shannonl5
2 years ago10,000+ Views
Think You Know Spider-Man?

Think again!

'Empire' actor Bryshere Y. Gray, a.k.a. Yazz the Greatest started a campaign to become the first live-action black Spider-Man this week. (Via) "I'm young and pretty and I represent the youth in America and speak to them in a way no one can at this time. I'm the American Idol. And I like to climb and fly through the sky and also would look amazing in the Spider-Man outfit." He's definitely not kidding, and I have to say, he looks dope in the spidey suit.

He's not the first person to argue that Spider-Man has this potential.

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino launched a similar campaign back in 2011, and he ended up getting cast as the voice actor for Miles Morales in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man. If you're not familiar with the comics, Miles is currently Spider-Man; he's also African-American and Hispanic. Unfortunately, people didn't see this campaign as a celebration of the potential heroes have to represent all of us and change lives: They saw it as a threat.
(Warning for racial slurs):

Turns out black people like heroes, too.

And in other news, water is wet. The reason Spider-Man is so beloved has very little to do with his passion for science or his skill with photography. It has everything to do with the fact that he is a hero. His story is universal. And that won't change if he's young or old, black or white. But the thing is, almost all of our fictional heroes are white men. What's the assumption there? That only white guys care about heroes? That it would be impossible for that "core" audience to relate to a hero that didn't look at speak and act exactly like they do? Because everyone else has been doing that for years. Makes me question what's so "threatening" about this version of Spider-Man.
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@shannonl5 Miles Morales will be on the big screen as Spider-Man in the future. I think that is a pretty solid guarantee. People are resistant to change though. I remember when Donald Glover just joked about being Spider-Man and people lost their minds. People lost their minds when they created Miles Morales. Which no one should because there are a whole bunch of legacy heroes out there. People are still pissed that DC brought back Barry Allen and just threw Wally West to the side. And to be honest, the stories for most of these characters probably should have ended in the 80's. If Marvel wants to continue pushing out comics, and now movies, they're going to have to change things up. More importantly, the fans are going to have to accept those changes.
2 years ago·Reply
just like the black young man from star wars....forgive me I'm bad with names of actors. Anyways I feel by allowing young black actors to play roles in huge films is ground breaking for so many actors of color. I'm not knocking Tyler Perry, but it's sad that most ppl of color in that bussiness only get roles in those types of movies. I know there are many actors/ actresses of color that are looking for but it is tough for them, because the industry is still racist and make mostly white roles. I mean what about that one movie where the character was supposed to an Asian woman but that white girl from the Hunger Games took that part. No one really look down upon her?
2 years ago·Reply
okay quick question did any of you guys see the Cinderella movie with brandy yeah I kind of feel like it's going to be like that but an action-packed Spiderman
2 years ago·Reply
@BeannachtOraibh yeah some of my friends have been saying the same thing, they feel like the climate has really changed and become very hostile to any kind of change. I sort of wonder why that is? Is it just a cycle we go through every few years? @Thatperson512 I'd still be rooting for Gambino to be honest, because I adore him ("couldn't see me as Spider-man now I'm spitting Venom, when I wanna be a superhero I just wake up", love it). He did a great job voicing the cartoon too. This actor is pretty great on Empire though and honestly I love Miles so much I almost wouldn't care as long as a live action was actually happening
2 years ago·Reply
I was really rooting for Childish back in the day I think he could've been a greet miles. First I've heard of this campaign though
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