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Now, as fans of Marvel comics' Ultimate line - an alternate version of the Marvel comic-book universe, in which everything plays out a little differently - undoubtedly already know, Miles Morales is fundamentally awesome.

Having taken over from Peter Parker as Spider-Man when the Ultimate Universe's version of the hero was killed, Morales - a half-black, half-latino, all-awesome teenager from Brooklyn - has fast become a fan-favorite, channeling much that we all loved about the youthful Peter Parker into the modern day Marvel universe.

For the many fans who've never read any Ultimate Marvel comics, however, Miles has largely remained a peripheral, ignore-able figure - after all, Peter Parker has always still been the 'real' Spider-Man, right?

Well, he might not be for too much longer, since it seems that:

Miles Morales is About to Become the Mainstream Marvel Spider-Man

Hells yes you are.
Hells yes you are.

Or, at least, Miles is seemingly set to take a leading role in not only the mainstream Marvel Universe (commonly referred to as Universe 616), but he's also apparently about to take the lead in his very own, straightforwardly titled, comic-book series: Spider-Man.

According to the New York Daily News, in fact, Morales will not only be a fully-fledged Spider-Man in his own right, but he'll be mentored by Peter Parker, too - suggesting that the original Spidey may well be (at least partly) hanging up his webshooters.

As Brian Michael Bendis, who both created Miles Morales, and will be writing the new series, put it...

"[This isn't] Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else."
Also anyone who likes awesome costume design.
Also anyone who likes awesome costume design.

...before going on to highlight just how much Morales means to so many fans:

"[There are] 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...But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people."

As part of Marvel's ever-increasing (and increasingly ever-awesome) push for diversity on the pages of it's comic-books, then, the move makes a whole lot of sense - even if, as the recently released promo image featuring two Spider-Men (and the likely existence of multiple Spider-Man comic-books at any given time) suggests, we actually end up still seeing Peter Parker playing Spider-Man on the page as well...

After all, as Bendis also pointed out, the adjustment of the Marvel Universe to actually reflect the world we all live in genuinely matters.

When, recently, Bendis' 4-year-old adopted African-American daughter picked up a Miles Morales Spider-Man mask in a toy store, her response was simple - and absolutely perfect. She put it on, turned to him, and said "Look daddy, I'm Spider-Man."

Bendis' response?

"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."

That's the thing, y'see: Whether Miles Morales ends up being the Marvel universe's only Spider-Man or not - or, indeed, ever makes an appearance on the big screen - that new comic-book world that's being built is a hell of a lot more open, engaging and universal than the one that came before it.

And that can't be anything but a good thing...

What do you reckon, though?

via NYDailyNews


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