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Latino Spiderman Becomes THE Spiderman

Back in 2011, Marvel introduced us to Miles Morales. He is an Afro-Latino Spiderman who up until now has only acted as a second fiddle to the “real” Spiderman Peter Parker. But now it seems that Parker is off to do his superhero thing globally and that leaves New York City vulnerable. So, for the time being Miles will be THE Spiderman in the Big Apple. Brian Michael Bendis, creator and writer of the series 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.”

I’m all about this. I wish there had been a Latino Spiderman when I was growing up. When I was a kid the only Latino superhero was Zorro, and though I loved him, I also was a big fan of the major comic book characters. But they are as White as the driven snow. It is refreshing for a company as big as Marvel to introduce a little diversity into one of their major titles. Representation is vitally important.


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