zendaya and dan slott

When it was revealed yesterday that Zendaya‘s role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming may in fact be as Peter’s number one gal, Mary Jane Watson, people on the internet reacted with wildly different opinions; some of them, of course, were unfortunately similar to the reactions some had to John Boyega in The Force Awakens. Regardless of your own personal opinion, people are bound to have different views—this includes people from the comics industry, as one might expect. One of them has taken to Twitter to lend his opinion on the matter. 

Dan Slott, current writer for the Amazing Spider-Man comic series (also well regarded for writing credits in the Batman: Arkham game series), is not happy with the negative attention Zendaya is getting, to say the least. He got into a bit of a war on Twitter with fans who disapproved of the actress as MJ. It started after fans response to a simple tweet he made during his regular day:

After fans started to call out the post in negative fashion, he returned fire.

One fan tried to use the false equivalency argument that if it was okay to make Mary Jane non-white, it would be okay to make the character of Luke Cage white. Dan, of course, had a response to that as well.

The conversation continued for a few more following tweets; there event came a point when the writer said “final comment” (Hint: it wasn’t his final comment).

Despite Slott trying his best to end the conversation there, it continued due to other Twitter users’ persistence.

That was the actual end of Slott’s participation in the discussion thereafter. While he made good point about the ever evolving dynamic of racism, representation, and where lines are allowed to be drawn when reinterpreting classic characters for new readers and audiences, perhaps his argumentation came across as a little vehement; the entire topic is of course somewhat subjective, and everyone has a right to their own opinion, but this theme of ‘classic character / story element gets changed by creatives behind project: internet proceeds to flip out’ is becoming so oft-repeated that it’s hardly surprising anymore. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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