Although Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark may be a tremendous flop, at least one arm of the spidey concern is moving forward. Marvel Comics has unveiled the new face of Spider-Man today, and his name is Miles Morales. Miles is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen from New York who will reprise Peter Parker’s role as the arachnophilic super-teen.
“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,” said Axel Alonso, editor in chief of Marvel, on the company’s website.
Media outlets, however, can’t seen to get past the race factor. “We have an African-American president, so why not an African-American Spider-Man, too?” asks USA Today in the lead of their story about the new character. Thanks for that insight, USA Today.
For those who don’t regularly follow the life and times of Spider-Man, the original hero, Peter Parker, was killed off last month by the Green Goblin, dying in the arms of his beloved Mary Jane. Miles, however, is already filling the gaping hole left in the hearts of comic book nerds the world over. Although his character was just announced earlier today, Miles Morales already has a Wikipedia page and has become a popular Twitter subject.
Other than the race-change and alliterative switch from P to M, Spider-Man will stay the same web-shooting, skyscraper-swinging superhero.