Even before Marvel Comics decided to smash its main "616" universe and its popular alternate "Ultimate" universe together in this summer's Secret Wars event, Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales was interacting with the main Marvel Universe. All the way back in 2012, he got to star alongside the main Marvel Universe's Peter Parker in the dimension-spanning Spider-Men, and we already knew, thanks to teases for the All-New All Different Avengers series coming later this year, that Miles would be sticking around. Now it seems he's doing more than just co-starring in a team book.
Marvel announced over the weekend that, this fall, in the wake of Secret Wars, Miles will star in his very own series: Spider-Man. Miles' co-creators, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, will kick off his new adventures in the Marvel universe with a story that Marvel's announcement describes like this:
"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," the published said in a press release. "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?!"
Miles has been a favorite among comics fans of all kinds pretty much ever since his 2011 debut in the wake of Ultimate Peter Parker's death. Critics have praised the book, readers have grown to love Miles, and the character continues to be a shining example of how to introduce meaningful diversity into pop culture. Now he gets to hang permanently with Marvel characters that have been around since the '60s, with his creators still charting his journey.
“This is a very big deal to [Sarah and I],” Bendis said. “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.”
Spider-Man #1 arrives this fall.