Originally Posted by TheReverend
Jesse McCartney looks way more like the cartoon character than Dev Patel, so good luck with the closet conspiracy theories.
And because Peter Parker is every bit as, if not MORE (due to the relentless development of his character's early life, development) iconic than the costumed superhero. I'm even mad that they made the web fluid one of his powers, when originally it was something he built and developed (hence the two fingers clenched when he shot the web fluid because it pressed a button on his wrist mechanism).
There's plenty of room for a black kid/guy/even girl to get bit by a radio active spider. Just leave Peter Parker alone.
But once again, you still haven't explained to me how Parker's skin color is so important to him as a character and why someone who isn't white couldn't play the same role. IMO Peter has never been defined by his skin color. It's his humble beginnings and his idealistic views in the face of cynicism that makes his stand out. There's literally nothing about his skin color that makes it intrinsically important to that character beside one's memories of his physical appearance. And as shown by other posters, white people have played iconic historic roles that were not white either.
And personally, I think Dev Patel looks more like Sokka than Jackson Rathborne. And Dante Basco, who voices Zuko in the show, looks more like his animated character than McCarthey.