As everyone already knows, Miles Morales is Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe. He is an afro-Latino teen from Brooklyn who takes up the mantle after Peter Parker's death.
The character became a hit due to his storyline exploring how fighting crime as a teen can have a serious effect on your family life, social life, and on yourself.
There's also the rather large shoes Miles had to fill in-universe and in the real world. Not everyone was thrilled to see a black Spider-Man.
A different Spider-Man seemed to be fine. Every argument I've seen against Miles has been about his race.
Like Captain America, The Flash, and even Spider-Man himself, the identity has changed hands.
It only ever becomes a problem when it changes hands to someone non-white.
I am a male from a multiracial background that identifies as black. Always have. For as long as I could remember I've been a geek. For almost as long I've enjoyed the character development prevalent in fiction, especially older comics from Marvel and DC.
I hated status quo and still do. I remembered when after Knightfall Bruce Wayne had to keep dealing with the after effects of a hulking luchadore breaking his back.
When the X-Men told the world to go screw themselves because when things were getting increasingly worse for mutants The Avengers and Fantastic 4 threw them under the bus.
I also remember the bigotry in the geek community that hasn't really gone away. Not just towards people of color, but towards women as well.
What's going on with Miles Morales is what has been going on forever. Women and people of color are stuck in a sort of ghetto in the geek community in America, and while we're coming out of it we still have a long way to go.
Miles Morales is set to become Spider-Man in the mainstream Marvel Comics universe.
He is not a black Peter Parker. He is Parker's successor in the same way that Sam Wilson is Steve Rogers'.
The bigots who disguised their bigotry as faithfulness to the comics ask why Marvel doesn't create an original black character instead of changing things they grew up with.
They did. Miles Morales is about five years old, still relatively fresh. Peter Parker's past, and future, are not erased by his existence.
He still is a kid from Queens who got bit by a radioactive spider. Just like Steve Rogers is still a kid from Brooklyn who became a supersoldier.
It pains me to see that "white is right" seems to be how other fans of the characters think.
Had they announced Flash Thompson becoming Spiderman I don't think we'd see this.
More people would probably ask, "Who?"
Sorry, Flash Thompson, but you kind of disappeared from a lot of minds since the animated Spiderman series ended.
What didn't disappear is that like Peter Parker you are white, therefore a much more worthy successor than Miles Morales.
At least according to some people who I expect to read comments from soon.
They'll be attacking Johnny Storm, or asking why we can't make a new Blade movie, or focus on Luke Cage, or Black Panther.
They are not the only black superheroes. They are the most known, they are also characters who, except for Black Panther, can't pass on their mantle. They are also not new, original characters like have been asked for.
Johnny Storm is a race lift, but that doesn't change the character. Miles Morales is not a race lift. He is not Peter Parker.
Miles Morales is Spiderman.
A different Spiderman not different for his race.
He is not black Peter Parker