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

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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.

Latinos Brought Glam And Lots Of Spanish To The 2019 Oscars

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Latinos Brought Glam And Lots Of Spanish To The 2019 Oscars

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If you’re a fan of movies and a lover of all-things Latino, the 91st Academy Awards did not disappoint. Yes, the Hollywood industry is still lacking representation, especially when it comes to Latinos. However, there’s no denying that we are here, and the Oscars last night in LA proved that 100 percent.

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” — and its ten nominations — is a big reason that Mexico and Latinos shined this year at the Oscars. Our favorite Latino stars were also on hand and brought so much light, love, and of course, stylish glam.

Jennifer Lopez showed up in a disco-style dress.

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Lopez, wearing a Tom Ford gown, looked absolutely magical in the dress. In all honesty, however, it was too shimmery. The dress was blinding on the red carpet and when she was presenting alongside actor Chris Pine she practically made him disappear. Love the glamour, but it was a little much

Tessa Thompson looked ravishing in this gorgeous Chanel black dress.

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She was stunning. Period.

Every person in “Roma” was also serving looks at the Oscars.

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With so much attention going toward Yalitza Aparicio, Alfonso Cuarón, Marina de Tavira, it’s nice to see the rest of the cast enjoying the festivities.

While on the red carpet, Diego Luna said he loved that he heard so many people speaking Spanish.

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We love this picture of Luna, Aparcio, and her mother. Luna interviewed Aparacio very recently, and the two both share the experience of working on a Cuarón film.

Javier Bardem rocked out during a Queen performance.

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Queen — fronted by Adam Lambert — opened the Oscars by performing “We Are The Champions.” The main person to be rocking out during the mini concert was Bardem who was literally headbanging.

Bardem also presented Best Foreign Film and spoke — in Spanish — about the importance of learning from other cultures.

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We were all impressed by Bardem’s flawless speech, but actress Angela Basset was clearly more impressed.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseSpider” won Best Animated Feature

“I grew up in a bilingual household in the bilingual city of Miami where you hear Spanish all over the place, and it’s not particularly remarkable,” producer and co-writer Phil Lord said in an interview with Remezcla. “It was important for us to hear Spanish and not necessarily have it subtitled. It’s just part of the fabric of Miles’ community and family life.”

Luna brought even more Spanish while presenting one of the Best Picture nominations — for “Roma” of course.

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Luna walked on stage and began speaking in Spanish alongside chef José Andrés. Luna said in Spanish “the door is now opened and no one will get us out.” Andrés said “Each person’s life is a recipe all on its own with different measures of joy and sadness, struggle and success, love and loss. All of the ingredients are universal.”

Guillermo Del Toro presented Best Director to Alfonso Cuarón.

“Being here doesn’t get old” Cuarón said, who is now a seasoned Oscar winner.

Congrats to all the winners!

READ: Latinos Have A Long History Of Being Nominated At The Academy Awards With Some Major Wins

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  1. Jay says:

    Miles morales is biracial