Exciting news for Spider-Man fans: the popular Spider-Man character, Miles Morales, is joining the main Marvel Comics universe this fall. Morales’ “Secret Wars” storyline in the Ultimate line of comics will wrap up by the end of this summer in time for the first biracial Spider-Man to be the main star in a new, relaunched story set to release in the fall.
Miles Morales, the teen son of an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother, was introduced in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite. Morales as Spider-Man is part of an initiative by Marvel to bring in diverse characters. The female Thor, African-American Captain America, and a teenage Muslim girl as Ms. Marvel are also three characters Marvel has created in an effort for their superheroes to become more diverse and thus appeal to a more diverse audience of readers.
well, this broke a little early so… http://t.co/9knQP7hdAH
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) June 21, 2015
While Peter Parker will still be featured in the Spider-Man film reboot, the news that Miles will be featured in the Marvel Comics universe is welcome news, especially for those fans who know Peter Parker’s story forwards, backwards, and upside-down. Fans are still anxiously awaiting news on who will play the superhero in the upcoming film, Marvel announced Peter Parker will remain as Spider-Man. Before the announcement, social media erupted with fans calling for Miles Morales to be Spider-Man rather than Peter Parker. Those hopes have been dashed, however, by Marvel’s announcement.
Writer and co-creator Brian Michael Bendis told the New York Daily News what he hopes the new lead Spider-Man will mean to fans of the superhero.
“Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask. But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
“Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”
While it seems we won’t be getting Miles as a cinematic Spider-Man any time soon, the fact that he will be included in the main comics universe is likely welcome news for comic readers who are tired of Peter Parker’s story. Reportedly, Parker will still be around as a mentor for Morales.
What do you think of Miles Morales’s inclusion into the main Marvel Comics universe as Spider-Man?
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