“DANGER”: Comments about Black Men, White Women, and Science in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)

So true!

Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while entertaining on the surface, is problematic. Naturally, it fails the Bechdel Test (to pass, a movie ONLY needs to have at least two women with names, who talk to each other, about something other than a man). Like the recent Superman movie and others, it hits too close to home with its New York/Time Square setting, buildings collapsing, and plane crashes or near crashes. Additionally, cars being flipped over, secret trains, and other special effects are used that have become very clichéd. 

Very problematic is the film’s use of a character who is racialized as Black and genderized as Male: Max Dillon. (There are at least a few other Black characters–police officers–but these characters have no name and no significant role.) Max is very bright. He invents the power grid that runs the city but doesn’t receive any credit for it and is ridiculed…

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