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05 August 2011 @ 09:10 pm
Seriously, people? *Seriously*?  

There’s been a futher in the comics world. Two of them, in fact.

Futher #1 is that Laurence Fishburne has been cast as Perry White in the new Superman movie.

Futher #2 is that in the Ultimates world, they’ve killed off Peter Parker and the new Spider-Man is Miles Morales, a black/Latino kid.

Both of these things are apparently unforgiveable to a vocal segment of comics fans because PERRY AND SPIDER-MAN ARE WHITE DUDES.

Seriously, people? I mean, really? *Seriously*?

Okay, possibly I’m not the go-to girl on this, because I thought Taye Diggs would make a perfect Gambit (the kid who played Gambit was fine. But Diggs is unspeakably gorgeous and absurdly charming, which in my book are the two most necessary qualifications for Gambit). But *seriously*? There are people out there who don’t think Laurence Freaking Fishburne would be an *awesome* Perry White? OMG. I have never heard such insanity. He’ll be a riot. He’ll be *perfect*.

And as for Spider-Man, excuse me, but WTF? I mean, okay, it’d be one thing if it was Peter Parker ripping off a Mission: Impossible II-style mask and revealing himself as a black man, but come *on*. It’s a brand-new Spidey. It is, for pity’s sake, the *Ultimate* Spider-Man: Spidey in a world that’s meant to be closer to ours, starting around Y2K, than the Marvel Universe dating back to the 60s. And people are whinging because Spidey’s not a skinny white kid from Queens?

I would say I’m speechless, except I’m obviously not. I just, I mean, Jesus, wow. These people are not living on the same planet I am. Or perhaps more accurately, I sort of wish they weren’t…

(x-posted from the essential kit)
silcristsilcrist on August 5th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I agree that Laurence Fishburne will make an excellent Perry White.

I do think, however, that there's more to the new Spiderman issue (for some people, at least) than it just being racist. I know some folks are just upset that the Ultimate line's Peter Parker isn't going to be Spidey anymore. And to a number of people, the way that Marvel has handled the creation and announcement of the new Spiderman just comes off feeling a lot more like a publicity stunt than interest in telling good, new stories about a character who's a minority.

It doesn't matter at all to me whether the new Spidey's black or latino or white or male or female or straight or gay. It matters to me that they tell interesting stories, which is too early to tell yet. But it would have made things a lot more 'organic' and less 'publicity stunt' if, for example, it had been a pre-existing character in the Ultimate universe rather than someone created from whole cloth that can be held up as an example of how hip and multicultural Marvel is.