It’s been half a decade in the making, but Miles Morales is finally getting his place at the big boy table (though we'd still like to see him on the big screen). So, where does the other Spider-Man fit into the Marvel Comics universe at large?
Ahead of the launch of Miles’ new book, Spider-Man, creator Brian Michael Bendis opened up to Entertainment Weekly about how they’ll differentiate this new story from what’s come before while balancing the character moments with the sandbox the full-fledged Marvel universe represents (since Miles is no longer relegated to the newly defunct Ultimate universe). According to Bendis, it’s a case of continuing the story they started way back in 2000 with Miles while also figuring out his new role in the new status quo.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“We have a character who now is part of the proper Marvel Universe, and there are all kinds of things going on in his world that he’s not related to yet, so we’re going to get to introduce those. There are Spider-Man villains that can’t get their hands on Peter Parker anymore because he’s out being an international globe-trotting superhero, so Miles is there being the traditional Spider-Man in the New York area. And that means people like Black Cat and Hammerhead are going to come at him. But they may not be ready for Miles, because he’s a completely different superhero … All of this, plus his time as an Avenger, plus his time with younger heroes on the Avengers like Kamala and Sam — there are a lot of new team heroes that have a lot to offer each other in friendship and challenge. We are heading right towards Civil War II, and Miles is a very big part of that…
Miles makes different choices than Peter. What I love about teenage superheroes is he’s desperate to do the right thing. And also, Peter’s shadow does loom heavy over what he’s decided to do. But at the same time, he’s not sure who he is as a person yet. So how can he be everything everyone wants him to be? That’s a responsibility you either shy away from or try to step up to. And that’s part of the reason we’re doing the book at all. In general, what Miles represents is anyone can be Spider-Man. I’ve heard this so much from people: that they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be in that costume. That was a big reason for us to go down this road and invent Miles in the first place.”
The first issue of Spider-Man is set to hit comic shops on Wednesday, and Marvel has also dropped some preview pages, revealing that Miles is definitely going to continue his struggles of balancing world-saving with high school.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.