Stan Lee And Captain America

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Here's a recent Q&A with Stan Lee at Moviefone from a few days ago (thanks to Kurt for sending this in):

There was a rumor going around that Will Smith would be cast as Captain America. Any truth to that?

I would love us to do something with Will Smith, but I don't know that he's Captain America. That would be a long shot. It would be a real leap to make Captain America black ... then again, I don't know. It might be a really smart thing. If Barack Obama becomes President who knows ... suddenly a lot of our characters will be black!
Some quick thoughts:

1. His comment about more black characters being dependant on Obama winning the White House just makes me shake my head in the "Sounds like a typical white male privilege sound-bite who really doesn't get it" and while I'm sure he thinks he's really liberal pushing the boundaries in his career (see #2) he's really like a lot of other typical white liberals who might invite you into their home and say all the right things, but when push comes to shove, they'd really prefer their son or daughter be with someone who's white.

2. While I think think you could argue that Lee has helped to create characters who weren't white - or push them along via Marvel - along the same lines of #1, weren't The Black Panther and The Falcon just bit parts, where in essence they really just worked for the white man - Captain America?

3. I say if Wonder Woman can be black (and Gabriel Union would be great) so can Captain America.