For those of us that haven’t freaked out on message boards or burned copies of Ultimate Spider-Man yet, the new Spider-man is a young African-American male named, Miles Morales. The news was hit with a ton of negative and racist comments online but that hasn’t stopped Marvel from making the change in the Ultimate universe.
For those that don’t know, anything can happen in the parallel universe known as the Ultimate series; heroes can die and sometimes someone else needs to step up. Your beloved Peter Parker is still alive in his own universe, so get over it. But with the ability to do whatever they want, continuity be damned, Marvel may have some big plans further down the line for Miles.
Creators of the series have said that they haven’t ruled out a gay Spider-Man and that stopped nugget of information is creating all kinds of confusion.
Say What? Click the jump to learn what Spidey’s sexual orientation will be, ’cause these things matter, people.
Here’s the quote from artist Sara Pichelli from the USA Today announcement. Pichelli, who was integral in designing the new Spider-Man’s look, said:
“Maybe sooner or later a black or gay – or both – hero will be considered something absolutely normal”
In a perfect society this comment wouldn’t even make a ripple, but we live in the here and now full of homophobia and racism. The USA Today boards were littered with up to 400 (at last count) comments criticising how Pichelli equated the two experiences.
But Britain’s The Daily Mail had a different take, with the headline “Marvel Comics reveals the new Spider Man is black – and he could be gay in the future”. Whoever wrote this headline needs to lay off the tea and crumpets.
“No they didn’t. Sara was talking about the ethnicity or sexuality of any hero not being something to get so heated about. She wasn’t even talking about Spider-Man.”
This story has been spreading like hits of ecstasy in a rave, even the editor of the original Spider-Man stories, Steve Wacker, is getting his fair share of hate mail.
“Just got angry letter from a guy mad about our new, “gay” Spider-man. I love this week.”
Gay? Straight? Who really gives a shit? There have been gay and lesbian characters in comic books before. Even Archie comics introduced their own gay character! Looks like wearing a skin-tight suit and saving New York City isn’t enough for people to leave your sexual preference alone.
What do you think of all this confusion? Does it really matter to you if heroes are portrayed differently based on who they have sex with?