Spider-Man has always had some of the most compelling foes in comics. It's one of the many reasons that he's such an easy character to bring to film, because his enemies are already in that sweet spot of being powerful enough to present a threat to a teenager who can bench press a car, while still having motivations, flaws, and gimmicks that are always fun to see in practice. But while movies like Spider-Man 3 have flirted with the classic supervillain team-up, we've never really gotten a big-screen version of one of Spidey's most famous challenges: the Sinister Six. Now, however, it looks like that might be where the web-slinger's cinematic adventures are heading. It's not that they're going to introduce the Sinister Six in the MCU — it's that they might already exist, even if you've never noticed.
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Warning: People who use the phrase "playing the race card" need not apply to the following post. I guess that rules out, y'know, our entire political class, but oh well. Anyway, a trio of recent pieces have taken on the issue of race in contemporary superhero comics and movies. Perhaps the most high-profile of the three pieces is Chris Sims's essay on "the racial politics of regressive storytelling" for Comics Alliance. Sims argues that DC Comics' current penchant for restoring the Silver Age versions of Green Lantern, the Flash, the Atom, the Legion of Super-Heroes and so on has the unintentional but regrettable effect of pushing their successors -- in many cases, non-white characters created to replace their slain or off-stage white predecessors -- to the sidelines. While he's quite clear that he doesn't believe Geoff Johns or any of the other writers or editors involved are motivated by racial animus, he laments the way in which several decades' worth of minority characters are now becoming "footnotes" in the race to create comics that evoke the creators' and readers' memories of their childhood favorites.
With most major superheroes, someone might have to pause a second or two before answering. Try to come up with just the right phrasing to effectively get across all the pertinent information of what makes Wonder Woman who she is aside from a lasso and a plane. What defines Wolverine besides knife-fists and truly worrisome hairstyle choices.
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