June 21, 2015

A white Spider-Man can't be "for everybody"

It truly is amazing the mindset that Marvel Comics has these days.

It was recently announced that the "new" Spider-Man will be Miles Morales, a teen of black-Hispanic descent. Co-creator of the character Brian Michael Bendis appears to have a very warped idea of how young kids play:

The enormity of Miles Morales’ place in comic book history didn’t really hit Bendis, a father who has two kids of color among his four children, until recently. His 4-year-old adopted African-American daughter found a Miles Morales Spidey mask in the toy aisle of a department store, put it on and said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!” he recalls.

“I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” says Bendis. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”

Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask.

As Douglas Ernst (to whom the hat tip goes for this story, and who totally shreds Bendis's insanity) says:

What? What neighborhood did Mr. Bendis grow up in, where little white kids were telling black friends they could pretend to have been bitten by a radioactive spider, but they couldn’t pretend to look like Steve Rogers?

What neighborhood did Mr. Bendis grow up in, where a white kid’s imagination allowed him to be a green ninja turtle, but not James Rhodes?

It must have been a neighborhood that cultivated a mindset which comes up with this sort of logic: “Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”

This is just like the "bigotry of soft expectations" that many (white) "progressives" harbor with respect to minorities. Just as blacks and other minorities can't, and shouldn't, be expected to conform/do/behave/etc. as the majority population does, they also now can't identify with white superheroes.

But ... whites can identify with minority superheroes, you see!

Does it surprise anyone that a rich, white liberal like Bendis has just inadvertently reinforced white supremacy?

In closing, here's Doug again:

One of my favorite G.I. Joe characters as a kid was Roadblock. When I watched the Rocky movies I loved Apollo Creed. My brother introduced me to Marvel’s Iron Man, and I took a liking to James Rhodes. My favorite football player was Marcus Allen. Likewise, I loved G.I. Joe’s Flint, Rocky’s “Italian Stallion,” Iron Man’s Tony Stark, and the New York Yankees’ Don Mattingly. My “heroes” weren’t heroes because they were black or white — they were heroes because they were just “cool.”

According to Bendis's logic, it's perfectly OK for Doug to have liked all the minorities he mentioned. However, if Doug were black, Stallone, Stark, Mattingly, et. al. would all have to have asterisks after their names -- because Doug would not be able to relate to them.

Because of their white skin.

Posted by Hube at June 21, 2015 05:59 PM | TrackBack

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My "this story is gonna suck" sense is tingling. Okay, to be fair, it hasn't stopped tingling since "One More Day."

Posted by: SpideyTerry at June 21, 2015 06:57 PM

Im so confused by comics. I thought stan lee developed spiderman way back when. how can this guy be a c-creator when he wasnt even born was spiderman was created?

Posted by: Arthur at June 22, 2015 11:04 AM

He's co-creator of this NEW Spider-Man, Art. His origins are from a parallel reality, which Marvel is "merging" soon.

Posted by: Hube at June 22, 2015 11:06 AM

Ok, so in comics vernacular the guy who designed the new Ford F150 is a co creator of Ford?

Posted by: Arthur at June 22, 2015 02:42 PM

Well, Henry Ford was white, so Bendis would probably have a problem with him, too.

Posted by: SpideyTerry at June 22, 2015 05:58 PM

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