Rumor: Sony & Marvel's New Spider-Man Won't Be White This Time
by Ethan Anderton
February 23, 2015
Unless you've been living under a rock or you just don't care, you've probably heard that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios reached a deal to share Spider-Man so the character can enter the cinematic universe of The Avengers while still having his own film franchise that's controlled by Sony and produced by Marvel. Shortly after the news broke, it was revealed that a younger Spider-Man was desired this time, and we had some suggestions as to who should play the wallcrawler. Names like Dylan O'Brien and Logan Lerman were said to be in early consideration, but we might see a completely different approach. Read on!
Jeff Sneider, a reporter from The Wrap, was speaking on the Meet the Movie Press podcast and the topic turned to Spider-Man. While Sneider didn't have enough of a confirmation to turn this into a trade story, here's what he had to say about the new Spider-Man:
"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…I don’t think it’s going to be Peter Parker.”
Keep in mind, this is just a rumor for now, but it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility. There's been a large outcry from fans who want to see a non-white Spider-Man on the big screen. However, it remains to be seen as to whether or not this new Spider-Man will still be Peter Parker, but merely with a different skin color. After all, the newer comic book version of Spider-Man has a half-black, half-Hispanic kid named Miles Morales wearing the suit. Sneider says he doesn't think it will be Peter Parker, but it might make more sense to still use that character name and just have a non-white actor in the role.
Sneider cites the bad perception of some people at Sony following some seemingly racist remarks that were found in the leaked e-mails from Sony Pictures, but that doesn't seem like a good enough reason. What makes this is a good idea is that this would make Spider-Man stand out amongst the all-white (save for Nick Fury), older crew that makes up The Avengers. Plus, there's nothing about Peter Parker that dictates that he must be white. Nothing about the character would change, and this would bring some variety to the superhero playing field on the big screen. But we're still wondering who will take the gig to appear in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and his own solo film in 2017. Thoughts?