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All You Need To Know About The Latino Spider-Man: Miles Morales

With the release of the surprise animated hit and Oscar winner, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the world is suddenly aware of one of the incarnations of Spidey: Miles Morales, a Latino superhero. However, the character has been a constant feature in the Marvel comic book universe for quite some time, since 2011 to be exact. Right in the middle of the Obama years, media, in general, started to move forward in terms of representation, and Marvel wasn’t left behind. Morales represented a huge step in terms of how popular culture manifestations such as comic books can, in fact, be representative of a multicultural, inclusive society. 

Here’s everything you need to know about our very own Latino Increíble Hombre-Araña.

His full name is Miles Gonzalo Morales

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Very telenovelesco is you ask us. He is a half-Black, half-Latino Brooklyn teenager. 

He is fluent in Spanish which brings him closer to his Latina mom. 

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Comic book writers have made him proud of his heritage, and one of his superpowers is being bilingual. He also has some uniquely Latino tastebuds: he loves his mom’s pasteles. He and his mom Rio share a bond by speaking Spanish, effectively creating a world that the two of them can share. 

The character was created in 2011 by comic book writers Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli

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The reason? Bendis, who is African-American, wanted to create a character that young Black kids, like his own, could relate to. Repeat after us: Representation matters. 

He is Peter Parker’s successor with great power. 

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After Peter dies (or did he?), Morales is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider, and with the aid of S.H.I.E.L.D., the family and friends of the late Peter Parker and other encapuchados he becomes the one and only Spidey. There is drama, of course, as his police officer father Jefferson totally loathes justice fighters. 

He is a superhero by pure chance.

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The story is a bit silly, actually. Miles was visiting his uncle, who robbed Oscorp and unknowingly got the arachnid bite too. He was bitten by surprise and got unexpected superhuman abilities. 

He was only 13-years-old when the transformation happened

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Because of this, Nick Fury and the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D team had to keep a very close eye on him. 

He is hated by Venom.

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Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most violent foes. When he learned that a new Spidey was jumping around, he immediately sought a confrontation. The scenarios are eerily similar to the ones in the duels he had with Peter Parker. 

Miles had the Stan Lee seal of approval. 

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That’s right, Stan Lee himself, who passed away just last year, was one of the comic-book personalities who approved of Miles and silenced critics who said that Miles was an affirmative action move by Marvel. Lee considered that it was great for non-white youth to have a role model. 

He is inspired by Donald Glover.

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Miles Morales is the result of an unlikely source of inspiration: Donald Glover’s character in “Community,” in particular, the episode where he is wearing his Spider-Man pajamas.

He has two extra-awesome abilities that the original Spider-Man lacked.

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Check this out: 1. He can camouflage himself. 2. Like many arachnids, he has a venom that paralyzes victims so Miles can serve justice. 

His father, Jefferson Davis, hates superheroes.

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Miles kept his secret identity from his father for a long time, because his dad used to be a burglar and distrusts superheroes. In the comic books, there have been some great and tender father-son moments between Miles and Jefferson. 

He didn’t want to be Spider-Man at first.

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It actually took him a year… and we don’t blame him. Imagine being a 13-year-old suddenly invested with superpowers and super responsibilities. When he was 14, though, he finally embraced his new powerful identity. 

Conservative commentator Glenn Black said Miles looked “too much” like Barack Obama.

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The host said that Marvel felt pushed to create this here after Former First Lady Michelle Obama said that some traditions needed to be changed. Oh, hay quienes siempre le ven tres pies al gato. 

He has teamed up with The Avengers


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Yes, this happened in the November 2015 issue All-New, All-Different Avengers #1. Wouldn’t it be great to see this in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

He loves sneakers.

His favorite are his Air Jordans… he even fought Venom wearing a pair. In real life, Nike released a special edition to commemorate the release of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”This retro version has a black, white and red design, also in honor of Latino Spidey’s now iconic suit. 

He might just be immortal.

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Norman Osborn sort of tells him that one of the side effects of the serum that gave him so much power could be immortality. That would be a lot to take in for a teenager. 

His mother is killed by Venom.

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Yes, Rio Morales, a nurse, is killed by perhaps the most famous villain in the Spider-Man universe. 

He was once so sick he almost died.

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Yes, it happened in “Spider-Man 240.” The creator Michael Bendis became ill, which served him as inspiration to write a whole issue in which the hero is mostly in bed, being supported by family and friends to stay alive. This is where the immortality superpower was put into question. 

Cuidado! Spoiler alert.

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Peter Parker wasn’t truly dead! No estaba muerto, andaba de parranda. Yes, Peter and Miles embark in some pretty amazing adventures together in “Spider-Men”issues 1 to 5. 

His best superpower: having a BFF.

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Let’s be honest, Peter Parker sorta sucks as a friend and has run into some bad luck. But not Miles, who can always count in his best friend Ganke Lee to listen to him, offer consolation and just be a wonderful sidekick in life. 

He has an evil uncle, and he kicks his ass.

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His uncle Aaron, who got Jefferson into trouble many times in their youth, becomes the incarnation of Prowler. Time for his nephew Miles to put him in his place.

Korean Dark Comedy ‘Parasite’ Becomes The First Non-English Language Movie To Win The Oscar For Best Picture

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Korean Dark Comedy ‘Parasite’ Becomes The First Non-English Language Movie To Win The Oscar For Best Picture

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The Academy Awards last night brought many surprise wins and losses. “Parasite,” a Korean dark comedy about the class struggle in South Korea, swept with four major awards. The movie took home the Oscar for Best Director, Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, and the most sought after Best Picture. The night was history-making as “Parasite” is the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture.

Director Bong Joon-ho made history last night with his film “Parasite.”

“Parasite” was competing for the award against “1917,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “The Irishman,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Joker,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Director Bong Joon-ho made history with his film. “Parasite” is the first-ever non-English language film to win the award for Best Picture. There have only been 11 non-English movies nominated for Best Picture out of the 563 that have been nominated in the Academy’s history. The award is the only one where all Academy members are allowed to cast a vote for and is presented to the producers of the film. Last year’s winner was “Green Book.”

The unexpected and welcomed victory is an important moment in Oscar’s history and people are taking notice.

In a time when certain voices are being oppressed, the elevation of these kinds of stories and communities is important. Representation matters and film is one way we can show other cultures and participate in major cultural conversations.

Compared to the rest of the movies nominated for Best Picture, “Parasite” had the lowest production budget.

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The film, which cost about $11 million to produce, became Bong Joon-ho’s first film to gross over $100 million worldwide. The movie earned $167.6 million worldwide with $35.5 million made in the U.S.

“I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” producer Kwak Sin Ae said through a translator.

The historic moment has angered some people who wish the award went to an American film.

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Earlier during the award season, Bong Joon-ho stated that the Best Picture award was a local award. The statement, which caught everyone’s attention, was an unintentional drag of the Academy while also painting an honest picture of the award’s history.

The U.S. is how to the largest Korean diaspora community in the world. Around 2.2 million people in the U.S. identify as being of Korean descent. The Korean community makes up about 0.7 percent of the U.S. population. South Koreans make up 99 percent of those with Korean heritage living in the U.S.

Yet, a larger chorus of voices are praising the film and celebrating the historic win.

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What do you think about “Parasite” winning the Oscar for Best Picture?

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with unexpected wins and losses. However, the red carpet was home to some of the most memorable moments of the night. One moment that really stood out was Anthony Ramos telling Ryan Seacrest one of the first bits of advice Lin-Manuel Miranda gave him.

Anthony Ramos dazzled on the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards.

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Ramos and his fiancée Jasmine Cephas Jones stunned on the red carpet with their looks. Ramos and Jones got engaged in December 2018 after knowing each other for three years as costars on the wildly successful “Hamilton.”

During his interview with Ryan Seacrest, Ramos recalled a touching moment he had with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Seacrest asked the rising star about his time spent working with Miranda and Ramos had a touching story ready to go.

“Lin told me a quote one time,” Ramos told Seacrest. “I cracked a joke and I was like, ‘Ah. That’s kind of hood. I should probably change the way I speak.’ Lin said, ‘Papa, you never need to change the way you speak. You just have to make sure that people understand you.’ I’ll never forget that quote.”

Ramos added about the authenticity Miranda draws from him: “Just be honest. Just be who you are and be honest and he just kind of let me do my thing on set.”

The advice is something so many people of color can relate to and appreciate.

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Whether it is sounding hood like Ramos said or speaking with an accent, our voices have been made to feel less than. Miranda’s advice is something so many people could have used when they were younger. There is nothing more empowering than owning every part of your identity and your voice and accent are part of that. There is nothing wrong with sounding like your background as long as you make sure everyone else can understand you and who you are.

The moment is reminding fans how much they care for Ramos’s and Miranda’s relationship.

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A quick search on the Internet will show you the kind of friendly love between the two entertainers. Miranda has spent time in his own career to uplift the upcoming actor. During the awards ceremony, Miranda called Ramos a movie star giving a nod to the highly anticipated performance by Ramos in the upcoming “In The Heights” film.

Who else is excited to see this bromance grow this year?

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It is these kinds of those friendships that we want more of. Thank you for showing off that Latin excellence while uplifting each other. That’s the kind of energy we need to take into 2020.

READ: Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale