USA Today recently wrote an article on a dramatic change coming to “Spider-man,” Peter Parker will die. Marvel is reinventing the superhero with a half black half hispanic kid named Miles Morales. This was revealed in the number 4 issue of Ultimate Fallout.
“The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility,” says writer Brian Michael Bendis. “He’s going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means.”
Morales’ journey will be a similar vehicle for today’s fans, says Marvel’s editor in chief, Axel Alonso.
“What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who’s reflective of our culture and diversity. We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker.”
In addition to an alliterative name, Miles has a connection to his predecessor in how he received his powers. But he will have different abilities, too. Supporting characters such as Peter’s Aunt May and Gwen Stacy also will give Miles nuggets of wisdom to help his transition from young kid to New York City superhero.
Someone like Miles can be an understandable replacement when it deals with Batman, Ironman, and Captain America because we know where their origins lie — Batman had been known to train others to either join him or replace him, Ironman can simply take his brilliance and just manage the Ironman suit or find the half black and half hispanic kid who is just as smart or smarter take his place, Miles can simply be transformed to be Captain America through science.
To have a freak accident (bitten by the same spider?) and similar theme, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” as Peter Parker is an unbelievable scenario.
Hancock, in my opinion, was a superhero movie full of cheese but the storyline was impressive. Will Smith brought in a new original character to the movies. It was not a Superman replacement, not a spiderman replacement, but a new original character with an original story behind his origin.
Why can’t Marvel Comics create a whole new character with their own unique abilities who is mixed racially, just to fit in with todays society? Is it out of being desperate to attract different cultures to the same character? Did Marvel Comics just run out of ideas for new superheroes with original background stories? Or is this a new creative sensible measure of the character Spider-man?