With Great Responsibility…

Revealed in Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.[1]

When I got to work this morning and first read about the new Spider-Man, I didn’t really care.  It was in the Ultimate Universe (which is kind if a mess right now) and not in regular continuity. Sure, it gets Marvel some press which Marvel never gets tired of.  I was going to read it since I’ve read every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man to this point.

The more I thought about it, the happier it made me.  I started imagining sharing this comic with my future mixed children.  I smiled at the thought that they would have a superhero who might look like them and have a similar background as them.  I was already daydreaming of one of my kids wanting to dress up as Spider-Man for Halloween but not Peter Parker, “the brown one”.

Even though this probably won’t last too long (NO ONE stays dead in comic books), I plan to buy every trade paperback of this comic so I can show it to them and explain that, for a brief period,  a kid like you was Spider-Man.

I really wish he didn’t look like teenage Obama though.  That’s just lazy.

1. Truitt, Brian (08-02-2011). “Half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man revealed.” USA Today.

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2 thoughts on “With Great Responsibility…

  1. The post is touching, but it’s a bit racist. As a mixed person myself, who meets several mixed people all the time, I don’t think it’s fair to assert that the new spider-man will “look like him.” All mixed people don’t look alike.

  2. Edward: Obviously all mixed people don’t look alike. However, my children will look more like Miles Morales than Peter Parker and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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