Jason Johnson

The Root bills itself as an “opinion and culture site for African-American influencers,” which works out nicely because I was recently looking to see what such self-proclaimed individuals were saying about Zendaya’s role as MJ in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It turns out that Spider-Man is a “white-boy fantasy” and nothing you ever do is good enough for “influencers” like Jason Johnson.

Mr. Johnson wrote on Aug. 23 for The Root’s “No, Zendaya in Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Not the Progress We’re Looking For”:

Consequently, the announcement that she’s been cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s long-term love interest, Mary Jane, in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year has given many people all sorts of excitement and feels. I am not one of them. Casting Zendaya as Mary Jane is another example of Hollywood expecting black dollars at the box office, but disrespecting black consumers and fans on the big screen. …

Zendaya’s casting is yet another sign that makers of Hollywood sci-fi fantasy action films will “racebend” a character (change a character’s race from what it was in a book, film or cartoon), slap themselves on the back for being progressive and expect black fans to be satisfied, while pretty much maintaining the status quo. Racebending is fine so long as it’s for girlfriends and sidekicks, but the movies are still white-boy fantasy adventures in which the lead remains a straight white male no matter what. And that unfortunate fact can’t be separated from the choice to cast Zendaya as Mary Jane.

There was never a doubt or even a conversation about casting anyone other than a white man as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or the Incredible Hulk. Even though Iron Man was black in the early 1980s, the first Captain America was a black man, and Thor as a Norse God could be anybody.

Are you a young comic book fan who is on the ideological fence? If so, then consider the psychology on display with Zendaya’s casting:

  • If you think movie producers should try to adhere as closely as possible to the source material, then liberal guys like Dan Slott will imply that you are a racist.
  • If you think movie producers should try to adhere as closely as possible to the source material, then liberal guys like director James Gunn will say that you have “too good of a life.”
  • If you think movie producers should try to adhere as closely as possible to the source material, then liberal guys like Devin Faraci of the website Birth. Movies. Death. will call you a “racist fanboy.”
  • Conservative guys like me will shrug their shoulders and say, “Yeah, but Zendaya may still be pretty good. As long as she tints her hair red then we should just give the girl a chance.”
  • Meanwhile, liberals like Jason Johnson will mock you for your “white-boy fantasy” even if you do give Zendaya’s casting three cheers for diversity. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Welcome to a life of Kobayashi Maru-type scenarios if you board the USS Social Justice.

As your friendly neighborhood blogger has said on numerous occasions, social-justice obsessives are never satisfied. Any attempt to placate them will only result in additional admonitions that require an apology, new demands to meet without question, and more rules that undoubtedly conflict with a sub-group of professional victims someplace else.

Between now and the July release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, I implore anyone who is still trying to define their ideological identity to conduct a test: Come to this blog and disagree with me just to see how I react. Then, do the same with liberal writers like Dan Slott or Nick Spencer. By the time your favorite wall-crawler returns to theaters, I am confident that you will no longer be on the fence.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

26 comments

    1. Yeah, that’s who I figured he was talking about.
      Just one more example of an SJW “influencer” using sly misinformation tactics to try and add some validity to his outlandish statement. The way Mr. Johnson wrote it, anyone who isn’t aware of Isaiah Bradley (aka most people who aren’t comic book enthusiasts with extensive knowledges of the Marvel universe) might think when he said “first” he was talking about Captain America’s first appearance way back in 1941, not a character who was retconned into continuity over half a century later and has been scarcely seen since. The same group of people aren’t likely to understand what retcons are or how they work either, so a quick search might even appear (at a glance) to back up his claims.

      SJW misinformation always seems to be closely followed by a heap of hypocrisy, so I imagine anytime soon we’ll get an article from someone at The Root about the problematic and harmful nature of cultural appropriation. This article, of course, will not explain how casting minorities in “white-boy fantasy” roles originally written as a “hobby for white guys” (“Hi, Axel!” -Dave Grohl voice) doesn’t fit the same bill.

    2. “This article, of course, will not explain how casting minorities in “white-boy fantasy” roles originally written as a “hobby for white guys” (“Hi, Axel!” -Dave Grohl voice) doesn’t fit the same bill.”

      I probably should have done up a blog post when that Guardian interview with Axel Alonso came out. There was certainly enough material for one.

    3. Loosely related…
      Have you seen Charles Soule representing his portrayal of Matt Murdoch/Daredevil as Irish Catholic in response to Dan (and his followers) asking whether being Catholic is an integral part of Daredevil’s character? Charles Soule continues to impress even outside of Daredevil’s pages.

  1. I stumbled upon an eerily similar Hitflix post a few months ago, only that one was about a white woman’s gripes about Iron Fist being played by a white guy (y’know, like in the comics?) claiming on the grounds that if they’d cast an Asian actor instead, it would (supposedly) make the character “much more layered”, and of course, “hur dur, muh progressive!” I’m not even a fan of Iron Fist, (and a full-blooded Asian, for that matter!) but the sheer pretentiousness in that article just made me wanna do a faceplant. Jeezus, what the hell is happening to America?

    1. “I stumbled upon an eerily similar Hitflix post a few months ago, only that one was about a white woman’s gripes about Iron Fist being played by a white guy (y’know, like in the comics?) claiming on the grounds that if they’d cast an Asian actor instead, it would (supposedly) make the character “much more layered”, and of course, “hur dur, muh progressive!” I’m not even a fan of Iron Fist, (and a full-blooded Asian, for that matter!) but the sheer pretentiousness in that article just made me wanna do a faceplant. Jeezus, what the hell is happening to America?”

      Thanks for commenting, Tristan. Yes, the Iron First casting certainly gave them problems in terms of all the different rules surrounding what is and isn’t offensive. I covered some of that in the following posts:

      Iron Fist Netflix casting gives ulcers to race-obsessed fans

      Iron Fist casting: io9’s Rob Bricken epitomizes SJW crowd’s intellectual bankruptcy

      It’s rather bizarre how they refuse to acknowledge that the quality of a fictional character’s story is solely determined by the author. You can have a white Iron First who is one dimensional and bland, or you can have an asian Iron first who is layered. You can have a white Iron First who is everything fans ever dreamed of and more, or an asian Iron First who is embarrassingly bad. Given all that, I always am inclined to say, “honor the source material as much as possible.”

      If a character started out white or asian or whatever, then keep them that way. If someone wants more diversity, then create new characters. Unfortunately, Marvel and others like to take creative shortcuts. “Hey, we need a gay character? Let’s just make Iceman gay because…diversity! Genius!”

      Sigh.

    2. “If a character started out white or asian or whatever, then keep them that way. If someone wants more diversity, then create new characters. Unfortunately, Marvel and others like to take creative shortcuts. “Hey, we need a gay character? Let’s just make Iceman gay because…diversity! Genius!”

      At this point, they no longer even seem to care about the quality of their casting choices so long as the “not white” criteria gets fulfilled. I mean, have you seen the guy they hired to play the new Eugene “Flash” Thompson? Big, mean, jerk jock bully Flash? His name’s Tony Revolori, and he’s about as “Flash Thompson material” as “Dilton Doiley pretending to be Moose Mason”.

      I’m tired of the mainstream spin. Tired of the doublethink. Tired of the double-standards. Tired of the endless bullshit. So I thank you, Mr. Ernst, for maintaining this blog. It’s probably one of the last remaining corners of sanity in this era of western society.

    1. “I’ll probably just pass on this movie until I can watch it for free on television or buy it in the dollar bin… which might happen the day after release.”

      I’m so confused right now because Marvel Studios has an amazing track record, but yet some of the details about this movie already are sending up red flags. I still can’t believe that the guy who wrote “Vacation” was recruited to write the screenplay. Ugh. Maybe Marvel just let Sony hire whoever it wanted and then Marvel’s own talent was brought in as uncredited script doctors… We’ll see.

    2. “I still can’t believe that the guy who wrote ‘Vacation’ was recruited to write the screenplay.”

      Neither can I, and we all know what a classic that movie was. (sarcasm). I hope it’s good, and given Marvel Studios’ track record, I think it will, but at the same time, I’m a bit worried.

  2. This is just ridiculous. I’m black and could care less about ‘diversity’. That, my friend, is a trend I could go without this decade. I just want a good Spider-Man movie. More than that, I’d like a good Spider-Man game and comic again. I’ve never had a problem with Peter Parker being white, he’s my hero, always has been and always will be, although Slott’s feckless characterization of him is grating at the best of times.

    But it’s like they expect black people to care… simply because they’re black. To be perfectly honest, Spider-Man was always my favorite, and I never much cared for Black Panther or other ‘black icons’ simply because people pushed them to my face and said “YOU SHOULD LIKE THIS, THEY HAVE THE SAME COMPLEXION AS YOU.”

    Yeah, well, Spider-Man inspires me. His stories, of which my favorite is probably Happy Birthday (You’re Spider-Man. Act like it.) get me up when I don’t even believe in myself. The other heroes don’t do that.

    This entire… trend? It is pandering, plain and simple, and is no better than saying I should like chicken because of my skin color. EVERYONE likes chicken, why do you think no major religion forbids it?

    And since when did being straight become a bad thing? Is that the latest buzzword to get people to ‘RABBLE RABBLE’ now?

    The casting choice means less than nothing to me because my eyes aren’t particularly on the movie, but on the upcoming PS4 game. But if it did, I’d still be rolling my eyes at everyone tossing up their hats and giving three cheers for progression – it’s just lip service. All that matters is if this Zendaya girl plays the part well.

    I’m of a mind that it isn’t okay to racebend a character. I certainly wouldn’t be impressed if they turned Peter Parker black – that would do nothing for me and would not help me establish any further connection to the character than before. It would, however, make me raise my eyebrow and ask, “Really?” as if someone pushed dinner to my face that I didn’t ask for.

    I didn’t ask for Miles Morales either, and it was no great boon to me when he was made. I was perfectly happy with Peter Parker. This progression kick really appeals to certain types of people, most of which who just like to complain. Like this man.

    And the straight thing… J.H.C., First we got Garfield asking why Peter Parker couldn’t be gay, and now we have this guy not only talking about Spider-Man being a white boy fantasy, but complaining that he’ll always be straight. It’s because he’s always been straight, he’s always been white, and changing those things at the drop of a hat to appeal to the loud few that think it’s important is a grevious insult to the character. Surprise surprise.

    That line of thinking disturbingly reminds me of the people who disturbingly write Spider-Man Deadpool fanfiction and their flimsy arguments. …I could have gone my entire life without knowing things like that existed.

    Sorry for being all over the place Doug, but this guy is a moron, and I’m allergic to those. They bring out my gab.

    1. “This is just ridiculous. I’m black and could care less about ‘diversity’. That, my friend, is a trend I could go without this decade. I just want a good Spider-Man movie. More than that, I’d like a good Spider-Man game and comic again. I’ve never had a problem with Peter Parker being white, he’s my hero, always has been and always will be, although Slott’s feckless characterization of him is grating at the best of times.”

      You’re not alone, Edboy! 🙂 I totally understand someone wanting to have a more diverse group of superheroes. What I don’t get is the idea that one can’t truly relate to a superhero unless the melanin levels match. Heh. One moment we are told that race doesn’t matter, and then in the next we’re told that it’s so important that maybe we might have to turn Peter Parker black in the future. Huh?

      “But it’s like they expect black people to care… simply because they’re black. To be perfectly honest, Spider-Man was always my favorite, and I never much cared for Black Panther or other ‘black icons’ simply because people pushed them to my face and said ‘YOU SHOULD LIKE THIS, THEY HAVE THE SAME COMPLEXION AS YOU.'”

      I obviously don’t know what it’s like to be you, but my guess is that I would find it a bit insulting for people to run up to you and essentially say, “Dude. This is Black Panther. You love him, right? He’s awesome because he’s black! It’s cool because…he’s black!”

      I’d be like, “Ummmm, let me read it and get back to you. That’s nice that he’s black and all, but I’m not sure how I feel yet.”

      “Yeah, well, Spider-Man inspires me. His stories, of which my favorite is probably Happy Birthday (You’re Spider-Man. Act like it.) get me up when I don’t even believe in myself. The other heroes don’t do that.”

      Yep. Inspirational characters tend to transcend race and petty politics and all the other issues that bog us down in real life. These days such writing is hard to come by because the creators are petty men and women. Their minds are so obsessed with taking political pot-shots and making weird cultural commentary that the characters suffer. Its’s sad.

      “This entire… trend? It is pandering, plain and simple, and is no better than saying I should like chicken because of my skin color. EVERYONE likes chicken, why do you think no major religion forbids it?”

      Haha! That made me laugh because you never hear anyone joke, “Man, those Chinese guys really like chicken…” even though they make some amazing chicken dishes. They even add duck to the menu! 🙂 I’ve had quite a few Thanksgiving dinners with Chinese friends eating duck.

      “First we got Garfield asking why Peter Parker couldn’t be gay, and now we have this guy not only talking about Spider-Man being a white boy fantasy, but complaining that he’ll always be straight. It’s because he’s always been straight, he’s always been white, and changing those things at the drop of a hat to appeal to the loud few that think it’s important is a grevious insult to the character. Surprise surprise. That line of thinking disturbingly reminds me of the people who disturbingly write Spider-Man Deadpool fanfiction and their flimsy arguments. …I could have gone my entire life without knowing things like that existed.”

      Their actions are based on a need to always find fault with something. Peter Parker can’t just be Peter Parker. He isn’t “progressive” unless he’s morphing into something else. There is a problem with him that must be fixed. If you truly love something, do you ever say that it needs to fundamentally change? No. There is no reason to make Peter Parker gay unless there is a weird political agenda at hand.

      I need to stop myself before I go too far down this philosophical rabbit hole, but these activist-writers seem to have an innate need to destroy and tear down things people love just because they can. They destroy and try to sell it under the mantle of “progress.” It’s like they’re jealous that another man or woman made something beautiful, so they twist it and warp it into a fun-house mirror version of the original and then demonize you if you don’t praise their work.

      It’s sort of like The Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman…going around the art gallery defacing the paintings. Sigh.

      “Sorry for being all over the place Doug, but this guy is a moron, and I’m allergic to those. They bring out my gab.”

      There’s no need to apologize. I want to hear from you! 🙂 You are always more than welcome to share your opinions here. I’m glad that you took the time to add your two cents.

  3. “I’ve never had a problem with Peter Parker being white, he’s my hero, always has been and always will be, although Slott’s feckless characterization of him is grating at the best of times.”

    You have a great point, you show who the real racists are. Think about it, they need to change the color or gender, why? If the color of ones skin should not matter, why do they feel the need to do it? I have a close friend that has the same issue, he feels that the changes are insulting.

    “YOU SHOULD LIKE THIS, THEY HAVE THE SAME COMPLEXION AS YOU.”

    Once again you hit the nail on the head. What a silly thing to say, I loved reading about Luke Cage and the Falcon, I can relate to them, and I am white.

    I am fine with diversity, heck I would love to see more diverse characters, but there is no need to do it by taking away others. This is a classic failed theory. People like Slott play the Icon card, but let’s be honest here and look at the problem, they are too scared or lazy to invest in making new characters.

    Recent Slott tried to use Spider-man’s eye color as a way to prove that MJ’s hair color did not matter, really…MJ is know for her red hair! The defense they use is absolutely absurd and only accepted by people that suffer from a lack of reality.

    1. “Recent Slott tried to use Spider-man’s eye color as a way to prove that MJ’s hair color did not matter, really…MJ is know for her red hair! The defense they use is absolutely absurd and only accepted by people that suffer from a lack of reality.”

      He really did that? Haha! Yes Dan, if the demographics in the U.S. were such that gorgeous redheads were all over the place then that might make sense. There is an economics to beauty. Rarity often brings value…

  4. Question: Has it been confirmed that Zendaya is actually playing MJ, or is it still just a rumor?

    I find it kind of interesting that the only questions people seem to be asking is if hiring a non-white actress to play the character is good or bad. Hardly anyone is asking if she was cast because she delivered the right performance or not, which is how the character will ultimately stand or fall. (And on top of that, I do think that Zendaya actually looks a lot like MJ, excusing the brown hair. I’ll honestly be very disappointed if they don’t have a redhead MJ in the movie, given that it’s an easy fix and the casting otherwise doesn’t bother me, based on what I know.)

    “Recent Slott tried to use Spider-man’s eye color as a way to prove that MJ’s hair color did not matter, really…MJ is know for her red hair! The defense they use is absolutely absurd and only accepted by people that suffer from a lack of reality.”

    Yeah. It doesn’t make that much sense (given that MJ being a red-head is one of her trademarks, Peter’s eye color is not). And why would Slott use Peter as the example? Why not the fact that in the original “Spider-Man “trilogy, MJ had blue eyes instead of green ones? Even if your logic makes no sense, the points you make are usually relevant and make sense within the twisted prism itself.

    (I actually thought MJ looked better with blue eyes.)

    1. “Question: Has it been confirmed that Zendaya is actually playing MJ, or is it still just a rumor?”

      There has just been a whole lot of silence. My guess is that they like everyone talking about it…so there is no hurry to confirm or deny the report.

      “Hardly anyone is asking if she was cast because she delivered the right performance or not, which is how the character will ultimately stand or fall.”

      I think Disney got one of its stars a part in a big movie. That means all the previous work that she’s done with them will get a sales bounce when the movie comes out, etc. Profits, baby! She may be fine for the role, but Disney has a vested interest in forwarding the careers of its talent.

  5. “There has just been a whole lot of silence. My guess is that they like everyone talking about it…so there is no hurry to confirm or deny the report.”

    Okay. It seems like the web, as a whole, has shifted from “it may happen,” to “it will happen,” which makes it very had to verify anything.

    “I think Disney got one of its stars a part in a big movie. That means all the previous work that she’s done with them will get a sales bounce when the movie comes out, etc. Profits, baby! She may be fine for the role, but Disney has a vested interest in forwarding the careers of its talent.”

    Could be. Marvel Studios has generally done good casting before, so I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt until I learn otherwise, but that’s not iron-clad evidence. (Would Disney have the final say on the casting, though, or would that be Sony — assuming that neither left it up to Marvel?)

    I’ve been meaning to look up some of Zendaya’s previous TV work (YouTube clips or whatever) to get an idea of what I think of her acting and what she might be like in the movie.

    1. Guys this is a Marvel Studios film they control and are directly responsible for everything Sony is getting as far away from all non financial aspects as possible if the rumors are true Marvel is actually asking Sony less money for the budget than the average Marvel Studios film. (the average is 170 million which is less ignoring inflation than the first Raimi film.) Of course Marvel/Disney runs casting why else would there be a Disney star than to generate more revenue for them from her music.

  6. I’m struggling to understand how moronic circa 2014 spin-off development concepts magically change Sony’s near non-existent involvement in the film and is hence relevant to a discussion. Any failures on Marvel Studios.

    1. “I’m struggling to understand how moronic circa 2014 spin-off development concepts magically change Sony’s near non-existent involvement in the film and is hence relevant to a discussion. Any failures on Marvel Studios.”

      Ryan, you’re continued efforts to try and blame Marvel for Sony’s long track record of dysfunctional behavior and horrendous decisions are laughable. Weblurker is the only one who engaged you on this argument, seemingly out of sheer morbid curiosity.

      This is what you recently said on Aug. 23:

      “Sony is the only reason we’re getting a Peter Parker film, Sony is the only reason Peter won’t be killed off and replaced with Miles. Marvel is responsible for litterally everything regarding Homecoming except paying for the budget or receiving revenue from ticket sales. Sony they could have done much better with there spin off plans but at the end of the day with the exception of Spider-Man 3 Marvel has and will be responsible for every Spider-Man failure in every medium since 2007.

      This is hilarious. Is there anyone other than you who makes such bold claims, because I haven’t seen it. Good luck with that.

      In terms of the current movie, your claim that Marvel is “responsible for literally everything” except paying the budget and receiving revenue is also laughable. Do you honestly think Sony has no creative control in the process? Do you think they have zero leverage? If you do, then I’m just going to shake my head. There really is not much to discuss.

      In order for this deal to work there needs to be collaboration and Sony has shown that it has an uncanny ability to churn out (and fight for) bad ideas. If Sony executives had a superpower, then it would be plucking bad ideas out of the cosmos and trying to turn them into movies. I can’t believe you think Kevin Feige, if left to his own devices, would kill off Peter Parker in favor of Miles. Good one, man. Thanks for the laugh.

      Weblurker, are you there? Have at it, man. I’ll just get my popcorn ready and watch from the sidelines.

  7. “Weblurker, are you there? Have at it, man. I’ll just get my popcorn ready and watch from the sidelines,” — Douglas Ernst.

    Okay, I’ll see what I can do.

    Ryan Knight, If I understand, your position, it is that Marvel is in total control of the new “Spider-Man” movie and is going to botch it up, since Sony, the people who were keeping things together, have little to no say. So, a few responses to some of your comments:

    “Sony they could have done much better with there spin off plans but at the end of the day with the exception of Spider-Man 3 Marvel has and will be responsible for every Spider-Man failure in every medium since 2007.”

    Okay, in light of the Sony hacking, we’ve gotten a lot of inside info about how the “Amazing Spider-Man” movie series was made, esp. the second one. I went looking online and found a couple of interesting things:

    – An email from Kevin Feige (Marvel Studio’s president and the guy ultimately responsible for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) regarding feedback of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”: (https://wikileaks.org/sony/emails/emailid/88763). In general, Feige pinpoints a lot of ASM2’s problems that would’ve improved the film, had they been addressed.

    – More email correspondence on the Marvel side of things, regarding ASM2’s script: (https://wikileaks.org/sony/emails/emailid/123476) I don’t agree with everything said (like the ASM movies being practically a prequel to the Raimi movies), but, once again, some very valid points are made about flaws in the storytelling.

    – As far as I can tell, this’s an actual slide from the planning of making ASM2: (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–4kHjAX23–/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ffw5n0rryliwcq7kzqqr.png) Sony doesn’t get Spider-Man? The defense rests its case!

    So, between the two of them, Sony holds the most responsibility for the “Spider-Man” film series failures, since all the major problems are traceable to them.

    Second of all, while I seem to recall that Sony is largely following Marvel’s lead with “Homecoming,” it is still very much a joint effort. Sony has ultimate veto on anything in the “Spider-Man” standalone movies and has repeatedly stated their intentions to make the “Sinister Six” movie they’ve been jonesing on for years. So, Sony is still in the game.

    “I’m struggling to understand how moronic circa 2014 spin-off development concepts magically change Sony’s near non-existent involvement in the film and is hence relevant to a discussion. Any failures on Marvel Studios.”

    Since Sony is still having a say in the film, and their track record is pretty bad, that’s going to be a liability in the future. And to top it off, why are we even discussing at this point that Marvel is probably going to make “Homecoming” fail? Right now, they have a better track record than Sony. I mean, this’s what we know about the next movie:

    – Based on “Captain America: Civil War,” they’ve done excellent casting for Peter Parker. Robert Downey, Jr. has some part in the movie as Iron Man, which should be fun, given how well he and Tom Holland worked off each other in “Civil War.”

    – Marvel Studios has had near-Pixar levels of success with casting the characters and making generally great superhero movies. (They do have their share of misfires and weaker ones, but even those still have their fun and entertainment factors more or less intact.)

    – The movie, which will be using the high school setting, is reportedly using “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane” as inspiration. While not an exact translation, obviously (esp. since its seeming very unlikely Mary Jane is going to be in the film, while she and Peter were high school sweethearts in both series), those comics are extremely well-regarded as some of the best-written comics about Spider-Man’s teenage years. (Not a guarantee of success, given that ASM also uses “Ultimate” as inspiration, but a promising fact.)

    – The Zendaya casting has too many unknowns to make a truly accurate assessment, but I don’t really see why it’s going to be a big deal. Remember that the MCU has a near-perfect track record for casting its characters, with no indication that anything’s changed, so why aren’t we giving them the benefit of the doubt? (For the record, I’m kind of doubtful that she’s playing Mary Jane at this point, but that’s not really here or there. Also, unusual casting decisions can pay off. Tobey Maguire was not a popular choice among fans to play Spider-Man when announced, but was hailed as being great in the role when the movies actually came out.)

    So, in conclusion, we know that Sony was mishandling “Spider-Man” since at least ASM1 (maybe SM3), and that Marvel Studios has one of the best track records in the comic book movie business. Why would be be worried about the latter screwing things up?

    1. “Since Sony is still having a say in the film, and their track record is pretty bad, that’s going to be a liability in the future. And to top it off, why are we even discussing at this point that Marvel is probably going to make “Homecoming” fail? Right now, they have a better track record than Sony.”

      Bingo.

      “So, in conclusion, we know that Sony was mishandling “Spider-Man” since at least ASM1 (maybe SM3), and that Marvel Studios has one of the best track records in the comic book movie business. Why would be be worried about the latter screwing things up?”

      Double-Bingo.

  8. It’s funny how SJWs are praising Zendaya being cast as MJ (and calling critics “racist) but they recently attacked the CW/DC for casting Maisie Richardson-Sellers, a biracial British woman, as the African superheroine Vixen in “Legends of Tomorrow” because she’s too “light-skinned” or some such nonsense. These people are never happy.

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