Marvel debuts new biracial Spider-Man

Okay, so that headline is kind of misleading. There are multiple version of the Marvel universe banging around, and in one of them (the Ultimate Comics one, to be exact), Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, has died, and will be replaced with half-black, half-Latino teen Miles Morales when Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 drops Wednesday.

Axel Alonso, Marvel's Editor in Chief:

"When the opportunity arose to create a new Spider-Man, we knew it had to be a character that represents the diversity — in background and experience — of the twenty-first century... Miles is a character who not only follows in the tradition of relatable characters like Peter Parker, but also shows why he's a new, unique kind of Spider-Man — and worthy of that name."

Peter Parker died earlier this summer in Ultimate Spider-Man #160, though in the non-Ultimate universe, he's still web-slinging like a boss.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis told the Associated Press that Morales is "...younger than Peter Parker, he's coming from a different background, a completely different world view... It's Peter Parker's death that inspires this kid to step up."

Well, despite the fact that Spider-Man has always been one of the less-Aryan Marvel superheroes, unlike Thor or Captain America (and was already made into an "ethnic version" in Spider-Man 2099), this is a welcome development — Marvel's come a long way from the embarrassing Luke Cage days, when their idea of writing convincing ethnic dialogue involved copious use of phrases like "Sweet Christmas!" 

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Commentarium (18 Comments)

Aug 02 11 - 8:36pm

As a person of color and an avid comics fan, I feel like I should be happier about this move than I currently am. I guess I'm just erring on the side of caution. Hopefully the writers will do meaningful and interesting things with his character.

Aug 02 11 - 9:36pm

damnnnnn, it's weird how attracted i am to that cartoon.

Aug 02 11 - 10:59pm

That was also my first thought... Maybe more girls will read comics now?

Aug 03 11 - 2:12am
maria jane

back off!

Aug 03 11 - 7:35am

Is he really a biracial kid, or is he a TIME-TRAVELING FUTURE CLONE of a biracial kid?

Aug 03 11 - 8:35am

I love how they talk about it like they just invented black and hispanic people in the twenty-first century.

Aug 03 11 - 4:41pm

I don't get why this is a big thing. I'm pretty sure Spider-Man 2099 was hispanic and that was like at least 10 years ago.

Aug 03 11 - 8:33pm
Anon 2099

I thought Spider Man 2099 was Irish. His last name was O'Hara.

Aug 04 11 - 3:47am

"he's coming from a different background, a completely different world view"
I bet you £20 that he ends up being from the ghetto everyone in america think colored people are from the ghetto.
Also has anyone explained what abilities he has?

Aug 04 11 - 3:48am

wait that was insensitive i didn't mean everyone from america i mean comic book writers and film makers in america.
PHEW covered my back there.

Aug 04 11 - 5:16pm

The next superhero will be a leather racist who hails from the border of Arizona.

Aug 04 11 - 7:58pm

i say we make a white luke kage, white panther,a white storm

Aug 05 11 - 1:06pm


Aug 18 11 - 4:29am

Because you can be Hispanic and also independently be of two races.

Next time you try to be indignant...well, try harder.

Nov 28 11 - 9:17pm

The statement that he is "half black and half Hispanic" is grammatically incorrect and implies that being Hispanic is a racial attribute. By 'half Hispanic" does the writer mean to imply only one of his parents is Hispanic? Probably not. In any case, the sentence construction is grammatically incorrect and implies that one cannot be both black and Hispanic.

Aug 05 11 - 2:08pm

There's no such thing as a Hispanic race, so this guy isn't biracial, he's Dominican.

Aug 18 11 - 4:32am

OR...he could be born in...any number of Spanish-speaking countries in the Western Hemisphere and happen to have African AND Caucasian/Native American ancestry.

Aug 15 11 - 4:06pm

Kid has some giant shoes to fill and im a spiderman fan to a T 2099 is Miguel O'HARA whats wrong with keeping peter parker spiderman you dont mess with Stan Lee's shit or you may lose interstate of people like me