Spider-Man Needs to Be White and Straight, Say Leaked Sony Emails

Spider-Man Must Be White, Straight Says

Peter Parker and his alter ego Spider-Man must be heterosexual and Parker must be Caucasian, according to a legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment.

The information was disclosed in a massive document release by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which released this week 276,394 private files, emails and financial data onto its servers.

Sony Pictures and Marvel reps declined to comment on the licensing agreement, first reported by the Gawker website.

The contract went into effect in September 2011. It lists “mandatory” character traits for both Peter Parker and Spider-Man — and the agreement includes the caveat that Spider-Man is “not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual).”

The Peter Parker/Spider-Man character was created in 1962 by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in “Amazing Fantasy #15” as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Parker was portrayed as a teenager dealing with adolescence and being a costumed crime-fighter, complete with super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, and to react quickly to danger with his “spider-sense.”

The agreement spells out that mandatory Spider-Man traits must always strictly conform to the following list: male; does not torture; does not kill in defense of self or others; does not use foul language beyond PG-13; does not smoke tobacco; does not sell/distribute illegal drugs; does not abuse alcohol; does not have sex before the age of 16; does not have sex with anyone below the age of 16; and is not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual).

The Peter Parker character traits include: his full name is Peter Benjamin Parker; he is Caucasian and heterosexual; his parents become absent from his life during his childhood; from the time his parents become absent he is raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City; he gains his powers while attending either middle school or college; he gains his powers from being bitten by a spider; he designs his first red and blue costume; the black costume is a symbiote and not designed by him; he is raised in a middle class household in Queens, New York; he attends or attended high school in Queens, New York; and he attends or attended college in New York City.

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  1. Rick says:

    Good wtf kind of article is this

  2. Ken Kavanagh says:

    Its because that’s the way he was written. otherwise why not just get a potted Geranium to be Peter Parker

  3. George says:

    Peter Parkers is white and he was first in relationship with Gwen Stacy and then Mary Jane….so yeah that is called being true to storyline

  4. Bentley says:

    The creators of a comic book and the studio that’s making films based on them want their movie about a straight white guy with certain characteristics and backstory to be a movie about a straight white guy with certain characteristics and backstory. Shameful. Wait…

  5. Doing Whatever A Spider Can says:

    I don’t see what the issue is with this. This affects the Peter parker version of Spider-Man only, which makes sense. This doesn’t affect Pavitr Prabhakar, Miles Morales, Billy Braddock, Miguel O’Hara, Gerald Drew, Peter Parquagh, Max Borne, and etc.

    Also, this is more likely Marvel’s stipulations than Sony’s, despite Sony owning the film license, most licenses allow the adapters to do anything they want, so long as they don’t damage/slander the rights of the original material, which Marvel still owns (well, now… Disney). These stipulations have been in effect since the initial contract during Marvel’s bankruptcy.

  6. proscriptus says:

    “I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” Stan Lee says. So how many superheroes did Mr. Lee originally create that were black, Latino or Indian? I’m guessing none-ish.

    • KnowsWhatHesTalkingAbout says:

      Stan Lee created a lot of these characters but he’s given far too much credit for it. Half of the magic was Steve Ditkco and Jack Kirby who drew the panels and made Stan’s (and every other writer in the 60’s/70’s comic dialogue palatable). In fact he was much more focused on his Fantastic Four literature, and left Spider-Man and the X-Men relatively early in their runs to focus on the F4 title. He was opposed to iconic things like the death of Gwen and only approved of it by accident, and was not responsible for many of the most defining stories Spider-Man had- only the initial creation of many of his rogues. His vision of the Green Goblin was a monster from a tomb, and another writer settled on making him the recently introduced Norman Osborn character. He was not responsible for the Dark Pheonix Saga, nor was he responsible for many of the Avengers top players. He didn’t even realize he created characters in Guardians of the Galaxy initially. He’s a great sport and a real team player to fans, but he’s also the George Lucas of comics and takes credit for far more than what he actually accomplished.

    • Steve Johnson says:

      The Falcon and the Black Panther are both black. Heck, the Black Panther was the first black superhero in the Marvel universe.

  7. spidermanfan_007 says:


  8. DrMichael says:

    Well, duh!!

  9. Tony oldham says:

    I respect the contract!! But I don’t agree with ethnicity under the mask itself. Does it matter? An why?!!

    • Michael Korn says:

      Because Peter Parker as Spider-Man is a character that’s been established for decades. If you want to use a different Spider-Man, well, there’s plenty of other people who’ve called themselves that. But the original persona is a white kid from Queens. There’s no racial prejudice here, it’s just the way that iteration of the character was designed and has been for all this time. I’m a fan of Miles (the black-hispanic kid who’s the Ultimate Spider-Man), and would have been equally cool if they used him instead, but why turn Peter black just to falsely portray diversity? There’s the right way and the wrong way to do it, and raceswaps isn’t it.

  10. This is coming from African American, Sony is right point blank. The spider-man they wrote for is the Peter Paker one aka “the nerdy white guy”. So if the character was written to be anStraight Caucasian” guy then let the motherf***ing character be what they wrote him/them to be. stop all the crying this is supposed to be an original story just rebooted one.. As far as the black version of spider-man that’s an original character and story line so if Mervel decides to go with that Miles Morales character then cool but obviously there not that’s why they want the original which is an Caucasian nerd which some how gets all the women!!!! Yea in a comic but not in real life so people just let these cat have they white spidy and if you don’t like it then don’t watch the f***ing movie. I would never ever want to see a black superman that’ll be the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen not because a black man can’t be superman but how the hell would you tell his story?

  11. Web Guru says:

    Wow! Next someone is going to tell me SuperBilly, the anti-hero a fat slob, married to his grandpa, after divorcing his sister, SuperBilly , who jerks beef, makes baby cloths out of road kill pelts, and rides his mobile home into tornado winds isn’t a Asian Lesbian poet laureate. That I find hard to believe.

  12. Web Guru says:

    Wait a minute, Spidey isn’t Gay?

  13. mr.death says:

    i say good on Sony for not giving into the pressures of the uneducated internet mob; im getting pretty tired of all these unoriginal genderswaps, race swaps(of white characters only, almost like people forget racism is a two way street). if you want a character to be female(or whatever)/black(or whatever)/gay(or whatever) make an original character

    • Mani Rivan says:

      Well miles Morales is a different Spiderman, he’s not Peter parker. The decision to go with Miles was because peter parker’s story has been done to death and they wanted something fresh. Miles morales is the Ultimate Spiderman after peter Parker dies in that universe. Miles even has spider powers that peter doesn’t have such as a paralyzing venom and a stealth camouflage So as far as you talking about the uneducated internet mob. Maybe you need to go back and pick up a comic book.

      • swanpride says:

        And the contract stipulates nothing about Miles Morales. It’s specifically about the Peter Parker version of Spider-man. If Sony wanted to make a movie about any of the other Spider-man’s, the contract would most likely read “You are not allowed to change the race of Miles Morales”.

  14. Bob Zeta says:

    I don’t see the big deal. If Sony’s Spiderman is Peter Parker, and Peter Parker is a white, heterosexual nerd who still manages to get supermodel girlfriends, then Sony’s Spiderman must be a straight white male.

    Randomly changing things around just to try to be unique/different is utter nonsense that reeks of pathetic attempts at attempting to be politically correct.

    Marvel has tons of black superheroes, one of them will even be getting his own film very soon. Black Panther is coming.

  15. TO THE IDIOTS AT SONY: Black Spidey might not seem like a big deal to some people, but when your 10-year-old tells you, “Seems like all white people are leaders and all the black people are second in command,” then it means everything.

    • Maybe in the comics, but in real life, the highest ranking leader in the World is black. Your 10 year old needs some parenting and not parroting.

    • The Dude says:

      Well then tell your 10yr old Nick Fury the DIRECTOR OF SHIELD who is in charge of ALL OF SHIELD is an African American. No need to change what has worked. If we want more black Marvel heroes, be original and create new ones. Don’t change the ones we know and love.

      • Michael Korn says:

        Mr. Knoll, is, of course, incorrect. The MCU is heavily based on the Ultimate line of comics, on which Fury is black, because he was modelled after Samuel Jackson (who was naturally cast for the role when the films became a reality).

      • Mr. Knoll says:

        The problem with your point, of course, being that Nick Fury himself was changed from white to black for the movies.

  16. hoppimike says:

    Nice to see that not everything is so overly PC that the only way to make it modern is to make him a black lesbian lol

  17. Banana Hammock says:

    Is this news? Peter Parker has embodied these traits since the 60s.

  18. Dea Whyte-Mansburten says:

    Now fix Nick Fury & Heimdall!!

  19. Joshua Sand says:

    Why does “normalize” mean they have to add traits to a character that never existed? I’d be offended if I was straight and black yet whitey in the media kept telling everyone that the “normal” is gay and black. Does Sony think all black men are gay?

  20. Wiley Thruster says:

    Isn’t Spiderman already freaky enough?

  21. Bob says:

    Spiderman should be a pig, like he is in Springfield.

  22. Not You says:

    Maybe there should be a black Spider Man. Then Sony could make a movie about the show Roots, and cast Brad Pitt as Kunta Kinte / Toby Waller.

  23. Vic Pedersen says:

    And what difference does his religion make?

  24. AssesEverywhere says:

    So is there any chance that the Black Panther can be an Asian guy from North Dakota?

  25. Mickey says:

    He is white and straight because that’s how he was drawn in the first place. They shouldn’t have to apologize for it.

    • Zac Morris says:

      This is the same company that made the movie “The Interview” and has a plethora of homosexuality and other perversions abundant within it. This is the same company that said: North Korea hacked us, to stop us from getting our movie to the theatre.

      Gimmie a break folks.

    • Shelley says:


  26. Scott says:

    That makes sense because that is how the character was created.

  27. Eric says:

    I’m missing something. I expected there to be news somewhere in this article. Was I misled?

  28. Sir Richard E Pumpuhloaf says:

    Well, look at Batman and Throbbin – OBVIOUSLY a gay duo! You Drudgie trolls need to get a life!

  29. Ducko says:

    He already is black; Michael Jordan anyone?

  30. Rationalist says:

    Finally, a breath of fresh air..

  31. The nerve of Sony. Trying to appeal to the widest audience.

  32. Jo says:

    So could Ace & Gary be played by straight guys?

  33. Mark says:

    Do people here realize that there are other ethnicities than just black?

  34. Robert says:

    Why not follow the comic book? What made spidy popular was who he was. We’re living in world where the characteristics of a popular character have been made separate from their popularity. You can’t take the popularity of a character and divorce that popularity from their characteristics. Better to be more creative and create a new character with fashionable characteristics.

    • Mani Rivan says:

      There is a Biracial (African American and Puertorican) Spiderman is the comic books He get bitten by a different radioactive spider and becomes spiderman after Peter parker dies. Google Ultimate spiderman Miles Morales and see for yourself.

    • Bob says:

      Well yeah, that’s the point of the contract, that the movies follow the books. The same contract is stating that if the comic character goes gay then the movies should follow. To me that point would make the more interesting headline.

      • Mani Rivan says:

        Not necessarily. The movies tend to have their own vision. An example is age of Ultron. In the movies he wasn’t nearly as powerful as he was in the books. Simply put when it comes to movies, spiderman now is an intellectual property of SONY as such they have the right to define him. Miles Morales is 100% owned by marvel. Due to Miles not fitting the Parker spiderman’s description it could be argued that Marvel then would not have to pay SONY money to use spiderman since they are different characters. Summary it’s all a legal squabble about money.

  35. rbblum says:

    So, why can’t Spiderman just be Spiderman ?

  36. mike says:

    I always thought the whole thing was gay and don’t care since I’m not watching it.

  37. dsrtwr says:

    Gay? Yuck.

    Black? That would be fine with me.

    I always wanted to see Wesley Snipes as Batman.

  38. rick says:

    Where’s Al Sharpton?

  39. Gas Passer says:

    Sony is going to really, really anger the perverted class of special people ghetto racist if they say Spider Man can’t be gay or black! But, I agree.

  40. Just Joe says:

    Newsflash: “This just in: Peter Parker is white kid from New York City with a girlfriend named Gwen! Wait – an update to that story, the girlfriend is now name Mary Jane.”

    “Tune it at 11:00 for all the action details on this story that matters to no one!”

  41. fauxfire76 says:

    Given that this is specifically the Peter Parker 616 generic Marvel version, I’m actually okay with their requirements. That doesn’t preclude any of the other versions of the character that there have been in the comics from seeing the light of day on film someday.

  42. Corpus Christi says:

    Yes. Absolutely. Spiderman ( and Batman) should be white, straight, and upstanding examples of masculinity. Lets keep it real, Hollywood.Its bad enough that the WB pulled the plug on Burton’s Superman. What a disgrace.

  43. Josh biggs says:

    The author has the right to ensure that his characters are represented as he created them.

  44. mscientist says:

    How pathetic we have all become that we care what ethnicity or sexual orientation a fictional character is, let alone real people. Here’s a modest thought. If you are white, black, green, straight, gay, or any other flavor of the day. I DON’T CARE.

  45. There is a black Spiderman, He appears in Marvell Comics

  46. Truth says:

    The irony is that Marvel several years ago wanted to break into the Indian market, and so made an Indian Spider-man. I don’t know what became of that, but they clearly wanted to appeal ethnically to get a greater market.

    The US is still predominantly white, although that is changing. Western media somehow moved outside of the US and pushed a white superiority message of beauty and value in other parts of the world, but that is getting a backlash especially as the West loses its whiteness as well.

    The only way to stop that from happening is to close up the borders and start deporting minorities. The second Caucasians become a minority in America, that type of thing is finished.

    Caucasians spent most of world history as slaves, being traded around by Arabs and Jews mostly. Blonde hair and blue eyes are recessive traits, they are so prevalent because the Arabs especially liked those traits for their sex slaves, so they bred whites to look like that. It appears that type of thing might happen again as the West falls economically, and as minorities around the world have a lot of anger from mistreatment the past couple of centuries by whites.

    • rogert says:

      Immediately turn in your EBT Card and stop biting the hand that feeds you …if you kill the “Golden Goose” …who do you think is gonna clothe and house you then ? Huh ?

    • textopisec says:

      What bullshit version of history have you been taught? I bet you are home schooled by Aryan mommy and daddy.

  47. ManOnPoint says:

    It’s about time someone stood up to the foolish that is the LGBT crowd!!! This stupidity does not enhance a story or a character…

    • textopisec says:

      It provides another group of people to relate with a character, so it does have a purpose. Not seeing that is your stupidity.

  48. Peter York says:

    Well, I don’t know. Maybe we should stay ahead of the curve, and think trans-species. That’s sure to be coming in the ever-more-twisted liberal pipeline. Besides, many of us, myself included, are species-challenged.
    Or as Dave Barry said, why did Lassie have to be a dog? Why not a bat?

  49. Greg says:

    Thank God. All these PC reinterpretations that completely alter the superhero’s identify and personality are ridiculous and stomach-turning. These characters are iconic and thoroughly established in culture – if you want a gay superhero, a black superhero, etc., then create one…but don’t exploit the success of an existing character’by undermining his/her core identity to satisfy your PC ideology or promote your PC agenda.
    On the other hand, maybe one colossal failure at the box office and a country full of nearly-empty theaters will ultimately be what it takes to put a end to some of this crass distortion.
    If the social/political left and PC crowd needs a gay superhero – then create a new one.
    I think it would be great to have a black superhero – so create a good one. But not by stealing the identity of one who is already long-established.

  50. Why can’t Spiderman be a virgin just like Captain America?

    Why does there always have to be a sexual definition to everyone’s description of nearly everyone?

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