There has been some major fervor on websites about the “necessity” to make Spider-Man amazing is to have a non-white actor, or drop in Miles Morales, into the series. There are several problems with that theory as the main one being that we have yet to have a truly amazing Spider-Man movie. All those bandwagoners that believe the next movie HAS to have Miles Morales in it will be sorely disappointed.
Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada answered a fans question on his new Timblr account on how to make the best Spider-Man movie and his response was almost perfect.
“The trick to making any incarnation of Spider-Man great, whether comics, animation or film is Peter Parker,” he wrote. “Get Peter’s character right and the rest falls into place.”
I think too many people, along with our society, is focusing too much on the aesthetic and not on the strength of the character. Spider-Man is one of the most popular money-making characters in the Marvel universe. Long before Miles Morales and be Ben Reilly.
Being a Hispanic male, I grew up on Spider-Man and making him another nationality simply because some comic fans want it is not how movies work. Are the kids playing with Miles Morales toys? Are there all sorts of cartoons and various properties that focus on Miles? The answer to that is no.
While comic hipsters feel that they are “tired” of a white Spider-Man seem to vastly miss the point of the character and what made his character so great to begin with. People outside the comic hipster universe do not know who Miles Morales is. If Marvel was to do this, it would fall into the same situation of the Joker killing Robin.
People did not know it was Jason Todd as Robin because pop culture only knew that Dick Grayson was Robin. Because not everyone reads comic books.
Joe Quesada is right. The only way to make Spider-Man great and reflect the character that all of us fell in love with FIRST is to make a great Spider-Man movie with Peter Parker. If they choose to make something out of it later, that’s fine. However, you can bet Sony will never take that much of a risk to make a movie featuring a non-Peter Parker character.