Of course I am talking about Miles Morales. Since his debut as the new Ultimate Spider-Man there has been a lot said about the character. He’s definitely developed a huge following. So much so that there was a big push to make him and not Peter Parker the next big screen iteration of Spider-Man.
Now, I can understand how some may want this but also I can see how others may want to stick with good old Peter Parker. My only problem is that they want to go back to High School Peter Parker. To that I say….ENOUGH! C’mon the character has been around since 1962 with Amazing Fantasy number 15. He’s a grown man, let’s see him as such on the big screen. Granted, the Sam Raimi version of Spider-Man was the closest that we’ve seen of a big-screen adult Peter Parker but even then, he wasn’t fully realized. I want to see him married to Mary Jane and going though the struggles that come with a real life marriage and busting up Hobglobin’s face. If you think about it, most of the demographic that collects comics now is in that age range anyway. I understand that they want to get younger viewers but who actually has the disposable income to go to the movies in the first place?
With Miles though, there’s an opportunity to cast a wider net in terms of audience. You can get a more racially diverse group as well as a younger audience while still keeping the older comic faithful fans. I think maybe a small-screen version of Miles on a Netflix or Hulu could be a great first step. In fact, with the success of Daredevil and others to come I think that this would be an excellent option. The only suggestion that I would make would be that Miles needs his own rogue’s gallery. As a fan of the Ultimate line I’ve seen that Brian Michael Bendis is pitting Miles against Peter’s own enemies or Hydra. He needs a wider range of villains unique to him. I think that will make him stand alone as unique character and not simply “The Black Spider-Man.”
That being said, I think that it’s time for a diverse group of heroes who aren’t portrayed as token side kicks or fodder for the bad guy to beat up on. I want fully realized, human and interesting characters of color represented in the print pages and on the big screen. That’s something I wish to do with my forthcoming novel. I’ll keep you all abreast as things develop. Take care.