The teenager Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker in the relaunched Spider-Man. The first issue will hit the stores this fall
When Marvel Comics Spider-Man series will relaunched this fall, readers will find a new face behind the mask.
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Miles Morales, the biracial version of Spider-Man who used to appear in Marvel’s offshoot Ultimate Marvel, will take the center stage as the new Spider-Man in Marvel’s upcoming series, New York Daily News reports. The relaunched series, in which Miles Morales replaces Peter Parker, will be written by Brian Bendis and drawn by artist Sara Pichelli, who is the original creator of Miles Morales.
“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 the mask.” Brian Bendis said in a statement. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
The move is an attempt to add diversity in comic book superheroes so they can appeal a wide range of readers and more people can associate themselves with it.
“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.” Brian Bendis said.
The character has been around since 2011 and first appeared Ultimate Comics: Fallout following the death of “real” Spider-Man. He is a teenager from an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother. But the African-American descent Spider-Man will not make a debut on big screen anytime soon. Peter Parker, who is the original Spider-Man, will appear once again in Spider-Man reboot.
Marvel has already made some big changes in their comic book superheroes. They have introduced a black Captain America Sam Wilson, also known as the Falcon, a female Thor and Ms. Marvel which was originally used to be Carol Danvers but since 2013, Kamala Khan, who is the Marvel’s first Muslim character, is known as Ms. Marvel.
Bendis said. “I started crying in the middle of the aisle. I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor."
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