Black Spi­der- Man says he’d hate to see a black 007

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH - JAMES WIGNEY

THE first man to voice a black Spi­der-Man in a movie said he would hate to see a black James Bond.

Shameik Moore, a 23-yearold African-Amer­i­can ac­tor, voices Miles Morales, a black teen who takes over from Pe­ter Parker in the new an­i­mated movie open­ing this week called Spi­der-Man: Into The Spi­der-Verse.

He said he would pre­fer to see cre­ativ­ity and orig­i­nal­ity used to bring more black ac­tors onto the big screen, rather than just switch­ing them into pre­vi­ously “white” roles.

“I am happy to be play­ing the black one but I didn’t not like Spi­der-Man be­cause he was white,” he said. “To be hon­est, I didn’t even think about it. Like when I watch James Bond — those are some of my favourite movies and the fact that he’s white meant noth­ing to me. I didn’t think that I wasn’t cool, or I couldn’t be a ver­sion of 007.

“I never wanted to be 007, I wanted to be in a movie like 007 — I want my own fran­chise and I have al­ways been that way. I’m black, so I feel like I can say it but there is no point in rep­re­sen­ta­tion if we are just tak­ing from other peo­ple. So if I am like: ‘Hey, 007 is white, let’s make him black’ … where’s the cre­ativ­ity in that?

“That’s lazy and just tak­ing from an­other cul­ture and that’s not what we should be about.”

His char­ac­ter, Miles Morales, was in­tro­duced in 2011 as part of a new wave of di­ver­sity in the Marvel comics.

HERE’S a novel way to in­crease screen di­ver­sity.

When par­al­lel worlds col­lide, due to a cat­a­strophic gl­itch in the an­i­mated ecosys­tem, African-Amer­i­can, Asian, fe­male and even porcine Spi­der-Men be­gin to ma­te­ri­alise.

An­noy­ingly, Jake John­son’s seedy, mid­dle-aged white male ver­sion of Pe­ter Parker still gets some of the best lines.

Far from be­ing daunted by the prospect of a su­per­hero over­load, Spi­der-Man: Into The Spi­der-Verse cranks up the vol­ume — rev­el­ling in the dis­tor­tion that fol­lows.

The dis­tinc­tive half-tone dot ef­fect em­ployed by the an­i­ma­tors ini­tially sug­gests you should have brought the 3D glasses.

But once the vil­lain has un­leashed his se­cret weapon — a sub­ter­ranean de­vice that tears a hole in the space-time con­tin­uum — the ef­fect is more like a full-blown acid trip. In this vi­brant, comic book-style an­i­ma­tion, evil be­he­moth King­pin (Liev Schreiber) opens up a por­tal into mul­ti­ple al­ter­nate uni­verses in a des­per­ate bid to lo­cate his wife and son.

Spi­der-Man is crit­i­cally in­jured — and un­masked — dur­ing his at­tempt to stop him.

Watch­ing, stunned, from the side­lines is Brook­lyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who has re­turned to this dis­used part of the sub­way sys­tem to iden­tify the spi­der that bit him, caus­ing his ner­vous sys­tem to re­act in strange and dis­turb­ing ways (pos­si­bly ex­ac­er­bated by pu­berty).

As the blond, heroic Pe­ter Parker ex­hales his fi­nal breath, Morales pledges to fin­ish the mis­sion.

But the son of a Puerto Ri­can nurse and an African Amer­i­can po­lice­man, now dressed in a cheap su­per­hero suit bought from a mer­chan­dis­ing store run by a man who looks an aw­ful lot like the late Stan Lee, is still on his su­per­hero L-plates.

Thank­fully, a bunch of Spi­der-Men from other di­men­sions crossed over while the por­tal was open. And they have his back.

Hard-boiled Spi­der-Man Noir (Ni­co­las Cage) is a black and white sil­hou­ette. Ja­pan’s Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) is clas­sic anime. Spi­der-Ham/ Pe­ter Porker (John Mu­laney) is pure Looney Tunes. And Gwen Stacy (Hailee Ste­in­feld)? Well, she’s sassy enough to in­spire her own spin-off fea­ture.

Into the Spi­der-Verse is a clas­sic com­ing-of-age story lay­ered with play­ful in­ter­tex­tual ref­er­ences and wildly cre­ative vis­ual im­agery.

The strong sup­port­ing vo­cal cast in­cludes Lily Tom­lin as Aunt May, Ma­her­shala Ali as Miles’ black sheep un­cle, Aaron, and Kathryn Hahn as Doc Ock.

Just when you thought the su­per­hero uni­verse was dan­ger­ously over­crowded … comes a film bold enough to em­brace that po­ten­tial weak­ness as a strength. OPENS ON THURS­DAY DE­CEM­BER 13. AD­VANCE SCREEN­INGS TO­DAY ( DE­CEM­BER 9)

Shameik Moore.

Spi­der- Man is back in car­toon form but not as you have ever seen him be­fore.

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