Sony’s upcoming animated movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, has sparked controversy due to a scene in its latest trailer.
The scene features a transgender flag and the words “Protect Trans Kids,” which many are calling out DISNEY for promoting gender transitions for children. This sequel to the highly successful 2018 film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, follows the story of Miles Morales, a Brooklyn teenager who takes on the mantle of Spider-Man.
The trailer was released on Tuesday and has since amassed over 16 million views on YouTube. The transgender flag appears in the trailer just after the 2:00 minute mark and was first noticed by the Twitter account @EndWokeness.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is set to open in cinemas June 2. it is the sequel to the Oscar-winning 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a box-office hit grossing $375.5 million worldwide.
The upcoming movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is being produced by Marvel in collaboration with Sony. Some have criticized Marvel for aggressively promoting transgenderism to its fan base by introducing characters who are transgender or gender “non-binary.” For example, last year Marvel introduced more transgender comic book characters, such as the trans mutants Escapade and Morgan Red. Additionally, some of Marvel’s shows on Disney+ have embraced gender non-conformity by featuring characters who are transgender or “gender fluid,” as seen in shows like Loki and Ironheart.