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Over the past few years and months many culturally base changes have swept through the comic book realm, from page to the stage, ethnic diversity is taking the spot light. Starting with Nick fury being played by Samuel L. Jacksons In the Avenger Movies, next, marvel reinvents some of their more notable character like Spiderman, Thor and Captain America just to name a few . “Recently, the news dropped that a woman would be taking up the mantle of Marvel’s iconic hammer-holding hero Thor, in the world of the comics. The change was announced as part of ‘Avengers NOW!’, a Marvel comics initiative aiming to rejuvenate their brand, spice things up a little and provide jumping-in points for new fans.” Via Den of Geek.
But for some reason there are fans who feel this is a bad move, mostly concerning the new identity of everyone’s favorite web slinger , Miles Morales, some would say his story is a little farfetched, and other say just flat out no this wrong,……Why does this matter ? Stan Lee shares his prospective about the issue ““I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” he said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.” Many fans say “that makes sense”, while others say “The point isn’t whether Peter Parker should be changed; the issue is whether they should use Peter at all, but rather Miles Morales.” via Comic Book Movies
Here’s the bigger picture, Comic book are more than just some sequential images on page use to tell a fictional story. Since the beginning it has been used as tool to spark social change. Fast-forward to this day and age, Comics has grown into more than just a brand, it’s a way of life. Many fans Idolize Characters and titles because they either share similar traits or have some characteristics he or she wishes to incorporate into their own personality. Marvel’s has change its character line up before with Rhodey taking over the role as iron man or spider man running off with marry jane and leaving a clone in charge. Moreover, DC has long had history of change character identity, with Batman, superman, and the Green Lantern.
So why the big deal, some characters are more iconic than others, case and point Spider Man, every time Marvel changes a hair on his head someone is in an uproar about it. With Marvel print and Cinematic Universe combining in more ways than one, It’s likely the big M will continue to reshape it brand to meet the needs of the diverse community it serves
Cosplaying while Black
In today’s cosplays, many people of vast cultural backgrounds create costume, participate events to immolate their favorite fantasy icon, imagination plays a major role in growth of this cultural brand, Many Cosplayers invasion his or her self as the character he or she wish to bring to life. “Since I started cosplaying in 2008, I’ve traveled the country, hitting up as many cons as financially possible, all the while making incredible friends, unforgettable memories, and lugging hard-to-get-through-airport-security props along the way. (Have you ever tried to fly with a dress made out of plastic bubbles? Fun fact: you can’t. But you can ship it to your hotel!”
“After my pictures started making the rounds on deviantArt, tumblr and 4chan, it became pretty clear that my cosplay brings all the racists to the yard, and they’re like…white cosplay is better than yours.” Racism is an unwanted constant in any persons of color life, whether he or she is a mainstream individual or a member of subculture, Stereotypes will always be present, the basic formula of this social affliction is lack of knowledge + biasing one’s worth on a signal attribute, Cosplay is no different. Cultural minority exist in every social circle, building an open and positive line of communication can we grow as individual.
The beauty of Cosplay is the mostly base on individual perception, this have a downside as well. What would you do if you saw a white guy playing the Role of Black Panther in the upcoming movie ?. On the other hand when it becomes more than unfriendly and excluding a particle individual base on a singular trait, this kind of thinking kills the very concept many protons seek out Cosplay in the first……… THAT IS TO BE THEMSELVE