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Afro-Puerto Rican Superhero Miles Morales Gets His Own film In ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

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Sony Pictures recently released a trailer for their upcoming animated film “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.” The film’s main character is Miles Morales, which comic book fans will undoubtedly recognize from the “Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man” series. Morales is part of a different timeline in the Marvel Universe. It’s a separate timeline from the “normal” Peter Parker Spider-Man that most people are used to. In Morales’ storyline, Parker is killed and Morales takes up the spider tights in New York City. In a second series, “Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man,” Parker unexpectedly returns. After defeating some bad guys together, Parker decides to hang up the tights and leave the heroics to Morales.

With a black father and a Puerto Rican mother, Morales’ background is unlike anything most comic book fans have seen in the Marvel Universe and much less in Marvel films. The only Afro-Latino representation we’ve seen in superhero movies are actresses Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”), who don’t even get to play Afro-Latina characters. Although “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” doesn’t take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — it is a Sony Animation Pictures film — fans have really appreciated the representation that an Afro-Latino Spider-Man brings to the table. Morales is the first Black character to take on the role of Spider-Man and the second Latino to pick up the web shooters after Miguel O’Hara, the half Mexican scientist who took on the Spider-Man role in the “Spider-Man: 2099” comic series.

For many kids growing up, Spider-Man and comic book superheroes are what children look up to. With the majority of those spots being taken by white men, finding yourself represented in popular media is rare for Latinos and people of color. Not only is a film with Morales a win for representation, it also looks cool as hell. The kid is outfitted with a hoodie and Air Jordan 1s in true NYC fashion. Check the trailer out to see Spider-Man as you’ve never seen him before.


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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.

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

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Fans Of Spider-Man Are In Meltdown Mode After News Breaks That The Series May Be Out Of The Marvel Universe

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Fans Of Spider-Man Are In Meltdown Mode After News Breaks That The Series May Be Out Of The Marvel Universe

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Yup, you read that traumatizing headline correctly. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. It’s been confirmed that Tom Holland, the latest actor to play the beloved Peter Parker on the big screen, will no longer be involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

But what does that actually mean? And how does that affect Miles Morales, the first ever Afro-Latino Spider-Man who starred in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”? 

So how did we get here? We need someone to blame.

Well, like most things in life, it looks like it all revolves around a dispute about money. Disney, which owns Marvel, suggested an equal cofinancing agreement between it and Sony, according to Deadline, the first outlet to report the news. This would mean the studios would split profits 50/50 as well. When Sony declined this offer, Disney acted by removing Kevin Feige — the president of Marvel Studios who has had tremendous success with the latest Spidey iteration — as a producer on future films featuring the famous webslinger.

Nobody seems to know exactly what’s going to happen next here. Sony has been building a fairly impressive Spider-Verse of their own lately. Venom turned out to be among the most profitable films of 2018, and their recent Into the Spider-Verse won the Academy Award for best animated feature.

The studio is putting together a sequel to Venom, which has already received some attention for its recently-announced director, Andy Serkis. There’s a Jared Leto-starring Morbius film in production, and, reportedly, a Kraven the Hunter film on the way, along with some other rumored Spider-Man-Universe films (that, as of now, will not feature the beloved web slinger). Sony may be banking on getting the current Peter Parker—or some form of him—back in their Spider-Verse, and out of the MCU once and for all. This means, of course, that it’s possible for fans to get a Venom and Spider-Man crossover.

Amid the shock, sadness, and uncertainty, fans did the only thing they could do: laugh to keep from crying.

One fan described the news as being just the latest tragedy that comic fans have had to endure this summer, following the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame.

And what about Stan Lee?!

People considered Spidey’s ousting from the MCU as a slap in the face to the late Stan Lee, the superhero’s co-creator, who once called Holland “a great Spider-Man.”

Fans are convinced the series is cursed.

People thought about Sony’s role in all the Spider-Man films to date — like the third movie in Tobey Maguire’s time in the franchise, which was panned, and Andrew Garfield’s turn as Spidey, which was met with mixed reviews.

Now fans fear Holland is being done dirty by Sony.

In fact, it does seem like there’s a pattern where things go a little haywire every time Spidey is supposed to star in a third film.

And then there’s Miles Morales.

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With news that the series will no longer be part of the Marvel Universe, where does that leave the first Afro-Latino Spider-Man? 

Many are hoping that if Tom Holland is out, there could be an opening for the bilingual star.

His version of Spider-Man went on to win an Oscar and brought greater representation to a community that struggles to see itself in the media. 

Comic book writers have made him proud of his heritage, and one of his superpowers is being bilingual. 

The character was created in 2011 by comic book writers Brian Michael 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. 

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