Peter Parker Hands Over The Reigns To A New Spider-Man


Miles Morales

Peter Parker is packing it in and passing his Spidey suit on to a new generation of web-slinger. Marvel has announced that Miles Morales will be the next character to to take on the role of Spider-Man in a new and improved forthcoming comic book series.

The move follows Marvel’s recasting of several other well-known heroes like Captain America, Thor (now in the hands of female character Jane Foster), and Ms. Marvel, whose alter-ego is a Muslim teen girl.

Morales has been on Marvel’s roster of comic book characters for four years now, making his first appearance in 2011, but now the part African-American/part Puerto Rican teen will get his own Spider-Man series, set to launch later this year. In addition, he’ll be a key figure in the All-New, All-Different Avengers series too.

Morales’ co-creator Brian Bendis says: “Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of colour, for adults of colour, and everybody else.” He’ll be penning the new comics alongside illustrator Sarah Pichelli.

As for Peter Parker, he’ll make a quick cameo in the series, acting as an advisor to the new Spidey and perhaps showing him a few of his signature moves.

In related news, Marvel also announced the name of the actor who’ll be playing the new cinematic Spider-Man in their Avengers-associated films. He’s 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland, rumoured to be making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, due out in May of 2016.