With great power comes greater diversity.
When Axel Alonso spoke with Comic Riffs early this year — immediately after being named Marvel’s new EiC — he said that rendering a more ethnically diverse comic universe would be important to him.
On Wednesday, that effort will be reflected in the Ultimate world of Spidey.
Marvel has just announced that Miles Morales — described as a half-black, half-Latino American teen — will be the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man when “Ultimate Comics Fallout” #4 lands tomorrow.
“When the opportunity arose to create a new Spider-Man, we knew it had to be a character that represents the diversity — in background and experience — of the twenty-first century,” Alonso says in the Marvel announcement. “Miles is a character who not only follows in the tradition of relatable characters like Peter Parker, but also shows why he’s a new, unique kind of Spider-Man — and worthy of that name.”
Parker died this summer in “Ultimate Spider-Man” #160. (In the larger, non-Ultimate universe, Peter still wears the suit.)
“He’s younger than Peter Parker, he’s coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view,” writer Brian Michael Bendis tells the Associated Press. “It’s Peter Parker’s death that inspires this kid to step up.”
Bendis also tells the AP that Marvel CCO Joe Quesada and he “talked about it at great length — what if [Spidey] was an African-American and how interesting it would be.”
On Twitter, Bendis also credited “Community” actor Donald Glover for convincing him he was on the right track. Glover — who tweeted to Bendis: “thank you for doing something really cool and interesting!” — campaigned last year for the feature-film role of Spidey that went to Andrew Garfield.
Adds artist Sara Pichelli in Marvel’s announcement: “I promise, you will fall in love with Miles — I already did.”