Word Balloons: New Spider-Man takes spotlight in 'Into the Spider-Verse'
Most of us have seen or heard of the origin tale of Peter Parker, nerdy high school kid bitten by a scientifically enhanced spider, who becomes the Amazing Spider-Man.
This weekend's film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces viewers to many more spider-themed heroes, including one Spider-Man who has become very popular in the comics over the past decade.
Miles was introduced in 2011 in the comic book “Ultimate Fallout” #4. The Ultimate line of comics from Marvel was created in 2000 to provide more updated origins and storylines for the Marvel characters. In 2011, writer Brian Michael Bendis shook things up by killing off Peter Parker in the Ultimate universe, making way for a new Spider-Man: the Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales, created by Bendis with artist Sara Pichelli.
When the Ultimate imprint ended in 2015, Miles made his way into the main Marvel Universe of titles. A new comics title, “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” launched this week by the team of writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Garron.
With Peter Parker a grown man and a well-established hero in the Marvel Universe comics of today, Ahmed told IGN.com that Miles Morales fits well into the original conception of Spider-Man as a hero.
“Spider-Man is, at his core, a teenage hero,” Ahmed said. “In this book, Miles will be that Spider-Man: battling threats against the community and the city rather than the universe, and trying to do so while dealing with grades and bullies, family and botched dates. This is classic Spider-Man, but very much dealing with modern concerns and realities.”
(Possible mild spoilers follow.)
Other Spider-themed heroes making the jump from the comics page to the silver screen in “Into the Spider-Verse” include:
Spider-Woman: the version known as Spider-Gwen or Ghost Spider in the comics, she's secretly Gwen Stacy, who was Peter Parker's ill-fated girlfriend in the original Spidey continuity; Spider-Man Noir: a Peter Parker who fights crime in a gritty 1933 New York; Peni Parker: a Japanese-American teenage girl who pilots the robotic suit Sp//dr; the character was created by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame with artist Jake Wyatt; Spider-Ham: An anthropomorphic superheroic pig, Peter Porker, was created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong, and was first seen in 1983's “Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham” #1.
Matthew Price is an award-winning journalist who has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.