The Backlash to the Backlash of a Multiracial Spider-Man

Peter Parker won't be replaced by Miles Morales: they inhabit alternative universes. Days ago, as  USA Today reported, Marvel comics introduced the multiracial Morales as the "new" Spider-Man in a comic book spin-off called the Ultimate Spider-Man series. In the regular series (and in the movies) Peter Parker will still be swinging around. It doesn't seem like a big deal to have a half-black, half-Latino play the character, does it? Apparently so.

The announcement was seemingly treated as evidence of a creeping multicultural agenda. Perhaps it was because Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief,  reportedly said the character was inspired by President Obama. Or maybe it was the fact that, as  Huffington Post blogger Scott Mendelson wrote, Marvel had to kill the Peter Parker character to create Morales. It's also possible the attention for the character could be, as  The New Yorker noted, a result of "an Internet video campaign by a young black television star named Donald Glover, in which Glover dressed up like Spider-Man in an unsuccessful bid to land himself the role of Peter Parker in the 2012 movie."


Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

articlePromo-thumb-615x83-54976.png

Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Entertainment

Just In