Recently, online posts have suggested that Spider-Man should be aimed for a television series rather than movies during his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I say, that sounds like a horrible suggestion. Here is why.
Alright, I'm not saying television series do not have potential. I'm just saying that it would not be beneficial for a television series on Spider-Man to be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The potential is more found in the films than it would be in a TV series.
Why? There are plenty of reasons. The main issue is money/budget. I don't care what the reason is, a studio should never place more money in making a television series for a character than they should when making a screenplay for a character. And they shouldn't have to.
The true potential we get in terms of seeing the action we want would be coming from that of a movie. I mean, I'm not saying you don't get loads of action from television series (Daredevil has delivered, for example) but I am saying you get more from a movie... in most scenarios.
I do hear people out when they bring up the point that a television series would help with character development in the long-run, more than a film would, and I do agree. But the problem is that Marvel has already announced an origin story is not going to be told this time around. Essentially, a television series SHOULD use an origin story to aid in character development for someone like Spider-Man AKA Peter Parker. So why waste your time doing this? No origin story? That's right. Get the television series idea out of your mind because it is only realistic to believe that a TV series would end up doing this. Daredevil, believe it or not, told an origin story.
(Another point is that a lot of people have more time to watch movies than keep up with TV series. And even for those that do, not everyone has Netflix so they aren't able to watch Daredevil.)
But that also brings up the point that an origin story does not mean we won't see Peter Parker being bit by a radioactive spider and having his Uncle Ben die. We could see these events in Captain America: Civil War if Spider-Man appears in the film, and maybe even in flashbacks or for a few minutes in his solo film that'll be screened in 2017. By a few minutes, to be thorough, I mean similarly to what we saw with Peter Quill in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. And may I remind you that scene was probably one of the most powerful scenes I have ever seen in my entire life. I wouldn't mind seeing a similar event between Peter and his uncle sometime in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Which brings up another point. I'm just baffled why people don't want to see Uncle Ben die again. I mean, we haven't seen it done right yet. Neither 2002's Spider-Man or 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man had done the death of Uncle Ben right. Have they gotten close? I guess. But many points have not been hit and the most memorable things about these events in Peter Parker's life have not been depicted on screen. Heck, we could just show Uncle Ben die later on. It doesn't have to happen right away.
Another thing I would like to bring up is everyone's fix on wishing Miles Morales was the choice to be the secret identity of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First off, I'm just going to say that I am not racist. I'm far from it. But I'm just going to say, that the suggestions to change Spider-Man from Parker to Morales because Morales is black - in order to create diversity in the MCU - is an outrageous statement.
Why? Because there doesn't need to be more diversity. Many characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are of non-white ethnicity. Changing the wall-crawler's ethnicity would be for political correctness. And political correctness, often times, is just problem-causing.
To expand upon the non-need for further diversity: Okay, yes, more white characters have appeared on-screen so far in the MCU. But it isn't like it isn't rivaled at all. Following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has opened last Friday, you will see that a major white character has been replaced in a high-position by a black character. This is awesome and has helped the diversity problem. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier we were introduced to Falcon, who is black, and he has been impressive so far. In fact, he is one of my favorite characters. Nick Fury, who is played by Samuel L. Jackson, is black. In the comics, he is white. But this has helped the diversity issue in the MCU. And to be honest, it was a good casting decision. Who doesn't love Sam Jackson? That's right, no one hates him. He's simply not one some one could hate. Nick Fury is another one of my favorites.
Thor had a major black character. Another favorite of mine. Who else is black? That's right, the Black Panther. One of my all-time favorite comic book characters. In the comics, the Black Panther is genuinely known as the richest character in the Marvel Universe. He is actually even considered the richest comic book hero of all time. He owns his own country of Wakanada in Africa and man is he also a fearsome fighter! He rivals Spider-Man's legacy in my own opinion. (Minus the villain database, which Spider-Man undoubtedly rules)
Simply put, changing the race of the web-head would only cause anger in a lot of the fan-base.
Another reason why I believe Miles Morales shouldn't ever take Parker's spot on the big screen anytime soon is because NO ONE OUTSIDE THE COMIC BOOK FAN BASE has a clue who Morales is. Every one associates Peter Parker with Spider-Man much like everyone associates Bruce Wayne with Batman. Sure, Dick Grayson later took the alter-ego of Batman... but who the hell associates Dick Grayson with Batman? Not many.
At least let five or six films with Parker be shown before Morales takes over. It'd be beneficial in the case that has to happen. But need I remind you, most people would prefer it not to happen.
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