NERDS!!!

Through Twitter, I recently discovered the online community Black Girl Nerds.  I know…I am not their target demo (white and a guy)… but I am really impressed with the community.  Their articles are thoughtful and challenging.  And the discussions they generate?  Some of the best discussions (especially on the intersection of race and general tv/movie/comic geekery) I have witnessed.  The BGN community seems to be one of the few where people can express differing opinions without the usual vitriol.

Just the other day, they published this article.  Basically taking a stance that the author wants Peter Parker to remain white, it was met with thoughtful responses on Twitter.  Folks discussed the issue of most iconic characters being white, and whether creating new characters resolves the lack of diversity, since a new character is less than likely to get a film.

It was not a bunch of insults and name calling.  It was a peaceful discussion, which seems all to rare in the geek/nerd fan arena.

I highly recommend checking them out.

If I were in Marvels Shoes…

I would have Peter Parker be in the MCU first.  He would be the theatrical Spider-Man.  Race optional.  Could be black, hispanic, asian, white, etc.  He would be in the Captain America: Civil War film.

Then there would be an easter egg in Spidey’s film.  at some point, we would see a young man who witnesses Spider-Man in action and is in awe.  The aware viewer would see this kid and know… Miles Morales.

Then, I would announce a Spider-Man series with Netflix.  This series would feature Miles Morale, initially in New York, where he gets bit by a radioactive spider.  Frustrated by all the dangers in New York, such as alien invasions and psychotic robots, his parents decide to uproot him and move to another large city.  Say Chicago or even Los Angeles.  In this new city, Miles is inspired to use his developing powers to become Spider-Man of (New Hometown).

There you go.  You get Peter Parker and Miles Morales at the same time.

Just Maybe…

I noticed Jeff Sneider (who has stated a 95% certainty that Peter Parker will not be white) clarified a bit on twitter where he is getting this idea.  He noted that white actors are going out for the role, but agents for some of those actors have told Jeff they suspect Sony is leaning towards a non-white actor.

Considering how adamant the Spider Production team was about a white Peter Parker during the original Donald Glover thing, this is a nice change of attitude.

It Won’T Be Peter Parker Maybe…?

So, I have been pretty firm in my statement that Marvel and Sony are not going to switch out Peter for Miles in the Spider-Man franchise.

There is this rumor from late last week.

“This is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now: Spider-Man is not going to be white,” Jeff Sneider revealed. When Reilly asked him if that was speculation, Jeff replied, “I am 95% sure.”

If Spider-Man isn’t going to be white than what will he be? “Spider-Man is going to be most likely black,” Jeff stated. “But there is a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure not white.”

This leads to Sneider leaping to Miles.  The article is all speculation, but I will say if it is true…

“Like I mentioned last week, the e-mails that leaked were perceived to be racist in some quarters. I really think that is going to play into things.”

That is probably what tips the scales.  I doubt they will depart from a kid named Peter Parker…he may simply not be white.  All camps, as I have pointed out, have been adamant about using Peter Parker.  And as much as I like Miles Morales, he still does not have the recognizable name of “Peter Parker”, so I suspect Marvel wants Peter Parker in their cinematic universe.

But Sony did have those uncomfortable e-mails that suggested an ingrained racism within Sony.  And dealing with that could maybe have opened them up to a black Peter Parker or going with Miles.  I am fine with a white Peter Parker, black Peter Parker, Asian Peter Parker, Hispanic Peter Parker and so on…the right actor will make it work.  The right writing will make it work.  And if they decide to shock me and go with Miles Morales?  I am cool with that move.  I just do not hold out hope for it.

And again, this is highly speculative (Sneider does not appear to give any evidence or source  to back up why he believes this to be true).

That’s No Joke

So…there was one thing I was hoping Gotham’s creators would should strength and resolve to not being into the mix.  There was one character that I thought should be left off the table.  And certainly well past their first season.  Just one.  Well, I wish they would have avoided this desire to bring all the villains in…but Penguin and the Riddler are definitely interesting takes on the characters.

One of the frustrating things about the ten years of Smallville was that as the seasons went on, they introduced every villain they could into Clark’s world.  He fought Doomsday for Pete’s sake.  And he was fighting them well before he ever became Superman.

But Gotham has already introduced the Joker.  Batman’s enemies will apparently all be active long before Bruce Wayne grows up…which just makes things messy.

I guess I am thankful that the Flash series is not set a few years before he becomes the Flash and regular moving Barry Allen must take on all the villains he will deal with when he finally gets his super powers at the end of the series.

There Are No “Ifs” Here

So, I am now starting to see talk on twitter and articles like this.

I am not really sure where this “If they make Miles the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man” idea is coming from.

I like Miles.  I think his run thus far has been terrific and I hope to see his adventures continue on.

But you know, it is not like Marvel was chomping at the bit to bring Miles to the screen, but mean old Sony stood in the way and now this new Marvel/Sony deal will allow Marvel to put Miles on the big screen like they always hoped.

There is no “if” here, people.  The next cinematic Spider-Man will be Peter Parker.  Marvel wants Peter Parker to remain Spider-Man.  At no point have they ever said they were interested in switching out Peter for Miles.  Marvel has always expressed interest in Peter Parker as the cinematic Spider-Man.  They have only stated they wanted a younger Peter Parker than we currently had.

Of course, the fact that they are not going to switch gears and make Miles the MCU Spider-Man does not mean they could not choose an actor who was black or Hispanic or Asian…of course, the emphasis on “younger” pushes Donald Glover out of the running, so the sudden revival of that meme seems ill fated.  Donald is 31, and if Andrew Garfield is to old for the part at 31?

We are not going to see as major a shake up as Miles or a female Spider-Man (since that would likely entail changing the name, which I do not see Marvel as to keen to do)…but it is plausible that they may look beyond white actors for the role of Peter Parker (which would be a nice nod to Miles).

But trust me on this…trying to cast Miles as the MCU Spider-Man is an exercise in “not happening”.  What I would prefer (and I have said repeatedly) is I would like to see a Mile Morales TV or Netflix series.  That would be way better than a two hour film every couple of years (or longer).