Spider-Man Can Never Be Black or Gay, Leaked Marvel & Sony Emails Say

June 22, 2015  |  

The only time you’ll ever see a Black or homosexual Spider-Man is on Halloween if Sony has anything to do with it. According to a leaked agreement between Marvel and Sony, Peter Parker will always be White and straight, Gawker reports.

Do you remember that Sony hack? It was part of the huge massive leak, consisting of nearly 280,000 files, revealed by Wikileaks in April — and it’s still haunting the major film studio. This time, an e-mail revealed that Spider-Man is contractually bound to be Caucasian and heterosexual.

Thanks to Gawker, here’s a look at what the e-mail said:

Depiction of Peter Parker or Spider-man alter ego must conform to the following character traits:

  • His full name is Peter Benjamin Parker
  • He is white and heterosexual
  • His parents become absent from his life during childhood
  • From the time his parents become absent, he is raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City
  • He gains his powers while attending a middle school or college
  • He gains his powers by being bitten by a spider
  • He designs his first red and blue costume
  • The black costume is a symbiote and is not designed by him
  • He is raised in a middle-class household in Queens, New York
  • He attends or attended high school in Queens, New York…

This contract, which went into effect on September of 2011 according to Gawker, contradicts today’s revelation that Miles Morales, a Black-Puerto Rican teen, will become Marvel’s “primary Spider-man” when the comics relaunch later this year — a move by Marvel to push for diversity, the NY Daily News said.

“Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,” writer and co-creator Brian Bendis told the NY Daily News. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man.”

Danny Glover, who voiced Morales in the Disney XD series titled Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors, expressed his delight in the new portrayal of Spider-man:

“That’s the great part about the Spider-Man costume: He can be anybody,” Glover told USA Today last year. “Spider-Man could be a girl. Spider-Man could be an old man. You don’t know.”

Marvel is clearly not co-signing with Bendis or Glover here.

Jazmine Truesdale, creator of Aza Comics, a superhero league of multicultural women, says rather than changing the race of existing superheros, we should just create a new crop of them.

“As a lover of Wonder Woman, I’d be kind of upset If they made Wonder Woman Black,” she told us. “That’s not what I grew up reading. But, at the same time, instead of just being upset at the lack of Black characters, just create more Black characters. That way, you don’t have to make any changes.”

Do you agree with Truesdale?

h/t Variety

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