R Bryant FranciscloseAuthor: R Bryant Francis
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—-Not Peter Parker.
Okay, we’ll get to the more important part here, we just didn’t want to spoil the surprise for you die-hard comics fans out there. Possible Comic spoilers below!
The new Spider-Man isn’t just a completely different character, he’s the first non-white character to ever don the spidey suit. Creator Brian Michael Bendis has written a black/latino Spider-Man named Miles Morales.
His inspiration was the massive #Donald4Spiderman twitter campaign that came about last year after commentators at io9 suggested that the new Spider-Man actor could be Community star Donald Glover, and Donald Glover liked the shit out of the idea, going so far as to eventually don Spider-Man pajamas on community even after it was made clear he couldn’t get an audition.
If friend of the Jace Hall Show Stan Lee’s words can be taken seriously, he’s okay with the concept too, agreeing that Donald would be just as fine for the role as anyone else.
“As far as I’m concerned … anybody should have a chance to audition for the role. [of Spider-Man] I certainly think he should have a chance to audition.”
Though Glover thankfully won’t interrupt his Community shooting by having to play Spider-Man, (Priorities!) It’s cool to see that some change did come out of this massive social movement. There’s so many cool things about this new Spider-Man, (Fret not white supremacists, The Amazing Spider-Man in the main Marvel continuity is still Peter Parker. Wifeless, soul-selling Peter Parker.) that make the comic geek in me squeal with delight. I shall list them for you.
-First, Brian Michael Bendis. Excellent writer, excellent person to manage this change.
-Second, his mixed-race heritage makes him representative of our modern times, and means he’ll have to go endure even MORE struggles than Peter Parker did–potential for great writing.
-Third, Spider-Man can now be qualified as a “legacy character.” Spider-Man 2099 did have another man named Miguel O’Hara take up the cowl in a futuristic, dystopian world. This means that like The Flash and Batman over at DC comics, we could see all kinds of characters become Spider-Man, which IMHO, is an awesome idea.
What say you? Peter Parker, or Miles Morales?
Post By R Bryant Francis (226 Posts)
R. Bryant Francis is a former contributing writer to the Jace Hall Show who specializes in gaming, pop culture, and all-around geekiness. Outside of the show, Bryant pursues a career in Hollywood as a producer and filmmaker.
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