ByHermione Granger, writer at

"With the recent confirmation that [Andrew] Garfield will not be reprising his role as Spider-Man, it seems that everyone is looking at Donald Glover, Logan Lerman, and Dylan O'Brien to be Marvel's new Peter Parker. Why? Because they look good in nerdy glasses?" wrote Tim Gonzales in one freshly published article.

I find the query ironic because of my familiarity with Teen Wolf, to which I was drawn last year by Tumblr GIFs. My favorites were of Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) and "Stiles" Stilinski (O'Brien) -- completely understandable. They were, I gathered, fabulously clever, with dizzying chemistry and a deeply entertaining dynamic. That both were very, very attractive certainly helped.

Except that at the start, I would learn, the latter was not.

At least not in the way he is now. Most viewed his buzzed hair as greatly unflattering and thus preferred his more traditionally prepossessing costars (e.g. series lead Tyler Posey). God knows where his career would be this day if he proved inept an actor.

2013 Tumblr's sixth most "reblogged" actor, of course, did not. He had fantastic comic timing, astonishing dramatic ability, and a splendidly vast range.

This is the reason the Greater Internet's propensity for identifying him as the run-of-the-mill Abercrombie and Fitch reject whose eyeglass-friendly features are solely why we're so loath to immediately dismiss him strikes me as funny.

The popularity of the oft not quite consciously held belief that a model-worthy face and a lack of talent correlate I have to address, for I'm afraid you might be thinking that his, as I have described them, "more traditionally prepossessing costars" are automatically inferior -- and maybe even that he's also less good now that his potential for impressive manpretty's clearly been tapped and well utilized by Hollywood.


That's not how it works, to nobody's and everybody's surprise. It's a notion I reasonably believe we're wired to believe without us being fully aware of it and is largely behind the increasingly common cynicism towards Dylan O'Brien (that and his unfortunate tendency to star in poor mainstream films).

He would make an excellent Spider-Man, and that's not just due to his experience with portraying socially awkward teen geniuses. However, I don't reckon he should, because there's a plethora of other things to consider. A notable one is the omnipresent race issue: Why another white man? To those who respond with "Why not?", I ask: "Why not not another white man?" This would not be much of a problem if it weren't for the fact I struggle to recall a single American movie not about racism whose protagonist isn't white. White people have teen flicks, cheesy rom-coms, "whip-smart" thrillers -- everything, and will continue to at this rate. Choosing a boy with darker skin to play Spider-Man in the franchise's second reboot would not be that huge a loss.


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