In the past few weeks, further intel scraped up from the depths of the archive of leaked Sony emails revealed that in their contracts for Spider-Man, among other things, Peter Parker must remain white and heterosexual in his big screen incarnations. This means we’re not going to see the Miles Morales incarnation of the character in movie theaters anytime soon, and Stan Lee has shared why he too believes this is the way to go.
“I’m just not too happy changing what has already been established,” he told E!, when asked about the possibility of Spider-Man with a different sexual orientation or ethnic background.
“For example, I’d like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who’s homosexual,” Lee continued. “I have no problem with having a black one, a Latino one, a Chinese one, anything—the whole world is our playground. The whole world has heroes we can draw from.”
One can imagine Lee’s opinion comes from wanting protect the characters as created or has known them, but the whole point of comics and the heroes within, is the opportunity to see them change to fit the times. Check out Lee’s thoughts below and let us know what you think in the comments section.