If I’m honest my immediate reaction to this news was a big, disappointed sigh. I sighed because I really like Andrew Garfield in the role of Spider-Man, and also because it’s just a little tiring to have another recast only eight years after Spider-Man 3.
This recast has been prompted because the property has been handed back over to Marvel (who made the first three movies) from Sony who made the two Amazing Spider-Man films. I can appreciate that this is exciting news for many of the fans who haven’t been thrilled by the darker direction which the newer films have taken, although I personally rather enjoyed the change of tone that they presented. What’s more interesting is that this handover enables Marvel to put Spidey in the upcoming Avengers films which is a character addition that, on the whole, I’m rather curious to see. Those films somehow seem to avoid over-stuffing themselves with superhero characters so hopefully the new addition won’t be an unwelcome plot-extender and it’ll be fun to see him interacting with heroes such as Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.
Now onto the race issue. Many comic book fans are now calling out for Marvel to provide us with a little diversity by giving us a character called Miles Morales rather than the Peter Parker who film fans know and love so well. Morales is a completely different person to Parker and he comes from a Hispanic and black background. He entered the comic books in 2011 after Parker had died in the Ultimate storyline where he then took up the mantle of wearing the Spider-Man outfit.
Now many people are calling for the new iteration of the hero to still be a white Parker but I’m voting for Miles Morales because if we have to get yet another Spider-Man then lets at least shake things up a little by changing the man underneath the suit. In effect we get a completely new character to explore but the studio executives still get a crowd pleasing and money spinning figure as they get to market the hell out of the spidy outfit.
But what do you think about this potential change? Do you want to keep Spider-Man as Peter Parker? Or are you looking to Morales or even perhaps a female Spidey? Whatever it is be sure to let me know in the box below!