After a successful run as Spider-Man in Marvel Comics‘ alternate series, Miles Morales is getting a promotion to the Marvel Universe!
The Afro-Latino character made his debut in Ultimate Fallout #4 in August 2011 after the death of Peter Parker the “Ultimate” line, and gained popularity despite the initial backlash.
The creation of Morales — the teen son of an Afro-American father and Puerto Rican mother — by writer Brian Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli was partially inspired by President Barack Obama and actor/rapper Donald Glover (Childish Gambino).
Watch Parker and Morales meet in a clip from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors, where Morales is voiced by Glover.
“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 told New York Daily News. “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. But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
An adult Parker is set to mentor Morales when Spider-Man relaunches this fall.
However, don’t expect Morales to show up on the silver screen anytime soon, as it is mandatory that Spider-Man remain white and straight according to a legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment.