That’s My Opinion: Why The Race of Our Heroes Shouldn’t Matter

Posted in The Screening Room by - November 21, 2014

With the recent reveal of Black Panther and the newly race swapped Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot, the public is rejoicing about the fact that minority heroes are now being put in the spotlight. I’m going to voraciously consume these films as I would any other comic book property. However, I feel that the outcry that we MUST have these characters represented on screen is misguided.

Don’t misunderstand my point, I have no issue with the renewed focused on these characters, but rather, I feel that the story is always the most important facet. As Guardians of the Galaxy proved, I’d watch a film about anthropomorphic raccoons as long as the story was engaging. Growing up as an Iranian American, I never had any racial role models to look up to (unless you really want to count Jake Gyllenhaal in the Prince of Persia). Therefore, it was never a consideration for me in deciding on what media i wanted to consume. Perhaps this jaded me to the extreme regarding matters like these.

My favorite heroes were and still are: Spider-Man and Deadpool, among others. Yes, they’re both Caucasian males, but race has nothing to do with what makes them interesting characters. Ultimate Spider-Man has a half Puerto Rican, half African-American Spider-Man, but his stories rarely deviate from his Peter Parker counterpart. I don’t want to be manufactured minority representations on the silver screen just because it hasn’t been done yet, I want to see them executed in a manner that I can lose myself in the story and not worry about how my own race isn’t well represented in the media. 

Thoughts?

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