Changing the racial identity of characters has become a contentious issue amongst fans of superhero comics and their adaptations in other media. The awful practices of casting white actors to play people of color, or of turning previously non-white characters into white characters, is all too common in movie adaptations of books, cartoons, TV shows, or even real life stories -- but rather surprisingly, superhero comics and their adaptations have mostly avoided this problem.
In comics, the controversy takes a different direction. Several white characters have become non-white, mostly in movies, and sometimes in reboots. Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four; Helena Bertinelli aka the Huntress in the New 52; Nick Fury in the Ultimate Comics line and on screen. These are changes that agitate some readers -- but realistically, the changes don't go far enough. Superhero comics have a cultural bias towards white characters that has everything to do with their institutional history and nothing to do with what makes sense to the stories.
The movie rights to Marvel's superheroes are famously divided. 20th Century Fox plans to build a cinematic universe around the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, which are the Marvel franchises whose film rights Fox controls. Sony is working on a similar masterplan for Spider-Man and his related characters. Marvel Studios retains the lion's share of characters and has already built its cinematic universe around characters connected to the core Avengers team.
And then there's Namor.
Earlier this year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the movie rights to the Sub-Mariner are locked up at Universal. There's been no word since 2006 that Universal is doing anything with him, yet Marvel has made three Iron Man movies, two Thors and a Captain America in that amount time.
Universal, it's time to pull your finger out. Here's why.
There are certain phrases that have a special resonance for a Marvel kid like me. "Pocket dimension." "Lift (press)." "Marital status: unrevealed." This is the language of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and I used to pore over the pages of those little encyclopedias like I thought there was an exam coming. (I woul
On sale in April AVX: Versus #1, beginning Marvel Comics' tie-in series to the Avengers Vs. X-Men event. The only newly created sister title for the main event series, AVX is distinct from the that book in that its function is to depict the various bouts in more graphic detail than the Avengers Vs. X-Men narrative allows. Described by editor Tom Brevoort as "literally the fight
Yesterday MSNBC gave viewers a look at some new photos of an alleged underwater city beneath the Caribbean, which could potentially be the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. You know, Namor and Aquaman's 'hood?
In the recent Marvel Universe event "Dark Reign," a villainous Norman Osborn (a.k.a. Green Goblin) took charge of a major government law enforcement agency, and like anyone with a serious commitment to vengeance, immediately pulled out a list of people who would be first against the wall
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