Nerd Editorial: The New Spider-man is Black?

There’s a new kid on the block in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that a lot of people have already heard about by now going by the name of both Spider and Man. This is amazing news for fans of comic book movies and comic book fans alike to say the least. This came about because Sony, current owner of the rights to make Spider-Man movies, decided to “rent out” their Friendly Neighborhood Wall Crawler to Disney (everyone celebrates inside). That being said, there’s a fun rumor running around the mill that I think deserves some attention.download

Miles Morales, aka “The black kid who plays spider-man” is rumored to be our web-slinger as opposed to movie rebooted/rehashed Peter Parker. If there is any truth to this story, I for one would love to see this happen. There’s a rather large gap in superhero movies between white people and black people. Personally I can only think of 4 Black superheros in these comics that have really graced our screen, those being Blade from the Blade trilogy, War Machine from the Iron Man trilogy, Nick Fury from most of the Marvel movies so far, and Falcon from Captain America 2. That’s not even to bring up the disparity between men and women, but we’ll get to that issue another time.

imagesI think having a black Spider-man would be great, not because he’s black for the record. Miles Morales actually is a very intriguing character all on his own. Disney has gone on record to say Spider-man will from this point on be incorporated within their movies. That being said, who really would want to see another Peter Parker orgin story? Not I for one. Miles Morales story in a nutshell is that Peter Parker was killed and his blood was taken by Oscorp. They did some more spider-tests attempting to replicate a Spider-man they could control. Miles’ uncle worked for that division, brought home a stow-away spider, which proceeded to bite Miles. Miles is very unhappy with the idea of being a superhero, something else that brings a full contrast between Miles and Peter.

Civil War, featuring our Disney Spider-man (Miles or Peter), will be released May 5th, 2016 and the first Spider-man solo fil will be released on July 28th, 2017. Which Spider-man would you like to see?