If you’ve been paying attention to the comic world, you’ve probably heard that long-time hero Peter Parker is dead (in the “Ultimate” universe, anyway.) While we were, uh, not terribly interested in the news (death, after all, means pretty much nothing in comics), it is intriguing to see a newcomer take the role.
And that newcomer is Miles Morales: a biracial (African-American/Latino) teenager that seeks to fill the void left by Peter Parker’s death.
His design, according to legendary writer Brian Michael Bendis, is based partly on comedian, rapper, and Community star Donald Glover.
Bendis, in an interview with USA Today, gives Glover “mucho credit” for inspiring the character design of the new Spidey, after seeing the actor wearing Spider-Man pajamas in an episode of NBC’s Community (which was itself an inside joke stemming from the actor’s campaign to play the webhead in the upcoming movie – a role that eventually went to Andrew Garfield.)
We’re certainly not complaining that there’s a little more color in a predominantly white superhero universe, but let’s see how this news plays out – especially in light of the announcement that Laurence Fishburne is the new Perry White.