So, I have been pretty firm in my statement that Marvel and Sony are not going to switch out Peter for Miles in the Spider-Man franchise.
There is this rumor from late last week.
“This is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now: Spider-Man is not going to be white,” Jeff Sneider revealed. When Reilly asked him if that was speculation, Jeff replied, “I am 95% sure.”
If Spider-Man isn’t going to be white than what will he be? “Spider-Man is going to be most likely black,” Jeff stated. “But there is a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure not white.”
This leads to Sneider leaping to Miles. The article is all speculation, but I will say if it is true…
“Like I mentioned last week, the e-mails that leaked were perceived to be racist in some quarters. I really think that is going to play into things.”
That is probably what tips the scales. I doubt they will depart from a kid named Peter Parker…he may simply not be white. All camps, as I have pointed out, have been adamant about using Peter Parker. And as much as I like Miles Morales, he still does not have the recognizable name of “Peter Parker”, so I suspect Marvel wants Peter Parker in their cinematic universe.
But Sony did have those uncomfortable e-mails that suggested an ingrained racism within Sony. And dealing with that could maybe have opened them up to a black Peter Parker or going with Miles. I am fine with a white Peter Parker, black Peter Parker, Asian Peter Parker, Hispanic Peter Parker and so on…the right actor will make it work. The right writing will make it work. And if they decide to shock me and go with Miles Morales? I am cool with that move. I just do not hold out hope for it.
And again, this is highly speculative (Sneider does not appear to give any evidence or source to back up why he believes this to be true).