Great news Miles Morales fans! Comic book artist Sara Pichelli and series writer Brian Bendis revealed that Ultimate Spider-Man (AKA Miles Morales) will be joining the mutant team in All New X-Men's issue #32.
The news was revealed via this black-and-white cover page:
Of course, it's not set in stone that this version of Miles Morales is from the Ultimate Spider-Man series. He could, in fact, be the Morales of Earth 616, who was teased toward the end of Spider-Men, another series handled by Pichelli and Bendis.
At the end of Spider-Men, Peter Parker travels to the Ultimate Spider-Man universe and meets Morales. When he returns home, he does a web search to see if Morales exists in "his" universe, and he has a shocked look on his face when he finds out, though that is left up to the imagination of the reader.
What does this mean for movies? Not much since X-Men and Spider-Man are owned by separate studios, but as we've seen in the past, comics go a long way toward inspiring film story-lines. That said, if we could have Miles Morales joining the X-Men, would we want him to?
In this case, the "All New X-Men" are a great team to join. The series, launched in 2012, is about the five original X-Men (Beast, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Angel and Iceman) traveling to the future to confront their counterparts, which is after their war against the Avengers (the "Uncanny" continuity) in which Cyclops basically went next-level crazy.
While it's not entirely clear how (or even why) Spider-Man will be introduced into the team, many are excited to finally see Morales enter the mainstream Marvel story-lines that will ultimately grant him enough popularity to receive the big screen treatment.
Also, we have to consider how this could be repurposed for television. As it stands, there are no current X-Men series, which leaves room for a show that could feature All New X-Men and Miles Morales (who would otherwise show up on Disney XD's "Ultimate Spider-Man" series).
To date, there have only been a handful of X-Men series, with the early 90s version being the most successful. There was also "X-Men: Evolution," which was released around the same time as the first X-Men film, as well as "Wolverine and the X-Men," an ambitious but short-lived series that ended in 2009. There was even an "anime X-Men" miniseries that came out in 2011, though it wasn't as great as you'd expect.
That said, we are definitely due for a new X-Men series, and "Uncanny" is probably the best direction said series could go in.
Would you rather have a Spider-Man/X-Men movie, or a Spider-Man/X-Men animated series?