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.
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Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future… but Peter Parker might not be. A new rumor claims the next friendly neighborhood webslinger will not be a white man, and will not be Peter Parker. Could we finally get the Miles Morales movie we’ve been waiting for?
More on the possibility of a non white Spider Man after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
Between Tobey Maguire‘s reign as our friendly big-screen Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield‘s, there was a brief period when Donald Glover was pushing for the job. That never came to be, of course, but now he’s finally getting his chance to play the webslinger all the same. The catch: it’s in a cartoon, not a live-action big-budget movie franchise.
Glover is set to voice Miles Morales in an upcoming episode of Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, which has Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell) passing through different parallel universes. Watch a clip featuring the Donald Glover Spider-Man after the jump.
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UPDATE: The producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have commented on this story, read their thoughts below.
Sony Pictures is invested in Spider-Man for the long term. They see the webslinger as their own Marvel cash cow and are planning a huge universe around the character. That continues with this weekend’s big sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The new movie will be followed by a third film, spinoffs featuring the Sinister Six and Venom, and potentially a fourth film in the series.
But what will they do after that? Reboot yet again? Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield, thinks the answer is already in the comics. He believes his character could, and should, pass the torch to the multi-racial character Miles Morales. Read More »
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We didn’t get Donald Glover but we are getting Miles Morales. This past June, the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, died in Marvel’s alternative “Ultimates” universe, making national headlines. On Wednesday, Ultimate Fallout #4 will reveal Parker’s webslinging replacement to be Miles Morales, a half-black, half-hispanic teenager. Cue even bigger headlines.
Plus, according to writer Brian Michael Bendis, Morales’s look as the new Spider-Man was indirectly influenced by Donald Glover’s campaign for the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man when the reboot was being cast. Read Bendis’ quote, information about the character and more after the break. Read More »