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Afro-Latino Spiderman To Be THE Spiderman

A few years ago Marvel rolled out an Afro-Latino Spiderman named Miles Morales. He was a kind of fill in for the REAL Spiderman, White guy Peter Parker. He appeared in the Ultimate Spiderman series but was apart from the main Spiderman story, the official canon story. But now, Miles is getting a promotion as the official Spiderman. Writer Brian Michael Bendis thinks it’s an important move to be more inclusive for kids that maybe can’t relate to the supernerd gringo who got bitten by a radioactive spider. Brendis said,

“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.”

A nice sentiment. Someone should tell Hollywood that. Sony Pictures was outed in a Wikileaks release saying that for now and all time one the “core elements” of Spiderman is that he is a “heterosexual Caucasian male”. Just this week they announced that young Tom Holland will play Spidey in the next incarnation of the story of the beloved wed slinger. It seems unlikely that Miles will be portrayed in any upcoming films as Spiderman. Would would middle America think?

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