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Oh Look, Even Durex Condoms Has an Opinion on the Spider-Man Controversy

Is your Spidey sense tingling or are you just happy to see me?

Spider-Man gives double thumbs up onstage in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This week has been dominated by Spideypocalypse, after it came out that Marvel chief Kevin Feige would not produce the upcoming Spider-Man sequel. Disney and Sony’s partnership on the beloved character, which has seen Tom Holland’s Peter Parker appear in several MCU films, has been wildly profitable, but it now appears that neither side can reach an agreement.

This is, of course, upsetting to many fans who love Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man and wish to see him continue to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There has been no shortage of fan outcry on social media, as the memes flood our news feeds. Now, even corporations are weighing in on the story, including (inexplicably) Durex condoms:

Oh boy … where to begin with this? The fact that too massive corporations fighting for money has zero to do with arriving early? That Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is a 16 year old boy and an inappropriate target for a condom ad? Or that there’s anything, ahem, premature about a film franchise character that has been on the big screen since 2001?

If the subtweets are anything to go by, social media was as perplexed as I was:

Here’s the thing: it’s one thing for corporations to razz each other online, like the chicken sandwich wars. I’m even okay with shipping war declarations, because let’s be honest: these social media accounts are run by our fellow nerds. Everyone deserves to have some fun … after all, what else is social media for, aside from fake news, conspiracy theories, and cat videos?

But this Durex stunt feels like a bridge too far? I don’t know guys, not everything needs a social media response. And if we’re looking at condom/superhero partnerships, sweet virginal Spider-Man does not seem like the right fit. Preserve his innocence! Besides, if anyone needs condoms it’s Venom. That guy is clearly raw-dogging his way through San Francisco without a care in the world.

(via AVClub, image: Marvel/Sony)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.