Thursday, August 4, 2011

Marvel Comics reveals New Spider Man is black

America has an African-American president, so why not an African-American Spider-Man, too?

Revealed in Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June. To reflect the racial changes in America Spider Man has been given a makeover - as a half black half Latino teen. Miles Morales has replaced Peter Parker as the face behind the famous webbed mask, Marvel Comics has revealed.

In the latest edition of the Ultimate Fallout series he pulls back his mask and shows his face for the first time.

In his first appearance, he simply breaks up a fight. But readers will learn the true origin of Morales and how he became the new Spider-Man when Ultimate Spider-Man relaunches in September with a new No. 1 issue.

“The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility,” says writer Brian Michael Bendis. “He’s going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means.”

The Ultimate imprint is separate from Marvel's other comics - where Parker is alive and well. Ultimate exists in a parallel universe where entirely different realities can take place, Marvel said.

Marvel's editor in chief Axel Alonso says, "As someone who grew up on a steady diet of 'Luke Cage, Hero For Hire' and 'Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu,' I am personally invested. This was a conscious decision. Here at Marvel, we pride ourselves on reflecting the real world in all its diversity. We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker."

Now for the SHOCKER: Another surprise could be in the pipeline after his creators said that in the future they would not rule out making him gay.

1 comment:

Rashpal said...

Yup, world's first Politically Correct Superhero? Reflecting the real world minorities (gay too!) in all their diversity.