Years ago, actor Donald Glover from Community
started a twitter campaign to get himself cast as Spider-Man. The role ultimately when to Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man
, but Donald's campaign turned some heads at Marvel. Marvel Comics
then made headlines by replacing their Ultimate version of Peter Parker with a new half black
, half Latino Spider-Man named Miles Morales. A lot of fans got in a huff about it, but this is hardly the first time someone of African descent has replaced a Caucasian comic book superhero
. In the past several decades, this has almost become a comic book tradition, and these are some prominent examples.
As it would turn out, Donald finally got his chance to play Spider-Man. In the Ultimate Spider-Man
cartoon, Donald voices Miles Morales, who appears in the "Web Warriors" episodes.
It's unfortunate that the "black superhero" isn't more commonplace, but these black Marvel characters and black DC characters are a step in the right direction.
Which optic white superheroes will be re-born as black superheroes and given a new lease on life? Only time will tell.