A New Spider-Man's In Town—And he’s Afro-Latino!

There’s a new Spider-Man, and he’s half Latino. According to USA Today, Marvel Comics has revealed a new replacement for Peter Parker—a half-black, half-Latino teenager named Miles Morales

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The teen hero makes an appearance in the comic book company’s Ultimate Fallout Issue 4 by breaking up a fight.  Morales’s origin story will be told in fuller context when the new Ultimate Spider-Man series re-launches in September.  Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of the series, said the theme of Morales’ story is the same: With great power comes great responsibility.  “He’s going to learn that,” he said.  “Then he has to figure out what that means.”  The Ultimate line was launched in 2000 to tell contemporary stories.  Morales has a connection to his predecessor, Parker, in how he obtained his powers but will also have different abilities.

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Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Alex Alonso shared insight on the New York City teen hero in a broader context.  “What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who's reflective of our culture and diversity,” he said.  “We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker.”