Black Spider- Man says he’d hate to see a black 007
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)
Spider- Man is back in cartoon form but not as you have ever seen him before.