, not unlike the African American demographic of that city who were routinely targeted by the stop and frisk policy (recently declared unconstitutional).

This is supposed to be Marvel's bread and butter, and it is what saw their rise to prominence during the silver age of comics - focusing on the human attributes of superheroes.

Furthermore, those that cry of comic book continuity are full of bs. If they knew anything about the Civil War storyline, they would know that Spiderman dies at the end. So if we really are going to be sticklers over continuity in comics, how is it that we can overlook the fact that comics are constantly disregarding it themselves?

It's not as if Marvel totally abandoned the character of Peter Parker after he supposedly died (which is never the case in comic books when a character dies, nobody dies!) So arguing over continuity is about as useful as an ahole on your elbow. Stop doing it. Actually read the comics if you expect to be taken seriously by those who are true fans.

DaigotheKing1509d ago (Edited 1509d ago )

You clearly don't know what you're talking about. Peter Parker does NOT die at the end of Civil War which is a marvel 616(their main universe) event, Aunt May does. You have no idea what you're talking about.

Peter Parker dies in the Ultimate comics, taking a bullet that was meant for Captain America. He dies of blood loss shortly after saving his family from the Green Goblin. Perhaps you should educate yourself before criticizing others for their lack of knowledge. Parker is not always at odds with the police, and has often reaped the rewards of his heroism in form of favors from the police and unexpected kindness. No, Parker is always at odds with J. Jonah Jameson, in both the media and politics. Parker's bad reputation is almost entirely a fabrication of Jameson's making. The incidences of Peter coming into direct conflict with the police can hardly be described as "always being at odds".

As a black man of mixed heritage, personally I have an issue with color coding existing heroes in lieu of making your own black heroes, or utilizing the wide library of black marvel heroes present in the comics. It as if to say that the only good black heroes we can make are white heroes with brown skin, or taking the identity of a white character and slapping it on a black one, forever condemning him to live in the shadow of his forebearer.

I'd much rather see heroes like Luke Cage, Misty Knight, War Machine, Goliath, Falcon, Patriot, Blade, and Black Panther get top billing, over insulting attempts at appeasing a hungry audience by patronizing them in the most moronic way. We have good black heroes, we don't need to play race swapping games.

Hell I REALLY want Blade to make a comeback. In my opinion it was the first good comic book movie before the trend began.

Defectiv3_Detectiv31507d ago

Sorry, long weekend, but that post deserves a response. I do have my storylines mixed, but the point still stands that arguing continuity in comic books is overrated.

And there are plenty of instances where Parker is at odds with the cops, just as many as he is friendly to them. Most recently in the cinematic universe it was Capt. Stacy. The Punisher was introduced originally as a character trying to assassinate Spiderman because he was viewed as a menace by the authorities. I would agree that traditionally, the animosity directed at Spiderman is perpetrated by Jameson.

If you really do see this as color coding, than you must hate the X-men franchise. Originally conceived as a metaphor for the civil rights movement, the X-men are meant to represent minorities. The X-men are predominantly white.

With characters such as Black Panther and Luke Cage, their ethnicity is an inherent trait of the character. This is not the case with Spiderman, although if we are being honest it makes more sense to have him portrayed as a minority - middle class white people haven't existed in New York for sometime.

If you ask me, it's more of an insult that they would have to change Parker's identity in order to make him another race. There is nothing crucial about the race of his character; I don't find it too dissimilar to say, making the Kingpin black. I would much sooner see somebody like Donald Glover take the mantle of Spiderman than the latest teen heartthrob. It's really comes down to a matter of casting imo.

I guess what I am trying to say is that to truly appreciate comic books we must realize they are more than just nostalgia. They are constantly evolving. Why should we put a stranglehold on creativity? Why not use the medium of film to expand on them?