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Latino Spider-man Movie Previewed At San Diego Comic Con


The day we’ve been waiting for for years is almost upon us. I’m talking, of course, of the new Spider-Man animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. It will be the first big screen film featuring Miles Morales, the Latino Spider-Man. Sure, everyone’s favorite White nerd, Peter Parker, is still there along with several other parallel universe Spideys including a webslinging pig named Spider-Ham voiced by John Mulaney. But what I’m really psyched for is the debut of Miles, a half Puerto-Rican half Black kid from Brooklyn. I feel like if the response from the audience is positive, it might lead to a live action Miles Morales movie and that could be us Latino’s ‘Wakanda moment’. The producers didn’t just want to make a diverse Spidey for the heck of it. They wanted to seem real. Director Peter Ramsay said,

“When Miles first came out, he was in the first of this wave of characters of different ethnicities taking on the identities of classic heroes. Since then, that idea has become pretty normalized. Coming out with the Miles Morales movie now, part of the task was to say, ‘Okay, it’s not just that you’re plugging someone of a different background into the costume or into the movie.’ How do you really flesh out what being of a different background is? So there’s a lot of details of Miles’ life, where he grows up, what his family life is like, what school is like. There’s cultural specificity. One of the other ideas is New York and its different boroughs being like really specific characters in the movie. And going for a really contemporary look at that. To see, what is Brooklyn like now? What is Queens like now? All those things to create a character who is not just ‘diverse.’ But feels real.”

Sounds dope.

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