Recently, there has been one of those things called a meme, basically a viral idea, that has attacked the internet with force. This one concerns Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. With Tobey Maguire gone, the titular (hah) role is open to just about anybody, and a group of folks on Facebook had the bright idea of electing one Donald Glover to play the role of Spider-Man. Glover, a veteran writer of NBC’s 30 Rock, a star of NBC’s Community, as well as a founding member of the wildly successful underground comedy team known as DERRICK, would be perfect for the role. He is a young, skinny, athletic looking, comedian, all key qualities to the Spider-Man character. These traits fit right in with the apparent goal of the re-boot, which is to take Peter Parker back to his high school days, and have the series connect more with a teenage audience. As you might have guessed, Donald is a black man, which is a detail that has raised the ire of certain comic book purists, now desperately fighting for their opinion that Spider-Man should remain white, without trying to appear racist. Here is my glorious opinion on the matter. You “purists” are wrong on every count. Lets start by listing them one by one, and I’ll tackle all the complaints after.
1. Peter Parker has always been portrayed as a poor adopted white boy from Queens.
Wait…is that it? That’s the only complaint? Hmm…short list…Ok, well, this will be easier then I thought (Suit up for some sarcasm, Spidey fans) (more…)