A massive rumour has hit the Internet tonight that Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man, who will appear in Captain America: Civil War, will not be the usual white Peter Parker we would have expected. The rumour, which is gaining some clarity, is saying that the newly confirmed Spider-Man will probably be black, or possibly Latino.
The Wrap reported the news during their Meet the Movie Press podcast, claiming:
“Listen, this is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now, Spider-Man’s not going to be white. Spider-Man’s not going to be white. I’m 95% sure. Spider-Man’s going to be most likely black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure, not white”
The deal between Marvel, Disney and Sony for the rights to bring Spider-Man back to Marvel was announced just over a week ago, and this will be Spider-Man’s first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We already know that Andrew Garfield will not be reprising his role as Peter Parker (which is a real shame), and that all parties are looking for a much younger Spider-Man.
Fans have already had two origin stories for Spider-Man: Sam Raimi’s version, and Marc Webbs’ more recent version, to re-casting Spider-Man again has lead fans to worry that Marvel will have to do their own origin story, something which fans are probably desperate not to see. Re-casting Spider-Man, but looking to completely change him makes sense.
I do not know a lot about the character Miles Morales, but he is a young black kid who becomes Spider-Man, and the rumours are suggesting this is who will be appearing in the MCU.
The Wraps Jeff Sneider continued in his report when asked if the new Spider-Man will actually be Peter Parker. Here is his response:
“I don’t think it’s going to be Peter Parker.”
Sneider also suggests that casting a black Spider-Man means that Sony and Marvel will be DC to being the first to cast a major black hero:
“I really feel strongly. Sony has an opportunity to beat Marvel and DC to the punch with a major black comic book character. Like I mentioned last week, the emails that leaked were perceived as racist in some quarters. I really think that’s going to play into things”
Early reports had Logan Lerman and Dylan O’Brien looking to step into Peter Parkers shoes, but should this new rumour turn out to be true, those names can be forgotten.