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Spider-man fans need not fret: Peter Parker is still alive, still Spider-man, and still fighting crime in the regular Marvel universe. But in the Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter Parker died in Issue 160 and a new character named Miles Morales made his debut as Spider-man on August 3, 2012.
Miles Morales is half-black half-Hispanic– a decision made by Marvel Comics over a year ago and “long overdue,” according to comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis in an article with USAToday. He further noted that “the theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility… [Miles Morales is] going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means.”
Bendis also gave actor Donald Glover “mucho credit” for Miles Morales’ look: last year Glover launched a Twitter campaign to win an audition to play Peter Parker in the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man and donned Spider-Man pajamas on an episode of his television show, Community.
Marvel seems prepared to stand behind their latest Spider-Man. “What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who’s reflective of our culture and diversity,” said Marvel’s editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso. “We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker.”
Look for Miles Morales to start his new adventures as Spider-Man in September!