Go away. Please.
Peter Parker has been in every piece of media multiple times. Not because he earned those media or even wanted. It is literally because Marvel refuses to let it go. Like I get it, Spider-man is still an ultra popular hero, but it says something when people actively push for Miles Morales to star in the next movie that it was tweeting world wide as soon as Marvel gained the rights to Spider-man movies. I am not the only that is sick of him too.
Here is the infuriating part of Peter Parker. Peter Parker has had major comic book long running franchises in Amazing Spider-man and Spectacular Spider-man(which is an off and on series) and Ultimate Spider-man until he died, several side comic book series, 12 television series, 5 movies, a live-action play, countless video games, and radio drama. Very few of anything of this has been critically good and most of it has been mediocre or flat-out terrible. Even in the comics save for Ultimate Spider-man, Peter does not develop and just is a static character. An overgrown man child who refuses to settle down and get married because it would no longer make him relatable to the audience. And the thing is…they wrote themselves in this circle. The most responsible thing that Peter Parker can do is to hang it up. He doesn’t need to be a hero anymore. He can raise a family with Mary Jane(presumably) and be a responsible adult. Spider-man isn’t needed. But instead of being a deconstructor of comic book superheroes that it was intended to be, it became typical superhero archetypes. He can’t die and stay dead(Ultimate Spider-man), he won’t retire, nor will he just settle down. I can name franchises that followed the Peter Parker model from Teen Wolf to Ben Ten. He just exists because he is the progenitor and that in of itself is white privilege. This is the typical out of touch and aloof white guy being portrayed as an outcast when we all know that is bullshit. He is basic as fuck. There hasn’t been a critically acclaimed Spider-man story centered around Peter Parker(aside from the Ultimate Spider-man comics) since the 1990s and the ones that were revolved around his high school years or college days. It speaks volumes that Marvel or Sony has to rehash the same story or period of time over and over again.
Case and point, the recent reboot of the Marvel comic books to the All-New and All-Different line introduced the Miles Morales comic book line as just Spider-man with no Peter Parker in sight. They said that Peter would just play a mentor role to the new Spider-man and this would be a thing. It meant that ,for once in any particular Spider-man media, Peter Parker would not be the face of the franchise. It would be either Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, or Miguel O’Hara. And as soon you can say thwip-thwip, Amazing Spider-man was introduced with Peter Parker as a starting role. This fucked Miles as he now lost his original cast and Peter Parker’s prevalence ruined whatever purpose of Miles’ books being called Spider-man and now is yet another book Peter Parker is in.Gwen Stacy started out as a pet project that will quickly lose interest. Miguel O’Hara never really had a shot, but it would have been nice if he did. Cindy Moon was fucked as soon as Dan Slott unleashed her onto the world. Why is Peter here? Miles has had better comic books in the past 4 years. He has been more Spider-man than Peter Parker. People say that he is a D-list or C-list hero, but D-list heroes don’t trend worldwide. D-List heroes don’t have an entire universe to themselves. Out of all the countless people of color comics, Miles Morales has came out on top as the top selling one, next to Kamala Khan, because of sheer quality. Doesn’t sound like a D-List hero. The only reason he is not as well known as Peter Parker is because of what I mentioned above, the sheer prevalence of Peter Parker compared to Miles. Does Miles have a cartoon? No, he has only appeared in a cartoon. Miles only has comics which is a dying medium yet he still known well enough to trend worldwide. That is crazy in 2015.
It is a seriously disappointing that people of color have to wait until the tail end of this super-hero bullshit to get ours. Before you say, “what about Blade?” Blade is not a super-hero. Would you call Van Helsing a super hero? No. His comics or movies never gave that vibe. You don’t aspire to be anything like Blade other than being badass or whenever the Twilight franchise is mentioned. It seems like the only way a characters of color can gain prevalence is through white character whether it is Luke Cage(Alias and Jessica Jones), or even Ororo Munroe(X-Men).