Thanks to the superb hackings job of the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks, we now know what Peter Parker/Spider-Man can and can not do. People may what to zero in and point out the fact that the teenage web slinger must be Caucasian and heterosexual according to the legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel that went into effect in September of 2011, but there is so much more.
Yes we live in a time where race and sexual orientation are huge topics but if you think about, why would Peter Parker be Hispanic or African-American when there’s Miles Morales, the Spider-Man whose mother is African-American and father is Dominican. As for the sexual orientation of Spidey, what purpose does it really serve in him being homosexual? None really but in actuality the documents discloses that Peter Parker/Spider-Man is not homosexual; unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual.
The Peter Parker/Spider-Man character was created in 1962 by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben and was portrayed as a teenager dealing with adolescence and being a costumed crime-fighter, complete with super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, and to react quickly to danger with his “spider-sense.”
But let’s check out more of these character traits:
The agreement spells out that mandatory Spider-Man must always strictly conform to the following list: male; does not torture; does not kill in defense of self or others; does not use foul language beyond PG-13; dose 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 below the age of 16; and is not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual).
The Peter Parker character traits include: his full name is Peter Benjamin Parker; he is Caucasian and heterosexual; his parents become absent from his life during his 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 middle 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.
Doesn’t seem like enough to start an outcry of injustice to us, there’s far more important things worthy of that. But regardless, instead of altering a character, wouldn’t it just be easier to create a new character or point out the fact that Marvel does have homosexual and minority superheroes in their database; now the exposure of those heroes, that’s a discussion for another day!