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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.

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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Equity is coming to the Oscars.

The Academy Awards have long received critique and backlash for their lack of effort to ensure diversity among its nominees. The criticism of these practices dates back to its first show in 1929. Since then, only 6.4% of academy award nominees have been people of color. Since 1991, only 11.2% of the academy’s nominees have been people of color. What’s worse, according to research, white actors have managed to build their careers on winning Oscars for roles in which they played the parts of POC. In fact, more women who are white have won Oscars for brownface and yellowface portrayals of women of color than actual actresses of color.

This year, the Academy is finally making an effort to change.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced they made new eligibility requirements for the top prize at the Oscars.

Under the new guidelines for the ceremony’s Best Picture award, films are required to meet two out of four standards. They are: “on-screen representation, themes and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.”

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry,” the Academy said in a statement.

The new changes will be required in the Best Picture category starting with the 96th Academy Award which will air in 2024.

“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement.

The academy’s newest requirements outline that “films must have at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors represent an underrepresented racial group, with at least 30 percent of all actors in minor roles from underrepresented groups.”

It gets better though! The show will require those submitting projects to ensure diversity and inclusion behind the camera as well. The academy is also encouraging projects to ensure women who are either part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and part of the LGBTQ+ community as well as people with disabilities.

Here’s to a better award show!

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They Are Already Teasing Us With The Sequel To ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

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They Are Already Teasing Us With The Sequel To ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

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“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” was one of the most celebrated films the year it was released. It won the Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice, and Academy awards for Best Animated Feature film solidifying the movie’s place.

Producer Phil Lord confirmed the sequel on Twitter with a retweet.

Fans of the first movie have been waiting for the sequel. The animated story brought together several Spider-Man characters from different universes. Tbh, the collection of the characters is top-notch.

Lord’s retweet got people pumped.

The movie is bringing Miles Morales to the mainstream. The character is an Afro-Latino version of the iconic superhero and he is everything. The movie has been celebrated and praised by members within the Latino community for the representation. Morales’s family is a rare and welcomed representation of an Afro-Latino family.

Like, people are big-time excited.

The movie was slated for an April 2022 release but things have been happening in the world that has delayed the release. Now, the movie is expected to be released in October 2022. Either way, the people are here for it.

There are people still trying to get jobs with the project and they are shooting their shots.

Lord is one of the producers of the movie. If he is sending you links to the hiring page for the company producing the movie, that’s amazing. It isn’t every day that someone like that opens up a door for someone based on a tweet.

At least we know that they are finally working on the movie.

Now we just have to wait two years to see it. It should be easy enough.

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