Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Ultimate Spider-Man--Brief Thoughts

The new Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe of Marvel comics has been revealed. He is taking Peter Parker's place because Peter Parker died or something and it has had some press attention. Why?
Well, clearly there is all this talk because of the fact that he is a teenager and Peter Parker is a grown man, so it's controversial for a child to try and act like a hero and risk his life, I guess. Wait, what's that? In this universe Peter Parker is/was a teenager too? I don't read any of the Spider-Man comics any more so I'm really out of the loop. What's the big deal then? Oh. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. We're really going to make a big deal about that? The fact that he is half black and half latino? I mean, I guess Spider-Man is a big-name hero so having someone of color take up the mantle gets attention, and I think its cool. I just sort of wish we were at a point where it wasn't as big of a deal in our society. Everyone on the internet is writing about this, but David Brother's has summed things up quite expertly. Oh, and the fact that people are upset about this is just crazy.

What do I think? I think it is good Marvel is taking steps towards diversity, but also am a bit sad it took until 2011 for it to be as big a name a hero as Spider-Man to have someone who isn't white behind the mask. I'm just more excited to have someone who isn't Peter Parker as Spider-Man regardless of the Universe as that opens up some new story possibilities. Hell, I may actually read this comic now that I know the Ultimate Universe Spider-Man won't just be doing retreads of the normal Spider-Man stories.

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