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Earlier today, The New York Daily News announced Miles Morales will become the new face of Spider-Man in the first issue of the upcoming and relaunched comic book franchise. As the son of an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli will have perhaps their greatest challenge to attract fans to the new Spidey to various generations of readers.
“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,” Bendis said.
Though Morales first made his appearance in comic books in 2011, he is becoming a principal part in the Marvel Universe after the events of the Secret Wars. The transformation of Marvel characters has been seen in recent years with an African-America Iron Man, a female Thor, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, among others.
“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,” added Bendis. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
While bringing Morales as the new Spider-man won’t be happening in his cinematic future, perhaps this is a push by Marvel to make it happen eventually. Fans of Peter Parker will be happy to know he will still be included though this time as a mentor to Morales.
[Source]: The New York Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man Miles Morales — popular biracial version of the hero — joins main Marvel comics universe this fall.