All New Spider-Man (In With the Old)

In a statement that surprised nobody, Kevin Feige confirmed that the new Spider-Man will be Peter Parker.

I typed that sentence on April 15th.  Then, I got a message that my father had died.  Suddenly this did not seem all that important for me.  This is why I have not posted in nearly two weeks.  And in that time, generally, Spider-Man news has been a distraction.

What has been stated since is we have seen a slate of the front runners for the new Spider-Man and they are (expectedly-to me anyways) very white.  There were claims that Marvel and Sony was definitely looking to have a non-white actor in the role, and that they might ditch Peter Parker entirely.  I did not find these claims all that credible.  The idea that Marvel was interested in ditching Peter Parker upon getting to bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe…well, that was hard to believe.

The best news was that we are not getting a third treatment of the Spider-Man origin.  On the other hand, the rumored title for the next Spider-Movie is Spider-Man: The New Avenger.

And that is terrible.  There is no way that is a good title.  Sony and Marvel need to toss that aside.  It should be something along the lines of the the Spectacular Spider-Man.  The New Avenger?  Just terrible.

The Ultimate Spidey

Yesterday saw the release of the final issue of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man.  Secret Wars is next (which will apparently suspend/end every comic I currently buy from Marvel) and then after Secret Wars, Miles is an Avenger.

I will not lie…I am not entirely sure I get what the post Secret Wars Marvel is supposed to be exactly.  Is it just blending some of the Marvel worlds into one world?  Will people remember the old universes?  Or will they be living lives as if this was the only universe they ever knew?  Is it just combining the Ultimate and 616 universes into a single universe?  Or will it also incorporate elements of other Marvel worlds?

Will Ganke die?

I have really enjoyed Bendis’s loooong run on the Ultimate Spider-Man books.  I thought he did a terrific job with Peter Parker and Miles Morales.  In fact, after my hiatus from comics, Miles was one of the reasons I thought to check back in on the scene.

The idea that the Ultimate Universe is going away is, oddly, a more bitter pill that the 616 for me.  The Ultimate Universe has been down for the count, only to survive multiple times…and now they will not be coming back…and I am sorry to see it go.

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).

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).

Spider-Man and Aunt May…

I feel like one of the strangest and unfair portrayals of Aunt May throughout the history of Spider-Man was that of the woman scared of Spider-Man.

For a long time, in the world of comics, Aunt May was one of the people who thought Spider-Man was scary and or untrustworthy.  This really seemed to last a long time.  It would either come up or be ignored until needed for a story point.

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It was only after Aunt May made a shocking discovery that she became a fan of Spidey…

ImageYeah, once she knew Spidey was Peter…all was good.  The story where she writes a letter to the editor expressing her change of heart is actually a wonderful story.   But May functioned solely to be a plot point for Peter.  There were many reasons that she was fearful and could not know…but it always came down to how frail and generally weak she was.

And I just find the portrayal hard to believe.  Aunt May raised her nephew for years, she and Ben were perfectly capable and loving stand ins for Peter’s parents.  Peter is the man he is because of the influence of Uncle Ben and Aunt May.  Yes, it is Uncle Ben’s words at the heart that drives Peter…but it was both Ben and May that taught Peter right and wrong.

And I find it hard to believe such a weak, fearful and frail person could have managed to raise someone who puts their life on the line for strangers.  This is one of those areas where Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Clark Kent/Superman meet.  They are the product of their environments.  They are who they are because of their parents.  Not in spite of that parenting.

It would have been nice if May got to be shown as a source of Peter’s strength from day one, instead of an impediment for it.  Spider-Man exists in part because of her…the idea that she would be frightened of Spider-Man is silly.  I noticed in the Sam Raimi movies, May gets over her concerns about masked vigilantes quickly, becoming the voice of Peter’s conscience.  It is May who speaks to the importance of Spider-Man in the second film.  May recognizes heroism in those movies and has no fear of it.

Raimi gave us the Aunt May we should have had the whole time.