|Miles Morales Joins The Marvel Universe
UPDATE From Marvel 06/22/2015
The New York Daily News broke the story -- but if this was a secret to comics fans, it was a poorly kept one. After Secret Wars, Miles Morales will be the clear survivor of the Ultimate Universe and be placed firmly on whatever we're going to call the main Marvel Earth.
The Ultimate Spider-Man will now have a mentor in the grown-up Spider-Man, Peter Parker, though Miles will continue to have his own book. It will launch (re-launch?) in September, and the popular character will definitely be front and center in the Marvel Universe.
"Our message has to be it's not Spider-Man with an asterisk," co-creator and writer Brian Michael Bendis told the Daily News. "It's the real Spider-Man, for kids of color, for adults of color, and everybody else."
Co-creator Sarah Pichelli continues on as the artist on the book, which resonated with readers from the get-go. In the Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker had died before Miles Morales assumed the mantle of Spider-Man.
Even before Secret Wars, Miles and the "Marvel Universe" Peter Parker had crossed paths, in the mini-series Spider-Men. When it became clear that the Ultimate Universe line of comics was going to end, and that universe would also end, there was no way that Marvel would turn their back on the most popular character that had sprung from it.
The clue for fans that Miles would survive Secret Wars was that he would also be a member of the "All-New, All-Different Avengers." Many fans had also hoped that with the cinematic relaunch in Captain America: Civil War and then back to Sony, Miles would become the screen Spider-Man.
(Before Andrew Garfield had been named for Amazing Spider-Man, there had been an internet campaign to make Sony cast Donald Glover -- who now voices Miles Morales on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series on Disney XD.)
Alas, Miles isn't slated for the big screen (yet), but if this relaunch resonates, that tune may change. In the meantime, he's got one heck of a good book, and you can catch up in August with the collected volume below.
UPDATE: We just got this press release from Marvel Monday morning.
He’s the wallcrawler that made pop culture history and took the Ultimate Universe by storm. Now he’s ready to make history again, as he finds a new home in a completely new universe. Welcome to the Marvel Universe Miles Morales – hope you survive the experience! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce SPIDER-MAN #1 – a brand-new ongoing series starring Miles Morales coming later this year. Comic superstars and Miles Morales co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli begin the story that will have the whole world talking!
“Four years ago, we peeled back Spider-Man’s iconic mask to reveal a new and different face, and readers of all stripes have embraced him,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “I’m excited to announce that Miles Morales is here to stay – and this Fall, he’s going to be swinging through the heart of the Marvel Universe. Can new friends and enemies be far behind?”
A stranger in a strange land, Miles patrols the rooftops of a New York City that is very different from the one he knew. A world where countless heroes guard it’s skies and streets. A world where Miles is counted among the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. A world where Peter Parker is still alive. Though their paths have crossed before the landmark series Spider-Men, with Miles now living in Peter’s universe – is this town big enough for two Spider-Men? More importantly – how did Miles come to be here in the first place?!
“This is a very big deal to [Sarah and I],” says Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “For [Miles] to have grown up and flat-out earned his place in the Marvel Universe, as Spider-Man, is frankly so much more than we could have hoped for when we first sat down to design him and his life. When it became clear that I was going to follow Miles into this new adventure I was really hoping that Sara would see the value in it being both of us that do this together. I was thrilled that she agreed immediately.”
Critically lauded for his resonant and relevant introduction, Miles Morales made headlines the world over with his explosive introduction in 2011. Now, the chart-topping team of Bendis & Pichelli begin the epic next chapter of Miles Morales’ life is about to begin. Where will you be when he makes his thunderous arrival into our universe?
Swing into action with Miles Morales, the Marvel Universe’s newest amazing, spectacular, sensational, friendly neighborhood wallcrawler later this year with SPIDER-MAN #1!
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Coming Fall 2015!