Following all of the internet outrage about the possibility of the African American actress ‘Zendaya‘ playing Mary Jane in, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘, Marvel’s James Gunn has taken the time to make a lengthy response. In it, he states that Marvel Studios could virtually care less about the comic book history of the past century. He states that race, especially if the character is white, will be totally disregarded by Marvel Studios if they so choose. They are more interested in selling ‘diversity’ and a ‘pc’ culture, than holding true to a product which paid for their existence in the first place. For more on this check out James Gunn’s statements below, and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
For me, if a character’s primary attribute – the thing that makes them iconic – is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks. For me, what makes MJ MJ is her alpha female playfulness, and if the actress captures that, then she’ll work. And, for the record, I think Zendaya even matches what I think of as MJ’s primary physical characteristics – she’s a tall, thin model – much more so than actresses have in the past.
Whatever the case, if we’re going to continue to make movies based on the almost all white heroes and supporting characters from the comics of the last century, we’re going to have to get used to them being more reflective of our diverse present world. Perhaps we can be open to the idea that, although someone may not initially match how we personally conceive a character, we can be – and often are – happily surprised.