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If Spider-Man is Now a Black Latino in Comics, Why Will He Stay White in Movies?

Meet Miles Morales:

Morales was originally a part of Ultimate Marvel.

Credit: Marvel Entertainment

It’s an alternate comic universe where the stories of characters such as Spider-Man, Wolverine and The X-Men were reimagined.

Here’s a clip of Peter Parker meeting Miles Morales:

Credit: Marvel Entertainment / YouTube

It’s from the animated series Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors. Morales is played by Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), who previously campaigned to get an audition for The Amazing Spider-Man in 2010 (the part went to Andrew Garfield).

Glover had to settle for wearing this in an episode of Community:

Marvel Comics recently announced that Morales will become the main Spider-Man of their official universe.

Credit: Marvel Entertainment

Morales will star in his own series titled Spider-Man. His mentor, Peter Parker, will continue to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man. Co-creator and writer Brian Michael Bendis told the NY Daily News that he’s “not Spider-Man with an asterisk.” He added: [I]t’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”

Yep, Marvel’s official Spider-Man will be black and Latino.

Don’t like it?

BTW, Morales isn’t the first Latino Spider-Man.

Credit: Marvel Entertainment

That distinction belongs to the lead character of Spider-Man 2099: Miguel O’Hara, a geneticist who was born to Mexican and Irish parents. Spider-Man 2099 made its debut in 1992 and ended its run in 1996.

Will we see Morales in upcoming Spider-Man movies? Probably not.

Marvel and Sony Pictures recently announced that they’ve found a new Peter Parker:

Photo Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty

That’s 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland. Some people have asked: “Why another white guy?”

Leaked emails from Sony and Marvel show that they couldn’t portray Peter Parker as anything but “Caucasian and heterosexual.”

Credit: Hanna Barbera / Marvel / Serpentorslair

Sorry, Miles.

What’s the big deal, guys? There’s already been a Japanese Spidey:

And he was AWESOME.

Would you like to see the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in a movie? Would you prefer Peter Parker? Comment below to let us know.

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