Where would we be without Wikileaks? Wikileaks has begun releasing documents from the Sony hack. If you live on another planet or as in my case just don't give a damn what happens in Hollywood, you may not know that Marvel Comics and Sony agreed on a joint venture to put Spider-Man in the movies. In the contract some very specific terms as to the Spider-Man image and character are spelled out. He is a middle class, Caucasian and heterosexual male, who does not do drugs or have sex with minors.
Marvel can enjoin a Picture if it does not conform to the foregoing Mandatory
Character Traits. For any other failure to conform to Character Integrity or other
requirements, Marvel’s sole remedy is damages.
b. Peter Parker Character Traits. Depiction of Peter Parker or his Spider-Man alter ego
must conform to the following character traits:
His full name is Peter Benjamin Parker.
He is Caucasian and heterosexual.
His parents become absent from his life during his childhood.
From the time his parents become absent he is raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben
in New York City
He gains his powers while attending either middle school or college.
He gains his powers from being bitten by a spider
He designs his first red and blue costume.
The black costume is a symbiote and is not designed by him
He is raised in a middle class household in Queens, New York
He attends or attended high school in Queens, New York, and he attends or
attended college in New York City, New York.
a. Mandatory Spider-Man Character Traits. Spider-Man (whether Peter Parker or an
alternative Spider-Man character) must always strictly conform to the following
“Mandatory Character Traits”:
Does not torture*
Does not kill unless in defense of self or others*
Does not use foul language beyond PG-13
Does not smoke tobacco*
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
Not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual