UPDATE: On Monday, Marvel confirmed that Miles Morales will take over as Spider-Man this fall.
“Four years ago, we peeled back Spider-Man’s iconic mask to reveal a new and different face, and readers of all stripes have embraced him,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a statement. “I’m excited to announce that Miles Morales is here to stay — and this fall, he’s going to be swinging through the heart of the Marvel Universe. Can new friends and enemies be far behind?”
“For [Miles] to have grown up and flat-out earned his place in the Marvel Universe, as Spider-Man, is frankly so much more than we could have hoped for when we first sat down to design him and his life,” Brian Michael Bendis said in an interview with Marvel.com. “When it became clear that I was going to follow Miles into this new adventure I was really hoping that Sara [Pichelli, co-creator] would see the value in it being both of us that do this together. I was thrilled that she agreed immediately.”
EARLIER: The next time we see Spider-Man on the big screen, he’ll be portrayed as geeky white high-schooler Peter Parker. But come this fall, Miles Morales, a teenager of black and Hispanic descent, is officially joining the main Marvel Comics universe as Spider-Man.
The New York Daily News first reported that the biracial Morales will move from Marvel’s “Ultimate” line of comics to the official Marvel universe. Morales was first introduced in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite, but his story is drawing to a close, as Marvel is concluding the Ultimate universe with this summer’s “Secret Wars” storyline. Instead, he’ll join the main canon in a new, relaunched Spider-Man storyline.
Morales is the first black and biracial Spider-Man, and he’s part of a recent Marvel effort to include more diversity in comics, from a female Thor to a Muslim teenage Ms. Marvel.
“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,” writer and co-creator Brian Michael Bendis told the New York Daily News.
On Twitter, Bendis shared a link to the Daily News story, and later posted a picture of Morales as Spider-Man on his Tumblr page.
Representatives for Marvel were not immediately available for further comment on the Morales news. For more, head to the New York Daily News.