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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)
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ionaonieionaonie on August 6th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard that Laurence Fishburne was going to be Perry White. That is AWESOME. He can only be amazing!!!

Do you remember when people started suggesting Donald Glover as the new Spiderman and people got all up in arms about it? Well, apparently, that was what led the Ultimates writers to go with a biracial Spiderman.

And, you know, if Kingpin and Nick Fury can be successful (and freaking awesome) as black guys, I don't see how Spiderman or Perry White should be any different.
kit: xmen_hadmefromhellomizkit on August 6th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
I got so totally on board with Samuel L Jackson a black dude as Nick Fury that I get whiplash when the original Fury shows up in the normal timeline. Every time I'm like "uh, what's that white guy doing as the head of SHIE--oh yeah."
ionaonieionaonie on August 6th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm the same. Samuel L Jackson just IS Nick Fury, that seeing him look any other way is just weird.