Well-loved character Peter Parker and his incredibly famous alter ego Spider-Man must always be portrayed as Caucasian, straight male according to the currently relevant legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment.
The information was made public when the notorious website WikiLeaks, released the relevant files in a massive document release of 276,394 files, emails and financial data on to its servers this week.
The currently relevant legal contract was brought into effect in September 2011. A written agreement was made by the concerned parties that the Spider-Man portrayed will not be a homosexual, unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual. This probably meant that Spidey could not be homosexual on the screen unless he has been one in a comic book.
Variety listed out the detailed list of mandatory character traits that the companies agreed upon before the two companies had signed the papers. Among the character traits listed were the following: does not torture; does not kill in defense of self or others; does not use foul language beyond PG-13; and does not smoke tobacco. Other mandatory traits included were: does not sell/distribute illegal drugs; does not abuse alcohol; does not have sex before the age of 16; does not have sex with anyone below the age of 16.
The list is obviously beyond reproach as far as these traits are concerned. Who would want Spidey to get drunk and go on a killing spree?
But the list also mentions that Spiderman cannot be a homosexual and this is obviously something that has got a lot of people ranting on the internet.
Prior to the signing of this licensing agreement, Tobey Maguire played lead in the Spider-Man franchise as Peter Parker in the three movies between 2002 and 2007. Neither Sony Pictures nor Marvel Entertainment has commented on either the WikiLeaks document leak or the licensing agreement.
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