Miles Morales replaces Peter Parker after his death in "Death of Spiderman". As his replacement, Morales stars in the new Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man series. However, he will not play the lead in Marvel's corresponding animated series, slated for 2012 on Disney. Introduced in August, 2011, Morales' character has had historical significance for Marvel and Spiderman fans. He is the first ever African-American/Latino Spiderman.
The Miles Morales character was first dreamed up in 2008, just prior to President Barack Obama's election. Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief, believed that the historic election warranted a superhero of minority descent. Few of Marvel's superheroes were minorities and Alonso believed that it was time to change that fact. Actor, Donald Glover's, an African-American actor, appearance in the popular television program, Community, in Spider-Man pajamas helped seal the deal.
Miles Morales first appeared in the Ultimate Fallout series as Spiderman in August of 2011. It was the series' fourth issue. He was introduced after Peter Parker, as Spiderman, met his demise in the story, "Death of Spider-Man". Sara Pichelli, an artist, drew Miles Morales while Brian Michael Bendis, a comic book writer, created the character.
The Miles Morales character is the son of a Puerto Rican mother and an African-American father. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, he is very intelligent and especially adept at science, much like Peter Parker. Though Miles Morales originally made his debut in one of the first issues of the limited, Ultimate Fallout series, his character would eventually become a part of the Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man series, which was re-launched in September, 2011.
Morales marks the first time that Spider-Man has been of African descent. This isn't, however, the first time, he has been of Hispanic heritage. Miguel O'Hara, who was half-Hispanic, played the title character in Spider-Mann 2099.
It is important to note that Miles Morales does not play Spider-Man in Marvel Universe. He only plays him in Ultimate Marvel, which has been created as a parallel universe, where the characters are re-imagined. Peter Parker continues to play the title character in Marvel Universe.
The reception to Miles Morales as Spiderman has been mixed. There are some people who applaud the fact that there is finally an African-American or at least one of partial African-American descent, Spiderman. There were others who are dead-set against it and believe that it is an effort by Marvel to be politically correct.
Miles Morales has powers very similar to Spiderman. He is very strong and agile, having the ability to stick to ceilings, and walls. His spider sense remains and alerts him to potential problems. When something is awry, he experiences what can be best described as a buzzing sensation in his head. Not all of his powers are the same as his predecessor, Peter Parker. Unlike Parker, Morales is able to become invisible. He also has the ability to knock people out using his venom strike.
Miles Morales has been a polarizing figure for Spiderman fans. While Morales is a symbol of progress for some, he is nothing more than an effort at political correctness for others. Whatever an individual or group's sentiment is regarding Morales, the fact remains that he is the first ever African-American/Latino Spiderman, and will go down in history as such.