Peter Parker isn’t the only one swinging around in the spider suit anymore.
Mystery has surrounded the Sony-produced animated Spider-Man film slated for a 2018 release. All we knew was that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were producing, animator Bob Persichetti is directing, and that it was an animated Spidey film unrelated to Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man. Now, courtesy of Sony, we know a little bit more about the project. In a media presentation from yesterday, Sony showed some exclusive animated footage from the film that revealed something important.
The Spider-Man that would be featured would not be Peter Parker. It would be Miles Morales.
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) January 18, 2017
For those of you that don’t know, Miles Morales is an alternate version of Spider-Man coming from the Ultimate imprint of Marvel comics. In this version, Peter died at the hands of his arch-nemesis, the Green Goblin, and Morales shortly takes on the Spider-Man mantle after gaining similar powers to Peter.
When Miles Morales was introduced into the comic-book realm, he took the world by storm. While not being the first African-American superhero to be featured in comics, he is the first ethnic Spider-Man to be introduced into mainstream media. The fact that a black latino Spider-Man could be published and get as popular as he did spoke volumes on the growth of diversity in America, and how it’s slowly spreading and influencing comic book culture as a whole.
There are no further details on who is voicing Morales or who exactly he will be going up against in the film. All we know is that the film is set for a release date of Dec. 21, 2018 and that this is the first time a black Spider-Man will be featured on film. Both possibilities are very exciting.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Forbes, Sony.com