Monday, June 22, 2015


I cannot believe I am taking the time to actually blog about this, but it is Sunday night and I am bored. Marvel Comics has struck gold in recent years. Their cinematic universe is on fire and they have characters that are global icons. Today this little nugget of news dropped: 

Big news, True Believers. The New York Daily News reports that, in the aftermath of Marvel's summer blockbuster series Secret Wars, Miles Morales will take center stage as the face of the company's relaunched Spider-Man title. The new series will be led by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, who created the character in 2011, and will effectively replace the Spider-Man titles that were recently cancelled in the run-up to the event.
The decision to bring Miles to the fore reportedly comes as a response to calls to bring Miles to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, will still be behind the mask for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, Marvel is taking the opportunity to make Morales that much more important to the iconic superhero's mythos, especially as it continues to strive for diversity. "Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else," Bendis told the paper.
 It's not the real Spider-Man. The real Spider-Man is Peter Parker. The  news that he the character in the movies cannot be black or gay is accurate. Peter Parker is neither because that isn't the way he was created. Sorry. I am not looking to come across as insensitive, but when does this crap stop? 
 I am not knocking the character. I agree that we need heroes that are not just heterosexual white dudes, but stop with the mixed message. Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and countless others are already heroes and role models for young kids. It has nothing to do with their skin color. It has everything to do in the way in which those characters are written to carry themselves. 
 I agree that there should be multi-racial and homosexual heroes, but here is an idea. Create one!!! Teach kids to use their minds and stop recycling and changing old ideas. The changing of a flagship character is sending the wrong message. Take a look at the world. The fact that we have become so ridiculously politically correct is part of the problem. 
 I don't have a problem with the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man existing in the same universe. I have a problem with the Marvel execs high five-ing themselves over what they think is the right idea. Our heroes are who they are because of what they do. Their skin color should never define them. Lesson not learned Marvel. 

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