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Ultimate Spider-Man creator Brian Michael Bendis said he was inspired to make the change after seeing actor Donald Glover wearing Spider-Man pajamas on the second season premiere of Community on NBC.
“He looked fantastic!” Bendis told USA Today. “I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’ So I was glad I was writing that book.”
For the sake of argument, it’s important to keep in mind that in the normal Marvel Universe comics, Spider-Man is still Peter Parker and still Caucasian. Same for the movies. Only in Marvel’s “Ultimate” universe, where some of the iconic characters have been re-imagined for a contemporary environment, is Spider-Man now black.
And is this really a bad thing? A half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man could have certain advantages over the more vanilla variety, and if people are going to worry about stereotypes, why not celebrate the good ones instead of focusing on the negative? Here’s a few: