If We Can't Have A Non-White Spider-Man, How About A Non-White Director?

Marvel needs to cast different behind the camera, too.

Though it's possible Marvel might throw us a curve-ball casting the new Peter Parker in their 2017 debuting "Spider-Man" movie, it's probably time to accept that the most diversity we're going to get is having the Queens native played (again) by an English actor. I guess they have a Queen, at least?

But that doesn't mean Marvel -- and Sony, who is co-producing -- can't aim for a little diversity behind the camera.

The list of potential directors the duo of studios are rumored to be considering is out there, and though it's not totally surprising, it is KIND of surprising how there isn't a woman or person of color on the list anywhere.

Complicating things slightly, it seems that Marvel is looking to get a broad, John Hughes/high school comedy vibe for the rebootquel, and let's be frank: white dudes are the ones who are getting the directing jobs on the projects that would ostensibly qualify them for this plum assignment.

But there are directors out there who would bring a different voice to Spider-Man's story, and show that Marvel isn't just getting a black director for "Black Panther," a woman director for "Captain Marvel," and then washing their hands of the whole thing.

For example, Rick Famuyiwa, director of the Sundance hit "Dope," would be pretty much a perfect choice. Rather than reaching back for a John Hughes type voice, how about using the guy who actually gets the modern teen high school experience? If you've seen "Dope," you know he GETS what it's like to be a geeky teen growing up. He knows comedy, action, the struggle of heroes and villains -- and has a unique visual sense that would make sure this new "Spider-Man" looks like nothing else we've seen before.

A close second pick, Ryan Coogler may err a little serious, but "Fruitvale Station" and the upcoming (awesome looking) "Creed" prove he's got chops for drama -- and could maybe lure Michael B. Jordan on a similar path to Chris Evans, from playing the Human Torch and then straight in the Marvel movie universe.

Or how about Justin Simien, director of the pointedly hilarious "Dear White People." Or Nacho Vigalando, who knows how to craft unique sci-fi set pieces in "TimeCrimes," and has done a romantic comedy set during an alien invasion with "Extraterrestrial?"

The list goes on and on -- and I realize there's just guys on this list, but putting together a list of female directors of color who have (so far) been allowed to do a high school comedy is a whole other problem.

There are plenty of female directors out there who would kill on something like this -- Amy Heckerling, Leslye Headland and Gillian Robespierre all come to mind as female voices who nail the experience of growing up just as well, if not better, than any man. But when you get to female directors of color, the problem arises that most have been put in a box of "I AM A SERIOUS DIRECTOR," whether by choice or otherwise.

I'm 100 percent sure that there a ton of directors who are both non-white and non-male who could crush it with a "Spider-Man" movie... Hollywood just isn't giving them a chance to try their voice out yet.

So let's take this one step at a time, and get some person of color behind the camera. Unlike the fan objections towards a non-white Spider-Man ("But that's not how he looks in the comics!" they say), there's literally no reason you couldn't have someone of color directing.

Let's make it happen, Marvel. After all, Spider-Man comes from Queens, one of the most diverse places in America. Let's have a director who is able to capture that story.