Yesterday, Marvel announced that Miles Morales, the half-Latino & half-Black superhero will be taking up the mantle of Spider-Man along with Peter Parker, who already dons the mask as Spider-Man, within the main Earth-616 universe of Marvel Comics.
Back in 2011, Morales made his debut within the “Ultimate,” universe of the comic books when that universe’s Parker was murdered. Although there have been other characters of color who have appeared in the company’s comic books, Morales was the first biracial superhero to appear in Marvel and within such a coveted role. Since his debut, Morales has accumulated a sizeable following from hardcore comic book fans of the series.
“Many kids of color…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 the mask,” said Brian Bendis, writer and co-creator of Spider-Man and other works in Marvel.
While noting what Morales has done within the Marvel universe by being a character where a wide range of readers can connect to due to a similarity, it is just one factor that has made Morales such a lovable character. And it is because of this adoration for the character that fans have pushed for Morales to appear on the big screen in any future Spider-Man films.
Earlier this year, Marvel and Sony came to a truce of sort and announced plans to team together to produce a Spider-Man & Avengers film which would see the web-slinger team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. However, many fans want to see a Morales Spider-Man as opposed to a Parker one. A sentiment that isn’t exactly new.
Prior to Andrew Garfield taking up the mask as Spider-Man—which was left open after Tobey Maguire’s tenure—fans began an online campaign to see Morales on the big screen. One actor in mind who’s been heavily backed by fans to take up the role is Donald Glover.
However, it doesn’t seem like Morales will appear on the silver screen anytime soon. For now, Morales will just take to patrolling the streets of the big apple alongside with Parker’s Spider-Man as he protects the civilians of fictional New York City.
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