What does this mean for the wall crawler’s supporting cast?
According to a writer at The Hollywood Reporter Sony and Marvel Studies are looking to make the supporting cast of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot significantly less white. This just following the Deadline report that actress Zendaya has been cast in an unspecified role in the film. While many are speculating that Zendaya will be playing the romantic lead opposite of Tom Holland in the Jon Watts Spider-Man reboot, Deadline is reporting that this is unlikely.
If this rumor is true, I think aiming for a diverse cast for Spider-Man is a smart move on Sony and Marvel’s part. Traditionally Peter Parker has resided in Queens which provides the film a good opportunity to showcase a diverse set of characters. Whether this means Sony will change the race of pre-established characters is unknown, but I’d say there is a good chance of it.
After the news of J.K. Simmons joining the Justice League cast broke earlier today, fans have begun speculating who will replace him as J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming reboot. A popular name that has been thrown around by fans to take up the role is Terry Crews. Now, while I am unsure how I feel about Terry Crews portraying the iconic Spider-Man character, it does show that fans are open to the idea of changing the race of characters.
Most of the supporting cast of Spider-Man have traditionally been white, but that is due to their creation in the 1960s. A more diverse cast would be a much more accurate representation of a New York City high school that Peter would attend, which is why I think that this is a smart move from Marvel and Sony. While it may not sit well with some comic purists, I am all in favor of the idea.
In my opinion, the race of the actor or actress portraying the character shouldn’t matter. If their performance stays true to the character, then that should be all that matters. Regardless of race, Sony and Marvel should choose the best person for the job, not the one who looks most like the character (and this is coming from arguably the biggest Spider-Man fan on the face of the Earth). With all of the controversy surrounding Hollywood right now due to the lack of substantial roles for minorities, more diversity and representation can only be a good thing.
And that’s my opinion on the matter! What does everyone else think? Do you agree with changing characters races if the actor fits the part? Should Sony and Marvel remain faithful to the comics? Let me know in the comments below!