Sneak Peek:Ultimate Spider-Man

Published on August 3rd, 2011

Brian Michael Bendis made waves a couple months ago by killing the Peter Parker/Spider-Man of the Ultimate Marvel Universe. He’s not in a coma, or another dimension, or bouncing around throughout history, Peter Parker is dead. So who’s this new Ultimate Spider-Man that Marvel is teasing?

After the announcement of Ultimate Spidey’s death (but before the death itself), Marvel started advertising the relaunch of Ultimate Spider-Man at number 1 with an all new Spider-Man wearing a redesigned suit. But, the identity of this new wall crawler has remained a mystery, until now! According to Bendis in a recent interview with USAToday.com, the new Spider-Man is a half Hispanic, half African-American teenager named Miles Morales. “The theme is the same: with great power comes great responsibility,” says Bendis. “He’s going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means.

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Among the reasons Bendis had to make the new Spider-Man a minority character was the movement last year by actor Donald Glover to be cast as Spider-Man in the upcoming film. “He looked fantastic!” Bendis said of Glover’s unofficial audition. “I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’ So I was glad I was writing that book.” Glover was endorsed not only by Bendis, but Spider-Man co-creator, Stan “The Man” Lee himself! The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield.

Bendis commented further on casting an African-American/Hispanic Spider-Man. “It’s certainly long overdue. Even though there’s some amazing African-American and minority characters bouncing around in all the superhero universes, it’s still crazy lopsided.” The debut of Miles Morales will be in Ultimate Fallout #4, available today.  If all this death and recasting doesn’t quite butter your bread, the classic Peter Parker/Spider-Man is still alive and well in the regular Marvel Universe.  His exploits can be enjoyed in The Amazing Spider-Man.


Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com