The Avengers Lacks Black Superheroes

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke is mad that there are no black superheroes in the movieThe Avengers.

Over the weekend, I finally took my son to see The Avengers. It is definitely a blockbuster, but where the heck is the Black Panther? All the superheroes are white. You have Thor, the blond, blue-eyed Norse god; the Incredible Hulk, the smart white scientist turned raging monster; Iron Man, the handsome, slick alien-busting version of Bill Gates; and Captain America, the hillbilly supersoldier.

Samuel L. Jackson's character, Nick Fury, doesn't count. He's just playing the role of the figurehead — he doesn't have any superpowers — and in the comic books, Fury is white. Jackson is more like President Obama calling in SEAL Team Six to take out Osama bin Laden. He gives the orders, but he doesn't do the job.

Instead, the biggest blockbuster of the summer sends out a subliminal message that Hispanics and blacks can't be counted on to save the world. Heck, the producers couldn't even squeeze in a little screen time for Don Cheadle to play Iron Man's sidekick, War Machine. That makes me very upset.

The movie should have included the Black Panther, who became the first black hero in modern-day comic books when he made his debut fighting alongside the Fantastic Four in 1966. According to his origin tale, the Black Panther's real identity is T'Challa, the chief of the Panther tribe from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He had to earn his title by fighting other champions from the tribe, and his job was to protect his country from exploitation. He has genius-level intellect, and his senses and physical attributes have been enhanced to near-superhuman levels. The Black Panther joined the Avengers in 1968. Eight years later, he starred in his own comic book, in which he took out the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. And he could charm the ladies too. His girlfriend was Storm, the mutant leader of the X-Men.

So why can't Hollywood bring him to the big screen? The only black actor who gets to dress up in tights these days is Tyler Perry — and he is not making comic-book movies. I really hope the Black Panther makes it into the Avengers sequel, because my son deserves a superhero who looks like him.

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blackdating
blackdating

Maybe the Black Panther will be in the sequel or even have a movie all to himself. If he does I hope they make a better job of it than they did with Cat Woman. Can you imagine Cat Woman and the Black Panther joining forces like they are some black dating thing.

ericstaples
ericstaples

That's specifically why Stan Lee made the Black Panther to eventually join the Avengers. The Black Panther is black, btw. 

John
John

Captain America isn't a hillbilly. I don't like it when someone wants to tell others what to do with their own money. They are not the one's risking millions of dollars. If some people want to see a black super hero, by all means do it with your own money. You don't hear any Asians or Hispanics complaining, it's always a black person. Blacks in the NBA and NFL are a huge majority, but no one in the black community is complaining about that. Some people are just so insecure that they can't even enjoy a movie without thinking about racism. To them everyone is a racist. He should focus on why is it that black young people are killing each other? Oh, and by the way. I am Hispanic.

Dnvn97
Dnvn97

Whats up with all the stereotyping not all blacks are living or acing like that. We deserve respect to u know.

Kielboss
Kielboss

Can you imagine, blacks trying to save the world? The notion is LAUGHABLE. In the USA, blacks are too busy killing each other and robbing whitey. 1 out of every 4 black people in the USA are on welfare. Maybe blacks can have "Captain Welfare" as a superhero? He goes to poor neighborhoods and passes out welfare applications to those who are too damn lazy to get off their behinds to get it themselves? Or what about "Sickle-Cell" man? It's a cure, not a disease? Or what about "Crips-man?" He goes around committing crimes all day, and then ultimately turns himself in. Enough of blaming whitey for your problems. Look through your window if you want to see what your problems are, it's your own race of digusting pavement apes.

Jordan R
Jordan R

Ridiculous trash of an editorial.....almost like the character in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" complaining there were no black people hung up on the wall of an Italian pizzeria.....maybe you should raise your son to see that good should triumph over evil no matter WHAT color the skin is......asshole

nutoseatac
nutoseatac

This idiot is laughable. Really? Oh my God. He's a despicable, racist human being. He's a black klansman.

Steven Morrow
Steven Morrow

Another prime example of an otherwise (allegedly) talented person using his race as a prism through which to judge reality. I do not feel sorry for me being white or you being black. You have MUCH BIGGER, real-life, disastrous issues to address with (your own) people than diversity in the Avengers. Stop blaming whites. Whites are not murdering your kind in droves, African-Americans are. Go ahead and turn to structural inequities to make excuses.. so, when is black culture actually accountable for anything? A job? Children conceived? Not living by the Code of the Street? Blaming is not a solution or we would have not seen all the massive deaths (children included) on the South Side of Chicago that surpasses the deaths in Afghanistan this year. I highly doubt Whitey putting you in The Avengers is going to change any of that. African-Americans need to truly heal by stopping the blame-game and achieving for the sake of their own worth. Not by people saying in 2012, "Boo Hoo." The liberals are your worst enemy because they want you weak and bitter and pitiful and resentful so they can assume the role of your only hope. They are of this mindset. God forbid, someone says you do not need to have things done for you by government. You "can't possibly do it for yourself, you need us." Liberals are racists for political profit. Stop whining about alleged negligence and make yourself stronger. Be accountable. Do not be reliant. Think bloody well for yourself.

Celafave
Celafave

I thought Nick Fury was black. God get over it people.

Glen
Glen

Hey Luke! Your a "Filmmaker"... Go out and make your own black super hero! Oh yeah, I forgot the type of films you make, kids can't watch them.. oh well...

Toyajohnson68
Toyajohnson68

i completely agree. Here's hoping Hollywood is listening.

imposiblenottoberacist
imposiblenottoberacist

impossible not to be racist .your behavior and way of living the way you people present yourself can make a racist out of anyone...

blackracist
blackracist

Trey O Five and Luther could make a movie two black man fighting for a watermelon

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

Thanks LUke for exposing the mentality of these devils. but as you can see from the comments it's never going to change. It's in their nature to be the beasts that they are. I would expect this from some trailer park trash but you have college educated devils posting these racist, ignorant views. Funny how they always can manage to slide a gay reference into all media these days but exclude the ORIGINAL MAN

blackracist
blackracist

Forget the movie theatre take Luther Jr to Carol City there he will see many black superhereos .You got Foodstamp Man, Crackhead Man ,Gangsta Man, Pimp Man,Car Jacking Man,Murder Man ,Homicide Man ,Aids Man ,Kool Aid Man, all local Black superhereos..dont forget the females lets see you got Section 8 Woman,Multiple Baby Daddys Woman all black hereos but in real life not hollywood make believe

blackracist
blackracist

Take your son to Liberty city he will see lots of blackmen in ski mask the african american Hero

Jamiroquai
Jamiroquai

Dear Miami New Times, every time you publish an article by this retarded bastard it knocks the credibility of your newspaper down about 10 notches. Hey Luke I took a pale ass shit the other day absolutely no dark colored matter in it the other day ...does that make me racist? Hershey makes white chocolate candy bars, are they racist? If you wear a white shirt, are you viewed as a racist, and if so can I spill some coffee on it so that I am no longer looked down on by such an integral member of society as yourself? Homie go preach that shit to someone else Miami is the biggest melting pot in the world we are all mixed here you're only pissed because we didn't add your retarded ass to the sauce.

black racist
black racist

they don't buy Marvel comic books they steal it you should know that

Elias
Elias

black people are criminals, it's only good that we use them as villians in superohero movies... DUUUHHHH, i thought it was obvious, or maybe im just racist. that's racist ya'll, i guess i'm racist...lol

Mike B
Mike B

How many white people have you seen in any of Tyler Perrys' movies? One or 2 "Token" whites? How many white women are there in the Miss Black USA contest? When was the last time you watched the WET channel...White Entertainment Television? Blow it out yer A$S Luther....(BTW, Your music Sucks)

Bernie
Bernie

Give me a break, quit whining about nothing, geez, REAL life is not politically correct and the more you whine the more tied we get hearing about it. Write your own comic.

Robin Chin
Robin Chin

Oh yeah Tim, don't forget Storm on X-men w/ Halle Berry & Catwoman w/ Halle Berry again........two more Black comic book characters that made it to movies....which I think we just named about 9 movies in the past 15 years with black comic book characters!! Mr. Luke, how about naming off some Asian or Hispanic comic book characters that made it to the big screen in the past 15 years???? Hello, McFly!!!?? Always got be whining about something, never damn happy!

Tim Richards
Tim Richards

First of all Mr. Luke, isn't really Mr. Afrcan-American role model how he depicts black females on stage fondling them! Hello!? #2, You have movies that already have Black comic book role models like: Steel w/ Shaq, Blade 1,2,3 w/ Weslie Snipes, Hancock w/ Will Smith, Spawn w/ Michael Jai White........so what more do you want until you're happy!?? They even added Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury on the Avengers; who was originally white!! Hello! What more until you're happy!?? How about stop worrying about how blacks are viewed fictionally, and start worrying how they're viewed non-fictionally!!!!

trtmntdude
trtmntdude

I can't belive that I wasted my time reading this. So now affirmative action has to take place in the movies? I'll remember that the next time I flip on B.E.T. or Centric. or catch an ad for blackpeoplemeet.com. Can anyone IMAGINE the backlash for seeing an ad for a site named Whitepeoplemeet.com? And now we have to appease a racist who has made ZERO worthwhile contributions to civil society, lecture us on the absence of black superheroes. Here is an idea; instead of promoting the garbage smut videos that you do, why don't you come up with a script and get some backing and produce a black hero movie. If you don't like SPAWN (which I agree has to be one of the worst movies ever) then make something else. But please stop your whining.

James Flower
James Flower

Is this a joke?

Who the hell wants to see any black people in films, let alone in superhero films?

Pass me the sick bucket. We have to put up with the antics of blacks in real life, we dont need them in fantasy too.

Campbell is a tool
Campbell is a tool

Racist idiot. Not that you or any of your followers are smart enough to understand an argument but here goes: what about the 30 other members not mentioned? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...The problem with blacks is simple. There are no real heroes. Rapper? Basketball star? That's not a hero. You never see any black hero's because they singularly lack the fundamentals needed. Frankly, it is more unrealistic to see a black win any hard science award (physics / chem etc as opposed to social sciences) then it is to imagine the marvel universe is actually real...

Downloading...
Downloading...

Are the racist comments necessary? As a Black man I don't find them to be. Some of you seem to be basing the entire community off of what the media feeds you.

I understand where Luke is coming from, but I don't necessarily agree. We had someone in the movie we could say, "Hey he looks like me." But there was absolutely no Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, etc. representation in the movie, and the lack of actresses bothered me more than the lack of a Black hero. Given the times Marvel originated from, the man behind the magic (Stan Lee) couldn't even make his characters look like him due to antisemitism running rampant. Most characters of race were hyper-stereotyped and offensive, too.

It would have been nice to see Black Panther or Falcon, however, neither characters were original founding members. Marvel kind of screwed that up a bit with this. The Wasp and Antman could have easily replaced Black Widow and Hawkeye had they thought it through back with Iron Man 2, and could have did their solo movies after The Avengers. They've done a pretty good job at sticking with the comics. Putting in Black Panther would have moved certain events forward in The Avengers time line.

Besides. I believe he's getting his own movie soon? If I remember correctly, he was in the line-up along with Doctor Strange, Antman, and a few others. I don't think a Black superhero being excluded was on purpose given how the comics are written and the timeline that is attached to The Avengers. Just remember that people of other races weren't represented at all. Sometimes I think we take these things to an extreme when there isn't a need for it. Nick Fury was pretty boss in the film and I was more than content with that.

I would encourage you to simply introduce your soon to the Black heroes that are in the comics. We may not be 'heroic' in the movies, but the characters who 'look like us' are pretty epic in the books.

Dan
Dan

This article is racist.

angryfantasyfan
angryfantasyfan

There are a lot of Marvel fans calling for Black Panther to be in the sequel. He'd definitely be more useful than Hawkeye,

Good article.

Julio
Julio

You are a true racist piece of crap!!!!!!!!

Jon
Jon

When you call white people Hillbillys, then I could care less about your racial concerns.

Chipowski
Chipowski

America lacks Black Superheros. The sooner Black America dumps the gangster lifestyle and returns to the likes of MLK, GWC, WEBD and Thurgood Marshall, the better off we will all be.

Sprag2960
Sprag2960

good maybe now it will be a good movie

tearcollector
tearcollector

Now what?!?! I'm tired of hearing the complaint that there HAS to be a black person in everything and anything!! There are plenty of instances that I can mention where members of certain races aren't even remotely included. Should every race be offended? Where are the other races in all black sitcoms, movies and videos? Afraid if you don't pull the race card you will have not a damn thing to write about?Last time I checked we are all equal. Equal doesn't mean special treatment based on the color of your skin. I'm sick of the tantrums!

Bynnod
Bynnod

Nick Fury doesn't count? Why? Because if you count him as the bad ass super hero that is, then your article falls apart. And why is this an issue of race anyway? Isn't the whole idea for color to not matter? If a white man wrote that he wanted more white super heroes, there would be protests and riots. Why is this article not seen for what it is - RACIST.

cubanogm
cubanogm

Because blacks are only 13% of the population and because of the number of Superheroes they do not need to have a black in them, but with 10 or less superheroes,blacks do not have to be represented.Hispanics are 19% of the USA population and they are not represented either.That is why there are no blacks in the Superheoes.Get it Luther.

Pedro Pachanga
Pedro Pachanga

YEAH, SURE, LET'S BRING ON LUKE CAGE, BUT WITH THE 1970'S LINGO : "SWEET CRISTMAS, DON'T BE TALKIN' ABOUT MY MAMMY, YOU JIVE HONKEY !" GOTTA KEEP IT REAL...

Pedro Pachanga
Pedro Pachanga

THE HECK WITH YOU, LUKE ! WHO SAYS THERE ARE NO LATIN HEROES ? GEORGE (THE Z-MAN ) ZIMMERMAN IS MY HERO !!!!

Nikki Y
Nikki Y

What a stupid article!

wow
wow

Wow. Its amazing how much hate people will spew when they can be anonymous. Being a minority is never a problem to some in the majority. Never thought I'd say this but Luke is right. Black Panther should have been in the Avengers or even Falcon. There are enough black superheroes to go around. Society isn't all anything and should be represented that way. That being said, you can go ahead and continue to anonymously spew your hate. Carry on.

highhandlow
highhandlow

You miss the point totally. Maybe that is your intention ( as I suspect as much). The point is that Hollywood has shaped the American landscape for over a hundred years. Boys and girls grow up wanting to emulate and identify with superheros, movie stars, amazing characters that grace the screens and infiltrate throughout american culture. The plight that is being spoken of is Hollywood knowingly ignoring a significant part of this country when producing positive black characters.

You say that it's their money and blacks complain too much. Fair enough (though it makes you sound like an idiot). But where are you? Where are you when a culture created by blacks (hip hop music and dance) is taken from the black community by whites who use their money to steal black culture, repackage it up in white and make millions. Do you know that SYTUCD makes a great deal of money off black culture? What about movies such as Step up? Hey....I got one for you....What about Barbie's "BLING BLING doll"? Please stop with the "blacks whine" too much.  Blacks should be included in American life and movies. They damn sure contribute....however much their contributions are stolen and revised.

highhandlow
highhandlow

You are the worst kind of coward. I bet a great deal you have never told a black person what you typed here. I bet you would never have the guts to do it. And the next time you think that we are all Americans remember how you have split the country in parts by color. My only hope is that you one day grow the balls to say these things to a black person's face. You won't but I surely hope you get dumb enough to do it. Then come back here and post. Oh...and provide a picture of your jaw....you know the one side that you have left.

afropride97
afropride97

sir im a teenager and the fact of the matter is world wise white people are the minority black and asians are the majority and stop talking about what you think all black people are like

Moewill2000
Moewill2000

You sir are a ass and you just my be a racist yourself.

Edwina Jackson
Edwina Jackson

Hollywood in general think theyknow what the public thinks and want to see, yes I would like to see blcks in a better light and yes as a race we can be stupid and harmourselves, but there a plenty of us out here that work for what we want and help out each other but all the masses ever see is the wrong they a few does. When we stop looking at each other as races and start seeing ourselves as just plain human race and accepted each other for what we show each other this world would be a whole lot better, but than again we are what we are.

cubanogm
cubanogm

Blacks are only 13% of the population of the USA so with less that 10 Superheroes,blacks do not have to be represented.This is not racism is democracy.People are represented according to their numbers in the population in general.That is the way Congresspeople are represented,by number of citizens in a district.Such are Superheroes.When there are 10 Superheroes a black one will be written in.Do not try to make this situation a race thing because it is not.

Your mom
Your mom

I notice you didn't leave your name address or telephone number either.

 
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