I have been fan of Miles Morales since his release in 2011. Brian Michael Bendis could write instruction manuals and make them riveting. Sara Pichelli has a deep understanding of Spider-Man’s body movements and what the fans want to see. It was Ultimate Spider-Man that made me take a deeper look into the Ultimates Universe. The New York Daily News reports that it will be Miles Morales under the mask in the new “Spider-Man” post-Secret Wars series. For all of you about to raise objections, Peter Parker will be his mentor and it is not clear if he will be taking any other active role.
“Many kids of color who 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 that mask,” says writer and co-creator Brian Bendis. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
“Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,” says Bendis of the series which is drawn by artist Sarah Pichelli.
Bendis is a father and has recently seen the impact of his work on his children, two of his four children are of color. His 4-year-old daughter recently spotted a Miles Morales Spider-Man mask and proclaimed herself “Spider-Man”. It affected Bendis deeply:
“I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” says Bendis. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”
I love the new Spider-Man choice because we have had a long run with Peter Parker and I am ready to read new stories with a character I grew up with. I find the life of Miles Morales to be interesting and different enough that I do not feel that this was just a stab at diversity without real change. As fans we should embrace change because it brings exciting new story arcs to characters who have been growing increasingly stale. If you write a character or team for over 50 years you tend to run out of ideas. I feel like I am falling in love with the character for the first time all over again.