Marvel Comics introduces mixed-race Spider-Man


People at a comic book exhibition in Bolivia comment on the new character behind Spider-Man's mask

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Marvel Comics has unveiled a new half-black, half-Latino Spider-Man, who replaces the recently killed-off Peter Parker.

Miles Morales, introduced in Marvel's Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, is a nerdy teenager from New York City.

Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said the new web-slinger "speaks to our rich cultural heritage" in the US.

Parker died in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June during a fight with his bitter enemy, Green Goblin.

Like Parker, Morales is a geeky, working-class teenager from the boroughs of New York City.

Morales lives with his black and Latino parents in ethnically diverse Brooklyn, while Parker was white and raised by his aunt and uncle in a mainly white neighbourhood in Queens.

"Going into this we knew we wanted to make a statement about the 21st century," said Alonso.

The Marvel editor-in-chief, whose mother was from England and father from Mexico, said he cried when Barack Obama was elected president "partly because he was African-American but largely because of the fact that he was mixed race".

Alonso added that when Morales "peels off his mask now, he's going to have a very different look and he's going to resonate emotionally with all sorts of new readers".

He told AFP news agency Spidey writer Brian Michael Bendis is Jewish and has two adopted children from Africa.

"So I know for him it was definitely personal," Alonso said.


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    Comment number 232.

    Another case of the mainstream media not understanding modern comics
    and trying to see 'lefty' influences where there are none.

    Brace yourself for september when DC comics resets its entire continuity and, I kid you not, Superman is going to stop wearing his underpants outside his trousers - let the right-wing media frenzy commence..

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    Comment number 136.

    i'm not sure what the big fuss is about the skin colour of the new Spiderman?

    Sure it will shock a few people finding out that Peter Parker is dead and being replaced by someone else but hey .. thats life ..

    Peter Parker can't be this immortal god fending off Doc Oc and Rhino et all heading into his 100th year or something but still looking like a pimple pushing student the lower side of 25!

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    Comment number 133.

    101 John - since the advent of cinema, TV and comics its been the norm for different actors/artists to regenerate characters. One exception: the Harry Potter films which were lucky enough to keep an almost unchanged cast from beginning to end. But everyone from Tarzan to Spiderman, Doctor Who or the Milky Bar Kid have morphed into new people.

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    Comment number 124.

    As a mixed race boy growing up in the Britain of the 1950s and '60s even fictional heros would have helped counter threats of 'repatriation' from Powell and his supporters. That a mixed-race comic-book character makes news in the 2010s underlines how much and how little attitudes have changed.

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    Comment number 117.

    I think this a brave move on the part of Marval Comics. The decision to make the new spider man an Afro-latino represents the diverse nature of the USA. Considering that Hispanics will in a few years be the biggest ethnic minority surpassing African-Americans in the United it makes even more sense. Who would of thought 10 years ago that America would have a mixed-raced president. Well done Marvel.


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