Meet the New (Ultimate) Spider-Man (who isn’t Peter Parker)

Posted by Grey Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Ultimate Spider-Man is dead. Long live the Ultimate Spider-Man.

In line with Marvel's current wont of high profile announcements to major media outlets, the House of Ideas have let slip of a major development of an ongoing storyline to USA Today ahead of one of its most high profile title's actual publication date.

In summary, the Ultimate Comics Universe (a popular alternate continuity of the Marvel Universe different from the main line) version of Peter Parker (better known as of course, the Spider-Man) was killed by Green Goblin in the end of "The Death of Spider-Man" storyline. The Ultimate Comics Universe, famously/infamously known for having their deceased characters staying deceased (as demonstrated by the critically panned Ultimatum event that saw Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, and Professor X, among numerous others), have predictably introduced a new successor to the mantle of Spider-Man, a major plot point set to be revealed in Ultimate Fallout #4. Ruining the surprise intentionally, Marvel has announced the identity of the new Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a young half-black/half-Hispanic teenager.

In the very same article from USA Today, Ultimate Spider-Man artist Sara Pichelli mentioned,"Maybe sooner or later a black or gay - or both - hero will be considered something absolutely normal." In a hilarious turn, London’s Daily Mail indicated that Spider-Man could be gay in the future in their coverage on the item (an article entitled "Marvel Comics reveals the new Spider Man is black - and he could be gay in the future"). Yeah, so much for black gay future.

Here's the official press release from Marvel, followed by a preview of the covers of the titles involved.

Pop culture history will be made tomorrow as Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 hits shelves and introduces readers to the all-new Ultimate Comics Spider-Man! That’s right, for the first time ever, someone other than Peter Parker will be Spider-Man! But, after the death of Peter Parker, who will rise up to defend the Ultimate Universe? Meet Miles Morales, a seemingly normal teenager from New York who will soon discover that with great power comes great responsibility…and even greater danger! But just what are the secrets behind Miles’ shocking abilities? What’s his connection to the original Spider-Man? And just why does he wear that costume? Courtesy of superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 begins the story that’ll have everyone talking for years to come!

“When the opportunity arose to create a new Spider-Man, we knew it had to be a character that represents the diversity—in background and experience—of the twenty-first century,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief. “Miles is a character who not only follows in the tradition of relatable characters like Peter Parker, but also shows why he’s a new, unique kind of Spider-Man—and worthy of that name.”

With its inception in 2000, the Ultimate Comics Universe reimagined the world’s most popular super heroes for a new generation and has been critically lauded for its bold, resonant stories. In particular, Ultimate Spider-Man #1 is widely considered one of the most important comics of the century, setting records for trade paperback sales and introducing one of the most popular versions of Spider-Man ever. With the death of Peter Parker in June 2011, all eyes were once again on the Ultimate Comics Universe, as mainstream media and fans alike speculated just who Marvel would put under the mask of this beloved hero. Now, the chart-topping team of Bendis and Pichelli begin the next major chapter of the Ultimate Comics Universe with September’s historic Ultimate Comics spider-Man #1, giving readers a chance to learn the origin of the most important new character of the century.

“The chance for the world to join a new Spider-Man as he discovers what that means in this modern world is one of the most challenging and crazy fun opportunities I’ve had as a writer,” explained Bendis. “The Ultimate Comics Universe according to Miles is completely unique. I can't wait to write every issue and I can't wait for people to start reading them.”

Pichelli added, “I promise, you will fall in love with Miles-- I already did. 'Nuff Said.”

The world’s greatest super hero icon is about to undergo the most groundbreaking reinvention in comic bookhistory—where will you be when the mask is lifted? Pick up Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 tomorrow at your local comic shop or digitally on the Marvel Comics App for iOS devices.

ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (JUN110612)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER
Art by SARA PICHELLI, SALVADOR LARROCA & CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover by MARK BAGLEY
ON SALE TOMORROW!

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 (JUL110605)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS (Cover will be POLYBAGGED)
Variant Cover by SARA PICHELLI
FOC—8/22/11, On-Sale—9/14/11

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2 (JUL110607)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
FOC—8/29/11, On-Sale—9/21/11




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