Stan Lee: “Black Spider-Man Would Be Confusing”
Could a Black actor play Spider-Man?
Donald Glover (No relation to Danny….) thinks its high-time one of the comic book world’s most celebrated heroes got a splash of “color.”
The young actor — who plays Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community — has launched a Twitter campaign in an official bid to take over the role of web-slinger Peter Parker in Paramount’s forthcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Glover — who is African-American — began pushing the online movement after geek news site io9.com ran an editorial last month suggesting that Sony cast a non-White actor for the role.
Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, however, thinks the change could be “confusing” for fans of the comic book superhero.
“Everybody seems to be familiar with Spider-Man, so I say that it isn’t that it’s a racial issue – it’s just that it might be confusing to people. But that’s a matter for the people at Marvel to take into consideration. I certainly don’t want to weigh in on it in any way, except to say I think Glover is a fine actor.”
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The Spider-Man reboot opens in theaters 2012.