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Spider-Man is up there as one of my top three comic book characters (Batman and Alana from Saga are the other two, and Alana edged out Daredevil only recently). Because I was introduced to him via his earlier adventures, I had always understood him to be a stand-in for kids like me, or kids like anybody that reads comics in general because Spider-Man was an outcast.

Peter came from a poor neighborhood. He was an orphan. He wasn’t into fashion or music, or movies or any other thing that marks a person as being cool. He liked science (nerd!) and amateur photography (artsy nerd!) and, well, not much else.


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Just like Capt. America uses that shield as a crutch? and what’s with thor always using that hammer?

I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about is my point… in fact one of the story beats I keep doing is that he forgets to use the venom blast and his cloak because it is still an unnatural thing for him.



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So this is something that i thought of after reading that last post (yeah, i read it after i reblogged it instead of waiting…)

why miles morales is popular (in part)
  • he’s not threatening in the slightest
  • he’s a tiny kid with big eyes
  • he’s desexualized in the narrative as he is a child and thusly not playing on age old stereotypes as the sexually-aggressive black male in culture/media that has always been used as a threat and the reasoning behind the treatment of african american men in america from slaver to this day (why the go to criminal in fake cases is this strange big black man as opposed to a white dude)
  • he’s drawn in such a way that emphasizes the fact that he’s young and he’s cute and harmless as shit
  • you’re made to feel bad for him often because of the narrative
  • he doesn’t technically exist because the ultimates earth isn’t the main marvel earth (but let’s see what happens when they touch on Miles in the 616)
  • he’s not actually usurping or threatening anyone’s position because a) 616 is the main verse and b) we all know that the second they can, they’ll bring peter back into that universe


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On the popularity of Miles Morales


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When Miles Morales happened, there was an internet reaction. To be more accurate, there was an internet shitstorm, the kind you get when BIG, IMPORTANT THINGS happen to superheroes the general public actually knows about, or knows of, at least. You had people turning out in droves who hadn’t read a comic in years, if ever, going on about how Peter was being killed off for ‘political correctness’, ‘liberal agenda’, ‘affirmative action’, with a bunch of racist slurs compounding the whole thing. These people, of course, didn’t know that Pete was only dead in an alternate universe, but sometimes this didn’t even matter. There were a lot of hardcore comic fans who felt the same way, that Pete HAD to be Spider-Man, alternate universe be damned, or they were still (understandably) angry over the death of Pete in the first place.


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[SPOILER WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR "ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN" #14, ON SALE NOW]



What's tougher than being a Marvel Comics super hero? Being a legacy hero, especially if the person who preceded you casts a long shadow. Miles Morales, star of "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" is currently finding this out. In Marvel's Ultimate Universe, teenager Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man died late last year while defending his beloved Aunt May from the onslaught of a number of his deadliest enemies. Miles, who had received spider powers earlier in a similar accident involving a spider bite, was on hand to witness Peter's death and that inspired him to pick up the mantle of Spider-Man.

Unfortunately for Miles, Peter Parker's death moved a lot of people, many of whom were less than thrilled to see someone following in his footsteps, especially a 13 year-old boy like Miles. The Ultimate Universe's new Spider-Man is a determined and heroic kid though, and he's slowly been winning the approval of some of his detractors. In "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" #14 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez, Miles received two endorsements that will go a long way toward legitimizing his claim to the Spider-Man identity. CBR spoke with the creators about the endorsements and their upcoming plans for the series.


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