Will New Half-Black Spiderman Get Live-Action Movie Treatment?

by Jasmin
August 2, 2011 5:03 AM
23 Comments
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Revealed in Marvel Comics' Ultimate Fallout Issue 4, out Wednesday, the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales. He takes over the gig held by Peter Parker, who was killed in Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160 in June.

In addition to an alliterative name, Miles has a connection to his predecessor in how he received his powers. But he will have different abilities, too. In the Ultimate line, launched in 2000 to tell contemporary stories, he received a new origin and a reimagined supporting cast that paralleled the Spidey in regular Marvel continuity.

"What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who's reflective of our culture and diversity. We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker," says Marvel's editor in chief, Axel Alonso.

I can already hear the groans of typical comic book fans, who generally hate it when a hero's back story or image is modified. Still, opportunities abound for this contemporary retelling of a 1962 classic. (I wonder, will the spidey-sense kick in to combat racial profiling?)

And since we already know how Hollywood feels about comic book franchises ($$$), the natural question is, how soon will this be adapted for film, and will it be in 3D?

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts - Will the new Spider-Man be a hit, should it make it to the big screen and if so, which bright young star should play Miles Morales?

Will and Jada are waiting with bated breath.

[USA Today]

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23 Comments

  • James Madison | August 3, 2011 10:40 AMReply

    I would prefer, original "characters" for people of color. Not a basic derivative of something that already exist.

    Alternate realities of What If and Ultimates are fine in the scheme of things but the question posed was "Will the new Spider-Man be a hit, should it make it to the big screen and if so, which bright young star should play Miles Morales?"

    I am not too interested in, for lack of a better word, knock off character.

    There are so many things unique and amazing about black culture so I don't feel a need of a spin off of another culture, another character, to be relative to "the 21st century who’s reflective of our culture and diversity". If that is the case, say something new Something that is not seen as, or ultimately be a gimmick for the present day.

    Those are just my thoughts but I am creating thread drift, my apologies.

  • Neziah | August 3, 2011 8:00 AMReply

    I agree with Dankwa, R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie. I wish Hollywood had allowed him to write some live action screenplays, one of which should've been an adaption of Static.

  • Robin | August 3, 2011 7:41 AMReply

    While Ultimates is a place to try new ideas, it's not just a free-for-all bizarro world. It was the effort of Marvel (which DC is now trying to do with starting back at issue 1) to throw out the impossibly dense amount of backstory for characters and allow new readers to come in from the start with a bunch of good writers helming the series.

    So yes new ideas, one of them being to not fuck with continuity and cater only to those obsessive comic book fans who like to read shit that requires you being a 1000+ comics into the backstory (and hate new ideas). So when they kill Peter Parker in Ultimates, for example, he doesn't magically come back to life but instead is replaced by a new character.

    So it's actually a big casting decision, rather than the equivalent of the old what if issues ("what if.... Spiderman was actually half-black, half-latino?") They are pretty good comics, rather than sidelined low priority ones.

  • James Madison | August 3, 2011 4:19 AMReply

    Milestone left in 97, came back with Static Shock, left in 2004, came back in 2007 and is still around.

    By Ghost

    Which is why I believe there should be a concentration on original characters of African Descent.

    Spawn, Blade all did well (reasonably in Spawn's case I guess) at the Box Office. As did Hitchcock.

    I don't know if Hitchcock was conceived by a person of color, but we can sell and have a voice without having to nullify our uniqueness to something else.

    It would have been great to see Dwayne Mcduffie continue to write animated screenplays as well as live action screenplays. Hollywood missed the boat big time by not offering the opportunity.

  • Ghost | August 3, 2011 3:32 AMReply

    I believe they sell, or sold initially, but like all things not given a favored push or somehow loses it’s direction, unfortunately falls off the radar
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    Milestone was trashed by other black creators-especially indy ones. McDuffie took the high road to ignore them. Milestone got into places where Brotherman and others couldn't.

    Milestone left in 97, came back with Static Shock, left in 2004, came back in 2007 and is still around.

    Where are all those indy black companies that bashed Milestone now? NOT in business except for Brotherman.

    Static's new book comes out next month.

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    I laughed when I read this in a longer version of the interview with the writer, Brian Michael Bendis:

    “Joe and I talked about it at great length – what if he was an African-American and how interesting it would be,” Bendis said.

    Later, he saw Glover on the television show “Community,” wearing Spider-Man pajamas, and knew he was on the right track.”
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    Well would you rather him say this-"I decided to make Spider-Man black because my kids have something in common with the new Spider-Man?" Because rumor has it that his kids are black.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 3, 2011 2:19 AMReply

    First of all ain't.no.way.in.hell - will they make a live action movie with this black/hispanic Spider-Man...ain't gon' happen, maybe a animated movie. Allow me to digress and say that Marvel need to step their animated movie game up DC is slaying them with their great PG-13 animated films...mostly starring Batman and or Superman, but they are their show horses.

    Anyway to show that I'm not a complete spoilsport I'll co-sign with Jug & Tamara and say -- “Dookie” from THE WIRE

    I'll also co-sign James Madison

    "It would have been great to see Dwayne McDuffie continue to write animated screenplays as well as live action screenplays. Hollywood missed the boat big time by not offering the opportunity."

    I was also a big fan of his work and posted such at my blog
    http://notherbrother.blogspot.com/2011/02/rip-dwayne-mcduffie.html

    He will be missed! R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie.

  • James Madison | August 3, 2011 1:38 AMReply

    Newly created African characters don’t sell. That is why stuff like this happens.

    - By Ghost

    Ghost, I believe they sell, or sold initially, but like all things not given a favored push or somehow loses it's direction, unfortunately falls off the radar.

    The independent book Brotherman sold out all the time and would have kept going if not for personal issues, of which I believe were health related, to members of the family that produced the book.

    I believe the character Static is about to make a reappearance in print soon.

  • Ghost | August 2, 2011 12:37 PMReply

    Just create characters of African descent. Let the others be as they are/were.
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    Newly created African characters don't sell. That is why stuff like this happens.

    The last newly created African descent heroes were Milestone Media-Static (Shock), Icon, Hardware and a few others. All created by the late Dwayne McDuffie-a BLACK man.

    And they go NO support from the Black community. Despite winning awards from the comic book community.

    As for who would play this guy?

    DONALD GLOVER

    The writer of Ultimate Spider-Man said this new Spider-Man was inspired by Donald Glover.

    Even Donald's show Community took a dig at him playing Spider-Man in the season 2 premiere.

    Donald was even happy about it.

    That role is Donald's. You are not going to give that role to someone else when this guy has pushed for it.

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    I can already hear the groans of typical comic book fans, who generally hate it when a hero’s back story or image is modified
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    They didn't do it when Batgril was Asian and are mad that she is back to being Barbara Gordon in the comic now.

    Spawn was a black guy and now he's white in the comic-no complaints.

  • Jug | August 2, 2011 12:24 PMReply

    @Tamara- ;-P I try to cast the character, not the hype.

    I laughed when I read this in a longer version of the interview with the writer, Brian Michael Bendis:

    "Joe and I talked about it at great length – what if he was an
    African-American and how interesting it would be," Bendis said.

    Later, he saw Glover on the television show "Community," wearing Spider-Man pajamas, and knew he was on the right track."

    Damn, really? That's all it took? Some a brother wearing some pajamas...no fightin', boycottin', protestin'?! Shiiiiiiiiiit we shoulda gave y'all home movies a long time ago & showed that we like the same stuff as y'all! LMBAO

  • James Madison | August 2, 2011 11:33 AMReply

    Just create characters of African descent. Let the others be as they are/were.

  • Tamara | August 2, 2011 9:47 AMReply

    So the Ultimate Universe is just co-signed fan-fiction...?

    along with characters switched to gay and some now into incest.
    !!!

    Donald Glover as Peter Parker. Can he deliver without making me laugh? Dude only has to look a certain way and I'm cracking up. So used to his 'childish gambino'/"troy" persona that him being sensitive, thoughtful, deep for more than a millisecond probably wouldn't fly. And make no mistake. Love him. He's great. But too comedic perhaps?

    "Dookie" from THE WIRE @Jug, YESSSSSSSSS

  • Josh | August 2, 2011 9:02 AMReply

    Oh yes, they definately have a "shadow". Marvel wanted to humanize the characters. It explores the "power corrupts" angle. There is lots of pushback from marvel fans on this(especially with Captain America)because they were no longer "black and white morality" characters.

  • CareyCarey | August 2, 2011 8:54 AMReply

    Okay Josh, lets see if I understand. The Ultimate Universe is just a dumpster for the writers at Marvel to tinker with new ideas, so how would compare or put Bizarro in that mix?

    Then, how would you compare the motives of the writers of the Ultimate Universe, to that of the writer of the strip (Bizorro) Alvin Schwartz who said:

    “I was striving, you might say, for that mirror-image, that opposite. And out of a machine which would reveal the negative Superman, came the mirror image, - always remembering that in a mirror everything is reversed...The times were such that one-dimensional characters, your standard superheroes, even in comics, seemed rather simplistic, like paper cut-outs. What was demanded was the full dimensional personality - a figure that carried a shadow, if you like. I was certainly inspired to some degree also by C.G. Jung's archetype of "the shadow" - and Bizarro certainly reflected that, as well"

  • Josh | August 2, 2011 8:15 AMReply

    The Ultimate Universe is just a dumpster for the writers at Marvel to tinker with new ideas. Such as a Captain America that is a nationalistic douche, a Bruce Banner/Hulk who looks like he is suffering from withdrawal when he is "normal", a Tony Stark/Iron Man who isnt more of an ass than usual, along with characters switched to gay and some now into incest. It also has a "black hulk" that is kind of like the hulk meshed with superfly.

  • Josh | August 2, 2011 8:07 AMReply

    Marvel did a black Captain America that was interesting.

  • CareyCarey | August 2, 2011 6:53 AMReply

    Now I’m just thinking, so bare with me. Matthew brought up a very interesting point... “Stan Lee doesn’t think Spiderman should be anything other than white because that’s how it got started. On the other hand, times are changing”

    Soooo, this is the new Spider-Man in the “Ultimate” universe? Okay, I guess my concern goes out to all the comic book readers of S& A, cuz history has shown that there are many and they have a passion unlike the average book lover. And, as Michael Jackson said, “I Said You (I) Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' You (I) Got To Be Startin' Somethin'
    I Said You (I) Wanna Be Startin' Somethin”

    Listen, I’m wondering if the “Ultimate Universe” is like the alternative high school? You know, that substitute school that the incorrigible students find themselves. Hey, I am serious, and that’s why I’m asking the question to our comic book audience. I mean, I watched The Prince and The Frog, yet something wasn’t right, even though they had a character named Darnell. And who saw Whitney Houston and Brandy in Cinerella?

    Somebody has to tell me something, cuz ain’t the manchild in the promise land a black kid? Is Superfly black? Didn’t one of the Cosby Kids wear a apple hat and have a natural black man’s walk? Can Fat Albert be Big White Albert?

    In short, I wonder how the comic book world feels about interchangeable skin colors of their beloved super heroes?

  • eshowoman | August 2, 2011 6:32 AMReply

    Maybe in 50 years, when the demographics change

  • Jasmin | August 2, 2011 5:49 AMReply

    In case you couldn't tell, I think Jaden would be a shoe in, especially on the heels of Karate Kid. I wouldn' t mind seeing any young newcomer in the role though.

    Funny about Stan Lee. When I was younger Spider-Man seemed to be the hero every black boy wanted to be for Halloween. With that full face mask he was one of the few characters we could imagine was black.

  • Jug | August 2, 2011 5:44 AMReply

    I'll go out on a limb & say Jermaine Crawford. He played "Dookie" on THE WIRE. Peter Parker, or any Spiderman, is about being the outsider, being a little uncomfortable in your own skin. Tristan Wilds & Donald Glover are little too, "in the group", both physically & the energy they bring to the table. Jermaine is long, gangly & has a charm that is has a nice dose of purity & naivety. The other guys would have to fake it or work real hard at it.

  • Tovah | August 2, 2011 5:36 AMReply

    Small note:
    Hispanic isn't a race. Hence, there are White Hispanics, Asian Hispanics, Black Hispanics, etc.


    Moving on, Tristan Wilds might be a good fit. Bonus points because he's actually black Latino.

  • Vanessa Martinez | August 2, 2011 5:23 AMReply

    ummm...Evan Ross??

  • Jacob Bigham | August 2, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    Donald fucking Glover for fucks sake.

  • Matthew Milam | August 2, 2011 5:11 AMReply

    Stan Lee doesn't think Spiderman should be anything other than white because that's how it got started. On the other hand, times are changing.

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