#BlackComicsMonth: Miles Morales IS Spider-Man; New Spider-Man Series From Bendis & Pichelli

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News broke right after midnight that Miles Morales, the bi-racial Ultimate Spider-Man, will be THEE Spider-Man when the new Spider-Man series launches this fall. Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli debuted Miles Morales back in 2011 and it was one of the most significant representations in comic book history. Miles Morales, half-black and half-Latino, would be Spider-Man…but he’d be in an alternate universe. Peter Parker is after all Spider-Man.

Not anymore!

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The new Spider-Man series from Bendis and Pichelli will feature Morales as Spider-Man, not “Spider-Man with an asterisk, the real Spider-Man,” and available this fall.

Brian Michael Bendis was on the #BlackComicsMonth panel and he spoke in great detail how Miles Morales was NEEDED. Bendis has two adopted daughters who are of African descent; one from Africa and one who is African American. His home is multi-ethnic and it just made sense that he created a character who came from a multi-racial home. Miles Morales is the son of an African-American father and a Hispanic mother.

Bendis tells the 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,” says writer and co-creator Brian Bendis. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.” This message was stressed by Bendis during the #BlackComicsMonth panel held at SENYC on June 6th.

Bendis also stated to the Daily News that, 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.

Many were worried what was going to happen to Miles Morales since Marvel’s Secret Wars was destroying the universes and the heroes that were inhabiting them. Well wonder no longer, Miles Morales will be around kicking evil doer’s butt when the dust settles and the Marvel Universe is back to “normal”.

Bendis shared such a loving testimony on the need for a Miles Morales character to the Daily News. While out shopping with his 4-year-old adopted African-American daughter found a Miles Morales Spidey mask in the toy aisle of a department store, put it on and said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!” he recalls.

“I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” says Bendis. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”

Bendis is such a huge supporter of diversity in comics that he moved “heaven and earth” to be on the #BlackComicsMonth panel.

If you missed the #BlackComicsMonth panel, no worries…check it out below!

So get your coins ready this fall, pre-order the new Spider-Man series from Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli!