Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Its been almost four years since Marvel revealed they would be introducing a half-Black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man named Miles Morales. But the character was part of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, which means that he remained part of a side universe sector of the Marvel Universe, which also included its own version of the classic Peter Parker character. So while it seemed like a huge step forward for diversity in comics, it was also seen as a compromise.
Marvel has now announced that Miles Morales is officially becoming Spider-man in the Marvel Universe, but that doesn’t mean he will be the only Spider-Man in town. Peter Parker is still around, so now we are presented with a universe with two spider-man characters. Will they be able to co-exist in New York City?
And while this is another step forward for Marvel, it seems like we won’t be seeing a black Spider-Man on the big screen anytime soon. Despite Spider-man comic writer Brian Michael Bendis and former Spider-man actor Andrew Garfield both suggesting that the new Marvel/Sony Spider-man should bring Miles Morales to the big screen, Sony seems set on a white Peter Parker as the main character in the series. Maybe that will happen someday too.
Here is the Miles Morales Spiderman press release:
Miles Morales Braves A Whole New Universe in SPIDER-MAN #1!
New York, NY—June 22nd, 2015— He’s the wallcrawler that made pop culture history and took the Ultimate Universe by storm. Now he’s ready to make history again, as he finds a new home in a completely new universe. Welcome to the Marvel Universe Miles Morales – hope you survive the experience! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce SPIDER-MAN #1 – a brand-new ongoing series starring Miles Morales coming later this year. Comic superstars and Miles Morales co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli begin the story that will have the whole world talking!
“Four years ago, we peeled back Spider-Man’s iconic mask to reveal a new and different face, and readers of all stripes have embraced him,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “I’m excited to announce that Miles Morales is here to stay – and this Fall, he’s going to be swinging through the heart of the Marvel Universe. Can new friends and enemies be far behind?”
A stranger in a strange land, Miles patrols the rooftops of a New York City that is very different from the one he knew. A world where countless heroes guard it’s skies and streets. A world where Miles is counted among the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. A world where Peter Parker is still alive. Though their paths have crossed before the landmark series Spider-Men, with Miles now living in Peter’s universe – is this town big enough for two Spider-Men? More importantly – how did Miles come to be here in the first place?!
“This is a very big deal to [Sarah and I],” says Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “For [Miles] to have grown up and flat-out earned his place in the Marvel Universe, as Spider-Man, is frankly so much more than we could have hoped for when we first sat down to design him and his life. When it became clear that I was going to follow Miles into this new adventure I was really hoping that Sara would see the value in it being both of us that do this together. I was thrilled that she agreed immediately.”
Critically lauded for his resonant and relevant introduction, Miles Morales made headlines the world over with his explosive introduction in 2011. Now, the chart-topping team of Bendis & Pichelli begin the epic next chapter of Miles Morales’ life is about to begin. Where will you be when he makes his thunderous arrival into our universe?
Swing into action with Miles Morales, the Marvel Universe’s newest amazing, spectacular, sensational, friendly neighborhood wallcrawler later this year with SPIDER-MAN #1!
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Coming Fall 2015!