(AllHipHop News) Marvel is set to relaunch the Spider-Man comic book series this fall, and a new face will be behind the iconic mask. The New York Daily News reports half-Black, half-Puerto Rican Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spidey.
“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,” writer and co-creator Brian Bendis expressed to the Daily News. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
Morales originally appeared in 2011 as the popular alternate version of the web slinger in Ultimate Spider-Man, but the biracial character will now be the protagonist in the comic’s main titles.
“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,” added Bendis.
Actor/rapper Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover was selected to voice Miles Morales on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. The former star of Community lobbied for years to play Spider-Man on the big screen. However, fans should not expect Miles to appear in the blockbuster movie franchise in the near future.