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Rumors have been continuing to swirl around the latest Spider-Man news. Sony Entertainment’s recent decision to “lend” Spidey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was huge news for anyone tired of the lackluster Amazing Spider-Man reboot series. With the opportunity to completely redo the franchise, Marvel and Sony have a monumental decision on their hands. Before Andrew Garfield was cast for the Amazing Spider-Man, segments of the Internet rallied around Donald Glover to take on the role. While the outcry ended up as just another overblown Internet demand, it got a conversation started about the ethnicities of our beloved comic book heroes.
On the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, The Wrap‘s Jeff Sneider started, what will likely become, a perpetual Internet rumor mill by saying (with almost absolute certainty) that the next Spider-Man will not be white. Here’s his direct quote:
“Listen, this is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now, Spider-Man’s not going to be white. Spider-Man’s not going to be white. I’m 95% sure. Spider-Man’s going to be most likely black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure, not white.”
This should not be a very big surprise. Sony’s recent misfortune (the infamous “hack”) has really tarnished their image, and rebooting the franchise with a non-white Spider-Man could bolster their image, and signal big profits at the box office. When Marvel Comics “killed” Peter Parker in 2011, the black/latino Miles Morales was there to fill in. Sony may very well employ a similar series of events, handing the reigns of an incredibly popular franchise over to a relatively unknown actor. Countless articles speculating on which actor is the best choice have been written (including one by Entertainment Fuse), and nearly all have a diverse selection of actors. With the exception of Blade and Spawn, there has been zero ethnic representation in comic book movies, and in an age where cinema has become truly global, the fact that all recent super-hero movies have been helmed by white males is the only real news.