Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stan Lee: Spider-Man Should Be White & Straight // Stan Lee: Human Torch Black? Great! // What's The Difference?

Sony Pictures has the movie rights to Marvel Comics' "Spider-Man," just like Marvel Studios has the movie rights to "Avengers" and pretty much everyone else besides the "X-Men." One of the upcoming movies by Marvel Studios will be "Captain America: Civil War," which will feature a battle between Captain America and Iron Man. It's also going to feature a variety of other Marvel Comics characters, including Hulk, Falcon, Black Panther, and... Spider-Man.

There has been a question about how Spider-Man will be handled. There was also fan-speculation that the Spider-Man in "Civil War" might be Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. I would have fully supported that decision. Why not include Miles in the movie? He's a cool character. Give the kid a chance! But it was recently announced that Tom Holland has just been cast as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and that he will be appearing in both the Sony movies and the "Captain America: Civil War" movie.

Stan Lee -- one of Spider-Man's co-creators -- came out in full support of Peter Parker instead of Miles Morales in the movies. Because Spider-Man should be white and straight:
“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” Lee said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”

Recent leaked Sony documents show that Marvel Comics’ licensing agreement with Sony Pictures for the Spider-Man movies mandate that Spidey should be male, not smoke tobacco nor abuse alcohol, and not be a homosexual “(unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual).” This caused Gawker to conclude, somehow, that “Spider-Man is a f---ing dork.” That same documents show that Peter Parker, though not necessarily any alternative Spider-Man character, is Caucasian and heterosexual...

In short, Lee feels Peter Parker is well established in the public consciousness after 53 years of being Peter Parker.

“It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that,” Lee said. “Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.”
Keep in mind that Stan Lee co-created the Fantastic Four. Among the characters is Johnny Storm AKA Human Torch. Who usurped an earlier version of the Human Torch (AKA the android version that operated during World War II). Stan Lee didn't have a problem completely changing the make-up and origin of an existing character to meet the time back then. He doesn't even seem to care about the Human Torch being cast with a black actor in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" movie.

I guess I'm not sure why movie audiences can be expected to cope with a black Human Torch, but not Marvel Comics' newer Miles Morales Spider-Man character.


TheCartoonLoon said...

The Human Torch from ww2 IS a different character all together from Johnny. So your point is redundant

Jon said...

Miles is different that Peter.

And Movie Torch is the same as comic book FF Torch.