Sunday, August 7, 2011
Ultimate Spider-Man: The real reason we’re upset
It is this reaction of the left that cheeses me off. Racial tension in America would have died twenty years ago if the Left would just drop it. We’re not living the 1960s, yet in their twisted little minds it must be so because why else would anyone question Barak Hussein Obama? Ummm… His policies suck? The fact that this is the first president in history to preside over the first ever drop in our nation’s credit rating has nothing to do with his race but the insanity of his spending and the blatant stupidity of his regulations, just like our opposition to the new Ultimate Spider-Man has nothing to do with race, but because they killed Peter Parker, and did so purely for a political purpose.
Peter Parker was one of the few worthwhile Ultimate variants to survive the disastrous “Ultimatum” story arch where they killed far too many good characters for reasons that escape me. When my favorite, Wolverine, was killed I stopped buying Ultimate books. From Ultimatum forward the imprint has floundered in sales and the new books haven’t reached the level of popularity as their predecessors. I am surprised the imprint exists at all anymore. So they did what they always do when sales get a bit sluggish, they killed a popular character and replaced him.
When the mainline Marvel comic saw the death of Captain America in a story which clearly illustrated a serious social change in our society (one where we were becoming more comfortable with exchanging liberty for security) it hit hard for us Libertarians. Captain America’s death had serious meaning and hit home because it symbolized the death, not just of the Cap, but also of Jeffersonianism, the idea that the government which governs best is that which governs least. This worked because this is a debate that is going on in America, and continues to this day. Even with the relevance and meaning of the death Captain America didn’t stay dead long, even though he too was replaced, though in his case by a logical successor (Bucky Barnes). Ultimate Peter Parker will likely rise from the grave as well, it won’t take long for poor sales to mandate that because the replacement characters are never received or beloved as well as the originals. Plenty of white replacements have failed too, it has nothing to do with race.
The fact of the matter is when a next gen variant of Spider-Man was introduced (Spider-Man 2099) it turned our he was an Hispanic, nobody cared. We loved him. When the Ultimate variant of Nick Fury was introduced as a Black Man, we understood this was a different Universe than the Marvel mainline, we not only didn’t complain but we loved that version so much he became THE Nick Fury. Notice the movies use this version of the character? We love Ultimate Nick Fury. But when these changes occurred there were no press releases about it, no political agenda pushed, none of that. They just did it and the market responded with decent sales. The problem with Marvel’s marketing gimmick with the new Ultimate Spider-Man is the fact they felt the need to treat his race as something that isn’t normal in the first place. When race is handled as something normal in media people accept and embrace it. Marvel has a large line up of diverse character already, none of them got introduced in this way, all of them are well loved.
The rejection of the new Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, has nothing to do with his race and everything to do with the killing of an Icon for a political agenda which avoids the real issues and that is the real reason we’re upset. Of course the logic of Conservatives won’t fit on bumper stickers so leave it to the left to just scream “Racist” as readers reject this change, rather than try to understand the real issues at hand.
-1 Joey Esposito Race in Comics: Spider-Man's Impact, www.ign.com accessed 8-7-11