In this modern age where everyone wants to use ‘rebooting’ of comic book characters to make a political statement by changing a characters sexuality, race, or just about anything else, we have good news for the traditionalist out there. Peter Parker is always going to be a straight white kid. This according to more documents that have leaked via the Sony/Marvel hack. Get the details on this below, and share your thoughts after the JUMP!
The Sony Hack keeps on giving. A newly uncovered document reveals how Marvel set out strict guidelines on how Spider-Man must be portrayed onscreen. The contract, revealed by Gawker, has put some heavy restrictions on what is ultimately a fictional character. Since Spider-Man is a web-slinging boy scout of sorts, they want him to stay wholesome.
Marvel does list two different sets of guidelines for Spider-Man and Peter Parker. For Spider-Man, this means no drug dealing, no R-rated language, and no homosexuality (with a loophole in case Marvel creates a homosexual alter ego). Peter Parker’s requirements are stricter, for he must always stay a straight white male as well. Here’s the full rundown:
Mandatory Spider-Man Character Traits: Spider-Man (whether Peter Parker or an alternative Spider-Man character) must always strictly conform to the following “Mandatory Character Traits”:
• Does not torture
• Does not kill unless in defense of self or others
• Does not use foul language beyond PG-13
• Does not smoke tobacco
• Does not sell/distribute illegal drugs
• Does not abuse alcohol
• Does not have sex before the age of 16, does not have sex with anyone under the age of 16
• Not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ago as a homosexual)
Peter Parker Character Traits. Depictions of Peter Parker or his Spider-Man alter ego must conform to the following character traits:
• His full name is Peter Benjamin Parker.
• He is caucasian and a heterosexual.
• His parents become absent from his life during childhood.
• From the time his parents become absent he is raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City.
• He gains his powers while attending either middle school or college.
• He gains his powers from being bitten by a spider.
• He designs his first red and blue costume.
• The black costume is a symbiote and not designed by him.
• He is raised in a midde class household in Queens, New York.
• He attends or attended high school in Queens, New York, and he attends or attended college in New York City, New York.
Well, now we definitively know why every alleged contender for the rebooted Peter Parker role is a white male. Marvel may have been open to a black man playing Human Torch, but they won’t budge on ol’ Spidey. Many of the Spider-Man and Peter Parker requirements make sense; no one wants to see drug dealing or underage from a superhero. But anyone hoping for diversity in the Peter Parker character is out of luck. This still leaves room for a a Miles Morales era (starring Donald Glover, perhaps) for Spider-Man’s future.