Spider-Man! Spider-man! Does whatever a spider can! However, according to an agreement between Marvel and Sony, he can’t be anything but white and straight in the movies. Now, Spider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee, explains why!
A lot of embarrassing and shocking details came to light in the 2014 Sony Email Hack. One of the more disturbing revelations was that Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment agreed that Spider-Man must always be white and straight! Though that decision came from from corporate executives, the man who created the web-slinger, Stan Lee, 92, agrees!
Well, sorta. Stan was on hand for the premier of the new Marvel movie, Ant-Man, when E! News spoke with the comic book icon. Stan was asked that with the changing social attitudes, would comic book fans see a homosexual superhero in the future?
“There’s no reason not to,” he replied. “The only thing I don’t like doing is changing the characters we already have. For example, I’d like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who’s homosexual.”
Comic book fans could tell you that there have been LGBT superheroes in the past, though none have been the focus of a major motion picture – yet. So this agreement between Sony and Marvel is quite depressing for those that want greater diversity in their superhero movies.
Some fans were hoping the next Spider-Man movie would feature Miles Morales, a black-Latino version of the character that has become quite popular in the comic book world. However, Tom Holland was officially cast as Peter Parker in the next movie.
And while it clear that Stan doesn’t object to having superheroes of any race, gender or sexual orientation, it sounds like he likes having the superheroes he loves (and created!) staying the way he remembers them.
“I have no problem with having a black [superhero,] a Latino one, a Chinese one, anything—the whole world is our playground,” said Stan, adding that “the whole world has heroes we can draw from. I’m just not too happy changing what has already been established.”
If you’re wondering more about the actor set to play Spider-man, we have five things you should know about Tom Holland. Learn where he’s from, how he broke in and when you can see him first put on the trademark suit!
What do you think about Stan Lee’s comments about Spider-Man, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow