TIME Magazine’s Eliana Dockterman wrote up a snarky piece regarding Marvel & Sony using Peter Parker instead of Miles Morales as Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot & MCU films.
The Miles Morales rumors are not true, according to Marvel hed Kevin Feige. Is this headline beginning to sound repetitive? The new iteration of Spider-Man, who will appear in the Captain America: Civil War movie before getting his own feature film, will continue to be a high school-aged Peter Parker. This is bad news for fans who were hoping to escape watching the same teenage origin story of Parker yet again.
Except that we’re not getting another Spider-Man origin story, as Kevin Feige later clarified & confirmed. But honestly? I don’t think a possible origin story is what really got Dockterman upset (emphasis mine):
After the latest Amazing Spider-Man movie delivered a comparatively underwhelming box office, Sony teamed up with Marvel Studios to reboot Spider-Man for the third time since 2002. Some fans speculated—dare we say, hoped—that the two studios might change things up by subbing out Peter Parker for Miles Morales, a character who has worn Spidey’s mask in the comic books but not yet on the big screen. Miles Morales is also the first black Spider-Man and would have added some welcome diversity to the Avengers team. (Fans nominated Donald Glover for the part.)
Let’s run down the diversity checklist in the upcoming Avengers sequel. So far we have Don Cheadle (Rhodey), Idris Elba (Heimdall) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) – on top of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who put the team together in the first place. Add that to Scarlett Johansson returning as Black Widow, Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) and the addition of a new heroine – Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda.
But alas Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says they’re sticking with good 0l’ boring Peter Parker.
This risk-averse move is likely to elicit a groan from the Marvel fan base. Twice audiences have watched a radioactive spider bite Peter. Twice they have rooted for Peter to win the affections of a high school crush. Twice they’ve watched poor Uncle Ben die. There are only so many times even the most die-hard fans can suffer through the same origin story.
If by “elicit a groan from the Marvel fan base” she meant “Eliana Dockterman is mad, damnit!” then sure. Spider-fans who actually bothered to read the Feb. 9th press release knew that Marvel & Sony stated from the get-go that the rebooted Spidey would be Peter Parker:
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
Also – again I point out Feige confirming that the MCU Spidey will not come with an origin story. Of course though… that isn’t really what Dockterman is upset about (emphasis mine):
But Marvel studios has made some savvy moves lately, announcing their first feature films headlined by a female superhero, Captain Marvel, and a black superhero, Black Panther. Perhaps Marvel can heed Uncle Ben’s advice—”With great power comes great responsibility”—and think outside the box for the next Peter Parker, too.
But… but… she just spent the whole article telling us Peter Parker was boring and ranting about how Marvel was deciding to go with Peter Parker over Miles Morales! Oh, right – that wasn’t really what she was pissed about to begin with.
Heh. At least her tweet highlighting the article was a bit more upfront than the article’s headline at TIME.
Why it sucks that Marvel will reboot the new Spider-Man series with a teenage Peter Parker—AGAIN http://t.co/Ev46exbUoS
— Eliana Dockterman (@edockterman) April 13, 2015