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Fu, Albert S. "Fear of a black Spider-Man. Racebending and the colour-line in superhero (re)casting." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 6.3 (2015), S. 269–283.
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Keywords: "Spider-Man", Adaption, Comic-Verfilmung, Ethnizität, Fankultur, Serialität, Superheld, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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This paper tackles the way in which fans legitimise ‘whiteness’ in the pantheon of American fictional heroes. Using the 2010 internet meme calling for an African-American actor be cast as the next Spider-Man, and the replacement of Peter Parker with a character of Hispanic and African-American descent, I examine online arguments made by fans that Peter Parker and Spider-Man have been and therefore should remain white. Specifically, I am interested in the way in which fans legitimise the ‘casting’ choices of characters through the use of canon – the officially recognised history of a fictional universe – and dominant characterisations of Spider-Man as a hero.