Private emails that were released show that executives at Sony didn't want a black or gay Spiderman.
Sony might be in a lot of trouble after the most recent leak. If you remember, the initial leak happened in December and was blamed on North Korea because of a movie that showed the kidnapping and murder of the nation's thin skinned President Kim Jong-un. The latest tidbit to come out from the Sony hack is the list of demands Marvel made to Sony when licensing ‘Spider-Man’ flick.
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Now, if you aren't actively involved in the Spider-man fandom, you might not know that fans have been clamoring for something different in their hero. The last two Spider-men have been white, cis-gendered, heterosexual men: Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Many fans were hoping for a black Spider-man or a gay Spider-man. However, some people the wanted to see a female Spider-man as well.
The emails show the “mandatory character traits” needed to cast the “proper” Spider-Man/Peter Parker, which include (but are not limited to): male, does not have sex before the age of 16, not a homosexual, Caucasian, E! Online reported.
However, it was mentioned that Spidey can be gay if “Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual.” Basically, they won't do it unless they are forced to do so.
The interesting thing about all of this is that the contract went into effect in September 2011, shortly after a black-Latino Spider-Man was introduced in the comic book world. There is no word on whether or not the studio changed their mind now that there is a public outcry, but our guess is that it probably didn't change anything at all.