Alright, I held off from talking about this for a while as I felt that this wasn’t such a huge deal at the time. I thought that this was just that small minority making a bad case for why Peter Parker should be Bi in the MCU, because Tom Holland’s apparently and allegedly gives off that vibe and said something abut a Bi Spider-Man at some given point. The usual in this day and age! However, when it gets to a point that they’re willing to defame Stan Lee’s name to further their agenda, now that a bit too much.
You literally only need to type Stan Lee’s name on Twitter in order to see people going back and forth discussing the implications of attacking and cancelling a man who has long passed away in order to push what I see to be a toxic agenda. Stan Lee has spent years of his life creating characters and stories that opposed everything evil and vile in this world. From hatred, bigotry to racism & xenophobia, you name it, he’s fought against it.
In a post by Washington Post, Stan Lee made it very clear how he felt about characters being changed:
“I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly,” he said. “But again, I don’t see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they’ve already been established. I have no problem with creating new, homosexual superheroes.”
“It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that,” Lee said. “Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.”
So let me spell it out for you guys who may be finding it difficult to understand this, if the CREATOR of the character wants HIS character to remain straight, who the hell do you think you are to oppose his demands and wishes? It’s almost asinine if you ask me. Like I’ve always said this the past, I’m all for diversity and representation but I am not for changing established legacy characters. And when the creator himself has stated that he wants his character to stay the way he created him, it shouldn’t even be up for discussion. What really sickens me is the attempt to “cancel” a man who passed away. To try and call him “biphobic/homophobic” and to slander is legacy is disgusting. I will not stand for it.
Honestly, I’ll be honest, if Marvel ever decides to bastardize the canon, Earth 616 Peter Parker in the MCU and comics, or any other character for that matter, that’ll be the day I’ll stop watching and reading those comics. It sounds harsh but it’s whats necessary at this point. Every time a inch is given, a mile is taken instead.
There’s no way an actors word will ever outweigh the creator of the character. Not in my book. That’s my stance on this. I just thought I’d share it to see what you guys think? Let me know in the comments below.