Marvel is officially welcoming a biracial version of Spider-Man to its comic book universe. The man behind the iconic mask is now Miles Morales, the teen son of an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother.
“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,” said writer and co-creator Brian Bendis to the Daily News. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
While Morales won’t appear on the big screen anytime soon, it’s a huge step for Marvel in bringing diversity to its heroic roster. Actor-turned-rapper Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover was recently selected to voice Miles Morales on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, a feat made possible, in part, thanks to fans and the #donald4spiderman social media campaign. Bendis credits Glover for influencing the new hero’s look.
Comic book aficionados can expect the inaugural issue of the relaunched Spider-Man to hit stores, tablets and smartphones this fall.
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