Friday, June 26, 2015

The New Spider-Man is Here!

Holland as Spidey
Finally, Marvel and Sony Pictures have finally cast their all-new Peter Parker in their all-new Spider-Man movie: Tom Holland. And the MAJORITY couldn't be more happier to the consternation of the pathetic few.

To ensure that the character will be a blockbuster hit, producers followed the same formula that made Spider-Man so popular: he is white, straight and lives in New York.

Holland will be first seen as Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War" and then again in a stand-alone Spider-Man movie that is due to be released on 28th July 2017 and directed by Jon Watts. He will be following in the footsteps of Toby Maguire who played the role in the three Sam Raimi films from 2002 to 2007 and Andrew Garfield who played the character in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.

When Civil War opens next May, he will be the third actor to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a live action film franchise in 15 years. For those who are batting for Miles Morales to grace the screen, they have to contend with his comic book for now because a movie that features the iconic web-slinger other than Peter Parker doesn't stand a chance of becoming a blockbuster hit.

There was talk back in February when Marvel and Sony came to their arrangements that the third Spidey would be a minority actor and/or a minority actor playing Morales. But who would watch such a character? In 2013, among the top-grossing films, 75 percent of the actors were white, with black actors making up 14 percent and Asian and Hispanic characters less than 5 percent.

Conventional wisdom would tell Disney and Marvel to put their personal mark on their most iconic character in their most well-known variation. The first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man was always going to be Peter Parker and will always be Peter Parker for several years to come.

Nobody wants to digress from the decade-old tradition just to satisfy the whimsical need of the loud, but very few, minority. If they want their own Black, Latino or Asian characters, then they developed one and stop black-washing existing characters. And if they ever have one, try and develop that into a movie and see if anybody will watch it.

If they thought the young audience will not care, they could be more wrong. The millennials are the first group that are aware who Peter Parker is and why he is called Spider-Man. There is no fanbase for Miiles Morales big enough to keep the money flowing. It's a losing proposition that producers are not willing to take. At the end of the day, Morales will just be a negative copy of something that worked for over half a century.

Change is good, and it can renew interest in a series. Change, just for sake of change, is stupid and usually comes with a cost of losing fan base.

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