The Post-Secret Wars Spider-Man Will Be Miles Morales


While Marvel has been sort of vague in terms of who would be Spider-Man after Secret Wars, teasing both a “new Spider-Man” and both the original recipe and Ultimate Universe versions in images for what’s coming later this year, that uncertainty was cleared up this weekend — and fans of Miles Morales are going to be quite pleased.

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The New York Daily News broke the story Saturday night that Marvel will feature Miles Morales in an ongoing series simply called Spider-Man this fall, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. Those are the creators who know Morales the best, as they first brought him to life four years ago in Ultimate Fallout #4.

This move continues Marvel’s efforts to diversify and change up its line of familiar super heroes, beginning last year when Sam Wilson took over as Captain America and a mystery female, later revealed to be Jane Foster, became the new Thor. Morales has both African-American and Puerto Rican heritage, and Marvel is clearly making a statement by putting him front and center as the Spider-Man.

“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,” Bendis said to the Daily News.

The big difference this time around is that Morales won’t be on an alternate Earth, but will be swinging through whatever New York and Marvel Universe emerge from Secret Wars. And what of Peter Parker? He’ll be hanging around as a mentor to Miles in some capacity.

However … it’s also noteworthy that the Bendis/Pichelli series won’t be called Amazing Spider-Man, which has been the primary spider-book for decades. It’s just speculation here, but the decision not to use that title for Morales’ adventures would suggest that the door would be left open for Parker to have his own book too, down the road if not right away.

Either way, it’s a big push for Miles Morales, arguably the biggest one he’s received to date. Look for more information on when we can expect to see Spider-Man #1 over the next few weeks.

(via New York Daily News by way of Comic Book Resources)

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