Spider-Man gets a huge makeover
By ALEXIS BENVENISTE
Earlier this week, Stan Lee, the man who created Spider-Man, made a statement about the importance of the Spider-Man character "staying white and straight." The controversial conversations surrounding the race and sexuality of Spider-Man were initiated by a Sony email that was recently leaked.
Although Stan Lee is adamant about not changing the race or sexuality of Spider-Man, he made a statement to emphasize that his opinion is not based off of bigotry:
"I wouldn't mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don't see any reason to change that."
Interestingly enough, Stan Lee's desire to stick to the traditional Spider-Man character isn't a fair generalization or depiction of the modern comic book industry. Comic books have become more open and progressive throughout the years in terms of both sexuality and race. In fact, Batwoman even married her long-time girlfriend in a comic book in 2013.
Most notably, even after the backlash from the Sony leak and Stan Lee's comment that followed, Marvel officially announced a new half-Latino, half-African American Spider-Man named Miles Morales. While we may not see him on the big screen for the few years, you'll be able to see Miles as Spider-Man in Marvel comic books soon.
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