Well Marvel, you've done it again. You've cast a skinny white kid to play Spider-Man...... How revolutionary. How groundbreaking.
Now before you jump all over me, and sternly remind me that Peter Parker is in fact, a skinny, white, awkward kid, let me remind you that I know that, and I love me some Peter Parker!
If you have not seen the news yet, Marvel announced that they're new Peter Parker for the Spider-Man Movie, set for a July 2017 release, is going to be Tom Holland.
If that kid doesn't look like Peter Parker than I don't know who does. I believe that Tom Holland is going to make an amazing Peter Parker, and I wish him all the best.
Now, it's not the casting that I have a problem with, because I believe that Holland is a great choice for Peter Parker. What irks me is that Marvel Made the decision to make yet another film about Peter Parker.
There's been quite a few in the recent years, with the Toby Maguire series, and of course The Amazing Spider-Man movies starring Andrew Garfield. I was, and still am, a huge fan of Garfield's performance as Peter Parker, and we all have our own opinions of Maguire, but as excited as I am for another Spider-Man movie, I'm not at all excited for another Peter Parker movie.
Not excited for a Peter Parker movie! How dare I?!
But if you want a Spider-Man movie, but you don't want Peter Parker, who do you wan't? Peter Parker IS Spider-Man!
Yes, Peter Parker is, A, Spider-Man, but he's not the only one.
Enter, Miles Morales.
First appearing in Ultimate Fallout #4, Miles is the Spider-Man we have all been waiting for. With the same basic powers as Peter's Spidey, plus two extra powers, Miles is the man.
Why do we need Miles? Representation, that's why. Too many white guys in superhero movies. Now while that's great for all the young caucasian boys out there, what about everybody else?
Miles is half Latino, and half African American, a handsome young man that any young boy or girl would love to have as a role model.
Just consider the impact Anthony Mackie's character Falcon in the MCU has had on young kids.
Mackie is the first on screen African American superhero. And look at the impact he's had on young fan's already.
Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow, and soon the uncast Captain Marvel will be and currently are role models for not just young female fans, but anyone who can appreciate a bas ass lady superhero.
I know why Marvel chose to do a Peter Parker storyline. They've stated that they're done with origin stories. By choosing a Peter Parker story, they don't have to show origins because everyone knows who he is already. But if you ask me that's a pretty weak reason.
Now that Sony and Disney have struck a deal, this Spider-Man will be included in the main, Disney-owned MCU that we all know and love. I say, if you're turning over a new leaf, what better reason than that to use Miles Morales.
He's already prominent in the comics, is playable in many video games, and in the animated television universe. Actor Donald Glover, who voices Miles, has expressed that he would love the opportunity to play Miles in live action.
Marvel is already doing so well at being progressive and diverse. But work still needs to be done. Peter Parker is the safe choice for Spider-Man, but the smart choice is Miles Morales. Marvel needs to use it's power to be a beacon for the world, a beacon of diversity, and equality.
One could say, with great power, comes great responsibility. I just hope Marvel is responsible enough to see that Miles Morales needs to be brought to the Cinematic Universe.