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WWE's new United States Champion talks Spidey and Marvel

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Kofi Kingston Photos © 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. By Craig Tello With great power – and WWE's United States Championship – comes great responsibility. Just ask high-flying ring warrior Kofi Kingston. Growing up thumbing through the pages of "Amazing Spider-Man," the Monday Night Raw Superstar and newly crowned keeper of the U.S. Title certainly learned many lifelong lessons from the Marvel Universe. From his youngest days hanging out at the local shop called The Dugout, the fan-favorite Jamaican Craze was instantly captivated by the one and only webslinger himself, Spider-Man.

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"I started reading a lot of Spider-Man and Venom, who had his own series there for a while," Kingston says. "The fact that Venom knew who Spider-Man was and chose not to expose him, but rather make his life miserable and be his sworn enemy was interesting to me. That was probably my favorite rivalry." To watch Kingston compete in the squared circle, no Spidey Sense would be needed to recognize how perfectly suitable his super hero selection truly is. A lithe, athletically built specimen known for his agility and aerial arsenal, The Jamaican Craze has a rare talent to perform and entertain. "I don't pattern myself after Spider-Man," explains the United States Champion, "but I definitely see a lot of similarities – the high-flying, the acrobatics, the balance." "I try to stick to a few walls if I can," jokes the yellow-and-green-adorned dynamo with one of his wide-grinned chuckles. Loosely likening himself to the webhead, Kingston humbly explains that he can relate to the many moral tales told in the pages of Spidey books. The U.S. Champ is fascinated by the reality behind Peter Parker's powers and his choice to use them for good.

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"[Parker's] not the biggest or the strongest by any means in real life," the grappler explains. "Once he put on that mask, though, he was saving the world and giving it his all for the citizens and the greater good – kind of like me. I put my trunks on, I go out there and give it all I can. I try to do things for the greater good." As many of his fellow comic-enthused Superstars have agreed in various locker room powwows around the globe, Kingston finds his WWE world of ring ropes, turnbuckles and turncoats to be a steady parallel to the Marvel Universe. "It's really two similar worlds," he proclaims. "The concept of WWE entertainment, the foundation is good versus evil, which is the same thing as comic books." Kingston continues, "If I were to compare certain super heroes to certain characters, I'd say that CM Punk would be Wolverine. Shawn Michaels—a locker room leader, who's been around for quite some time—is like Cyclops, leader of the X-Men." But suppose Kofi himself was somehow supplanted in the 616, exchanging foes such as Matt Hardy and William Regal—two of three challengers to his U.S. Championship this Sunday, June 7 at Extreme Rules—for nemeses like Green Goblin and Doc Ock.

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Would The Jamaican Craze's reliable Thunderclap or signature "Trouble in Paradise" spin kick be proven superior to Spidey's web thwip? "I've got to go with the Thunderclap, although [with] the web thwip, you shoot those webs and people can't move," Kingston admits. "The Thunderclap might daze somebody because it's an interesting maneuver but I know it's only temporary. Spidey's webs, you can't get out of them." The versatile Superstar certainly knows what it's like to be caught in sticky situations. Though not equipped with finely crafted webslingers himself, Kingston—a former Intercontinental Champion and co-holder of the World Tag Team Titles—has prevailed against WWE's most dominant denizens.

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Perhaps his early Marvel musings, reading comics beneath the wilted palms of the beach-bunkered trees on an island paradise, were what developed Kingston's amiable charm and—more importantly—wildly innovative combat style. "I know comic books are comic books," he explains, respectful of his favored medium. "They're not exactly literary theme pieces, but they're still a good way to be entertained and get your reading in, too. They let you expand your imagination." Follow The Jamaican Craze, True Believer, and catch Spidey in "AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #596," available now. Then, tune in to WWE's Extreme Rules this Sunday, June 7 on pay-per-view to see if Kofi can swing out of a Fatal Four Way Match against MVP, William Regal and Matt Hardy with the prestigious United States Championship around his waist. You can read more about Kofi Kingston on WWE.com. And remember to catch him every Monday on Monday Night Raw and check out Extreme Rules this Sunday on pay-per-view! Check out the official Marvel Shop for everything Spider-Man! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes! Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now!

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thehammer2805
thehammer2805

[quote@megatallica [quote@superfam well edge doesnt have much of a chacater to break out of, he's canadian theres no lie there, wow he used his real name, so did kofi, thats his real name, yeah last names diff. so what, i dont see why ur making a big deal out of it, wow they say hes jamaican but hes from africa, ummm ok same accents and same race, sooooooo how is he being racist??? some wrestlers stay in chacater some dont, u think rey mysterio had his mask off when he was interviewed, hellll no! ur making this bigger than it is, its pro-wrestling, thats all that needs to be said.[/quote] YEP AND THERE IT IS.... mate... jamaica is not in africa, what you said was extremely ingnorant, and yet you guys still dont get it, its about racism, and untill you see what i see you wont get, and just so you get the idea, black face was "entertainment".IM AFRICAN AND I FIND THIS OFFENSIVE!!! whats so hard to see?[/quote] you cannot compare this to blackface...you're being ignorant yourself by doing that. The men who created films with blackface were eventually run out of the film business because of it. I dont foresee anything happeneing to vince mcmahon because of this article. And again, its acting. He probably had a hand in creating his own gimmick, and he obviously has no problem being portrayed that way. If he isnt offended by it, why are you?

Meganubis
Meganubis

[quote@superfam well edge doesnt have much of a chacater to break out of, he's canadian theres no lie there, wow he used his real name, so did kofi, thats his real name, yeah last names diff. so what, i dont see why ur making a big deal out of it, wow they say hes jamaican but hes from africa, ummm ok same accents and same race, sooooooo how is he being racist??? some wrestlers stay in chacater some dont, u think rey mysterio had his mask off when he was interviewed, hellll no! ur making this bigger than it is, its pro-wrestling, thats all that needs to be said.[/quote] YEP AND THERE IT IS.... mate... jamaica is not in africa, what you said was extremely ingnorant, and yet you guys still dont get it, its about racism, and untill you see what i see you wont get, and just so you get the idea, black face was "entertainment".IM AFRICAN AND I FIND THIS OFFENSIVE!!! whats so hard to see?

superfam
superfam

well edge doesnt have much of a chacater to break out of, he's canadian theres no lie there, wow he used his real name, so did kofi, thats his real name, yeah last names diff. so what, i dont see why ur making a big deal out of it, wow they say hes jamaican but hes from africa, ummm ok same accents and same race, sooooooo how is he being racist??? some wrestlers stay in chacater some dont, u think rey mysterio had his mask off when he was interviewed, hellll no! ur making this bigger than it is, its pro-wrestling, thats all that needs to be said.

thehammer2805
thehammer2805

is it just me or does this megatallica dude need to calm down just a little bit? nobody is trying to imply that you or anyone else is stupid. wwe created a character, he's acting as that character, and was interviewed as that character. its just a gimmick, its for show, and like i said, hes an actor. people need to quit being so offended by every little thing nowadays. its really just getting old.

Meganubis
Meganubis

and clearly you dont know how to read, im not ticked because its fake, IM PI**ED BECAUSE THEY THINK WERE DUMB ENOUGH TO BELIEVE ITS REAL. This is about the people [u] BEHIND[/u] the wrestling, talking about comics, i mean when Adam Copeland (yes they used his real name) was interviewed, he wasnt in character, he was talking about his real life, he broke character, so why do wwe feel the need to fake **** now, BECAUSE THEY THINK ITS OK TO FAKE A PERSONS ETHNICITY, IT MIGHT OF BEEN OK BACK IN THE 80s, BUT ITS NOT NOW!

superfam
superfam

obviously you ppl dont watch wrestling, not every wrestler is what they say they are, it doesnt matter its entertainment, quit crying about it, if u havent noticed spider-man isnt real either, and kofi may or may not be jamaican soooooo what!! he does a pretty dame good accent, and he's a great wrestler, so lay off.

Meganubis
Meganubis

well there is a difference, santino [u] has[/u] an italian background, but kofi has nothing to do with jamaica, i guess its abit stupid what wwe is doing, they think people are stupid, and think that foreign, is just foreign, and it doesnt matter what country your from. i mean do you really think raven was going around maintaining his gimick when he wrote that issue of spider-man's tangeled web.If wwe want to be taken seriously then they should keep gimicks and personal lives seperate, if your going to do an interview with a website about your personal comic preferences, THEN MAKE IT PERSONAL.But i guess thats why wwe is pretty bad in last few years.

tedmic1962
tedmic1962

I can tell you that Kofi Kingston is from Winchester Massachusetts. He went to school with my Nephew. The Dugout is a store in town and is still in business today. Last time I checked there wasn't any palm trees in this town.

DoctorWho
DoctorWho

[quote@megatallica HOW DARE MARVEL SURCUMB TO THIS BULLC**P.IF YOU GUYS DONT KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT, its the fact that kofi kingston is NOT jamacan. maybe marvel just really didnt know, but this article might as well say bulls**t 20000 times, I was looking forward to reading this article and then 1 paragraph in the lies start, i mean yea kofi maybe you just substitute ghana for jamaica, just cause wwe make you for your gimick, but thats low, why go around make a gimick about your "first" ever jamaican wrestler, thats just ignorant and racist, vince should just be shunned on tv for crap like this, i mean im from the continent and i find this petty and wrong.Marvel should just boycott wwe, atleast tna and mma are decent enough to tell you the really stories behind their talent and marvel comics.[/quote] While I see your point in the whole Ghana/Jamaica thing, I think boycotting WWE is a little much. It's not like he is the first wrestler to hail from somewhere else. Santino Marella is not from Italy, he's from Canada. Not to mention there are probably countless others. I don't think they do it to offend people. They are creating a character for the fans. I can't say whether or not it is racist, but if I had to I would say no. :dead:

Meganubis
Meganubis

HOW DARE MARVEL SURCUMB TO THIS BULLC**P.IF YOU GUYS DONT KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT, its the fact that kofi kingston is NOT jamacan. maybe marvel just really didnt know, but this article might as well say bulls**t 20000 times, I was looking forward to reading this article and then 1 paragraph in the lies start, i mean yea kofi maybe you just substitute ghana for jamaica, just cause wwe make you for your gimick, but thats low, why go around make a gimick about your "first" ever jamaican wrestler, thats just ignorant and racist, vince should just be shunned on tv for crap like this, i mean im from the continent and i find this petty and wrong.Marvel should just boycott wwe, atleast tna and mma are decent enough to tell you the really stories behind their talent and marvel comics.